Emergency Trapped Air/Breathing Problem Episodes - Possible Esophageal Stricture

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7Stringer
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   Posted 5/25/2014 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I know this is silly, as I am still here speculating but I have my endoscope scheduled in the next week.

After Dr Google self diagnosis, I can only explain my trapped air emergencies to near choking issues after eating things like chocolates or shakes as Esophageal Stricture. Simply just wants to reflux when I panic and then I can't burp or vomit and then breathing is affected then I have to at least get on the phone with 911 because it feels like balooning trapped air. It all gets tight then I finally burp. And if my mom is around she tries to get me to drink a carbonated drink. (Is that safe btw?).

If this is in combination with a possible Hiatal Hernia, am I in serious trouble right now as my scope nears?

Should I tell the endoscopist to NOT dilate if there is a stricture? Because perforation is ugly, and the mortality/morbidity rate is 20 percent after that perforation. I am a 34 year old male with a healthy heart... Which perhaps is not so healthy anymore after all that panic.

Post Edited (7Stringer) : 5/25/2014 10:35:42 AM (GMT-6)


7Stringer
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   Posted 5/25/2014 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Also, am wondering if this can go away on its own if I eat soft and careful selections and take PPIs. Please help, because these rare but not so rare complications of perforation during dilation, and a 20 percent morbidity/mordality rate is not cool. Or can I just tell them to go easy on the dilation and barely dilate at all? Like gradual dilations and I just continue safe foods? What is the most logical option? The endoscopist must listen to me if I am giving instructions based on logic.

Post Edited (7Stringer) : 5/25/2014 11:03:38 AM (GMT-6)


7Stringer
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   Posted 5/25/2014 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone at all ever experience something similar? These episodes happen in the morning for the trapped air and almost choking and can't breathe. At night its esophageal spasms.

7Stringer
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   Posted 5/25/2014 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
And my other concern is if they dilate a stricture then maybe a hiatal hernia will become worse that the stricture is possibly keeping below where it should be. What an awful realization and lose lose situation. And finally, I'm now on zoloft to control the anxiety before the scope. And no spasms at bedtime. Wierd. Is that also an anti-spasmodic?
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