Help with esophagus problem

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/23/2007 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this site. I went to a restaurant on May 8 and had some salad. Suddently, I had a blist on my left throat and I cough very hard to may it broken. There are some blood I cough up. The next day went I tried to have some soup I sudently felt there are something in my throat and could not swallow. I went to see family doctor and he saw only my tonsil is red. He refer me to ENT doctor.
The ENT doctor put a scope to look and could not see anything in my throat. He gave me liquid antibiotics for tonsil. I took it for about two days and suddently one night when I took the medication my swallowing problem got worse and I went to ER. They did Endoscopy on me and found an esophagus ulcer at the upper part and the doctor said it is not caused by acid reflux. They did biopsy and showed not virus, cancer. I stayed in the hospital for 3 days since I could not eat anything but fluid. After that, the doctor gave me antiacid and carafe for the ulcer and discharged me. After two weeks, I still feel difficult swallowing and could not eat solid food. I feel something in my throat. I went to see another GI doctor and he did another Endoscopy and show nothing is in the esophagus. He said the ulcer is healed. However, I always feel something is in my throat and my mouth is very dry. I drink a lot of water. I could not sleep at night since I have to drink water constantly. I went to see another GI for second opinion and he thought there is nothing in my throat. The diagnostics is correct. It's been one and half month I didn't eat any solid food and I have lost 10 lbs. One day I feel better but next day I feel worse. I don't know what's wrong and when I will recover. I have been very healthy before except a slightly low of thyroid and I too the medication for it. Now, I don't know what to do. Should I go to see doctor? Should I change another GI or the same GI? Do have similar problem. I am 43 female. I feel misrable.
Thank you very much in advanced for your help!

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/26/2007 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't know if this will help, it's just an experience I had. I was eating Chinese food, fried rice (not greasy) was very hungry and took a big mouthful, and when I tried to swallow it, it felt like a banana turned sideways in my throat. As I the swallow continued, when it got to my chest, it felt like a big painful ball that stretched and stretched as it tried to get down. I drank a lot of water to help it down, but my chest actually hurt. At the time I was in physical therapy for injuries from a car accident, my mid-back and shoulders, I told the physcial therapist about the experience and she checked on the amount of tension in the front ribs attachments (at my breasts) and found them to be very tight. She worked on my back, mid back, first, then she worked on loosening up the tightness in the front. It seems after an injury like mine, my posture was slumping, or rolling my shoulders forward, over time the muscles tighten that way, kind of like taking your shoulders and holding them tightly over your stomach, actually shortening your distance from shoulder to stomach.
After working the mid back, then the front breast-plate area, she could then stretch my torso out. It was painful while she did it, but when I left there I felt lighter and free. Swallowing became easy. Daily stretching of that area is a daily thing for me now, and I also lay across a hard foam roll to keep my upper torso open.
I also had a bit of a problem swallowing because I was taking an anti-depressant, following the cancer death of my Father, along with allergy medicines during allergy season. The two combined dried me out, I had less saliva, leaving my throat easy to be almost scratchy, especially if I ate popcorn, pretzels, or Triscuits, anything dry I had to sure I had water, or they'd almost get stuck! 
I also had the Endoscopy for this, it seemed odd that all of a sudden I could not eat my favorite food, popcorn. But in looking back I could see it was not all of a sudden. If I had journaled every day, I could have just looked back to see I was taking two medications, that both stated as possible side effects, "dry mouth, constipation" Those two things only happen if your body's natural "mositure" is being altered, by like medicines.
Being depressed at the time, and having just lost my Father to Esophogal and stomach cancer, I was not the quickest to put it all together.
Like I said, maybe no of this is at all similar to your situation, but I just thought I'd put it out there 'cause you just never know.
Good Luck, Gremma yeah
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