Posted 9/16/2016 8:00 AM (GMT -6)
Sorry to bump this topic, but my post may help others.

I had Pressure Urticaria all over including lower esophageal sphincter ("LES") pain that was caused by upward pressure from the stomach due to overeating and/or bloating. Also caused when lying down at night when bloated/full which also increased the pressure on the LES. I understand that the swelling obstructed the natural muscle contractions of the esophagus at the LES causing strong radiating pain when swallowing.

Two suggestions that work for me:

1. Address the underlying cause - which in my case was undiagnosed constant sinus infections over many years - which caused my immune system to go haywire leading to pressure urticaria - I treated the sinus issue with surgery and the urticaria was 99% gone.

2. Avoid overeating, particularly in the evening, and keep track of any foods that may cause bloating - this will help reduce pressure on the LES.

Otherwise, Zyrtec helped to keep symptoms in check (most of the time).
Posted 9/24/2016 11:12 AM (GMT -6)
The esophageal structure and foam thing sounds like eosoniphilic esophagitis. It's an autoimmune disorder and people that have it tend to also have eczema. I've got it. When my throat swells I vomit up a sticky foam until the impaction is cleared. You need to have a scope and biopsy. If this is what you have you will need allergy testing, elimination diet, and possibly some meds. Right now I take omeprazole, swallow flovent, and have an egd two times a year.
Nail patella syndrome, osteoarthritis, complex migraines, eosinophilic esophagitis, major depressive disorder, OCD, and fibromyalgia, IBS, gastroparesis
Posted 2/26/2017 6:12 PM (GMT -6)
Dear Olivehead,
I deeply sympathize with your situation and hope you are finding answers to your problem. I have had allergies since getting hives from formula as an infant, but have recently developed a new one which has the symptoms you describe - the feeling of a stone lodged in the esophagus followed by copious amounts of foamy saliva being produced, without digestive juices taste, and which erupts as it fills up the esophagus. After keeping a food diary I now know it is a reaction to meta-bisulfites, labeled as sulfites. Mine started with Maine Roots Ginger Beer, which I drank regularly for about six weeks with no problems. The ginger beer was not labeled as having sulfites, but after a month or so of not having the ginger beer I was out to dinner with friends and noticed a different brand of ginger beer and ordered it. By the time the food came, having drunk about half a bottle of the ginger beer, the very first bite lodged in my esophagus and caused the symptoms you described, which were both uncomfortable and embarrassing. As I couldn't eat my dinner, I took it home with the remainder of the ginger beer, which is when I noticed that there were sulfites in it. I was able to eat the food the next day, but had the reaction again as soon as I had even a sip of the ginger beer. The next time it happened was after a small wedding where we drank sparkling wine from Italy and again, by the time the food came the very first bite lodged in my esophagus and caused the same symptoms. After two reactions to sulfites, I emailed the Maine Roots company and asked if there was any chance the ginger had been exposed to sulfites before it reached them and received a one word answer "No". Not long after, I was out to dinner with a friend who ordered a Maine Roots Ginger Beer and asked if I wanted a sip. I accepted, believing it was safe, and had the same reaction after the first bite of food. Again I took the food home with me, and as before had no reaction to the food. I asked a Physician friend if this made any sense to him, and he said it was exactly like my experience with an antibiotic which I took for 6 weeks as treatment for Lymes Disease but more than a year later, got hives from it. This is how allergies develop in people who are prone to getting allergies, he said. I've never had GERD or any of the other conditions which cause esophageal strictures, but now must be very careful when eating to take small bites and chew very thoroughly or I will have the reaction without ingesting sulfites. This is complicated by the inconsistent labeling laws for sulfites, which I learned looking at the Mayo Clinic and other websites. Many canned or frozen fruits, vegetables or even spices which would naturally oxidize or brown are allowed to be treated with sulfites without being labeled. I now buy only organic spices for this reason. Good luck with your journey and hope you are finding answers. Best regards, Fallgirl.
Posted 2/26/2017 6:23 PM (GMT -6)
To Olivehead and her reponders,

PS This forum is the first description which fits my symptoms and am relieved to see it in print, although not so pleased to be experiencing it. Thanks to all who have contributed to the forum. Fallgirl
Posted 8/7/2017 9:10 AM (GMT -6)
Olivehead-can you tell me what you have found out. What you described is exactly what I've been going through. Chronic huge hives all over, joint pain in my wrists and feet, feeling of something stuck in my throats that comes and goes, foamy in my throat, been to every doc and have had every test done. My eosinophils are through the roof elevated. Any medication that helps or anything you found out?
Posted 9/30/2018 4:01 AM (GMT -6)
I just saw this forum and thought I would share my experience. 8 months ago I had a really bad head cold. One I have never experienced before. During that time I broke out in hives one morning while I was sick. Ever since. It's been daily. I was on 360mg of fexofenadine for a few weeks and I am now on around 30mg per day. I space it through the day to day an on going coverage. So I use the children syrup. The tablets make me feel yuck sad
Twice including today I had the worst esophagial spasms !!! Was sooo painful, just swallowing my saliva felt like I was trying to swallow some rocks or something. Took my antihistamine straight away and within 40mins everything eased. When it started I knew what was coming and I know when it's going to be bad. My skin starts getting prickly like i want to scratch then raised bumps start to appear. It was on both my arms and from my neck to the middle of my torso but only at the front. It looked awful. I got really scared !!! But now everything has disappeared !!! I had all blood works and same story, doctor says don't bother trying to find out the cause, coz most people never do sad
Very frustrating to say the least..

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