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Food getting stuck in esophagus

qbkilla

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I've had this happen a few times lately. I try to chew good but sometimes go back to bad habits and scarf food down.

Typically I can make it come up but yesterday it was a piece of beef jerky and wasn't coming up. I could breathe but could feel it. Diet coke, hot coffee, banana, yogurt, all the things suggested online finally got it down but I was worried for a while because now when it happens I think about a thread here where a former member had to go to the ICU.

Anyonelse have this happen? It seems to be happening more frequently, or maybe I just worry about it more after reading that thread. Obviously chewing good solves the problem but no one is perfect and it's human nature to eat fast when in a hurry.
 

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Yes, be careful. It was happening to me like it did you, and the final time a piece of steak got lodged and sat for 17 hours before I was too weak/dehydrated to wait any longer.
My esophagus was cut up from trying to puke it up, and / or force it down. Again, 17 hours with no water, etc. Sat on couch and slept a few hours sitting upright, in the AM drove myself to emergency room.
They gave me something to try to dissolve it, didnt work. Called Doc in and put me out and went in after it. Doc said I had something called "Schatzki (Schatzki's) ring". Basically, where esophagus meets the stomach, it was thickened and narrowed from many years of acid reflux. While I was out they shaved/rimmed it a bit and stretched it, fixed it pretty much. Dusty had that horrific scare where he was in a coma for a month.

So maybe see a specialist, they can have a look before something very bad happens, good luck... (I lost 15 lbs that weekend alone from no food, no water) of course gained it right back within days...

 

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This is scary shit. I used to get food lodged in my gullet (for lack of a better term) and it was very painful. I used to force it down by taking a gulp of water. It hurt even worse, but would force it down. UNTIL, that technique backfired and it pushed the food back up and I began choking. If you have ever choked on food where you are getting zero air, it is the scariest feeling in the world. My buddy was setting up to give me the Heimlich but I was able to dislodge enough to start coughing and spitting the food back up. It was only scrambled eggs. I can't imagine if it would have been steak.

I had them scope my esophagus, and they found nothing. So I am super careful now but I do know certain foods trigger it. Generally anything really dry is a problem. And although I love spicy food, if it is dry plus spicy that is a huge trigger. Acidic food is a trigger. Stuff like canned tuna, white meat chicken/turkey, hard boiled eggs etc. are all on my "watch list."
 

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Jesus, glad your ok. Reading the link. Ive never had acid reflux or any digestive issues so not sure why its happening to me lately. Im. small guy and don't eat alot of calories about 3k ed, but I do eat a large volume (add green beans, saurkraut, etc to every meal) because of appetite. I also do IF so cram my calories in at the end of the day because I would be starving eating 6 500 calorie meals.
 

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Dysphagia. I get it bad from cialis, especially if I throw an oral steroid in with it because of all the indigestion and causes scar tissue in esophagus. Prilosec or nexium helps. Big gulp of water always forced it down, hurts like hell. If I don't take cialis, I have little issue with indigestion and dysphagia goes away.
 

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This is scary shit. I used to get food lodged in my gullet (for lack of a better term) and it was very painful. I used to force it down by taking a gulp of water. It hurt even worse, but would force it down. UNTIL, that technique backfired and it pushed the food back up and I began choking. If you have ever choked on food where you are getting zero air, it is the scariest feeling in the world. My buddy was setting up to give me the Heimlich but I was able to dislodge enough to start coughing and spitting the food back up. It was only scrambled eggs. I can't imagine if it would have been steak.

I had them scope my esophagus, and they found nothing. So I am super careful now but I do know certain foods trigger it. Generally anything really dry is a problem. And although I love spicy food, if it is dry plus spicy that is a huge trigger. Acidic food is a trigger. Stuff like canned tuna, white meat chicken/turkey, hard boiled eggs etc. are all on my "watch list."
I did a google search nd did what was suggested, Diet Coke, it made be burp but it came up more. Then the coffee banana, yogurt to push it down. I wanted it up or down, not just dislodged. After trying all that I worked out and for some reason it must have eventually dissolved. I couldn't feel it when drinking water but when I would swallow without water I could feel that tiny piece of beef jerky stuck in there somewhere.
 

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I've noticed the difficulty you refer to, as I get closer to a competition. As my hormones shift, body starts drying out, increase in gear... ive wondered before if its a throat pump, creating less space. Don't laugh. Lol
I've had jaw pumps closer to a show, where it gets more difficult to chew denser or crunchier food... why not throat pumps? 🤷
Similarly, once past the comp and hormones balance back out, it goes away
 

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I did a google search nd did what was suggested, Diet Coke, it made be burp but it came up more. Then the coffee banana, yogurt to push it down. I wanted it up or down, not just dislodged. After trying all that I worked out and for some reason it must have eventually dissolved. I couldn't feel it when drinking water but when I would swallow without water I could feel that tiny piece of beef jerky stuck in there somewhere.
It is a terrible feeling. I know. When I have it lodged, I can't do anything other than think about it. Jump up and down hoping to get it down. You name it. Then after nearly choking, I am terrified to put any food into my mouth for fear it will just back up and choke me out.
 

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It is a terrible feeling. I know. When I have it lodged, I can't do anything other than think about it. Jump up and down hoping to get it down. You name it. Then after nearly choking, I am terrified to put any food into my mouth for fear it will just back up and choke me out.
This was me yesterday. Felt like it was going down, made myself cough and burp and it came up more. I couldn't decide if I wanted to get it down or up, was afraid I'd eventually have to make myself puke.

The diet coke and hot coffee helped but I think they just soothed my throat so I couldn't feel it as much temporarily.
 

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I've had this happen a few times lately. I try to chew good but sometimes go back to bad habits and scarf food down.

Typically I can make it come up but yesterday it was a piece of beef jerky and wasn't coming up. I could breathe but could feel it. Diet coke, hot coffee, banana, yogurt, all the things suggested online finally got it down but I was worried for a while because now when it happens I think about a thread here where a former member had to go to the ICU.

Anyonelse have this happen? It seems to be happening more frequently, or maybe I just worry about it more after reading that thread. Obviously chewing good solves the problem but no one is perfect and it's human nature to eat fast when in a hurry.
If food is getting stuck in the esophagus it could be a sign of damage to the esophagus from acid reflex. This potentially very serious and could to cancer down the line.

I'm hoping this is just something simple for you to remedy.

Are you drinking really cold liquids while eating? This causes issues for some, myself included.
 

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I had to google acid reflux (heard of it had no idea what it is), not something I have ever had. Or digestive issues. It's just the 3 times lately food. getting stuck (3 times id guess since reading that thread). I can't recall it happening in the past except for 2 distinct times I almost choked to death on steak. I feel like those were different I was a dumbass for not chewing it nearly enough lol aka that big a piece of steak would have been stuck in anyones throat.
 

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I get this - have had it for about 13 years now. Alcohol makes it worse - even a glass of wine will shrink (that’s what it feels like) the esophagus
When it happens in public is the worst like a restaurant or even a date!!!
I always have a Diet Coke with me when I eat anything just in case.
I usually have to go into a restroom and throw it up. Sometimes it can take a while but it always goes down eventually
I get a endoscopy every 3-5 years to make sure all is good…doc said it’s better than it was - but it still happens once ina while
 

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If food is getting stuck in the esophagus it could be a sign of damage to the esophagus from acid reflex. This potentially very serious and could to cancer down the line.
Yup, happened to a friend, guy was always eating Tums, 24x7 from reflux.
After decades he was diagnosed with esophagus cancer and had to have some of his removed. (That was over 20 years ago and did good for a while).

Ran into another friend recently and he told me that the guy is not doing too well these days though and can mainly only eat yogurt and blended/baby food type of stuff.
Be careful..
 

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Dexilant is one of the best acid reflux meds and one of the safest. It's slow acting. Take 30 to 60mgs once a day.

Do not take Pantaloc or the other ones. Try Dexilant.
 

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Id personally stay away from that harder food like beef jerky, or chew it a lot more before swallowing. And of course chew slowly. Ive been having these instances that I am so hungry, that I am just scarfing down food to fast, and swallowing a lot of air. To the point where I can't even eat anymore, because my chest feels so heavy, that I feel like I have to burp, Then I start to hiccup, very strange.
 

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Dusty Hanshaw had a similar experience a while back and ended up in the hospital in a coma from it. I cut my steak into smaller bites these days.
 

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Yup, happened to a friend, guy was always eating Tums, 24x7 from reflux.
After decades he was diagnosed with esophagus cancer and had to have some of his removed. (That was over 20 years ago and did good for a while).

Ran into another friend recently and he told me that the guy is not doing too well these days though and can mainly only eat yogurt and blended/baby food type of stuff.
Be careful..
Thank you for sharing,
Sorry for the friends issues.
 

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Be careful with PPIs. My neighbor is a Nephrologists (kidney doctor) who says PPIs and overuse of NSAIDs are the 2 things that keep him employed.
I stopped using PPIs years ago. I had such severe issues while serving as an Infantry Marine.

Now I'm able to manage things with Sauerkraut, Glutamine, ACV and Ginger Juice
 

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I've had this happen a few times lately. I try to chew good but sometimes go back to bad habits and scarf food down.

Typically I can make it come up but yesterday it was a piece of beef jerky and wasn't coming up. I could breathe but could feel it. Diet coke, hot coffee, banana, yogurt, all the things suggested online finally got it down but I was worried for a while because now when it happens I think about a thread here where a former member had to go to the ICU.

Anyonelse have this happen? It seems to be happening more frequently, or maybe I just worry about it more after reading that thread. Obviously chewing good solves the problem but no one is perfect and it's human nature to eat fast when in a hurry.
Common in BBers used to happen to me with all foods but oddly rice was bad, so I slowed down and it stopped my thinking is the espohogaus is lined with muscles we eat hard and often fast and peristalsis gets too strong and fast and it inadvertently pushes it into your epiglottis or you choke. I’ve never had reflux or heartburn so it’s not that.
 

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