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Problems Swallowing

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  • Posted By: peter_81
  • June 10, 2009
  • 05:01 PM

I am 28 years old male, I am having problems swallowing food roughly 3-5 minutes after starting to eat. I experience feeling of throwing-up as I swallow (my stomach feels fine, but my “throat” act as if it is rejecting the food!). There is no associated pain during swallowing, and the only way to ease the process is to drink liquids with food.

All of this is preventing me from eating large quantities of food necessary to gain weight since I am extremely underweight.

Any ideas what is causing this problem? Thanks.

Peter

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  • Although you are attempting to eat more, are you also drinking plenty of fluids? Perhaps you are a bit dehydrated, I don't know. My suggestion is to drink a lot of fluids to insure your body/throat is not "muscle contracting" due to a bit of dehydration ... being you say this problem ends when you ingest fluids and are able to resume your meals normally, I'm understanding? If this does not help ... today or tomorrow ... and end the throat "spasms" or similar as you describe, I am of the opinion that an examination is in order. You mention that you are "intentionally" eating as much as possible to gain weight, which means you are operating to achieve your goal by using gluttony (unhealthy overindulgence) as the means. I don't feel or believe that to be a healthy way to attain your goal (and suspect your focus would be in food selection, with the aid of a licensed nutritionist); also ... I'm curious, are you ... in fact ... underweight according to your physician? If so, do you know why? Or ... do you maintain your own personal opinion that you believe yourself to be underweight? Is it characteristic and normal for you or other blood relatives to appear underweight ... although, for some, that is the norm ... the way that nature made you/them? I ask because the biggest concern is what is normal for you ... and I do not believe anyone's basis for showing such concern and addressing it so adamantly should come from "society at large" or "media" or what "peers" or the "general population" may consider "normal, acceptable, or attractive" ... as these unrealistic observations concluded by so many are false ... and prove very unhealthy. I suggest more fluid intake, no stuffing with food, an examination by a good physician pertaining to your weight and concerns thereof ... and a concrete professional-medical determination about you ... your personal weight ... and what is healthy and normal for you; following with a consultation with a professional/licensed nutritionist IF your physician is in agreement with your feeling that weight gain is healthy and beneficial for you, in your own individual case ... of which case, he/she will supply you with a referral to the proper nutritionist based on your individual health and needs.
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for your reply neurotransmissing. I am certain that I am not suffering from dehydration because I intake a lot of liquids on daily bases despite having a meal or not. Liquids help me swallow the food (minimize the throwing-up experience), it does by no means leave me in a better condition to resume my meal.As for gluttony, I’m merely in the process of trying to have three decent meals per day without having swallowing problems. My underweight is the least of my problems at the moments; I mentioned it in my previous post only as a side note. My main concern is the swallowing problem, finding its cause and how to cure it.Peter
    peter_81 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for your reply neurotransmissing. I am certain that I am not suffering from dehydration because I intake a lot of liquids on daily bases despite having a meal or not. Liquids help me swallow the food (minimize the throwing-up experience), it does by no means leave me in a better condition to resume my meal. As for gluttony, I’m merely in the process of trying to have three decent meals per day without having swallowing problems. My underweight is the least of my problems at the moments; I mentioned it in my previous post only as a side note. My main concern is the swallowing problem, finding its cause and how to cure it. Peter Hello Peter ... thanks so much for the details, very helpful. Hard to see much with clear understanding, given the limitations of posting on message boards ... a lot of information is missed. Since you believe dehydration is not the problem, nor is overeating ... I would like to ask, have you always eaten three decent meals per day ... or is this a recent and new goal you desire to achieve (which, by the way, sounds absolutely correct ... if you have been eating less than that; especially as you mention being underweight)? Based on your feedback, and the little information we posters can adequately advise here ... if the three meals per day are a new undertaking for you, perhaps try smaller meals at 4-6 times per day. Maybe if the three meals per day is a fairly new undertaking, your body needs to adjust if it was deprived (for whatever reason) of adequate food intake. Again ... my humble opinion, and being only that, if I were you ... continue maintaining plenty of fluids; try to reduce the amount of food consumption per meal by eating less, but more frequently. If the problems continue, I, personally, would go for an examination. I'm also wondering if you are trying and exploring new foods ... of which your body, also, could be adjusting by causing this "attempted comeback" via those spasms. (Maybe some mild indigestion, reflux, or similar?) I honestly don't know ... and can only suggest you try some modifications and then get examined if nothing improves. If your throat "spasms" (as you describe, similarly ... along with the nausea ... and the "rejection" of food you describe, pertaining to your throat) ... if "acidic" or "burning-vomity" stuff comes up into your throat, please get something like the OTC Prilosec to stop it; the acids and similar as I mention here (as I am experiencing) can cause a lot of damage to the throat, esophagus, and stomach (initally ... and then damage to the other parts of the digestive system occur if this "acidic" stuff remains untreated). Not to mention, your teeth ... the enamel. Best of luck to you ... I wish I could be of more help. Take care ... and if you find your answer, please post; I'm sure others will find it helpful, I know I will ... given I suffer similar. BTW ... I'm also underweight at the moment (for medical reasons); I'm struggling to keep food down as well and experience a lot of nausea and motion sickness; however, mine is due to the acid reflux/GERD due to prescription medications that I am adjusting to ... darn those side effects ... the motion sickness, a different cause ... via my medical "phenomena" and developments ... for which I take OTC tablets for motion sickness. At present, I am taking OTC Prilosec for two weeks; if that does not do the trick, it's back to the doc for me ... I wouldn't suggest to another, that which I don't or would not, or do not, do of myself or for myself. Hence, I also appreciate any findings you may come across as well ... they may help me too! :)
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