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Throat/swallowing - Shouldn't be too hard

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 24, 2009
  • 02:13 PM

Hi, This shouldn't be a hard problem to solve, but I don't have health insurance and can't afford another doctor's visit right now. About a year ago, I was taking a dayquil liquid capsule, and it felt like it got stuck in my throat. I couldn't swallow at all, but could breath fine. I panicked and told my roommate to call 911 (which he didn't, the ***k). Anyways, after about 5-10 minutes the capsule shell disolved and the liquid leaked out allowing me to swallow. I know it wasn't just in the back of my mouth because I stuck my finger in there trying to induce vomit to clear the passage.

Anyways, I went to an ear, nose and throat specialist a few days later, and he snaked an optical device through my nose to get a view. He said he didn't see anything abnormal, and that was it. Well since then, I've gotten an uncomfortable pressure when swallowing pills larger than an advil and some food. As a result, I get nervous about larger pills, and food (so I chew very thoroughly), which I'm sure just makes it worse. Unfortunately, there is definitely something going on, because I used to be able to swallow horse pills with no discomfort, and I still use the same method. Any idea what could have changed? (wasn't necessarily sudden)

Thanks in advance

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  • I've had swallowing problems for about 10 years and finally had it checked out at the Mayo Clinic in MN in 2002 when I had duodenal ulcer problems. They said it was a disorder of the esophagus muscles which don't work together properly and occasionally spasm so much that it causes neck/chest pain and inability to swallow properly. They told me there's no permanent fix and to make sure I chew my food thorougly and eat slower. A gastroenterologist can put a scope down your esophagus to stretch it out, but that's often only a temporary fix. If you have acid reflux and/or associated stomach problems, do NOT wait for it to get better. Long term acid reflux problems can permanently scar your esophagus and occasionally lead to esophageal cancer. I know how frustrating it can be to have your throat "seize up" while you're eating and drinking! Good luck!!:)
    MIbarb 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sounds like fear/panic. You can try EFT for it. You might want to switch to pills that dissolve under the tongue, as much as possible (sublinguals). www.emofree.com
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
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