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A 38-year-old member asked:

my throat hurts when i swallow. do i need barium swallow x-ray test?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
See Your Doctor: Before any tests, you should see your doctor and determine what needs done.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology 24 years experience
Barium swallow: Is a radiologic test that may be used to evaluate throat symptoms including difficulty swallowing. In addtion to liquid barium, a 12.5 mm barium tablet is given to determine whether a blockage in the esophagus is present.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
If your throat hurts a barium swallow may not be helpful. If your esophagus (in your chest) hurts, if you feel food sticking on the way down after you swallow, or if your have chest pain with swallow an upper endoscopy is more appropriate than a barium test.
Jul 10, 2012
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
No, you need to C MD: First things first, get examined. May need an ENT doc for deeper look, or not. Lab tests and any radiology tests (if any), determined after history and physical.

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How is a barium enema used to treat a child's gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

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A 19-year-old female asked:

Bump on side of mouth but don't hurt and looks like a blister and I got big bumps on back of my tongue and throat but none of it hurts?

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Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
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A 32-year-old female asked:

A few days ago my throat felt "raw" like a scratchy feeling now my nose is stuffy yellow discharge, and my left glands hurt so bad!?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Infection: You have a respiratory/throat infection. Could be viral and could be bacterial best to see a doctor. Other options to help with symptoms include taing elderberry, gargling with salt water or half and half peroxide and mouthwash (do not drink- just gargle) and a warm cloth around neck to hep with lymph glands. Important to rule out strep throat as that will improve with antibiotics.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

Could myoclonic jerks be from cervical spine stenosis. Before I fall asleep sometimes I have this jerk and I bite my tongue. Happens like once a month?

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Dr. Alan Faustino
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Sleep disorder: Classically myoclonic jerks are a type of rare seizure disorder, these are rare in adults. And its true that a lot of seizures happen upon waking or going to sleep. You may have a sleep disorder that explains this better. It would be wise to have a sleep study to be sure and there are treatment for these as well.
Dr. Nabil Moufarrej
Sleep Medicine 44 years experience
sleep starts are a normal phenomenon that happens at sleep onset
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