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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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For the past 6 months or so feeling of food stuck in chest and need to swallow all the time. The pain has gotten increasingly worse over these months.

For the past 6 months or so feeling of food stuck in chest and need to swallow all the time. The pain has gotten increasingly worse over these months.

Be seen: P lease make and appointment and be seen. It could be tightening of the esophageal muscles (achalasia). I would also suggest seeing an acupuncturist as well as t can be very helpful in conjunction with whatever is found by your regular doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Mantz
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Can GERD cause lightheaded feeling and swollen glands? I am a 41 year old female, have a hiatal hernia. Feeling like food is stuck in chest as well.

Can GERD cause lightheaded feeling and swollen glands?  I am a 41 year old female, have a hiatal hernia.  Feeling like food is stuck in chest as well.

Unlikely: I would see a doctor about the swollen glands and lightheadedness. Unlikely related to hh. Hiatal hernia and acid reflux could cause the esophagus to spasm or even develop scar tissue and narrowing. This would cause the feeling of food sticking or catching. I would see your doctor about getting a test to check your esophagus. If not already taking acid medication twice a day, recommend doing so. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Den
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When swallowing food yesterday i felt there might some food stuck in my right side of chest, i felt pain..Till now feeling little pain while breathing?

When swallowing food yesterday i felt there might some food stuck in my right side of chest, i felt pain..Till now feeling little pain while breathing?

See your doctor: Unclear what is going on. Best to have it checked. May need to see a gastroenterologist or get an x-ray of your chest. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. Nathan Ritter
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I have had chest pains at night for the past 2 nights I have the feeling food is stuck in throat and twitching in my abdomen now i see blood in stools?

I have had chest pains at night for the past 2 nights I have the feeling food is stuck in throat and twitching in my abdomen now i see blood in stools?

See your doctor: When you are on Coumadin and have blood in your stool, you need to report those symptoms immediately to your doctor. You need to see what your inr and hematocrit (blood level) are. Chest pain with a feeling like something is stuck in the throat is usually worked up by having a barium swallow, or, more likely in your case, an endoscopy where the GI doc looks in your esophagus and stomach. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Trouble swallowing+pain at times,chest pain,shortness of breath,feeling of food stuck,hiccups after eating/drinking,acid reflux.Could it be cancer?

Trouble swallowing+pain at times,chest pain,shortness of breath,feeling of food stuck,hiccups after eating/drinking,acid reflux.Could it be cancer?

Could be: While it could be, it's not likely. What is certain is that you need a test called EGD - you need to see a gastroenterologist for this. You sound like you have a stricture that would benefit from being dilated. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Food feeling like it is up in my chest. Help what to do?

Food feeling like it is up in my chest. Help what to do?

Need more info: A proper evaluation would require a more detailed history, physical examination and may be imaging study. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Seely
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Having burning feeling in chest and can't keep down food and water for three days. Thoughts?

Having burning feeling in chest and can't keep down food and water for three days. Thoughts?

SERIOUS: Get seen! when you say: 'can't keep down water' , this will lead to dehydration, so this is a serious situation. You may have an esophageal (food pipe) obstruction due to stricture (scar) or tumor. The chest burning suggests esophagitits (esophageal inflammation) which can be caused by acid reflux or yeast infection (candida). You may need scope (egd) & acid blocker (ppi) hope you get well soon! ...Read more

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Dr. Matthew Smith
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I get a tight feeling in my chest and start feeling very anxious everytime my family eats food around me, almost hateful. What could this indicate?

I get a tight feeling in my chest and start feeling very anxious everytime my family eats food around me, almost hateful. What could this indicate?

Anxiety: This indicates that some sort of anxiety problem is present, but the nature or further details are not clear. You would be wise to get a full evaluation from a mental health professional. ...Read more

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