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Food Going Down The Windpipe
You choke: Aspiration is when ingested liquids or food, saliva, refluxed material from the stomach goes "down the wrong pipe." the gag reflex is designed to minimize this risk. However, frequent micro- or macro-aspiration, as often seen in oropharyngeal dysphagia patients or those who have had a stroke, may result in pneumonia. ...Read more
Food wrong: This really depends on the size of the food and how deep it is. If its stuck it will not come out on its own. You will need to see your pmd and the lung specialist. ...Read more
Lump-in-throat feeling and lower oesoph. discomfort after eating a hot meal 2 fast. Can food go down the wrong pipe to the lungs without you knowing?
Lump in throat: No. Food in the trachea would cause immediate, severe coughing. Far more dramatic than a lump in the throat. You are mauch more likely to have some issue with you esophagus/stomach. Eat slowly, try some pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for discomfort. See you primary care doc for an evaluation.(PS if you are taking a lot of ibuprofen, that might be the culprit.) ...Read more
Trapped air bubble in esophagus What feels like air rises all the way to back of throat but then goes back down to start of stomach some pain w/ swall?
Acid reflux...: It sounds like you may suffering of acid redux ad possible increased gas production. Start reducing fatty and fried foods in your diet as well as sauces, spicy foods, too much bread, mint, caffeine, sugary snacks, citric juices. You may try Zantac (ranitidine) over the counter for example for symptom relief. If not better make sure you see your doctor. ...Read more
Vocal cords: Although most people are taught that it is the epiglottis that prevents aspiration, that is not completely correct. The true vocal cords are more important for this function. If the epiglottis is surgically removed, most people won't aspirate, but if one or both vocal cords don't work, most people will aspirate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to stick a tube down your throat and have it bypas the pharynx and go into the esophagus?
Sword swallower?: Don't try this at home. It is possible for a doc to pass a tube down your throat, past the larynx (not through the larynx-that would lead to the trachea (windpipe))- that is part of bronchoscopy (a pulmonary test to look at the breathing tubes., and into the esophagus, even into the stomach and small intestine. That is basically an upper endoscopy. ...Read more
I swallowed a 2-inch and 3-inch carrot. It got stuck in the center of my esophagus. Food/water go down. No breathing problems. Will it go down on own?
No: One cannot die from aspiration of some water, one will cough and sputter and gag, but unless the water has lots of chlorine or other noxious chemical, death is not really possible. Water boarding which is repeated head dunking could cause enough aspiration of water without any recovery time to qualify as the equivalent of drowning, but usual amount causing choking, no death, no drowning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
He has trouble swallowing in the morning sometimes. feels like a blockage in esophagus. liquid goes down so far and comes back up?
When i swallow food/drink , i feel pain in my esophagus close to where my rib cage separate. Like the food is trying to go down through a tiny hole.
Maybe that's problem: "transfer dysphagia" is a problem moving the food bolus from your mouth to the top of the esophagus; "transit dysphagia" is a problem transiting the food down the esophagus. Motility studies (modified barium swallow with speech therapist; esophageal manometry) ; GI imaging (endoscopic or radiographic) may identify problem. Sometimes, just esophageal spasms can make swallowing feel difficult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is the esophagus or trachea closest to the aorta? When I move the trachea and have open airflow in my mouth it's wheezing.
Chew: First i would recommend chewing your food more carefully to prevent this problem. There is not much to do to treat the problem but wait and let the body take care of itself. If you are chewing your food and still getting abdominal pain then i would try adding over the counter food enzymes to assist in digesting your food better and probiotics to replenish colon bacteria and prevent bloating. ...Read more
Pill is stuck in throat. Water makes me want to throw up more and the food is piled on top of the pill.
Emergency room visit: This is a dangerous situation. If you are unable to get the pill and food down with water while sitting up or standing, you need this dealt with in the ER so you do not choke or aspirate (breathe in) the contents of your esophagus into your airway. The docs in the ER can clear out your esophagus, and make sure there is no pnysical blockage other than what you swallowed. Go ASAP. ...Read more
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