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Food stuck in throat but not choking what is it?

Food stuck in throat but not choking what is it?

Zenker: Zenker diverticulum might fit the description. Other possibilities also exist, it requires examination. Ask your dr, get better soon. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Can one get food stuck in one's throat without choking?

Can one get food stuck in one's throat without choking?

Yes: Swallowing a large bite of rare meat can get lodged in the esophagus and may have to be removed by a physician. ...Read more

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After I eat get burning sensatio8n in my throat down to stomach & feels like food is stuck in throat but not choking. After I eat have to go bathroom?

After I eat get burning sensatio8n in my throat down to stomach & feels like food is stuck in throat but not choking. After I eat have to go bathroom?

LPR: Laryngopharygeal reflux is when a small amount of acid comes up into the throat and irritates it. It is a common cause of dry tickle cough, chronic sore throat, lump in the the throat, post nasal drip, phlegm in the throat, and throat clearing. It is also a contributing factor to ear eustachian tube and sinus problems. It responds well to proton pump inhibitor Rx. Discuss with your ENT. ...Read more

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How do I stop a sore throat after choking on food?

How do I stop a sore throat after choking on food?

Take it easy: Best plan is to take it easy with foods until your throat recovers. You can have soft foods and/or liquids like soup -- making sure the temperature is tolerable. Unless you have severely damaged your throat, its mucosal lining should heal fairly quickly (within days). In the meantime, advil or aleve (naproxen) may help. Salt water gargles (don't swallow!); warm herbal teas. Stay hydrated. ...Read more

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Past couple months I woke up choking and couldn't breath. During the day I have to force my throat to swallow saliva on and offbut not drinks or food?

Past couple months I woke up choking and couldn't breath. During the day I have to force my throat to swallow saliva on and offbut not drinks or food?

Time to see the Dr.: Such symptoms are possibly due to achalasia (or other causes). One can see her primary care doctor, who can refer to a gastroenterology doctor if needed. Achalasia is when the lower end of the esophagus is too tight, and swallowed liquids and foods have a hard time getting into the stomach, and thus remain in the esophagus and flow back into the throat when a person lies down or bends over. ...Read more

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Solid food feels like it gets stuck in my throat. What could be causing this? I'm afraid to eat in fear of choking. I try to drink and it don't go do

Solid food feels like it gets stuck in my throat. What could be causing this? I'm afraid to eat in fear of choking. I try to drink and it don't go do

Restriction: Sometimes if there is narrowing of your esophagus this can cause the feeling of food getting stuck in your throat. There are also other conditions that can cause webs in the esophagus which in turn will cause this sensation. Recommend you see your doctor or a Gastroenterologist as soon s possible. More testing may need to be done to find out the cause. ...Read more

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I had ice cream, and a bowl of cereal with milk before going directly to sleep. While sleeping the food came up my throat choking. Why?

I had ice cream, and a bowl of cereal with milk before going directly to sleep. While sleeping the food came up my throat choking. Why?

Full stomach and: Non-upright position can allow food to escape the stomach and cause gag reflex or even aspiration into lungs (cough, choking). You might have poor lower esophageal sphincter tone, hiatal hernia, or gerd. Don't eat right before bedtime, elevate the head of the bed a tiny bit, and if this happens more frequently, see a gastroenterologist. Chronic reflux can lead to esophageal cancer! ...Read more

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Trouble swallowing after a near choking incident about a month ago, I have been having problems swallowing food/ not liquids, I can feel the food in the throat and it does'nt go down, if I drink too much fluid to try and wash it down, it may come up but I

Trouble swallowing after a near choking incident about a month ago, I have been having problems swallowing food/ not liquids, I can feel the food in the throat and it does'nt go down, if I drink too much fluid to try and wash it down, it may come up but I

See ENT specialist: The swallowing issues as well as the earlier choking episode needs investigation. Acid reflux into your throat (lpr) can irritate the delicate membranes in and around the voice box. This irritation can include swelling that can affect your swallowing. See an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Had swollen glands. Went back for check up better now. Told throat red and inflamed. Feels like food is stuck or im choking. Worried. Saw doc yesterday?

Had swollen glands. Went back for check up better now. Told throat red and inflamed. Feels like food is stuck or im choking. Worried. Saw doc yesterday?

Infection: Sounds like an infection, this may be bacterial or viral. May get swelling in the tonsil area or development of an abscess. Best to check in again with your physian ...Read more

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Left tonsil has been enlarged for three weeks. No fever, sore throat or cough. Only symptom is choking on food and feels like Bubble in throat.?

Left tonsil has been enlarged for three weeks. No fever, sore throat or cough. Only symptom is choking on food and feels like Bubble in throat.?

Get checked.: When one tonsil is larger than the other, and this is new, you should get checked by your doc, even though you have no fever. Sometimes strep can present without a fever, and sometimes without a sore throat. Other things can cause this though, and it it's impossible to say without more detail and seeing it in person. ...Read more

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Started choking on food when eating/swallowing. Throat full of phlegm. Constant lump in throat feeling always swallowing. Afraid to eat-there've been 2 times I almost didn't get food out of mouth/throat in time. Cough, rib/chest pain. Ideas/Help please?

Be seen: What you are describing medically would be called dysphagia, there are multiple causes. Among the more common is chronic reflux disease leading to constrict ute of the esophagus. Consider being seen. Work up would likely include a swallowing study and an egd. ...Read more

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I have lump in throat causing right ear pain nausea head and neck pain severe fatigue and problem wirh my balance no health insurance chokeing on food as well hard to breathe laying down?

I have lump in throat causing right ear pain nausea head and neck pain severe fatigue and problem wirh my balance no health insurance chokeing on food as well hard to breathe laying down?

Go to Doctor: Going to the family doctor is not an expensive proposition. Especially when you consider urgent care center or the er, you need to be seen by a physician. Please get to the local family clinic today. ...Read more

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Help! Could something be lodged in your throat without choking?

Help! Could something be lodged in your throat without choking?

That can occur but: Most often a person coughs vigorously. When there is an area of irritation it can feel like something is caught in the throat. ...Read more

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I woke up with a scatchy throat after a choking epis. The night before. I took my temp and it was 100.5 after taking one that was normal. What's wron?

I woke up with a scatchy throat after a choking epis. The night before. I took my temp and it was 100.5 after taking one that was normal. What's wron?

Viral or bacterial?: Good morning,
it is likely you are developing a bacterial or viral infection that might have triggered a chocking episode to start with, depending on what you consider a chocking episode if it was a blockage of airway from some food, and it was expelled after a strong cough spell, it is possible that there was some trauma to the lining of the pharynx, causing the scratchy throat. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Feeling disonfort in the chest choking in the throat?

Feeling disonfort in the chest choking in the throat?

Complicated: It is hard to figure out what is wrong without more information and an exam. It could be a heart problem or the pain could be from esophageal spasm. It's best to see someone in person to get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there a device for getting something out of a childs throat when choking?

Is there a device for getting something out of a childs throat when choking?

No: Heimlich maneuver (for child over 1 year old) consisting of 5 abdominal thrusts; 5 back blows followed by 5 chest thrusts for infants until foreign body dislodges. Blind finger sweep is not recommended. ...Read more

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When I lie down on my back, it feels like something pressing on my throat, choking me. Feel front of throat, large hard knot. Ideas, cause?

See a doctor: Unclear by history, but depending on where the lump is, it may be an enlarged thyroid (if at bottom of neck). Could be any number of things, possibly concerning in light of size of mass and firmness, especially if you smoke. If your neck was fused, a pressure sensation in the throat is very common, and you could have some fibrosis / scarring (small price to pay for healthier spine). ...Read more

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I tried choking myself with a belt, and I didn't succeed, but I did succeed in getting a feeling of having the of something in my throat. Why?

See someone soon.: Probably has something to do with the belt. If you applied enough pressure you may have injured some of the structures in your neck. I am glad you reconsidered and would hope that you seek guidance and help from those around you. Religious leaders, primary care doc, parents, friends. ...Read more

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What would cause copious amounts of mucus in the throat causing choking?

What would cause copious amounts of mucus in the throat causing choking?

Copious mucus: Allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis (non-allergic; triggered by things like cigarette smoke, diesel fumes, perfumes), chronic sinusitis are some causes of post-nasal drainage. Otc antihistamines like claritin/ zyrtec/benadryl, nasal saline spray, prescription nasal steroid sprays may help after good exam by doc to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Past 4 days now I feel like something is stuck in my throat. It is very uncomfortable and at times I feel like it's choking me. What could it be?

Can be many thing: An obstruction from a tonsil, lymphnode, thyroid, etc. It could be food getting stuck in am out pouching called a diverticulum, and so on. A visit to an ENT dr would be helpful and he could look with a fiberoptic scope. ...Read more

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I woke up feeling like I was going to be sick and I felt like I was choking. Felt like there was something stuck in my throat and I had to cough? Why?

I woke up feeling like I was going to be sick and I felt like I was choking. Felt like there was something stuck in my throat and I had to cough? Why?

Cough: Presuming that you are not sick sounds like you had silent acid reflux or LPR where some of the acid of the stomach comes into your throat. May also be esophageal spasm. often what you eat triggers it. Follow up with your gi ...Read more

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