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How can you get rid of the feeling of food stuck in your throat? Feels like it wants to come back up?

How can you get rid of the feeling of food stuck in your throat? Feels like it wants to come back up?

ENT doc: Unusual symptom. You may have some anatomical abnormality. You may have a swallowing idsorder of esophagus See ENt doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Can swollen lymph nodes in your neck cause food to get stuck in your throat?

Can swollen lymph nodes in your neck cause food to get stuck in your throat?

Probably not: But it can feel like it w/ globus pharyngis. Slowly drink tepid water to show that a passage is clear. A likely reason is anxiety which psychotherapy may help. For DIY relief, gently warm your throat w/ a cloth - then w/ posture straight, stretch neck back till looking up. Do slow tilting/rolling of head and gently massage the tightened muscles on neck sides lengthwise till they relax. Best ...Read more

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I have holes on both sides of the back of my mouth throat near the tonsils... I get food stuck in the holes. Can I bleed to death from these? I wonder

I have holes on both sides of the back of my mouth throat near the tonsils... I get food stuck in the holes. Can I bleed to death from these? I wonder

Cryptic Tonsils: The holes are really crypts and they can periodically fill up with food and other debris. This can cause bad breath and inflammation. The only definitive treatment is excision of tonsils. You will not bleed to death from these. The extensive blood supply is much deeper to theses. ...Read more

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I am always afraid that im going to choke on food. How common is this and how can I stop worrying? I Always feel food get stuck in throat.

I am always afraid that im going to choke on food. How common is this and how can I stop worrying? I Always feel food get stuck in throat.

Phobia: This is most likely a symptom of anxiety. Since you have a phobia about choking, first get an examination by an Otolaryngologist for reassurance. If there is still this anxiety, an evaluation and instruction by a speech and swallowing physical therapist at your local hospital should help you overcome this fear. ...Read more

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Food burned my throat, how to get rid of it?

Food burned my throat, how to get rid of it?

Throat burn: As long as you can swallow without too much discomfort, I wouldn't be too worried. It may take a few days, but it should go back to normal, quickly. If you have any trouble getting food/liquids down or if you have trouble breathing, go to the emergency room immediately. ...Read more

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Sometimes I get food coming back up throat, what does that mean?

Sometimes I get food coming back up throat, what does that mean?

Hard to say: Without more information. Some people unconsciously ruminate (regurgitate) as more of a psychologic issue. But others regurgitate due to true organic issues with swallowing whether it be related to an anatomic obstruction or lack of coordination of the swallowing muscles. Nonetheless, see your doc about this. ...Read more

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Food stuck in my throat and I can't get it out! Help what to do?

Food stuck in my throat and I can't get it out! Help what to do?

PlLEASE GO TO ER: You need to be seen as soon as possible as this is very uncomfortable & possibly dangerous. ...Read more

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I get food caught in the base of my throat it is hard to sollow?

I get food caught in the base of my throat it is hard to sollow?

Obstruction: There are many causes to this and can be from weakness of the swallowing muscles to an obstruction like a mass. There is also a very rare pocket called a zenkers diverticulum that can trap food and make it difficult to swallow. Difficulty swollowing needs to be diagnosed as this is symptom that needs to be diagnoses and treated to avoid complications like lung infections. ...Read more

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How come if I don't chew my food well, it seems like it get stuck in my throat? And takes a minute to go down?

How come if I don't chew my food well, it seems like it get stuck in my throat? And takes a minute to go down?

May be normal: If you are not chewing your food well, it is possible that it may get held up. If it still happens with chewing your food well, think of a narrowing, a hernia or an area in the tissue that forms a pouch. This can be sorted out with an esophagoscopy. ...Read more

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Food keeps getting stuck in the middle of my throat when I eat. I have to struggle to get it down and it take a long time. What should I do?

Food keeps getting stuck in the middle of my throat when I eat. I have to struggle to get it down and it take a long time. What should I do?

GI specialist.: Depends on several factors including if you have GERD or any other associated symptoms, as well as how long it has been going on for. Something called Eosinophilic Esophagitis is common in your age group. I would recommend seeing a Gastrointestinal specialist for evaluation and possibly an EGD (a tube with a camera passed into the throat under some sedation). ...Read more

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4 weeks and can't eat solids. Food get stuck in throat. Feels like there's something there all he time. Food feels stuck in front of throat. Wctb?

Dysphagia: Sounds like you had or have scheduled a barium swallow. That's a great first step for this problem. If that doesn't provide an answer, get a referral to ENT for 'laryngoscopy' of throat and possibly 'esophagoscopy' of food passage. Really can't say what is causing this common symptom without taking a look. ...Read more

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Why am I feeling sick all the time and feels like pills and food get stuck in my throat?

Why am I feeling sick all the time and feels like pills and food get stuck in my throat?

Family practice: You will need to see a GI specialist and perform an endoscopy to look down your throat. If you have heartburn or acid reflux take something for that and make an appointment. ...Read more

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What could cause food particles to get stuck in my throat near my airway. Every-time I eat?

What could cause food particles to get stuck in my throat near my airway. Every-time I eat?

? Stricture: One possibility is an esophageal stricture. Esophageal stricture is a narrowing or tightening of the esophagus that causes swallowing difficulties. Make sure you follow-up with your GI dr. As I see you had an endoscopy already. A video swallowing study may be very helpful, which assesses your ability to swallow different food substances and liquids, and may help pinpoint where and why. Best wishes ...Read more

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I have had a weird feeling in ny throat like there's food or something stuck in it. How can I get rid of it?

Reflux precautions: Most likely you are having something that used to be called "globus hystericus." the classic "lump in the throat feeling" we now know is often due to spasm of the upper throat muscle that is supposed to relax when you swallow. This muscle hates acid and stomach juice and if you are having reflux (even if no heartburn) it can cause this muscle to tighten. Stop all acids and try Zantac (ranitidine). Then see md. ...Read more

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Something is collecting in the back of my throat. It is like a small chuck of food. I can get it out, then in another or so there is another month.?

Something is collecting in the back of my throat. It is like a small chuck of food. I can get it out, then in another or so there is another month.?

Tonsil stones: You likely have tonsil stones (tonsillolith) developing - these are harmless bits of calcified material that develop in the crevices of your tonsils. They can make it feel like you have bits of food back there. Sometimes these can be gently removed with a qtip or a water irrigator. Talk to an ENT doctor if they're really bothersome. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How do I get rid of this feeling of food stuck in the back of my throat?

How do I get rid of this feeling of food stuck in the back of my throat?

Please see your PCP: Or gastroenterologist. There are several things that can cause such a sensation. You do need to get it checked. Sorry, can't say what it is exactly as I can't examine you. ...Read more

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When my boyfriend tries to swallow food it feels like his throat is closing, he needs water to get the food down. What could cause this? Thanks!

Dysphagia: There could be simple reasons like not drinking enough water to keep mucus thin for swallowing, but other issues are possible. It could be related to acid reflux, neurologic swallowing dysfunction, esophageal stricture, zenker's diverticulum, and other issues. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I am feeling like when I eat I get swollen, and food stuck in my throat its very uncomfortable, ?

What to do if I am feeling like when I eat I get swollen, and food stuck in my throat its very uncomfortable, ?

Dysphagia: Greetings. The swallowing difficulty may be related to a stricture in your esophagus or a cricopharyngeal muscle spasm. These areas can be easily evaluated with a barium swallow examination. A GI specialist or a Surgeon usually can treat this with an esophageal dilation if indicated. See your doctor for the X-ray order. ...Read more

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I got a piece of food stuck in my throat last night. Is there anyway I can get it out without going to the doctor?

Dysphagia: It cannot be in your wind pipe, you would not be with us now. If it is in your esophagus, can you drink or eat without bringing stuff back up? If so drink plenty fluids to push it down. If indeedyour food isobstructing your esophagusit will need to be extactedin the emergency room. ...Read more

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Whenever I eat my food is getting stuck in my throat (down by my chest) I am having to drink lots of water to get it down. Who wld I see? Why?

Whenever I eat my food is getting stuck in my throat (down by my chest) I am having to drink lots of water to get it down. Who wld I see? Why?

Primary care first: Chances are you will get a referral to a gastroenterologist but your regular physician may spot something that will send you straight to a surgeon. ...Read more

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My throat and neck hurts even though I have no problems drinking or swallowing food. I also get sharp pains randomly around my jaws. What's going on?

My throat and neck hurts even though I have no problems drinking or swallowing food. I also get sharp pains randomly around my jaws. What's going on?

? TMJ: You may have temporo-mandibular joint disease.
Does it hurt when try to fully open your mouth? Do you feel a click sound when you do that?
Also ear/nose/throat pathologies have to be ruled out. Consider a dental referral if the above symptoms are present. If not or in addition you may see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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My throat is swollen and I can't get food down wats wrong? Wat do I do. I can't get to a doctor

My throat is swollen and I can't get food down wats wrong? Wat do I do. I can't get to a doctor

Throat Swollen: If you can't get food down, you must see a health provider. Try taking Acetaminophen / Ibuprofen for pain, and gargling with warm salt water (1/4 tsp / 16 ounces), until you can see a health provider. Most of the time, this is due to a viral infection, and symptoms will start to improve in 5 - 7 days. If your voice changes or you notice any difficulty breathing, you must see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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I feel like food is stuck in my throat how long does it take for your food to get to your stomach?

I feel like food is stuck in my throat how long does it take for your food to get to your stomach?

Seconds once start..: To swallow. Problems can occur in the mouth, throat, and in esophagus; can range from neuro causes to muscular incoordination., other. ...Read more

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When I eat certain foods, like bread, I get a bump near the start of my throat, it goes away within an hour, could this be some kind of allergy?

When I eat certain foods, like bread, I get a bump near the start of my throat, it goes away within an hour, could this be some kind of allergy?

Probably not: Most cases of food allergy involves symptoms in other organ system and itching noticeably the gastrointestinal tract and the skin. One possibility is whether you have sufficient saliva production. Another is an esophageal obstruction from eosinophilic esophagitis (the mechanism is still unclear but likely from food allergy). See dentist->ENT->GI until you get the answer. ...Read more

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My husband swallowed a pill and he says it's stock in his throat, what can we do to get it to go down? Is it the same tube where food & water go down?

My husband swallowed a pill and he says it's stock in his throat, what can we do to get it to go down? Is it the same tube where food & water go down?

Same tube, drink!: If he swallowed the pill and it got stuck part- way down, then it is probably in his esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). Pills and food can get stuck if your insides are dry, or if there is a "stricture" (narrowing) in the tube. Drink lots of water to try to get it to go down. If he gets a burning feeling or acidy taste backing up from the pill, baking soda in warm water can help. ...Read more

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I have a acid reflux. Jus like food is stuck in throat. I've taken rantac and lansoprazole. No relief yet. Why do I get this often. Do I need tests?

I have a acid reflux. Jus like food is stuck in throat. I've taken rantac and lansoprazole. No relief yet. Why do I get this often. Do I need tests?

Yes you need Endosco: If you have no relief from zantac (ranitidine) and Lansoprazole you should consult a gastroenterologist and may need endoscopy to diagnose and effectively treat your problem. ...Read more

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