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Pills Stuck In Esophogus
I took a pill and now my esophagus is hurting. I think it went down weird. Is there anything I can do to ease the pain?
Sips: Sips of water.....liquid, soaked bread.Get a more detailed answer ›
Talk to your doctor: Some medications are irritants to the esphagus and are usually taken with food or water. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if it is the medication. If is not getting better or getting worse will need a more evaluation and possible studies. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Some pills/tabs/caps have a hard outer casing and may need to be removed with a scoping procedure if truly stuck in the lower esophageal area. ...Read more
I took a Zoloft (sertraline) pill last night before bed without water and it feels like it is obstructing my esophagus. What should I do.
The quick answer is: Let liquid trickle down your throat and see if it dissolves on its own. I assume you don't have any trouble breathing. Or, eat something like a big bite of raw bread and see if things get moving. A little Pepto Bismo will soothing the lining of your throat and esophagus afterwards. If you still have the sensation of blockage, the pill might have scraped the sides of your throat. See MD. ...Read more
I just had an X-ray while I drank barium and swallowed a pill. The pill barely fit through a narrowing of part of esophagus. What can be done?
Check with MD: Discuss your symptoms with the ordering physician and find out what they saw in the study. ...Read more
Should my prescribed acid reflux pills be burning my esophagus? If so, how can that cause heartburn or reflux?
Pills shouldn't burn: Acid reflux pills should not burn when swallowed. If you have severe reflux, you can have injury and inflammation of the esophagus. This would make it very painful to swallow anything (dysphagia). Most acid reflux pills act by reducing the acid from the acid producing cells of the stomach. The pills will not cause reflux. You may have other problems (like hiatal hernia) that would need diagnosis. ...Read more
Occasionally I will have a churning feeling in my stomach, there is no burning in my esophagus, but I feel like there is a pill stuck in my throat?
May be reflux:
Globus sensation (something stuck in the throat) can be seen with reflux (even without heartburn), as well as problems of the throat, tonsils, pharynx, voice box (larynx), etc.
See your doc first; maybe an ENT to look around, scans to check the nearby areas that can't be visualized, or a GI doc to check for reflux after that.,. ...Read more
I have a growth in my throat go down esophagus for 4 years I am always sick and it's hard to swallow and take pills I do not have tonsils what is it?
Currently taking ranitidine for inflamed esophagus, also on the oral contraceptive pill rigevidon. Will ranitidine reduce effectiveness of the pill?
Eating: Sometimes ingested items not fully chewed can get stuck in esophagus. Chicken and fish bones sometimes leave sensation because of scratch in esophagus or pharynx leave stuck sensation. Narrowings (stenoses) of esophagus from surgery, reflux esophagitis, hernia and congenital abnormalities can cause holdup of materials. ...Read more
Narrowed esophagus: There are various disorders that can cause narrowed esophagus. The can range from benign (secondary to reflux or prior radiation or ingestion of caustic substance) to malignant(cancerous) the narrowing can also be caused by extrinsic(something pushing from outside) compression to esophagus. The best test to diagnose this is either esophagram or endoscopy. With endoscopy, you can diagnose & treat. ...Read more
Anti reflux Rx: Be is a complication of chronic reflux; may be painless. Cells in lower esophagus look like intestinal cells, would be ok if they weren't esoph. Cells; less resistant to chemical onslaught. Pre-cancerous. 1% of barrett's pts. May develop adeno (gland) ca of esoph. Rx with aggressive med rx, ppi twice a day, and follow up endoscopy to check for "dysplasia"-more cancer-like; can remove by scope. ...Read more
Change in lining: Barrett's esophagus is when there is irritation to the area between the esophagus and stomach, causing the cells there to change from one form to another. The reason this is important is because the changed cells have a relatively high (compared to normal people) chance to progress to cancer. You would need endoscopy to find and treat this condition. ...Read more
Spasm: The esophagus is very muscular to move food from your mouth o your stomach. Sometimes these muscles cramp up into a spasm, which causes a severe pain. Please contact your primary provider to evaluate this further if it dosen't resolve soon ...Read more
Probably: Barrett's is caused by the bathing of the bottom of the esophogus with irritating substances. Barrett's is considered to be a pre-cancerous condition, so you want to avoid getting it. It can occur even if you take antiacids or drugs like nexium, (esomeprazole) prevacid, Prilosec or tagamet because bile reflux which isn't painful can also cause it. You need to see a GI for endoscopy and follow up. ...Read more
No: The vast majority are benign. It's good to check occasionally for little cancers that can develop. ...Read more
Possible: If you are asking if a person can get an infection in the esophagus, the answer is yes. Infection can occur in any part of the body. If you are asking about esophagitis, it does not have to be an actual infection caused by a bacterium, virus, fungus, or parasite. It can mean irritation of the esophageal mucosa from recurrent exposure to refluxed stomach acid, mostly affecting the lower esophagus. ...Read more
Need to see a Doc: For a thorough exam, history and testing. There some autoimmune/rheumatoid diseases that can present with elbow rashes and esophagitis. My best recommendation would be to see your primary to see if it is autoimmune, allergies or simply two isolated symptoms happening at the same time. I hope this helps! ...Read more
Tube: The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects the back of the throat to the stomach. The esophagus pushes food along similar to a snake swallowing a golf ball. There are two sphincters in the esophagus, one separating the esophagus from the back of the throat, and a lower sphincter separating the esophagus from the stomach. ...Read more