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Tear In Food Pipe
I am assuming mean the esophagus which is the muscular tube which delivers food from the mouth to the stomach. It lies behind the heart and lungs along the spine. The esophagus can tear after severe episode of vomiting. Also by injury either swallowing something sharp or caustic, and by blunt force trauma occasionally. It needs emergent medical attention to ...Read more
Esophagus injury?: I am assuming mean the esophagus which is the muscular tube which delivers food from the mouth to the stomach. It lies behind the heart and lungs along the spine. The esophagus can tear after severe episode of vomiting. Also by injury either swallowing something sharp or caustic, and by blunt force trauma occasionally. It needs emergent medical attention to hopefully avoid debilitating surgery. ...Read more
See below: Perforated or ruptured esophagus is not common and can be very serious in some conditions. Sometimes it can happen after an endoscopy procedure, and sometimes after marked forceful vomiting. Sometimes surgery is needed, and sometimes it is treated with antibiotics. It needs urgent medical evaluation. ...Read more
Can not chewing well & swallowing food tear esophagus? Chest hurt when swallowing cookie. Afterwards no symptoms, but can it be torn asymptomatically?
Unlikely: A complete tear of the esophagus from normal food would be very unlikely, and you'd know it if it happened (think lots of blood and pain). Esophageal stasis is a condition where normal motility in the esophagus is decreased, leading to pain and difficulty swallowing. The swallowing of hard crunchy foods can cause superficial but painful scratches to the lining of the esophagus. ...Read more
Need to see a doc: Heaviness at this age is most likely food indiscretion. If you have been taking alcohol, caffeine, red bull or like drinks these can cause heaviness in the food pipe also known as esophagus. Please be careful in what you are taking in and go see someone for treatment. Eliminate spicy food for now. ...Read more
Esophagus pain: Pain in the esophagus can come from multiple causes, but the most common is gastroesophageal reflux. Other problems are possible also, like esophageal injury from repetitive vomiting. Please see your physician for personalized evaluation, examination, and recommendations. Best wishes. ...Read more
How do you know?: It would be helpful if you listed symptoms. If you have difficulty swallowing, it may be due a narrowing of the esophagus at one or more sites. It may require endoscopy to settle the issue. It would be prudent to consult your doctor as the issue does not seem suitable for this forum. ...Read more
Not normal: This is not normal. You need to see a gastroenterologist soon. ...Read more
Sometimes feel mild spasm in food pipe and get palpitations. Goes away after a about 30 seconds. What would cause it?
Hard to say: This may need a referral to look at your swallowing mechanism and a recording of your heart rhythm. The esophagus and the heart are close to each other. While waiting for a referral to GI and cardiology keep a record of any triggers and if they are associated with each other. All the best getting this figured out. ...Read more
Depends: Early stage cancers of the food pipe and colon are curable. ...Read more
When your trying to heal your esophagus you shouldn't eat more acids? What if your taking meds and your still hurting is it becuz of the acidic food.
Correct: Eating or drinking acid things will make the esophageal irritation worse. It may take time for the meds to work. If you are very pregnant, you probably have reflux and should stay upright as much of the time as you can (even to sleep) and take an antacid whenever you hurt as well as at bedtime or if you wake up in the night. ...Read more
Why does top of esophagus always feel like it is being hurt by food and breathing like theiriis an irregular amount of air going through? Not chewing?
I've had 3 episodes in the past 5months where food is getting stuck in my lower esophagus. Takes 20 min of pain, mucous and gurgling before it passes.
If in a rush on the way to work, normally I guzzle coffee and take big bites of food. How much is the food/drinks temperature damaging me, and what will happen to esophagus?
Not much: While not ideal eating behavior, this should not permanently damage your esophagus or stomach. ...Read more
Pharynx: The pharynx, the common space at the back of the mouth and throat where food and breathing take place, has reflexly operated membranes and cartilage which close the larynx (windpipe) when swallowing and prevents the wrong this from getting past. This can be consciously bypassed - but why would you want this? ...Read more
Small bites and gulp:
Agree with Dr. Pool. The pain may be due spasm of esophageal muscles. Try taking smaller bites of food and smaller gulps of liquids while drinking.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Esophageal symptoms: Technically, the esophagus is a mediastinal structure that sits forward of the spinal cord and behind the airway. As such, its mid-body and not "in the back." that being said, esophageal pain can radiate to the chest or back, and shares many of the same nerve pathways of pain as does the heart. You're right in that food sticking is typically described as "in the chest.". ...Read more
Husband was diagnosed with barrett's esophagus. Was told not to eat spicy or citrus foods. He eats ketchup on everything at every meal. Problem?
Yes: The nih have identified tomatoes, tomato products and citrus fruits as major offenders. Avoid oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, pineapples, tomatoes, tomato sauce, salsa, chili, pizza, chocolate, garlic and onions, broccoli, coffee, alcohol. Also loose weight to a bmi of less than 28, avoid tight cloths, try eating 6 smaller meals a day. Good luck. ...Read more
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