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What Can Happen If You Swallow Some Food Down The Wrong Way
Every time I swallow a liquid or food it feels like the food is going down the wrong way, sort of hurts. Its been like this for the last few days?
If you have sore throat you may be coming up with Viral URI. This is the Flu season so be careful. Hope you had Flu Shot.
Drink warm drinks like Ginger and camomile tea. Gargle with Warm water. Get examined to make sure you do not have Tonsillitis. If so you may need Antibiotic. ...Read more
When I swallow food or a drink it hurts my chest like it went down the wrong pipe. Last 2 nights had bad heartburn from a pill I take. Could I be sick?
Acid reflux: This could be acid reflux. The common risk factors are eating large meals or lying down right after a meal, being overweight or obese, smoking, citrus fruits, and drinking certain beverages, such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, or tea. Treatment includes avoiding trigger factors, not eating at least 2 to 3 hours before lying down. losing weight and taking antireflux medications. ...Read more
When I swallow any food or liquid, it feels as if it's going down the wrong tube in the throat. Why is this?
Hard to several: As several different problems can cause aspirations, as in food/liquid going down the wrong "pipe". Your best bet is review this with your doctor as you may benefit from a swallow study to better delineate if you have any anatomic or motility issues with swallowing. ...Read more
When swallowing food I have difficulty some times food goes down and then comes back up. Sometimes white frothy stuff comes up. Getting worse?
Reflux: This is one of the most common problems in clinical medicine. A physician's office visit is in order; the trick of elevating the head of your bed on cinder blocks is a time-honored remedy as well. ...Read more
Swallowed some food wrong and started coughing which somewhat helped. Tried water, other foods and bread. Now it feels if something is blocking. Help!
Need for examination: Any acute symptoms are not a suitable issue for this forum. If you feel there is obstruction to your breathing please go to an emergency room. ...Read more
See your doctor: Your doctor may want to do an xray study to answer that question. There are lots of reasons that could be affecting your food pipe, some of them may show on xray, some may require direct visualization. Start off with your primary doctor and I wish you good luck. ...Read more
The same thing: As if you eat normally. They just have less time to function. ...Read more
Food Getting Stuck: See a GI physician to find out what's wrong. It could be serious. ...Read more
Pharyngeal dysphagia: Swallowing is complicated with coordination of multiple muscles. Any one of these can cause problems. This needs to be evaluated by a doc (gi or ent) or you need a swallowing study. ...Read more
I cant eat, haven't in 14 days. I swallow food and I sweat, feel like the food cant go down and feel like im going to throw it up. Why?
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I have trouble swallowing and keeping food down my throat and it hurts sometimes. What could it be?
Age69.While swallowing food it gets stuck. I have to wash it down with water. Also feels burning sensation. What is the problem?
Esophageal stricture: Stricture is narrowing so esophageal stricture is narrowing of tube connecting mouth to stomach. Solid food might get stuck at narrowing & be unable to pass into stomach. Or symptoms might just be a manifestation of bad heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease. If liquids pass easily, more likely to be stricture. Ask your family doc about referral to gastroenterologist for endoscopic bougie. ...Read more
I have a terrible feeling of being choked. It's even hard to swallow food and water. It feels like a rock going down. Any idea what it might be?
Check for dysphagia: Since your symptoms are quite severe, I would suggest seeing doc for eval--possible scope is needed. You may just have globus pharyngeous, a common "lump-in-throat sensation" giving a choking sensation w/o actual swallowing difficulty. Common causes: cricopharyngeal spasm, reflux, esophageal dysmotilty, or often from anxiety. This can be bothersome/scary for some. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Modified barium swallow SLP said all food went down but esophagus wasn't closing all the way and looked like an air bubble was there? What does mean?
Barium swallow: Limited details given, but it is normal to see air bubbles during the barium swallow. The only place the esophagus needs to close all the way is at the lower esophageal sphincter at the entrance to the stomch. If it is not closing normally, it may mean you are prone to gastroesophageal reflux. ...Read more
Swallowed food the wrong way yesterday, chest hurts today and feels like something is stuck. Forcing myself to throw up hasn't worked. What can I do?
A problem: It sound like you may have a piece of food lodged in your esophagus. If this feeling persists (and it sounds like it does), you should seek prompt attention. Sometimes an endoscopy is necessary to retrieve the offending food. It's much better to do this sooner rather than later. ...Read more
Cleared my throat too much resulting in a sore throat on one side mid-way down the throat which has moved to the other side. Hurts to swallow food.
Sore throats: Get seen. It's not from clearing your throat. Strep thirst can be deadly. There's other concerns too. ...Read more
Every time I swallow any food or liquid I get a sharp pain in the left side of my chest, what is wrong it is only a mild pain?
Get a sharp pain up my left leg, I cannot get it to move when I get up from laying down and after sitting. Also have problems swallowing food.?
See your doctor: This needs to be thoroughl;y evaluated to find out what's wrong and what can be done for you. ...Read more
Do scleroderma patients have swallowing problems abruptly? Quick onset? All the sudden I feel like water and food get stuck though it does go down.
Possibly: It can occur, but usually not abruptly. Evaluation of the esophagus required. ...Read more
I swallowed a 2-inch and 3-inch carrot. It got stuck in my esophagus and hasn't gone down after 24 hours with water and food. Do I need to go to er?
Yes: The longer the food stays stuck, the more riskier the endoscopic procedure. ...Read more
I have trouble swallowing food, it goes down slowly, whenever I do not take prilosec. I have to take it every day to be ok. Was diag. Wit hiat. Hernia?
Hiatal hernia: You might have more than an hiatal hernia. The addition of gerd, acid/bile reflux may have damaged/scarred your lower esophagus. Okay to ask your regular doc about surgical options in addition to your current medical therapy. A scope/egd will be helpful to diagnose and help plan future therapies. ...Read more
Cant swallow food and I feel like I choke with the food I eat I also have a shortness of breath I went to e.R and they told mr nothing was wrong what?
See a GI doctor: You may be having achalasia and this should be looked at soon. Ask your primary doctor to have you see a gastroenterologist soon and have an evaluation. You may need a barium swallow study or endoscopy for example. This has many causes and some definitely need to be addressed asap. ...Read more
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 more
Anytime I swallow anything water, food even my own saliva, I feel this sharp pain in my chest that runs down my back. Can someone explain this please?
What food?: Have you noticed if there is any particularly type of food/drink that exacerbates the symptoms? Spicy food? Acidic food? And what's the timing in relation to food? Right off the bat, a number of things come to mind, such as esophageal spasm, esophagitis, reflux, even gallstone or pancreatitis. More info would help. Tx. ...Read more
Squishy sound in ear. This occurs when swallowing food and liquid and touching inside top of ear and behind ear. What's wrong?
Possible wax: This could be the result of wax deep in your ear canal rubbing against the ear drum. Have your physician examine your ear to see if wax is the problem. ...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?
Carrot: Generally something like a carrot that size will move on downstream. If you are having discomfort from it, you should see a doc and get it evaluated. ...Read more
Food in lungs? I had a hard time swallowing a piece of steak. I couldn't breath for a short time, but then got the steak down. It hurt going down, and my chest (sternum area) continues to hurt. Is it possible that this meat went into my lungs? I was ab
No: No I do not think that you inhaled that piece of steak into your lungs. You would have smothered and probably died. More likely the piece of steak ws swallowed and went into your stomach. The chest pain is referred pain from your esophagus which you irritated trying to swallow the piece of meat. Things will be ok with a little time. If you develope more difficulty swallowing please see your physician, as it may be a sign of an esophageal stricture. ...Read more
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