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I took a cranberry pill that I'm worried went down the wrong pipe. I didn't gag when I swallowed but it felt odd and I keep tasting it when I breath.?

I took a cranberry pill that I'm worried went down the wrong pipe. I didn't gag when I swallowed but it felt odd and I keep tasting it when I breath.?

Follow-up: It is possible to get aspiration pneumonia if the food passes into your lungs. If you feel uncomfortable and symptoms persist or worsen I suggest a routine exam at a clinic or office to be on the safe side. A clinician can listen to your lungs and order X-rays of your lungs. I wish you well with your health and I am available for a virtual consult with you about this or other health matters. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can a pill go down the wrong pipe I took a lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg last night around 1030 I think it went down wrong pipe not sure?

Can a pill go down the wrong pipe I took a lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg last night around 1030 I think it went down wrong pipe not sure?

Should be ok by now.: If it went down the wrong pipe - meaning it went into your trachea - you would have been coughing quite a bit!!!! . Whereever it went it would be dissolved by now. ...Read more

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The area around my nipples keeps changing, sometimes small and hard others spread out, pink and softish. Been on pill for 4.5 months. What's wrong?

The area around my nipples keeps changing, sometimes small and hard others spread out, pink and softish. Been on pill for 4.5 months. What's wrong?

Not necessarily any: Problem. They vary. Certainly hormonal changes change them, but also just cold or anything that changes skin tone.
dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them, and this is NOT an appropriate venue for that, so, would have to get an opinion from a GYN. ...Read more

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I am doing novolog 2xday 40 units and a pill once I eat small meals except at night I tend to eat more my sugar results have been 400 &^, what wrong?

I am doing novolog 2xday 40 units and a pill once I eat small meals except at night I tend to eat more my sugar results have been 400 &^, what wrong?

Sugar Log: When are you taking your blood glucose? When are you getting the 400 readings- is this before or after eating? It's possible that you may need a sliding scale for extra Insulin if you are eating more at a certain time of day. Or you may need to increase your second dose of the NovoLog which I assume you take later in the day? Keep a sugar log and discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Took birth control pill with water, some water went down wrong pipe, but think pill was swallowed-pill possibly aspirated? Coughed but nothing came up

Took birth control pill with water, some water went down wrong pipe, but think pill was swallowed-pill possibly aspirated? Coughed but nothing came up

Tricky.: Mostly the airway defends itself. Good news bad news.
Good news is the pill dissolves and there are about the LEAST toxic/burning/bad chemicals in birth control pills (fosamax, aspirin, tetracycline MUCH worse).
Bad news is even if pill dissolves it can cause a chronic bronchitis. If there is NOT continuing cough, its going to be hard to do much. If there is, needs major testing. ...Read more

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Swallowed large pill (bactrim) & it feels like it went down wrong pipe/is stuck. I'm not coughing I am clearing my throat more. Should I be worried?

Swallowed large pill (bactrim) & it feels like it went down wrong pipe/is stuck. I'm not coughing I am clearing my throat more. Should I be worried?

No immediate concern: If it went down the wrong pipe, you would be coughing severely. You swallowed it, so it went into your esophagus. Drink plenty of fluids to wash it down. It should work its way down without a problem, as a pill is not very large. ...Read more

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It feels like pills are stuck in my throat or food is not going all the way down. I keep drinking water and it only helps a little bit.

It feels like pills are stuck in my throat or food is not going all the way down. I keep drinking water and it only helps a little bit.

You should see if: Your throat is swollen for some reason, as tonsils or the posterior wall of the throat itself can be swollen due to allergies or anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction). You may also have a polyp or infection of your throat such as thrush. You should see a healthcare provider as soon as possible if this effect does not go away within the next 3 days. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Something wrong w my stomach. Haven't had an endoscopy yet. Cant keep things down, so nausea. Took Zofran (ondansetron) pill. What else? Will dr give me prescription for injects?

Something wrong w my stomach. Haven't had an endoscopy yet. Cant keep things down, so nausea. Took Zofran (ondansetron) pill. What else? Will dr give me prescription for injects?

Ulcers vs gallbladde: Should seek advice of physician. Could be sign of ulcers related, or gallbladder related. Ur physician will direct you to right place. ...Read more

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Sometimes I feel as if I have knots in my chest kind of like I swallowed a pill wrong and I can feel it moving down my diaphragm what could this be?

Sometimes I feel as if I have knots in my chest kind of like I swallowed a pill wrong and I can feel it moving down my diaphragm what could this be?

A conversation: With your surgeon (gb removal) or pcp would be ideal at this point: this constellation of historical information (young, gb removal, type-2 dm, swallowing difficulties, perhaps mildly overweight.?) suggest ruling out several causes of your discomfort. Let us know how things turn out! ...Read more

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Felt a pill go down the wrong pipe (the sensation was on the right side of my throat while trying to swallow, however), worried it might be lodged in?

Felt a pill go down the wrong pipe (the sensation was on the right side of my throat while trying to swallow, however), worried it might be lodged in?

Will dissolve: Even if a pill was lodged in the pharynx, it would soon dissolve and not cause any problems. I doubt it went down "the wrong pipe" meaning the airway, you would have had considerable coughing. ...Read more

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If my bf rubbed 'down there' with very little precum on his hand, could I get pregnant? On LOLO BC for over a year. Never missed a pill & a virgin

If my bf rubbed 'down there' with very little precum on his hand, could I get pregnant? On LOLO BC for over a year. Never missed a pill & a virgin

Not likely, but...: Realistically your chances are exceptionally low perhaps not zero but it would be more likely to get struck by lightning.

However, the Devil is in the details. Did he push his fingers inside or only outside, either way unlikely.

But be careful because sexual transmitted disease's can still be transmitted in various ways not unlike would you describe. ...Read more

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Had sex 3 weeks ago been spotting brown blood for 2 weeks consistently and on the bc pill. What's wrong with me? Is it my period trying to come down?

Had sex 3 weeks ago been spotting brown blood for 2 weeks consistently and on the bc pill. What's wrong with me? Is it my period trying to come down?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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Hello, I was taking an Advil capsule and as I was swallowing felt the water going down the wrong pipe. Since I was mid-swallow I kept going, and then coughed a bit after it was over. Is it possible that I aspirated the pill too along with the water?

Hello, I was taking an Advil capsule and as I was swallowing felt the water going down the wrong pipe. Since I was mid-swallow I kept going, and then coughed a bit after it was over. Is it possible that I aspirated the pill too along with the water?

Protective mech.: Usually the protective mechanism protecting the swallowing process would prevent such things. The whole point of the cough is to expel things like pills, preventing them from going into the lungs. Besides, I'd think you'd have more symptoms of you truly aspirated - shortness of breath, chest pain for example. ...Read more

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I started my period a little over a week early. I am on birth control and do not miss a pill. Usually I cramp, but this time I didn't. What's wrong?

I started my period a little over a week early. I am on birth control and do not miss a pill. Usually I cramp, but this time I didn't. What's wrong?

Probably nothing: This is not a period but what we call breakthrough bleeding. Your period on the pill should come predictably at the end of your pack. This can occur randomly, or if you are inconsistent taking your pills, or may be triggered by other medications like antibiotics. Effectiveness may be reduced so use backup contraception. ...Read more

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Trying to get pregnant haven't had a period still have symptoms of a period but no blood comes down what to do been to three doctors can't find anything wrong no std's nothing I've taken pills to help but still nothing

Trying to get pregnant haven't had a period still have symptoms of a period but no blood comes down what to do been to three doctors can't find anything wrong no std's nothing I've taken pills to help but still nothing

The: The menstrual cycle bleeding is controlled by hormones and these can be tested for by blood tests. Your ovaries make estrogen to grow an egg and then after an egg is released Progesterone is produced and if you do not get pregnant then these two hormones fall and trigger a regular period bleed. If you are not making eggs you do not make regular period bleeding. You can take a progestin pill to make bleeding but that will only work if you are making estrogen. There is no way to fix this over the internet, you will need to see someone. Naturally you would have also checked a pregnancy test too. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Have 2 have a sitz marker test. Side effects to the pill? What foods calm down bad gas? Pooping clear mucus and very little stool with lots of Gas

Have 2 have a sitz marker test. Side effects to the pill? What foods calm down bad gas? Pooping clear mucus and very little stool with lots of Gas

Multiple questions!: 1) Sitz marker pill is inert & generally causes no side effects; 2) Please see prior HealthTap answers regarding causes of and treatment for "gas"; 3) Please see prior HealthTap answers regarding the significance and differential for rectal mucus discharge. ...Read more

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During dinner I seemed to swallow wrong, a little "seemed to go down the wrong way, " made me cough for about half a min. Is aspiration a worry?

During dinner I seemed to swallow wrong, a little "seemed to go down the wrong way, " made me cough for about half a min. Is aspiration a worry?

Aspiration unlikely: If your protective cough reflex did what its designed to do. Coughing is what your body will do whenever anything goes down the wrong pipe. ...Read more

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Swallowed a small piece of bread, went down the wrong pipe, not choking but feels weird, read about this possibly causing a bad case of pneumonia, ?

Swallowed a small piece of bread, went down the wrong pipe, not choking but feels weird, read about this possibly causing a bad case of pneumonia, ?

Aspiration: What you describe is an aspiration event. Usually, our reflexes protect our airway from foreign objects getting down into the lungs. Certain populations are at higher risk for aspiration pneumonia, usually due to a failure of these reflexes. I would monitor your symptoms and follow up with your doctor if you develop fever or persistent cough. ...Read more