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Side Effects of Barium Swallow Test - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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User :   i feel a burning sensation when i breathe. Can this be anxiety? I just came from dr. 30 minutes ago my oxy sats were 97% and they said everything seemed fine.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
what did your doctor say?
User :   well i went i with my throat hurting but told her that it hurt and burned when i breathed in. she checked for strep throat and looked in my ears and throat and sd everything was fine. sounded like muscle tension and told me to take ibuprofen
Doctor :  
User :   but this burning sensation is really bothering me. im just wondering if this is just my anxiety getting the best of me. i do suffer from it
User :   having pain in upper back area as well
Doctor :   do you have pain in the throat while swallowing?
User :   no
Doctor :  
User :   no
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User :   no
Doctor :   fever?
User :   i did have barium swallow done on two days ago and wondering if this is any side effect
Doctor :  
User :   she said i had low grade fever
User :   but didnt tell me what it was
Doctor :   for what barium swallow was done?
User :   i have had some feelings of food getting stuck in my throat and chest. barium swallow came out fine.
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
probably it is the mild irritation caused by the barium swallow that is giving the burning sensation
Doctor :  
while you breath
User :   is this serious. because it is really bothering me.
Doctor :  
no it is not serious
User :   is there anything i can do to make it go away faster?
User :   this sensation is all in my upper back as well
Doctor :  
it takes some time for the sensation to go
Doctor :  
you can use the medication ibuprofen as prescribed
Doctor :  
consume cold milk
User :   so my esophagus is just inflamed from the barium?
Doctor :  
it is the upper airway not the oesophagus
User :   ok
User :   is there a time frame where if it doesnt go away i should call my dr or go to er?
Doctor :   it will go away with in 2 to 3 days of treatement with ibuprofen
User :   and is this causing the back pain too?
Doctor :  
yes it can cause a radiating type back pain
User :   so ibuprofen and cold milk? how much ibuprofen?
Doctor :  
400 mg two times a day
Doctor :   after meals
User :   thank you dr.
Doctor :  
thanks for consulting health care magic
Doctor :  
bye for now
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