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Frequent feeling of food or drink getting caught in my airway. Is this a sign of an illness? Safe remedy?


I have this frequent feeling of food or drink getting caught in my airway after I eat or drink. It causes me to cough, and sometimes some mucous comes up, but most of the time the cough is dry and it still feels like something is in my airway. It is extremely frustrating and I find myself compulsively trying to clear my throat to no avail. Occassionally I seem to succeed in clearing it but the disturbing part is that most of the time I cannot. This has been going on for a year or more. My doctor had me do a barium swallow and detected nothing unusual. In terms of my background the only related factors I can think of are that I was exposed to alot of second hand smoke growing up and I live in a city with quite heavy air pollution.
Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Sep 2013
Hello, thanks for the query to HCM Forum.
Esophagus is a tube through which food enter into stomach ( abdomen).
When you eat or drink something there is cough and mucus , sometimes vomiting from one year or so.
Trachea is a pipe or tube through which air enter into our lungs.
Esophagus and trachea have a common junction (pharynx).
In my opinion there is fold in esophagus so that when you try to eat or drink these things enters into trachea and there is cough and mucus.
So please get in an examination of esophagus and trachea by a consultant and your's problem will be solved.
Good luck. Dr HET
Answered: Wed, 1 May 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Nehal Shah's  Response
Thanks for using healthcare magic.

As barium swallow is normal, I do not feel any problem with your digestive track. Still you should go for Gastrophysician who may advise for upper Gastro-intestinal endoscopy. You should also check your hemoglobin level.
Sometimes, out of constant attention over your symptoms, this kind of things does happen.

Answered: Thu, 2 May 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Sushil Kumar Sompur's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

I understand your concern. I also see that you have had a barium swallow done and nothing has been detected. I hope you have also gotten an X-ray done. It is usually the case that you might have a problem with anxiety which causes you to have a bolus like sensation in your throat. It is known as globus hystericus. I hope you understand and take yourself to a psychiatrist who can investigate further. I hope this helps. Take care and have a lovely day!
Answered: Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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