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Food stuck in esophagus causing back and chest pain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr XXX here
Doctor :   please proceed with your query
User :   Hi, I swallowed a large peice of food and had to force it down because it basically got stuck. I now have a stabbing pain in my back and chest area. Should I got to the ER or is there anythign I can do to obtain comfort?
Doctor :   when did it happen ?
User :   About 3 1/2 hours ago
User :   I can swallow food and water currently, but the pain is constant
Doctor :   are you breathing ok ?
User :   Breathing is fine
Doctor :   how did you force it out ?
User :   I was able to swallow it down after a couple of swallows
Doctor :   ok and now when you drink water it causes pain ?
Doctor :   may i know your age ?
User :   When I drink, swallow, or even lay down it hurts mostly in my back area. I am 30 years old
Doctor :   do you feel as if there is something still stuck in your throat ?
User :   No, I feel as if my esophagus was stretched too far or possibly even obtain a small cut
Doctor :   well you are right its called retching and it can cause small wounds as you pushed the food inside
Doctor :   since its hurting you constantly i would suggest you should go to the ER . there might be slight bleeding too so its better to get an examination done
Doctor :   since you are breathing fine so that rules out it as a medical emergency but still minor wounds in the food pipe will cause you lot of pain
User :   How long will the pain last - should I wait a few hours or see how I am tomorrow and the pain is still there, then go to the ER?
User :   I would like to avoid the ER if possible
Doctor :   it depends on how much tear or damage it has been caused
Doctor :   i can understand your concern but its something you cant take it too lightly either
User :   Ok, I appreciate your help
Doctor :   your most welcome
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