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Swallowing food difficult and burp when stuck - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Food gets stuck at the bottom of my throat at the swallowing part and burp when it does get stuck and the foods comes up in my throat
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
User :   I've been having a problem swallowing food
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   ok
User :   It gets stuck where I start to swallow. I would burp and the food particules will come up sometimes with acid
User :   I'm concerned
User :   Anything I eat..Also I have mucus Post Nasal Drip
Doctor :   may i know ur age, weight , height ?
User :   50 260 5'7
User :   I'll turn 50 on Monday
Doctor :   any pain or ulcers in the throat ?
User :   No pain
User :   When I swallow now, it feels like there is something there
Doctor :   do u smoke ?
User :   No
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   the current issues you have could be due to some inflammation in the food pipe (upper end)
User :   it gets stuck at the bottom of the throat
Doctor :   or as a result of post cricoid webs resulting due to iron deficency aneamia
User :   When I swallow I can feel it go down
User :   Do you think it could be a growth?
Doctor :   In that case, this could be achalasia cardia, a muscular disorder due to abnormal persitalysis
Doctor :   this does not appear to be a growth
User :   I don't understand
Doctor :   the best way to diagnose it is by a barium study
User :   OK
Doctor :   or by a upper gI ENDOSCOPY
User :   Should I go to my regular doctor?
User :   It's at the bottm of the neck
User :   Where the chest meets bottom of throat
Doctor :   yes, a regular doc will be better
User :   I'm going tomorrow morning
Doctor :   he will refer you to a gastroenterogist or a ENT doctor , depending on the clinical findings
User :   Should I just drink liquids
User :   For now?
Doctor :   yes
User :   I'm nervous to eat
User :   Protein drinks
Doctor :   you need not be worried
Doctor :   there will not be any major issues as u dont have signs of cancer
User :   I've also tried to clear the throat to get the food particle up
Doctor :   signs like loss of weight, loss of appetite , blood in vomitus, are alarming signs of cancer or tumors
User :   Not at all
Doctor :   In addition, taking meds like antacids and prilosec will help to reduce the symptoms as well
User :   How about the food getting stuck in the throat
Doctor :   the meds will also help that issue as well
User :   What about the food getting stuck in the throat that's a major concern
Doctor :   drink enough fluids ,
User :   OK
Doctor :   no ,
Doctor :   thats a motility disorder and a barium study, will give a diagnosis of what it is
User :   I'm concerned about the throat getting stuck, breathing, etc
Doctor :   medications like caclium blockers can help, in that case
User :   OK
Doctor :   i do undertand your concern
User :   Will my doctor do the barium study or a specialist
Doctor :   but as i said, a barium study , endoscopy are the important steps done by a gastroenterologist
User :   OK I understand
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