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Feeling something stuck in throat and passing frequent bowel movement. Took prilosec. Suggestion?

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My stomach feels as if it is empty and my throat feels like something is stuck. I ate
about 5 1/2 hours ago. This has been going on for a couple weeks. At times my stomach
gurgles and it seems as if I am hungry a lot. No major medical problems 5ft. 8" 158 lbs.
Own my own business, some stress. Was just on vacation for 2 weeks and still noticed the feeling several times, took 14 day dosage of Prilosec, I think it helped a little. I have at least
3 bowel movements a day and sometimes more. When I drink coffee in the morning its not
5 minutes after I have a few drinks that I have to go.
Posted Fri, 8 Mar 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 2 hours later

Thank you for writing to us. I have read your query, and you have provided very valuable information.

It appears as though you have a gastointestinal disorder. In my opinion, just from your description (need to confirm with tests) this disorder is related to the gastric acid produced by your stomach. There are two possibilities. I shall list the symptoms of each, and you can relate to them and let me know. They are:

1. Irritable bowel syndrome: Consists of two conditions Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Symptoms are: mild abdominal cramping or pain after consuming an irritant (listed below) that is relieved by a bowel movement, alternating periods of diarrhea and constipation, abdominal bloating, change in stool frequency and/or consistency, rarely passing mucus from the rectum.
Individuals suffering from this syndrome present with immediate bowel movement (most often diarrhea) after consuming edibles (which are the 'irritant') like (most commonly): caffeine, fatty/oily food, dairy products, tea, coffee, spicy food, alcohol, popcorn, sugar containing drinks, etc.

2. Gastroesophageal refulx disease or peptic peptic ulcer disease: heartburn (present in the center of chest, can radiate to throat along with sore taste in mouth/throat), chest pain, difficulty swallowing, dry cough, regurgitation of food, hoarseness or sore throat, feeling of something stuck in throat.

I hope this information helps. You could write back to me and I shall provide you a more elaborate explanation on the condition you think you can relate to. We shall find the solution to your trouble, do not worry.

Best wishes.
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Follow-up: Feeling something stuck in throat and passing frequent bowel movement. Took prilosec. Suggestion? 13 hours later
Dr. Khan: Thank you for your reply. Do you think I should see a specialist? If so
what kind or should I stay away from certain foods. My bowel movements are
normally loose and happen after most meals. I had a colonoscopy a year ago and
they said everything was normal.
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 10 hours later
Hi once again. Thank you for your response.

Yes I do wish you would see a specialist from the field of gastroenterology. The specialist will be called a gastroenterologist.

The loose bowel movements without any other accompanying symptoms like fever is normally seen in the above mentioned condition colonoscopy might not always diagnose the condition, it helps in making a diagnosis only during an aggravated state.

I hope this information helps. Do write back to me if you have further clarifications, or rate my answers after closing this discussion. Wishing you good health.

Best wishes.
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