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Have acid reflux, choking sensation when belching, inflamed throat. Nervous

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Hello. I Suffer from Acid Reflux and in the midst of a belch/release i felt an abnormal chocking senstation. Alarmed i applied pressure to my throat (nails included) to release the feeling. continued to keep burping for the next couple of minutes, and i applied pressure when needed to. Belching done, but im starting to feel an odd sensation in my airways and my throat feels inflammed. Is it possible i could have applied XXXXXXX pressure to my throat? Extremely nervous i did some harmful damage right now.
Posted Sun, 30 Sep 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 31 minutes later

Thanks for your query.

The irritation in your throat could be due to the acid reflex and not due to the pressure you applied.It is very common for a person with Gastric acid reflux to have throat irritation or even lung infection due to spillage of acid into the respiratory tract.

The throat mucosa will heal on its own , Multivitamins on daily basis for a month helps in faster recovery and maintains the health of the mucosa.

The main treatment for this condition is by antacids.Do continue if you are on one or do take Tab Prilosec OTC one in the early morning before food for 15days, this will control the reflux.

Hope I answered your query.

Wish you good health.

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Follow-up: Have acid reflux, choking sensation when belching, inflamed throat. Nervous 7 minutes later
Thank you! I will be looking into medication for my acid reflux very soon. However I'm having a little trouble swallowing , and im concerned about the pressure that i applied contributed to this. Without thinking i used my nails which are on the longer end, and im afraid i may have damaged/irritated my throat area. Is is possible to cause such an harmful injury from the outside. that is my main worry, that i might have done some serious damage and my breathing will worsen.
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 17 minutes later
Hi again,

The neck structures specially the trachea is made of C shaped elastic cartilage which get compressed on pressure not causing any damage to the mucosa.Need not worry, the pressure you applied could cause a temporary discomfort but not to the level where a serious damage occurred.

Hope I cleared your doubt.

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Follow-up: Have acid reflux, choking sensation when belching, inflamed throat. Nervous 26 minutes later
Thank you. I am trying to relax but i am having a hard time swallowing still. I feel like my mucus keeps coming up and im bleching ,more for air and breath. I would like to rest but when i go to lay down it gets worse. I Do have a past history of anxiety and im really trying to cool my nerves and rest. I keep fearing i'll choke to death or have another bad attack like before. Any suggestions to ease this terrible shallowing sensation, along with anxiety. This feeling and the attack i've had have me feeling extremely nervous.
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 5 hours later

Need not worry, there would be no chance where the inflammation can cause chocking.I agree the discomfort due to Reflux in the throat is similar to what you explain.

Do gargle CHLORHEXIDINE antiseptic solution twice daily after food which prevents any infection and help in early recovery along with Multivitamins. Both above will reduce the discomfort .

Wish you speedy recovery.

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