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Food stuck in esophagus, stomach bloating. Taking medication for heartburn, acid reflux. Serious condition?

Ive had my symptoms for more than 24 hours. It feels like I have a large piece of food stuck in my esophegous and over last few hours this had became increasingly painful to the extent of unbearable. It s like indigestion but much much worse. I m on medication for heartburn which I take every day, ranitidine , for acid reflux , (it is NOT rhe same symptoms) I have taken several doses of this medication over 24 hours but it s not helped at all. I m convinced something is stuck. My stomach is bloated so much to extent it feels like its going to burst. Please help!!!! Should I go to ER?
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
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Since you have unbearable pain, this is not the time to stay back at home. Visit the ER without delay & get physically examined. You need medical support & immediate medical treatment.

Your symptom is indicative of blocked bowel or intestinal obstruction. Avoid taking anything orally. It can be a medical emergency.

Get done X-Ray, CT, USG at the earliest. Your treatment will be done according to the type of obstruction(partial or complete) detected. Your treating doctor may suggest you for a surgery or a stent. Get hospitalized so that your condition can be stabilized.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Nupur K, General & Family Physician
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