Just a word of caution on the Diet Coke remedy. I had a piece of steak caught low in my throat the other night, which has been happening to me on and off for the last several years- usually if I try and relax and drink small sips of water it will eventually pass.
This time after 45 mins it was till stuck and really impeding my breathing. My son went online and found this Diet Coke cure, and said to take a "couple gulps" of it. I don't drink soda, but we had a new litre bottle left over from a party, so we opened it and I took a couple gulps.
Immediately I was struck with burning pain and pressure around the meat in my throat and severe pain and pressure what I believe to be the entrance to and inside my stomach, (just under my breastbone). It felt like I had acid eating away my insides. I just stood over the sink crying out in pain until it dissapated enough for me to move. We decided to go to the ER and on the way out I threw up a couple times before my son got me a bowl to use on the car ride, I then threw up a couple more times large amounts of mucus and blood. The bowl had about a half pint of it. Scary to say the least.
The ER doctor gave me a shot to relax the soft throat muscles and eventually the meat moved down. The pain in the throat and stomach continued. They couldn't tell me why I was bleeding except for irritation or who knows? It felt like the Coke attacked my already irritated inner flesh and caused the bleeding, but of course I don't know for sure. Maybe because I do not drink Coke I am sensitive to it? I don't normally have any digestive problems, though, or a sensitive stomach. It's been 5 days and I am still sore and short of breath, but getting better little by little. The first 2 days were very painful and sore.
Just thought I would share so you could try a small sip first to make sure it doesn't affect you like it did me