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Old 08-29-2006, 09:49 AM   #1
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swallowing and gallstones..please read

Hi,
Im am a 37 year old male. I have been experiencing trouble swallowing
my food at times. Its been going on for months.maybe a year. It happens on
ly occasionaly and sporadicly. If I had to average it out I would say 1-2 ti
mes in a two week period. I will be eating a meal when suddenly I feel the
food lodge in my chest. Its not painfull and I can breath but the pressure
is very uncomfortable. I try and dislodge it by stretching and breathing de
eper but usually my eyes will start to water and I have to stand up, go stan
d by the sink and drink some fluids attempting to flush it. The fluid now i
n my chest builds more pressure which is even more uncomfortable and then it
"flushes". I immediatly feel fine as if it never happened and continue eat
ing.
I went to see my doctor about it and he sent me for a UGI which resulte
d in everything looking fine. He also sent me for an ultrasound of my abdomi
nal region which showed that I had a gallstone. I do not remember the exact
size offhand but he drew the size on a piece of paper and it looked to me to
be about a 1/4 inch in size. He then sent me for a Biliary Scan with Eject
ion Fraction and the results of that was 19%. He explained to me that my ga
llbladder should come out. I am going to speak to an expert for a 2nd opini
on but I wanted some other opinions.
First off.is food getting stuck in my chest in anyway tied to my gallb
ladder? Im certain im not confusing the feeling of food in my chest with ano
ther symptom. Its definetly the food stopping in my chest. Its only ever hap
pened when im eating and right after I swallow. I feel the food stop. Furthe
r more im not experiencing any symptoms of a gallstone. No pain, indigestio
n, burping etc.. Does my gallbladder really need to come out before symptom
s arrise?
Im currently waiting for a surgeon to call me that my doctor is setting
up for me. He is also sending me to get my throat scoped for the swallowin
g problem.
Anyone have a similar experience?
Thx!
Kirk

 
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Old 08-29-2006, 10:15 AM   #2
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Re: swallowing and gallstones..please read

Does it need to come out? Only if you want to avoid emergency surgery when the thing ruptures. Seriously, with a proven stone and that low an ejection rate, it needs to go ASAP. Undoutedly it will be very diseased. And as long as you can have it out laproscopically, you need to do it. Don't wait till they have to do it the old fashioned way....And everyone has different symptoms...one friend only had severe nausea, never any pain and they thought it was some sort of stomach flu. If they've ruled out acid reflux, GERD and other esophageal issues, then those symptoms could be all you ever get with the GB. Good luck.

 
Old 08-29-2006, 10:44 AM   #3
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Re: swallowing and gallstones..please read

Do my issues with swallowing sound like they have anything to do with the gallstone?

Kirk

 
Old 08-29-2006, 01:09 PM   #4
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Re: swallowing and gallstones..please read

Not typically but as I said, everyone is different. And if they've ruled out the usualy suspects (reflux, GERD,etc) it could be the gb.

 
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