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Old 05-02-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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Trouble with eating

Basically I have had this issue as far back as I can remember but I have always kept it to myself and was sort of embarrassed. I am only looking into it now as it is becoming more of a nuisance. I find myself unable to eat in public because I feel like people are watching me, and they very well could be I suppose.

When I eat most solid foods I have to drink to swallow them (chew the food, drink a little and then swallow). This would be like breads, meats, potatoes, etc. Basically anything that can't be chewed into a very fine texture. I'm thinking this may have been caused by a traumatic event when I was younger. I nearly choked on some food and since then I think I had a phobia of choking.

Anyway lately I have been having a lot of random symptoms and after doing some research it looks like I might have LPR now.

My Symptoms:

-Continual throat clearing
-Chronic throat irritation
-Chronic cough (mild, might be considered more of throat clearing)
-Excessive phlegm the throat (I was always told I had a sinus infection accompanied with a post nasal drip)
-Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
-Constant sensation of something in the throat
-Swallowed food comes back up

My problem is that I can not put on weight and am actually having a hard time maintaining my weight. I think this is probably due to all the fluids I consume to eat just one small meal.

I will be going to see my doctor this week and ask for a referral to an ENT. Does anyone know if this is something that can be cured or am I doomed to struggle with eating the rest of my life?

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Old 05-03-2009, 03:46 PM   #2
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Re: Trouble with eating

I would ask to be seen by a GI doctor rather than ENT. I hope the doctor can help you.

 
Old 08-10-2011, 06:56 PM   #3
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Wishing you luck, as you persue this and wade thru the medical system. I have had a similar problem with choking (have had to perform Heimlich on myself, on a few occasions). It has in the past gotten so difficult that I avoided certain foods, combined with certain situations - laughing, out in public, being watched etc.

I had a scope done 20 yrs ago, not under sedation, by an awful doctor who injured me. But gosh, I was able to swallow whole kidney beans, elbow noodles, you name it! Which, in my mind, reinforced that it wasn't 'all in my mind' (actually, I don't care if it is 'all in my mind', I just want to find ways to deal with it!!). Unfortunately, it has gotten bad again.

I was referred to another GI and had an attempt at a scope last week. My esophagus is so incredibly narrow that he couldn't pass the scope without risk of severe injury to me. Now I am being referred to an ENT, for a dilation.

My understanding is that the ENT will deal with upper esophagus issues? Then I will go back for a scope and more biopsies with the GI.

It is possible that this is a chronic condition, I have no idea why (I've just posted on this), and would need regular dilations.

All this to say that being seen by a specialist is important, figuring out a possible cause, and perhaps learning some strategies. I like to think that there are solutions!!!!

 
Old 09-14-2011, 11:26 AM   #4
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Re: Trouble with eating

well, the ENT can look into your larynx to see if there is evidence of acid damage and they can order swallowing tests and manometries to check your swallowing. I am going through similar things and I am noticing when I eat bread, especially thick bread, I get so bloated and feel the reflux. May have som esophagitis but at any rate, ENT is not a bad place to start but you may need GI doc. Good luck. I hjate this mess!

 
Old 09-14-2011, 05:54 PM   #5
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Re: Trouble with eating

Hi there,

Things are moving slower than cold molasses here. The ENT doesn't want to touch me so the GI has referred me to a thoracic surgeon.

I finally got a copy of the GI's report and in it, the GI said that that stricture was so severe and so high up that he was unwilling to even attempt a bougie dilation at that time.

 
Old 10-28-2011, 06:00 AM   #6
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Hi- any updates on what the doc said? It sounds like you may have symptoms of reflux, but I believe sometimes our eating habits can cause symptoms that are familiar to reflux and if we can get them under control that will alleviate some of the symptoms. For instance, if you were able to eat more regularly then perhaps your stomach would begin to function better and some of your symptoms would subside.

I worked in the mental health field for some years and I also have struggled with anxiety myself. Your fear of eating in front of others along with your scare years before seem to have created much anxiety. Anxiety also causes many disturbances in our digestive symptoms and seeking treatment for your anxiety may provide some relief as well.

Definately see a doctor and best of luck! Keep us posted on how you are doing

 
Old 10-28-2011, 06:06 AM   #7
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Hi there,

Things are moving slower than cold molasses here. The ENT doesn't want to touch me so the GI has referred me to a thoracic surgeon.

I finally got a copy of the GI's report and in it, the GI said that that stricture was so severe and so high up that he was unwilling to even attempt a bougie dilation at that time.
Oh I feel for you! I really hope that someone is able to help you get some relief. I just joined the website because of the problems I am having with my throat. I thought maybe someone could give me some wisdom or encouragement on how to deal with it. Or some advice or even better...an success story! After reading what you are going through I feel like I have every right to be grateful that I don't have any strictures.

I will be praying for you

 
Old 10-28-2011, 02:23 PM   #8
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Oh I feel for you! I really hope that someone is able to help you get some relief. I just joined the website because of the problems I am having with my throat. I thought maybe someone could give me some wisdom or encouragement on how to deal with it. Or some advice or even better...an success story! After reading what you are going through I feel like I have every right to be grateful that I don't have any strictures.

I will be praying for you
I saw a thoracic surgeon this week for a dialitation (sp?) but it was a disaster!!!! The IV sedation didn't work AT ALL. I kept panicking, pointing to my IV (as to say, is it in my vein??). So I have been rescheduled, this time for a general anesthetic. The surgeon thinks that I may need two or three dialitations, plus a scope, but probably won't do any more biopsies (or at least, not all these things at the same time).

Certainly anxiety can play a factor when trying to eat some lumpier things - my kids acting up at the table plus me trying to say something = choking. Very unpleasant.

 
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