Stuck sensation in esophagus w/stomach pain but can swallow fine...help please!
I've been reading up on possibilities like hiatal hernia, eosonophilic esophagitis, stricture, and things like that but nothing sounds exactly like what I have. Here's my story:
First experienced this "stuck" feeling in my lower esophagus about a month and a half ago...only lasted about three days, but then transitioned to RUQ pain that my doctor thought was an ulcer. I've taken ranitidine 150mg twice a day for five or six weeks. Those symptoms stayed the same, never had the "stuck" feeling in my esophagus while I had the other symptoms. But suddenly, a little over a week ago, my other symptoms disappeared and I suddenly started having the "stuck" sensation again. I'm still having it pretty regularly although some days are better than others. Here are the particulars:
- I usually wake up feeling fine and this only happens after I have a meal.
- sometimes the sensation is in my lower esophagus, but sometimes it is up near my throat (globus?)
- I can still swallow things fine and have no difficulty eating
- Sometimes I can actually regurgitate small bits of digested food, which taste like acid indicating that they were in my stomach for a while and pushed back up
- I don't really have acid reflux issues (I'm on ranitidine so that keeps it under control)
- some days I'm almost free of the issues and others I can't get the sensation to go away no matter what I do
- certain foods give me the feeling that something is immediately stuck in my throat, usually things like meat and sticky sweets
- I sometimes briefly have stomach pain or pain as food passes through my central esophagus but it's not long-lasting
- no nausea, no blood in vomit or stool
- I do feel a bit winded sometimes but I also have anxiety issues so it may be due to that
And I suppose that those are all of the relevant details. I'm probably going to seek medical attention for this soon but I'd appreciate input in the mean time anyway. Thank you so much to anyone who is actually able to provide me with some insight...I would love to just feel normal again and not have to worry about GI issues.
Last edited by rainguyttb; 12-03-2012 at 08:48 PM.