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Old 10-28-2012, 01:56 AM   #5
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
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strifer HB User
Re: Food Slow to Go Down or Getting Stuck in Esophagus

Originally Posted by ItsMeG View Post
And at the end of January I had my esophagus dilated and a repeat egd which the biopsy showed eosinophilic esophagitis...
What is the dilation process like? Did it help, if only temporarily?

No, I didn't take the Nexium for that long. If I go back on it (or another PPI), I plan to stick with it. (However, I'm sensitive to Leo255's caution about the PPIs).

The hiatal hernia was indeed small, and although the doctor mentioned EoE, he didn't indicate that the biopsy was positive for it. He just give me an oral inhaler of some type of steroid. I don't remember what it was, but it didn't make a difference with respect to the swallowing. I still might see an allergy specialist, just to rule it out.

Originally Posted by ItsMeG View Post
And no mention of a stricture or ring, right? Hiatal hernia's normally don't cause trouble swallowing unless you have a ring or stricture too.
No mention of stricture or ring. Just inflammation and the hiatal hernia. I read a bit about those two conditions your mentioned. They seem worth discussing with the doctor, and the manometry would then seem the most appropriate diagnostic.

Originally Posted by Leo255 View Post
Strifer, have you or do you have actual acid reflux (i.e. pain, burning in your chest)?
Leo, only rarely. I can count the number of times I've experienced proper heartburn on one hand. Your caution on the PPIs is noted; obviously I don't want to be taking an unnecessary drug, and that is especially true of that drug has significant withdrawal symptoms. I sure hope you're right about the spontaneous abatement of the symptoms. I'd love to be able to eat a piece of pizza without "forcing" it down my gullet with liquid.

Finally, pardon my ignorance, what are H2s?

Thanks to both of you for your replies. Not that I'm happy for your discomfort, but it's nice to know I'm not alone.

Last edited by strifer; 10-28-2012 at 01:58 AM.