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    Old 01-19-2005, 08:37 AM   #1
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    Hi all, I am new to these forums but have some issues I would like to address and people here seem to really know their stuff. So here is my short story:

    I have had some degree of digestive problems for 10 to 12 years, but over the last 2 years they have been getting worse.
    Heartburn twice a week or so with strong acid taste and pain in throat. This is not the major problem since it really only happens if I eat far too much or bread on its own.
    The real problem is after I eat. Bear in mind it happens regardless of how much I eat now even though it used to be only after large meals. Once I finish my food, I am bothered for at least the next hour or two with frequent burping and regurgitation where the food (large lumps, totally undigested) comes back into my mouth. I know this probably sounds really gross and sick to some of you but I am so used to it now that I just chew it again and swallow it once more. This happens after EVERYTHING I eat including cereal and other soft foods.
    This has been added to by a new feeling of not being able to swallow properly. I came back form Europe 3 weeks ago with a sore throat and a cold, but since then my throat has not been the same. I am able to swallow fine most of the time and breath fine too, however it was -23 degrees here yesterday and when I went outside, it felt like my throat closed up and I couldn't breathe. Also the same weird kind of thing happens when I blow my nose, I get a feeling that my thorat is not opening the right way.

    My girlfriend, of course, thinks the "throwing up and eating it" is just disgusting so I would like to know if there is anyone out there who also has to eat their meals more than once however ashamed or embarrassed they may feel... I could really use some help in knowing if this is a digestive tract issue, an epiglottis problem or a reflux issue.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

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    Old 01-19-2005, 03:20 PM   #2
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    Re: Constant burps,regurgitation,difficulty swallowing and blowing nose!?!? Help please?

    Having gone through the same symptoms as you are experiencing,your distress is definitely related to a GI disturbance. I have a great deal of medical experience and just from the symptoms of regurgitation of all foods(soft & fibrous), I will venture that you have esophageal problems related to your LES(Lower Esophageal Sphincter). This condition is called Acchalasia. Go to WEB MD for more information about Acchalasia and see a Gastroenterologist as soon as possible.
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    Old 01-25-2005, 02:14 AM   #3
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    Re: Constant burps,regurgitation,difficulty swallowing and blowing nose!?!? Help please?

    Sounds like gerd to me .Take care.

     
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    Re: Constant burps,regurgitation,difficulty swallowing and blowing nose!?!? Help please?

    Do you take any medsf or gastroesophogeal reflux....such as prevacid or prilosec or reglan which may help. Also....avoiding large meals may help....try eating small frequent meals. Taking pepcid 30 minutes before eating may also help. Avoid carbonated beverages, foods that contain caffeine, and spicy foods as well. My daughter has reflux and these things help..of course you may have a more severe case...try the diet & meds if you havent and see how it goes. You must take care of this...you are prone to esophageal scarring whichmay lead to esophogeal cancer so seeing a GI doctor would be smart.....Good luck....Goody

     
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    Re: Constant burps,regurgitation,difficulty swallowing and blowing nose!?!? Help please?

    Thanks for all your help and suggestions everybody.. I do have somewhat regular indigestion / heartburn but am fairly good at avoiding foods that aggravate it... Also I have no problem eating normally and have no issues with volume of fod consumed. I have to add that I am 265 lbs and have been athletic and therefore well fed all my life and that this condition such taht it is does not prohibit me from eating as usual. However, the constant regurgitation is what is really bothering me... Is there a specific name (other than the blanket GERD) for what is happening to me? I know there are terms for motility problems and for various issues with the closure mechanics of the throat and stomach but I have not been able to find anything that addresses the body's need to constantly and consistantly regurgitate food after eating. It really doesn't matter what the food is, but it seems that as automatic as the feeding reflex is, this regurgitation reflex is almost as automatic.
    I apologize if my terminology is not as technical as it ought to be or if I am dismissing GERD too readily as a specific cause but I am worried that if this situation gets any worse that I will eventually damage my throat the same way Bulimics can with their constant regurgitation (although theirs is far more forceful and voluminous than mine)
    Thanks again in advance for any help and advice on this distressing issue.
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    Old 02-06-2005, 08:00 AM   #6
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    I hope this helps. I have problems very similar to yours:

    I have a feeling of something stuck in my chest and throat. After everything I eat, regardless of amount or type of food, the food comes back up perhaps an hour or two later. This occurs for 8 to 10 hours. In the past, I had just the regurgitation without the feeling of something stuck in my "throat" or pressure in my chest. I, too, just go ahead and re-eat the food. If I kept going to the toilet to expell it, I would lose a great deal of weight. To minimize the problem, I have started to eat Slim-Fast made into a "shake" for supper. This is better than large chunks of food at bedtime.

    I am a 55 year old man and weigh 202 pounds at 6' in height. Over the last 2 or 3 years, I have lost about 50 pounds with no improvement in the regurgitation. (Forum Moderator-I hope this isn't too personal. This information should be too general to identify me. I simply want to define my age and weight for comparison to others.)

    I had GERD for years. For 5 or 6 years, I have been diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition. My father had GERD, Barrett's and Esophageal Cancer. (He was cured of cancer with a (then) experimental treatment.

    I believe my regurgitation is caused by Barrett's or a complication of Barrett's. I have an appointment for tomorrow with a different specialist to see what might be done.

    Barrett's is a condition where acid has caused erosion of the esophagus near the spincter muscle and replacement of the normal cells with cells similar to those in the stomach. The tissue is redish instead of whitish. It cannot be cured.

    For those with GERD, and not Barrett's, there is a new procedure called the Stretta procedure. This consists of a radio transmitter being placed near the spincter and the generation of radio frequency energy which causes scarring. This scarring MAY lesson the regurgitation of acid which can lead to Barrett's. I would imagine that this could help with food regurgitation. Understand that I am not a doctor and am just a patient.

    If you haven't recently seen a gastroenterologist (spelling?), it might be wise to do so. As I said, GERD can lead to Barrett's and Barrett's can lead to Esophageal Cancer (20% of the time). Being diagnosed early (if this is a person's problem) might prevent any unfortunate complications. I don't mean to overly concern you, but some digestive problems CAN lead to much more serious illness.

    If you have any other questions, I will be glad to help in any way I am able.



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    Thanks for all your help and suggestions everybody.. I do have somewhat regular indigestion / heartburn but am fairly good at avoiding foods that aggravate it... Also I have no problem eating normally and have no issues with volume of fod consumed. I have to add that I am 265 lbs and have been athletic and therefore well fed all my life and that this condition such taht it is does not prohibit me from eating as usual. However, the constant regurgitation is what is really bothering me... Is there a specific name (other than the blanket GERD) for what is happening to me? I know there are terms for motility problems and for various issues with the closure mechanics of the throat and stomach but I have not been able to find anything that addresses the body's need to constantly and consistantly regurgitate food after eating. It really doesn't matter what the food is, but it seems that as automatic as the feeding reflex is, this regurgitation reflex is almost as automatic.
    I apologize if my terminology is not as technical as it ought to be or if I am dismissing GERD too readily as a specific cause but I am worried that if this situation gets any worse that I will eventually damage my throat the same way Bulimics can with their constant regurgitation (although theirs is far more forceful and voluminous than mine)
    Thanks again in advance for any help and advice on this distressing issue.

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