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Old 05-17-2006, 05:47 PM   #1
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Pressure in upper chest and throat

I have pressure in my upper chest and throat area that only gets worse when I eat or drink anything. It has been very bad all day.
I ate some ice cream about 1/2 an hour ago for example and as soon as I ate it the pressure right around my throat and chest got very tight.
It was very scary, almost like I couldn't breathe.
Has anyone every experienced this?

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Old 05-17-2006, 09:45 PM   #2
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Re: Pressure in upper chest and throat

Hi j,

Have you had an upper endoscopy done by a gastroenterologist??? That will help tell what is wrong with you. It could be a hiatal hernia (where the flap between your esophagus and stomach, does close correctly). Or, gerd or gastritis, or any number of gastro type illnessess.

Hope you get it checked out, if you have not already. Make sure that after and during eating, that you sit up straight. Do not lay down for at least 2 hours. And if it is gastro related, certain kinds of food can aggravate your stomach.

Hope you get some help and feel better.


Old 05-18-2006, 05:49 AM   #3
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Re: Pressure in upper chest and throat

I had the exact same symptoms many years ago. The barium swallow test showed a hiatal hernia but the endoscopy showed an irritated esophagus so by all means, get the endoscopy. The test sounds scary but if they give you "conscious sedation" you will not know what's happening at all. They put the IV in and you're out. I couldn't even drink water, felt like there was a lump in my throat and pain and pressure in my neck and chest. It's probably reflux and can be easily treated.

Old 05-18-2006, 06:32 AM   #4
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Re: Pressure in upper chest and throat

I've already had an endoscopy last year. I am scheduled to go back and see my gasto specialist June 1.
This has started after the endoscopy.

Old 05-18-2006, 08:01 AM   #5
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Re: Pressure in upper chest and throat PLEASE HELP

Sorry I didn't give very many details.
Well this pressure in my throat and chest just started recently. I was sitting up when I was eating but right in the middle of eating my chest and throat felt like it was closing off.
Just this morning I was drinking some juice and it felt like my throat was straining just to get the juice to go down. It feels more on the sides of my throat where the strain is, it almost feels raw and scratchy trying to go down then it feels like it stops in my throat before it goes down my esophagus and like there is a big air bubble or something there that it can't go down right.
I have had an endoscopy and colonoscopy done at the same time.
The only thing the doc says he found at that time was mild colitis.
I have tried every prescription and over the counter antacid. Nothing has helped so far.
I also had an ultrasound done of my gallbladder with very strange results.
The doc couldn't find my gallbladder.
He says either I was born without one which would be very rare or it had contracted up underneath my liver and couldn't be seen that way.
If it had contracted up under my liver would that mean it wasn't functioning properly.
I lost my last job and therefore insurance because my job was much much less than understanding about me having to take off days to go to the doctor to try to find out what was going on.
I finally have insurance through my current employer and I am going back to see my gastro doc June 1.
I know before I lost my last job and insurance he wanted to do a hyda scan.
If I go see him again and ask to have my esophagus stretched to see if maybe that would help with the swallowing I wonder if maybe that would help.
Will I be sedated again like the endoscopy to stretch my esosphagus? I am so scared and so tired of being sick. I cried and freaked out just going under sedation for the endoscopy. I couldn't do the esophagus stretch without sedation again.
Please help any advice is very much appreciated.

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