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Old 02-15-2008, 09:04 PM   #1
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horrible pain when eating

When I take a bite of something and swallow, the food sometimes "hangs" in my upper chest and causes tremendous pain. It is not in my throat, it is right in the middle of my upper chest.

It is so obvious that not only can I feel it just sitting there and burning, but I can feel when it starts to dislodge and go down. The relief is immediate. This does not happen every time I eat, but more often than not.

Can anyone please tell me what this is? It doesn't seem like any type of reflux or gerd to me.

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Old 02-15-2008, 11:27 PM   #2
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Re: horrible pain when eating

hi, i'm sorry i don't have the answer for you but i can completely relate to your problem.

i have exactly same feeling of food sitting in my chest most of the time but i don't have burning, it's rather a feeling of pressure and tightness. it may last for hours or days, when i'm hungry i feel hunger pain in my chest. then when i eat i can feel food sitting there, can even feel it moving. i had all kinds of tests done and all came back normal: endoscopy, barium swallow, manometry, gastric emptying, h-pylori etc. when i had barium swallow i could feel the whole cup of barium they gave me sitting right in my chest. however they showed me images on the screen and there was nothing there - completely empty esophagus! i've tried every medication i could get my hands on yet nothing worked. still seeing doctors and hope they would find something...

have you had any tests done?

Old 02-16-2008, 07:48 AM   #3
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Re: horrible pain when eating

My friend has a problem like this but wasn't able to get a diagnosis. They thought maybe was a hiatal hernia, but, his doc couldn't find evidence of it: [url]http://www.*****.com/heartburn-gerd/hiatal-hernia[/url]

He had endoscopy and colonoscopy and all checked out ok, and because it's a 'sometimes' thing he just deals with it. Wish I could offer up more.

Old 02-16-2008, 02:26 PM   #4
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Re: horrible pain when eating


I have not had any test done. It has been on going for almost a year now. Since it is not every single time I eat, I always think it will not happen the next time.

I guess I will break down and go see a doctor.

I think I will also post this on the acid reflux/gerd thread, if that is allowed, and see if anyone else has this problem.


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