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Old 08-20-2008, 10:46 AM   #1
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Strange symptom-anyone?

Ever since I was a child (I am 37 now) I have had something come up into my throat. It happens here and there-perhaps once a month or every few months. As a kid it was like a little pea sized held together shape. It had a foul odor to it and was nearly the color of skin. It was the consistency of like cottage cheese sorta, but a bit harder. As I have aged, it is no longer in one little package. Now when it comes up (seems to be a little less frequently) it is multiple pieces and no consistent shape. It still smells horrible. It will come up unexpectedly, with barely a warning. Kind of like when you vomit. I will cough it out into my hand. What the heck is it?

(I have GERD, a hiatal hernia, IBS with consitpation--that I know of.) I am wondering if this is what bile is? I am now (have been for 3-5 yrs.) on proton pump inhibitor drugs, and that seems to have lessened the frequency of this. However, it seems highly freaky to me. I thought at one point it was stomach acid mixed with like nasal drainage (?), but it seems to smell like death (LOL) and I wonder if it is from elsewhere. Anyone?

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Old 08-20-2008, 11:31 AM   #2
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Re: Strange symptom-anyone?

it's called tonsil stones...i have had them since i was a young un too...nothing to worry about...except for the smell....hahahahaha

Old 08-20-2008, 12:53 PM   #3
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Re: Strange symptom-anyone?

I get tonsil stones too. I check for them once in a while but pressing gently on the back of my throat (I have pockets in my tonsils) and they usually pop out if in there.

Old 08-20-2008, 01:56 PM   #4
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Re: Strange symptom-anyone?

Wow. I have never heard of that before. Mystery solved I suppose. So, what the heck are they?

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