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Throat Problems updated (Double update, please read) Answered

Recently, I had complained about my abnormally small throat. Well, I just wanted to say... it has gotten so bad to the point where sometimes I have trouble BREATHING. I cannot swallow properly sometimes, and even FLUIDS have trouble going down my throat. Well, they don't get stuck like food, but I can feel them go down my through extremely slow. I am scared as hell. I am scared to eat. I am scared of choking again.

Just a few days ago, my mom, dad, and I had pizza for dinner. I only had 2 slices of pizza. Both my mom and dad had 3, maybe 4 pieces (they were small). My parents were done, and I was still halfway done my second slice.

My dad is taking me to the doctors either this week or next week. Please, tell me what you think and if you have the same problems

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My dad is taking me to the doc tomorrow. I am excited, even though they may shove cameras down my throat, haha.

When you see this topic has "Triple update" I will tell you what the man in the white suit said.

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canida (author)2009-07-30

Good luck. See if you can keep the video if any throatcams are used!

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Flumpkins (author)canida2009-07-30

Haha thanks. But that wasn't done today. The doctor told my parents about 2 different throat specialist people. And she did mention dysphagia. But y'know, I cannot take another minute of this. I tried eating take out, but I couldn't swallow. So now, I am eating yogurt. I can swallow it, but It gets stuck coming down my throat. This is getting terrible. Absolutally terrible. Oh, and I doubt you were, but if you are planning to send me something like you did to goodhart, please do not. I don't think my parents like me talking to strangers about this, haha. Like they know NOTHING about this thread.

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2009-07-30

Yes, Dysphagia was one of the things I had suspected (sorry about how technical that article is, but it says it like it is).

My wife suffers from globus hystericus which is annoying but not dangerous.

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-30

Hmm.. Sometimes I had felt like I had symptoms of globus hystericus. It usually went away after half an hour though. But one time, the lump was followed by strept(?) throat. And awesome news. I still think I have dysphagia, but I found a way to swallow now. I can still feel my throat is like stiff.

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2009-07-30

Well, hopefully they can initiate something to make things easier for you.

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-30

Yep. I am happy now. My dad can now take me to a new Asian Resturant, I will be able to eat at the Phillies game I am going to on Saturday, and now, if I get hungery, I can eat again. BUt I have a feeling that things will still be stuck in my throat, but I can live with that for a longer amount of time I think

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2009-07-31

You know, you may be right about (maybe) having a combination of the two problems mentioned. I was just thinking, that hystericus or sensation can be exacerbated by anxiety and if you are anxious about it at all (food being stuck) it may make it worse. Food doesn't drop quickly from mouth to stomach (you may already know this, so ignore it if you do), but is slowly pushed down the esophagus by the muscles in there. It can take a bit of time to get down to the stomach for most anyone, So, eating too fast will make it worse too. THAT is a problem I have had over the years (eating so fast I feel like I end up with a backlog of food from stomach to throat). That isn't pleasant either.
Take care.

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-31

I have always eaten slow. It is my brother who always eats fast :) That 18 year old furry demon (he is VERY Hairy)

Sorry to change topics, but if you want to see my brothers hair, go to his YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/user/CyanideSilence

His video "Acoustic Song" is where his hair is the longest

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2009-07-31

Oh I am sure you eat slowly, but I was just comparing note with some of what I went through in my not so bright youth :-)

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-31

haha okay. I am going to a throat and stomach specialist on the 20th of august

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Goodhart (author)2009-07-27

I do understand to a point, although my condition only exacerbates my night time sleep apnea (normally anyways, although occasionally I choke on granular substances), it is not as bad as you describe. Have they done an upper G.I. to determine the extent of the problem?

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-27

I have no idea what that is, but all I know is that nobody did anything about it.

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2009-07-27

From a medical stand point THIS is an upper G.I. test and what it involves.

Here is some other info on an Upper GI

In your case, an Upper Gastro Endoscopy may show more, as they look directly at the esophagus.

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-27

Hmm.. I just wanted to say.. the being hard to swallow thing is still with me. :(

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2009-07-27

Yes, I know, I was just giving you possible options; hopefully something will be done about it before you have major problems.

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-28

I hope so too. It is affecting my breathing VERY much. I can't walk far without having to take a breather.

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2009-07-28

are they sure you are not suffering from acute asthma symptoms? I have a friend that has had it real bad since he was around 8-10 years old

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-28

They're positive. I have no asthma and I am allergic to nothing

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2009-07-28

Well, that's good at least......I know how bronchitis feels when bad, and it is very hard to breath. But yours is more in the esophagus.

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-29

Yerp. I am going to the docs tomorrow. If you want more info, read my reply to DJ Radio. 5 years of suffering comes to an end! Because I am still paranoid as I am eating because of the incident of when I choked :S

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2009-07-30

I don't blame you about being fearful of choking.
Honestly, one incident when I was in the hospital for my double bypass operation, happened when they restricted the amount of water I could have (because I was retaining fluids) and I coughed a little while taking a rather large pill.
Well, the next day I felt the need to cough again, and coughed it up. It had been stuck in my throat ALL NIGHT LONG. I could have inhaled that thing! I couldn't eat for a couple of meals, for fear of it happening again. So, I can really relate to your not feeling comfortable while eating.

I do hope everything works out well for you.

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-30

It's feels good knowing that people know how it feels to be scared to eat. I chew my food like.... maybe twice as much, and swallow about 1/3 what I used to. Your incident was lucky though. Have you ever actually choked on anything? When I did, what made it worse was that my whole family laughed at me when it was over.

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Goodhart (author)Flumpkins2009-07-30

Have you ever actually choked on anything?

Many times, and more often lately as I have gotten older it seems as though, roughege, like fiber cerials, ground flax seed, black pepper, etc, make me almost choke, but not like what you experience, this is more like a bit gets caught in the flap that lets air into the trachea, I just have to have more liquid around to help wash things down better.

I did choke really badly MANY years ago (over 30 years ago) while in a hurry and eating some kind of dry mashed potatoes. . . that's something I never want to repeat again :-)

my whole family laughed at me

Well that wasn't nice. At least they waited until they were sure you were ok, first though

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Flumpkins (author)Goodhart2009-07-30

Yeah. My brother walked by me the next day, and he's like "ha - ha! YOu choked"

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DJ Radio (author)2009-07-29

I hope you get better soon. Sorry you ended up like this. Miss you.

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Flumpkins (author)DJ Radio2009-07-29

Haha you sound like it's a long distance relationship. Thanks, though. My mom or dad is taking me to the Doc tomorrow. I'm kinda excited. I am angry that they are sticking a camera down my throat, but I am excited. about 5 years of suffering to the max may come to it's end within the next few months or so. The reason it isn't going to happen right away is... well.. .they have to do tests, and stick tubes down my throat. The tubes get larger everytime I visit so that my throat streteches out... but that is if I have what my dad have (it's genetic). My dad says that what I have might be different. He said something about this possibly being a tumor? (YOUCH).

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ItsTheHobbs (author)2009-07-28

I sure hope it doesn't get so bad they have to cut you open and put a tube in you're stomach. That would be bad.

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Flumpkins (author)ItsTheHobbs2009-07-28

Thanks, but it IS getting worse. I only eat about half what I used to. I can't swallow half the time

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The Jamalam (author)2009-07-27

Good luck, man! Hope this gets better. How old are you? This can happen during puberty when the voice box matures and gets bigger. It can get big enough to constrict the tube connecting to the stomach next to the larynx. You'll just have to grow if this is the case.

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Flumpkins (author)The Jamalam2009-07-27

I am 12, but this started when I was like 7.

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