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I can only eat small bites of food Answered

Let me just get it out of the way, I have a genetic deformity. My Esophagus is VERY small. Mashed Potatoes get stuck in my throat (without choking though,) So today, I was looking forward to going to Wendy's for the first time in 3 months. So, I took 1 bite of my Spicy chicken sandwich... Swallowed, and took another bite. As soon as I took my second bite, I felt the first bite get stuck, so since it happens when i eat ANYTHING, I don't panic and take a drink of my coke.... I forget about the food stored in my cheek. The stored food in my cheek goes down my throat with the coke on top. I am in serious pain, and my breath is so short, I barely had enough time to *I can't breath*. My mom tells me to put my arms in my air, so I do. My dad come up behind me and squeezes my stomach... the food that I was choking on kept flip-flopping between my windpipe and throat. Finally, It gets out of my windpipe and into my throat... I run to the bathroom... I belch up out 4 mouth fulls of chewed up chicken sandwhich and coke. The chicken was stuck in my throat (but not choking) for about an hour. Finally, I decide to drink water and it slips down my throat... Now, I feel like I am learning to eat all over again. Everyone wanted to go to a diner at 10 pm... so I go, scared to eat (odd, huh?). I get the grilled cheese with a pickle and fries. About half an hour later, everyone is putting their food into boxes to take home... I haven't even touched my second half of grilled cheese. I chew everything into applesauce - like cider. Luckily, my dad, who also had this problem as a child, has a doctor who stretched his throat out, and when I get older, I will get that done to me. My mom and brother laugh about my incident... but now, I am still in shock and having trouble eating...


Wow, I have had a few friends with a similar problem, and now I am, as I age, beginning to understand just how it feels. It IS discouraging but for me, so far, it hasn't gotten so bad that I don't want to eat (even the flu, doesn't discourage that in me LOL).
With me, most of my problem stems from mild dysphagia, where eating granular or flaky stuff (breakfast with ground flax seed in it, wheat germ, too much black pepper, etc) tends to get stuck in a gap that is there (the flap doesn't seal correctly), and so I end up coughing and sometimes choking a bit; that that is no where NEAR as uncomfortable as what you have described.

I do hope that either your condition rights itself with future growth or that the doctors can do something about it as you get older.

Yeah, since I am only 12... I still have many years of "slight suffering" before I can get fixed. But, I have gotten used to it. I attempt to push air down by stomach, and if that doesn't work, I just take a gigantic swig of soda. This barely affects me, and as many people may know, that my problem is NOT visible through the skin. *sigh* I will live though... unless I choke, which I will be much much more cautious about. And even though it hasn't caused me to choke, I have another problem besides my throat: my stomach. I think I have acid reflux disease. If I am like 5 degrees (in angle) away from lying in the perfect position when sleeping, my stomach acid comes up my throat and into my windpipe (so, yeah, I choke on liquid. It gets out easily by coughing). But this problem is much more annoying. And ANOTHER stomach problem is heartburn, which friggin sucks, because most of the time, it's during school, in the sweaty, humid, room, with no tums or anything. Drinking water just makes it worse, and I suffer even more. Sometimes, during school, the heartburn gets so bad I feel like I am going to puke. Uggghhh.... my longest comment yet?

Hmm, yeah acid reflux is a bugger too. I have to take a Prilosec (I use the generic version) every day...some people need 2 a day (one in the evening one in the morning) for that condition, or an hour or two after I eat, I get the reflux in my throat, and that can cause Barret's Syndrome (a form of wearing away of the esophagus leading eventually to throat cancers). The meds work fo me, but I am not sure at what point they start them, maybe not until it is obvious that Barret's could be eminent.

My stomach problem is also genetic. My dad would get it so much that the back of his throat started getting a really weird texture and I think he has to take medicine now. I hope this is fixable.

Yes, still acid reflux can be caused by a number of things. Mine was most probably helped along by my over-eating as a child.....the force of food and acids, etc constantly on the valve that is supposed to keep everything in the stomach. I am learning to cut down...slowly.

I can sort of understand your pain, well not properly but I know how painful it is for the whole throat thing because I tend to be able to shovel in way too much food for my throat to deal with... Not being able to eat anything other than small bites though, hopefully it'll either grow itself or having your throat stretched will get it sorted out.

If it doesn't expand on it's own, there is a procedure where you come to the doctor like every week, and the doctor shove tubes down your throat and leave them they're while you are there laughing thinking about wiping your butt with a toothbrush because you are so high on laughing gas.

That sounds horrible. Has it been like that your whole life with incidents like this just being rare?

Literally every meal gets stuck. I can breath like normal, just pain. And I think this started when I was like... You know what? I don't remember.

That is a serious condition. I know of older folks that have dysphagia which is a problem with the valve in the esophagus to which directs the flow of food to your stomach or to the lungs. You can choke and suffocate. It does give them a fear of eating which leads to malnourishment. At a last resort, a feeding tube has to be used. I hope your doctors can do something.

It's not THAT bad, it's just that everything just gets stuck. I can breath, and this is the fist time I have choked

It sounds trivial, but do you chew?

I watch lots of young people eating most week-days, and many years ago I was young myself - hungry teens have a tendency to bolt their food without chewing it properly.

There used to be etiquette rules about how many times to chew, but it is important - stirring in saliva to start the digestive process (saliva breaks down starchy foods) and lubricating the bolus of food to make it easier to swallow.