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#16 WGibs

 
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 06:03 PM

Others have already thrown out quite a few possibilities, so I'll add one more. My grandmother has had this problem for years -- it was one of the first symptoms of her scleroderma, another autoimmune disorder that causes hardening of the connective tissue.

It sounds as though there are alot of possible causes, so I hope you're talking to your doctor about it. I hope you find a solution, because it must be scary. I remember being scared as a kid when my grandmother would choke while eating -- it happened for the first time ever when she and I were out shopping and having lunch in a cafe. We both remember it vividly!
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 06:53 PM

My husband has something similar happen to him (he does not have Celiac's). He talked to our doctor about it and she said it could just be spasms but if it continues, they will scope him. It's quite scary- I wouldn't hold off if I were you. I have GERD and Celiac's and before I was diagnosed with GERD I felt like I had a potato chip stuck in my chest 24 hours a day. I never had trouble swallowing but quite a bit of trouble keeping things down (throughout my entire life).

A friend of mine has nutcracker esophagus which is where swallowing contractions are too powerful. Let us know what happens. B
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 09:53 PM

Many people like me who have neurological damage develop swallowing problems. So far I have only the ataxia and hopefully being gluten-free will stop further progression of the problem. I will hunt up some articles that I have on the subject. Claire
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Posted 15 March 2006 - 05:37 AM

Maggie-
No time to read through the whole thread so excuse me if I"m being redundant... A few thoughts on the chocking problem:

schatzki's ring http://www.nlm.nih.g...icle/000208.htm (my uncle had this and it caused him to choke on food)

a yeast infection in the throat--yup it happens

an esophagus that needs to be dialated (due to inflammation from ie. reflux--but reflux does not have to be noticeable for this to occur)

an allergy (my husband, around the time his allergies are bad, has a reaction to chicken where it gets stuck in his throat and causes him to choke...very strange, but happens every year)
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Posted 17 March 2006 - 04:27 PM

I've been choking a lot when I eat. I don't think it is any particular food. It seems to get stuck as I try to swallow it.

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Maggie, I just joined this forum because I'm about to be tested for Celiac Disease. I have multiple autoimmune diseases, Addison's, Hashimoto's, familial hyperlipidemia and Myasthenia Gravis plus Persistent Asthma and zero iron stores (have to take infusions). I also have Barrett's Esophagus BUT the MG is the cause of my choking. Since I was diagnosed a few months ago and put on Mestinon I have almost stopped choking. I would even choke on my own saliva before. Don't want to scare you....just wanted you to be aware that is one of the symptoms of systemic MG. Nancy
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Posted 17 March 2006 - 06:51 PM

My daughter has HORRIBLE choking problems. She's 11 months and has been through soooo much. Open heart surgery, projectile vomiting, Nissen, G tube and now getting ready for another heart surgery. The ONLY thing she can tolerate is breast milk and trust me, we've tried everything. I'm having a hard time keeping up with her since she won't nurse. Anyway, any time we try to feed her baby food she has the horrible and intense choking spells. She turns purple and will vomit if anything is in her stomach. It goes on up to 5 mins at a time. We're going to a feeding clinic next month (earliest we could get in). I've taken her to so many doctors with it, but no one wants to touch her because of her heart. Thanks for the things mentioned here. I'm going to bring them up. If anyone has any advice, please let me know. We're grasping at straws at this point. :(
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Posted 17 March 2006 - 10:20 PM

Maggie, I used to have the same problem. I choked frequently, and after choking once, I'd choke several times more that day and had to be extremely careful.

Since finding out what ALL my intolerances are, including gluten, I don't have that problem any more. I agree that you should probably have your esophagus checked. But it could also be other intolerances.

I have a hiatus hernia, and used to have horrible acid reflux that was so bad that I had to sleep with my head elevated. It had caused me to have an ulcer in the esophagus (found out by looking in there with a scope) several years ago.

I ONLY get acid reflux or heartburn now if I eat any of the forbidden foods. As long as I avoid them completely I am fine.

So, any of you with GERD, you may want to test for other food intolerances. Avoiding offending food is always superior to taking meds.
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 04:52 PM

I've been choking a lot when I eat. I don't think it is any particular food. It seems to get stuck as I try to swallow it.
I've always been a slow eater, but I am particularly slow the past couple of years. Not because of the fear of choking on food though. I just take a long while to chew and I guess I find it hard to swallow anything that's not completely mashed. :(

Meat just may be the hardest food for me to swallow. I really have a hard time with steak, so don't eat it too often.
Last night, it happened again, and really scared me. I was eating organic chicken drumsticks (pan fried in olive oil) with whole baby beans, sweet potato and Basmati rice.
I'm not sure if the rice is a problem for me. I get pain from normal white rice, so I don't eat it anymore.
I choked on a bite of the chicken, and had a hard time for a while before I could spit it out...sorry about the graphic details. :ph34r: ...but that's how it was, and often is.

My husband really doesn't know what to do what this happens, and so panics and bangs me on my back.. <_< where I hurt from fibromyalgia-type pain.

Does anyone know why I may be choking, and is this a common thing with celiac disease? Also, should I see a doctor about it?
My General Practicioner (GP) is the only doctor I see apart from if he refers me to a specialist. I feel that he isn't interested in my celiac disease problems, so I'm thinking of changing GPs.
Trouble is, as is probably the case with all of us, , my medical records are as long as both my arms put together. :(

Sorry this is so long. I know I'm having a whinge, but you guys are really all I've got to 'talk' to.



I have had problems swallowing for the last few years. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in february 2006. Not sure if it is related, but I do have alot of problems mostly with meat and bread. I have heard liquids/saliva squeak in my throat sometimes. When I accidently was glutened a few days ago, the problem increased. Anyone else experience this?
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Posted 03 May 2006 - 06:54 PM

I actually have had the same exact problem, with symptoms getting worse for about 5 years. I had an esophageal manometry done last week and apparently I have simultaneous contractions of my esophagus (it's supposed to contract sequentially from top to bottom) so basically mine can't get any food down. Are there any other celiacs with this diagnosis?
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 11:33 AM

This can be caused by thryoid disorder. Get your thyroid levels checked.
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 02:31 PM

Well I'll add another possibility... eosinophilic disease, depending on where the cells collect changes the symptoms. I have many in my colon and stomach (eosinophilic gastroenteritis) but if you get them in the esophagus then you have EE. I have some there and I have had all sorts of problems swallowing. There seems to be some slight tie in with Celiac, it seems like a lot of people who have this have celiac. Its all caused by allergies, either food or enviromental. I have both.

If you are every going to have a endoscopy ask them to do a biospy for it, its often misdiagnoses and they are finding it more and more often (sound familar?). Its usually fairly managable. I'm doing ok with it now due to meds.

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 07:54 PM

Others have already thrown out quite a few possibilities, so I'll add one more. My grandmother has had this problem for years -- it was one of the first symptoms of her scleroderma, another autoimmune disorder that causes hardening of the connective tissue.

It sounds as though there are alot of possible causes, so I hope you're talking to your doctor about it. I hope you find a solution, because it must be scary. I remember being scared as a kid when my grandmother would choke while eating -- it happened for the first time ever when she and I were out shopping and having lunch in a cafe. We both remember it vividly!



Yes, definitely get checked for scleroderma. My Mother in law had that, and "food getting stuck" was one of her first symptoms. I was looking to see if anyone else had suggested checking for that!

Keep us posted.... ((((((((((((hug))))))))))
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Posted 26 May 2006 - 10:43 AM

The technical term for it is dysphagia. Make an appointment with your gastroenterologist right away and have them scehdule a modified barium swollow and/or a endoscopy.
I get the same thing. It's probably not Barrets esophagus (a pre-cancerous condition) but could be esophagitis. I get it, so does my son, because we have long term LPR reflux. It can also happen from food allergies. Do you have food allergies? This can cause the eosiniphils inyour eesophagus to rise and cause swelling in there. Definitly have your GI doc put a scope down there to see what is going on.
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Posted 26 May 2006 - 03:07 PM

I also have problems swallowing. I have problems with rice, potatoes, meat, fruit, veggies etc. I have been on protonix since my diagosis in feb 2006. I have also had problems clearing my throat. It seems like I have a chronic problem with this. Anyone else?
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Posted 27 May 2006 - 03:26 AM

Hubby went thru this right before he was properly diagnosed and although nothing serious was found in throat, he does have diagnosis of GERD and hiatal hernia. In beginning before celiac disease diagnosis he thought it was throat cancer (as usual the first thought is the worst thought).
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Now has lymphadema 2006
It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003




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