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Saturday, March 13, 2010 joey2424, Community Member, asks

Q: food stuck in my throat

I'm pretty sure I have GERD. Lately I've been having problems when I eat. After a few minutes I feel like food is stuck in my throat and if I don't throw it up I have trouble breathing. It doesn't happen all the time, but it's definitely becoming more frequent. I don't have a job right now so I don't have insurance. Any suggestions?

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Stephanie, Health Guide
3/14/10 8:28pm

You should see a doctor about this as it is a new symptom. It could be due to esophageal spasms which is when you swallow and your esophagus just does the wrong thing. When this happens food can get stuck and you may need to vomit.


You can read more about esophageal spasms here:


This can be caused by reflux or may be a symptom by itself. But, any time you start having troubles with swallowing you need to get it checked to make sure it's not something more severe. While unlikely, esophageal cancer can also cause problems with swallowing.


You may also want to try to track when it happens. Is it more common with hot or cold foods? Firmer textures or softer foods? All of this will be useful for diagnosing you.



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By joey2424, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 03/13/10