Feeling of something stuck in my back

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Hi all,

Recently I had issues swallowing food but had an endoscopy and it was all clear except a hernia and gastritis. I also had the feeling of something stuck in my back which gets worse when I eat. I've been to the GP and told him but all he wants to do is put it down to anxiety ao is sending me to a therapist.

The pain in back is driving me insane though and I have no appetite because of it. Still have some swallowing issues as well.

I've been searching the internet for answers but everyone has different ways of sorting out the issue. Anybody here give me some advice?

My blood work was fine as well.

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    Did they also do an ultrasound to look for gallstones?? Did they put you on a good acid reducing regimen for your gastritis??

    I really hope your symptoms clear up soon. I guess it's nice the endoscopy did not show any gastric or duodenal ulcers? However, I understand how frustrating that unexplained pain is, I've had a similar pain in my back, situated more on the right, that gets worse, usually severe after I eat (anything).....for the past 5 years. I also have severe pain and bloating in the rest of the abd, that seems to be getting worse the 4 months.

    All I know is that all this pain was relieved for 6 months after I had surgery for stage four endometriosis, other then that, all other tests always come back negative for me.

    If therapy doesn't help you, a second opinion is always a good idea. I hope you stay strong and can advocate for yourself better than I have, or find a doctor that's willing to keep searching for the root cause of your pain. Don't give up!

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      No they didn't do an ultrasound just an endoscopy so far. The GP is really pushing for me to see a CBT therapist even though i keep telling him about the pain in my back. They told me to cut out spicy food and alchol then try eat healthier plus lose weight.

      Lately I've been just lying at home as Im in pain and its making me depressed. I seem to get the back pain after eating anything as well. It's driving me crazy. This all originally started as a swallowing issue but seems to ve developing into more. Getting very frustrated with my GP as I say im in pain but he says to go a therapist. I haven't been eating or sleeping much. Just want to feel normal again.

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      No they didn't do an ultrasound just an endoscopy so far. The GP is really pushing for me to see a CBT therapist even though i keep telling him about the pain in my back. They told me to cut out spicy food and alchol then try eat healthier plus lose weight.

      Lately I've been just lying at home as Im in pain and its making me depressed. I seem to get the back pain after eating anything as well. It's driving me crazy. This all originally started as a swallowing issue but seems to ve developing into more. Getting very frustrated with my GP as I say im in pain but he says to go a therapist. I haven't been eating or sleeping much. Just want to feel normal again.

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      I have to tell you, your story sounds so similar to mine 3 years ago! My old GP told me that it was either GERD or anxiety, because my ultrasound came back negative for gallstones, and stool sample negatove for h. Pylori, and told me to stay away from spicy foods and manage my stress! I was diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia after I had a barium swallow test. I pleaded with her to please do more tests (as I already had this pain for two years), but she sent me on my way without any answers. A month later I found put I had the endometriosis and football size masses on my ovaries, so that became a bigger issue, and my stomach pain was pushed to the side. However it did go away for a while after the endo surgery....don't know if it's related tho.

      I'm now back to many doctors visits, trying to figure out where this pain is coming from, and I can keep you updated on anything new I learn.

      I'm so sorry to hear it's making you depressed, it is a really frustrating state to be in sad have you tried excluding different foods to see if it helps?

      Also, maybe working with a GI specialist will work out better, and the GI doctor can do more diagnostics...because my GP was the one putting me through the same hurtles as it sounds yours is!

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      Also, I hope maybe your pain is mainly related to the gastritis they found? Only because then you would know what it is >. <

      Did she give you a diet to follow, other than staying away from spicy food and alcohol? She probably prescibed you something like a proton pump inhibitor or h2 receptor blocker? Or even an antibiotic? Those are supposed to help with gastritis.

      I know certain medications can cause gastritis as well, i.e. NSAIDS like ibuprofen.

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      No my doctor hasn't given me a diet to follow. He's really pushing the anxiety thing as I do suffer with anxiety. Then when the scope showed a hernia and gastritis he said it was no big deal to worry about. He said he has a hernia and Barretts himself which he controls with ppi's. They have me on ppi for the gastritis and to help with acid reflux. I was having a lot of pain in my back last night so I took a ppi and seems to have calmed the burning down. Dunno if that means it was the gastritis or reflux?

      What really worries me is doing damage to my esophagus so im happy enough to take the ppi but i feel they don't last long enough during the day. I don't want to be on meds forever but from what ive been readinf the only options are meds or surgery.

      GP said next step is an ENT doc but wants me to get started with the therapist which im happy to do. Just getting annoying cause i feel like im getting nowhere but still in pain

      Thanks for your replies. Im only 29 and this is having a horrible effect on me

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    Has your gp not given you something like omeprazole? This helps to keep any inflammation in your esophagus down and helps with heartburn too. 

    Also try eating smaller more often meals, chewing the food more and google foods to avoid with a hiatus hernia

    If anything was wrong the endoscopy will defiantly have shown it up. 

    Hope you feel better soon 

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      Thanks linda,

      Yes im on a ppi of 40mg esomeprazole but it doesn't seem to last a whole day as at night i do get dry mouth and some acidy chest. I have my elevated and pillows up.

      Just want to be able to sleep and eat normally.

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    Are you staying clear of pastries, spicy foods, fizzy drinks, certain fruits, orange juice etc 

    Caffeine ... 

    did they tell you how many cms the hernia is? 

    When it gets to the point that it's waking you up as it's like acid being injected into your throat, they need to take another look. 

    Have they checked if you're anemic too? 

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      Hi Linda,

      Yes the doctor said my blood work was normal and the scope didnt show anything sinister. My GP didn't have the full report yet so i have to see him again on Tuesday to have a proper discussion about the hernia. I've only been woken up by the pain in back but not a lot. I only had the scope last Thursday and it was all clear bar the hernia and gastritis. Just constantly going back and forward to doctor is getting annoying as i dont feel like anything is getting better.

      The nurse after my scope told me to avoid fatty foods, cakes, alcohol in moderation and to keep a food diary to see what triggers my reflux. Not a big fan of the major changes but better than feeling awful.

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    It sounds like a digestion problem if you feel something stuck in your back which worsens when eating.  I used to get that sensation many years ago and it went away.  Later, I developed GERD.  I think you should see someone else about this, such as a gastroenterologist.  While  gastritis and hiatus hernia can cause anxiety, I think your doctor should be trying to treat your gastritis and hiatus hernia symptoms first rather than rushing to a diagnosis of anxiety.  Both your conditions can cause swallowing problems.
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    You should also have been given dietary advice such as avoiding fatty, rich and spicy foods and eating  blandly.  Chew your food well and eat little but often.  Ask your doctor to refer you to a dietician who will be able to help with a diet for a hiatus hernia.  I think treating these conditions first, will do a lot for any anxiety you are feeling
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      Hi Pippa,

      I agree with you that he should be addressing the issues that are causing me problems. He has me on 40mg ppi for the gastritis and hernia. I have to see him on Tuesday to go over the full report of my scope so maybe he will have more info then. What did you do to get rid of the feeling something is stuck in your back? Its very annoying. The nurse told me to avoid fatty foods, spicy foods, take it easy with alcohol and try eat a portion of veg everyday with protein. The GP seems to think my anxiety is causing a lot of my issues. I agree it might be elevating symptoms but the issues defo arent all in my head. He said he wants to send me to an ENT doctor next. Just seeing doctors over and over but nothing getting fixed. Very annoying

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      When food got stuck in my back, it didn't happen a lot and when it did, it seemed to be related to swallowing a portion of boiled potato quickly.  The sensation went away on its own without doing anything.  Try to stick to foods that are easier to swallow to help your hiatus hernia.

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