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I am a 32 year old guy and have been experiencing with swallowing difficulty for past 3 months.. 3 Months ago, I had serious a stomach ache. I felt something was poking my stomach crazy. so i forced to throw everything out and was painful. Prior to this incident, I was always fatigue, tired, no energy in my belly/stomach and was eating big meals for breakfast and lunch and eat no dinner (Tense/Stressful condition @ work)
I slowly had swallowing problem but i thought it will go away. 2 weeks later i was eating rice cake in the morning and it felt like it got stuck bad on my throat.I had really stuff and heavy chest. I felt horrible for 4 hrs and drank diet coke to flush it down... but i had a real short breathe but i could still breath. I was scared to go to ER because my insurance was not kicking in for 2 weeks since i have a new job.. after that incident, my swallowing problem gradually got worse.. I was trying to eat soft food and drinks to keep myself alive. 2 weeks later again.. I had a moderate acid reflux symptom but never had serious heartburn or anything. I was taking the acid reflux pill and felt like it got stuck in my esophagus and started to have dry mouth really bad. If i think about it now it sounds like it was an anxiety attack from what I was experience for past months.. So i went to the ER and got simple a blood test and told me that I am well hydrated. They gave me an ativan and sent me back home. It relieved the excessive dry mouth and I flew to korea (my home country ) next day because I wanted to get myself tested.
I went to three different hospitals and got tested for
2) Swallow Test
4) Blood Test
5) Micro CT
6) Memotrey (sticking hoses to my nose to stomach and measuring pressure while I am drinking salt water)
7) Chest PA
8) Abdomen Flat
9) CT chest
10) CT Abd + Pel
They did not find anything abnormal but swallow test they saw water was dripping narry in one area and doctor was suspecting it was a vein so he tested for mometry test and it came out to be fine.
It all happened within 3 weeks and i was getting better. I was able to eat somethign that I can swallow easily. ex) egg soup, noodles, creamed breads, pumpkin soup, eels,and etc but was limited and did not wanted to try solid food because i did not wanted to make my problem worse..
I was also treated with acupuncture and herbal teas. I felt better and hopeful when i was in korea because many people including doctors said it could be just stress...
When I got back on the plane (back to USA) and on the plane i felt like my esophagus was squeezing(tight)
After i came back I had a horrible jet lag and my swallowing issues was getting worse... I had jet lag for 4 days and had 4 days for ativan to help me sleep and was still taking my acid reflux pills. During the holidays (3 days ago) I tried pizza and fried shrimps and mushy chicken from panda express. I was able to eat it but not too comfortable but i tried to eat much as possible because i lose 10 lbs for past 10 days.
I got tired of eating suppliment drinks, eel, flour food and etc... for past three days when i wake up in the morning and drink water or try to swallow saliva it is really difficult. I feel like they are stuck in my chest for while or just being dripped from my esophagus to stomach. It was really bad 2 days ago.. but still until today when i drink water or etc it feels like it is going really slow. I have a pregnant wife and dont want to make her worry. and i have drier mouth then before. ( also i was constantly having hard to catch my breathe problem when i try to work out or going in to smokey house (bbq) or try something hard )
I saw a post someone is having iron deficiency and it fixed her problem.. I really want to know what is going on with me .. please help or advise because I am feeling energyless everyday because i can only take maybe up to 13-1400 calories ...
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