Throat clearing and hoarse voice after eating????

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For the past while I have been experiencing issues after eating. After eating it feels like something is stuck in my throat and I constantly have to clear my throat. This lasts about 20 minutes and it slowly goes away. However, in addition to this I also experience my voice going hoarse while it is occuring. This only happens after eating, not during. I have no issues during meals, but about 5 minutes after I get the sensation in my throat and my voice will go in and out. It bothers me and causes me to avoid going out to eat because I feel rude constantly clearing my throat. It is quite irritating, but I am unsure if it is something I should bother my doctor about. For the record, I am 25 and I have been experiencing this for 1-1.5 years. 

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    Hello there,

    You could be suffering from silent reflux or laryngopharyngeal reflux.That condition might be Globus Sensation.  I suffer that condition until now.It worsens when you are anxious or have series of panic attacks. There is actually no lump and you feel good while eating or drinlking. It would be wise to seek medical attention. You might have gut issues you are not aware of.take care for now.


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    Hi Jess,

    Sorry to hear you are suffering from this.

    I have something very similar. My GP eventually referred me to a gastroenterologist, who eventually arranged for me to have a capsule fixed in my oesophagus by endoscopy (with sedation), which stayed there for about 48 hours before detaching and exiting via the digestive system. It is called a BRAVO acidity monitoring test. It measures any acid coming up into the oesophagus, and WHEN that is happening.

    Previous tests had not detected what this test found, which was that I have really significant acid reflux up into the oesophagus AFTER meals, called post prandial reflux.

    I absolutely identify with what you say about avoiding eating out. I also find the problem with my voice/throat very difficult. At it's worst my voice will suddenly "lock up" and I am reduced to a squeaky voice for awhile. It also feels horrible! I also have alot more mucus in my throat after eating, sort of like a catarrh, which I have to "clear".

    If you have a good relationship with your GP it is worth doing your "homework" to try to find a specialist that you would like to be referred to, and whether they have access to the BRAVO test, as not all centres do it. On the other hand some doctors get a bit annoyed if one asks for a specific test, so you could say, "Do you think this procedure might be helpful?" rather than sort of demanding it!

    I suspect you will just have to accept a general referral for assessment of your condition initially, rather than your GP being able to ask a consultant if they would do a specific test at first.

    The way this problem is effecting you I suspect you could be seen by either a gastroenterologist, OR an ENT consultant, but one who has a special interest in ENT issues related to acid reflux type problems.

    What area do you live in, in terms of possible suggestions, if that might be helpful?

    Are you already on any medication for this? Some doctors would automatically put you on a one to three month trial on a medication to try to reduce the acidity of any reflux coming up after food. Another possibility would be to try gaviscon advance after every meals to see if that helps.

    Anyway, just some thoughts, which I hope will be helpful.

    Best wishes. Nigel

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    jess1066, wondering if you even was cured of your "stuck in throat issue"? have read it is called post prandial reflux. i've have the same problem for 9 months now. i'm 49, male, live in midwest,problem started a few days after endoscopy, which i had to investigate upper stomach pain/weight loss. docs seem to have no answers for a cure. what were your circumstances when your problem started? endooscopy,bad food, stomach pain? just unreal how many people have this issue, yet no common grounds for illiness has been found. i dont drink,smoke, not overweight? Did i eat bad peaches,breath in toxic dust? this is a most depressing and exhausting condition.if you can kindly share your thoughts, most appreciated. do wish you well for i know what your going through.

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    i unforturnately have the same issue. lots of spree candy seems to help me with drainage throat clearing problem, something with sugar i assume seems to help. ENT had no answer, did barium swallow test which indicated a mortility problem in lower esophagus, said to go to gastro doc, who did a follow up gastromenty (spelling?) swallowing test that was normal. so still no answers. just have to live with and try things that help cope. maybe sprees or meds. for me the antiacid meds made no difference, nor my weight 140 or 180. good luck, dont get it, other people drink like fish and smoke like a chimney, and they have no problems. i dont drink nor smoke 48 years old.  
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    I had very similar symptoms to your description. I was told by the ENT centre at my local hospital that I have acid reflux. I have managed to almost completely cure my symptoms. I take 30 micrograms of vitamin D each day, a cod liver oil capsule and a zinc supplement pill. I also have to avoid all things high in carbohydrates, foods containg sugar or wheat are the bad ones. I find I have to eat a lot if vegetables especially raw vegetables. I found I was losing weight doing this at first but I increased my fat intake to increase my calories. I would recommend reading the clever guts diet by Doctor Michael Moseley. Hope this helps.
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      The Vitamin supplements improved things straight away, cutting down on carbs takes at least 2 weeks before you notice the effect but you have to stick with it or the symptoms come back. My symptoms were quite bad, constant problems with my throat, blocked nose, headaches, flu like symptoms, really bad joint problems.

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