Weird feeling that something is stuck is food pipe near Esophagus

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I have this weird feeling that something is stuck is food pipe near Esophagus. and I burp when I take a sip of water or some other liquid.

The current medication(pantoprazole) prescribed is not helping at all even after a month now. Here are the symptoms in detail:

1. I still get the same feeling that there is something stuck. The location changes between these two. (It start somewhere between Esophagus and goes till the location of thymus gland, 

And one observation is that when I press on the back of the neck I feel like burping.

3. Another one When I drink something like water, tea when I take a sip. I take a burp every time.

Thanks,

J

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    Hi Jane

    I get the exact same problems and am also on pantoprazole. I have acid reflux and a hiatal hernia and I hear that the feeling of food stuck in your throat is a symptom of reflux? It's a horrible feeling. I'm going or a second endoscopy and also should be having a 24hr ph monitoring test to see if there's anything going on. Have you had any tests done?

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    The feeling of a lump in the throat is quite a common symptom of reflux. (Reported by 50% of refluxers in a survey last year.)

    The condition, called "globus", is caused by the cricopharyngeal muscle tightening in an attempt to prevent reflux at the top of the oesophagus.

    Whereas PPIs like pantoprazole are excellent at reducing acid production, they do not prevent reflux which has to be managed by lifestyle changes: Lose weight if necessary, do not overfill your stomach (eat little and often), avoid exercise that will compress a full stomach, avoid tight clothing, leave at least 3 hours between last meal and bed and raise the head of the bed by 6 to 8 inches on blocks.

    Burping is a good way to relieve pressure on the lower sphincter. Sipping carbonated water can help you control when and how much you burp.

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      Thank you for your reply!

      I'm underweight, and I dont eat a lot. But I do like spicy food that is related with the reflex.

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    • Posted

      Have you actually found spicy food gives you reflux?

      It is one of those common myths that spicy foods cause reflux - unless it happens to be a trigger food for you specifically.

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    Well in fact your GP is on the ball with Pantoprazole (a PPI). Not a usually very prescribed PPI, but Scientic studies indicate it works better than the other PPIs for Eosophagitis. Very likely you have a Hiatus Hernia. Thousands do without knowing it or suffering from it. Something that athletes get through training.

    There are two types of Hiatus Hernia - Sliding and Rolling. The stomach protrudes through the latter much nearer the Eosophogus and gives rise to problems.

    The difficulty though is that the movement of the stomach tilts through the Hernia giving the bottom of the Eosophagus the same acid level as the stomach. Unfortunately the cell structure of the Eosphogus is not like that of the stomach wall and lacking that protection is susceptible to damage.

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