What can help with scarred oesphagus

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Latest endoscopy showed scarred esophagus , which surprised me as previous 2 scopes done 3 years didn't. Even though for last 3 years I can regurgitate undigested food soon after eating or during a meal. 

?3 days ago had a horrific incident at lunch ...I ate a piece of thin , dry , crispy flat bread and immediately I could feel the pressure in my upper chest and feeling of stuck food in my oesophagus. I kinda ignored it (as in past) gave it a few minutes and ate some rice (again dry and hard) had a few mouthfuls with waiting for a minute between mouthfuls. However the pressure and pain in oesophagus increased with the feeling of food stuck all the way to the throat. I rushed to toilet and made myself regurgitate food....undigested but in thick saliva and mucus (as expected) then had a mouthful water ....automatic regurgitation of water back in my mouth.   Back in toilet and continued with forcing food back up ....spent 15 minutes doing that until the pain subsided and the feeling of stuck food went. That was the end of lunch. Since then I have been afraid to eat anything except soft mushy food like noodles, mashed potatoes, mushy peas.

?I haven't been to the gastro as Dr Google showed that only solution is surgical widening of the oesophagus. Studies showed that even domperidone  had no real effect on it.

?I love eating and eat out socially but could not have this incident repeating in company . ( people would assume I am bulimic )

?Has anyone else experienced this and how did you overcome it . The thought of soft mushy food forever is a sad thought as much as I live noodles and mushy peas smile

?any suggestions  ? 

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    Hi,

    I am no doctor but I woukd have thought regurgitating un-digested food would scar your oesophagus also, I would have thought it was quite dangerous.

    I have had reflux (GERD) for a few years, I seem to have resolved this by drinking homemade kefir which stopped the coughing, feeling sick and a feeling like something stuck in my throat.

    Take care and be very careful with regurgitation of food.

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    Go and see the doctor anyway as he may have other suggestions or alternatives. Definitely worth a visit.

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      Hi jen and Darren, thanks for your replies.  Most of the time the regurgitation is spontaneous but sometimes if food is stuck in my throat  I can bring it back up again (and spit out) this gets rid of intense pressure and pain in my upper chest and allows me to breathe. There is no acid coming up with the food (well I am assuming there isn't coz there is no burning or taste or smell of acid). 

      ?Darren I will revisit the gastro. and see what he thinks

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    Please do see your gastro. I imagine how much discomfort this causes. Please keep us posted. Hope all is sorted asap best wishes
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    Hi, I would deffo make an appointment with Gastro, sometime you can get a narrowing in the oesophagus, they can stretch it in a small procedure using a bougie, Hope you get sorted x
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    Wow this sounds just like what ive been going through. I dont have bad bad reflux just some burning after eating but I do have the trouble swallowing and like a burning sensation/sharp pain through my esophagus. One day at subway I ate a piece of dry bread and it got stuck and came up with a bunch of saliva (it's gross I know) I thought I was gonna choke to death.

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