I am 60 yo femal in good health except.....I have had GERD for years. I had fundliplication surgery in 1998. I did fine until about 5 years ago when I had go back to prevacid, at first one a day. About 1 1/2 yr ago I was having chest discomfort (now I recognize as air bubbles in my esophagus) I was treated for h pylori. It was awful. Ever since then I have had frequent recurrences of the air bubbles in my chest. I thought it was the prevacid so I stopped taking it. I have had subsequent EGD, colonoscopy, and barium x-ray. Everything looked normal. I try to eat very little at a time and stay up at least three hours after eating. I tried aciphex. I tried taking no medication. I am now trying L-glutamine and heavy vegetable diet. This is miserable. I am up at 3 am looking for relief from this. I have to work and can't afford these sleepless nights. This latest bout has been for over a week. I feel awful. What can I do?
i have this problem too. i swallow water or whatever drink and a bubble of air is trapped in the stream slowly, painfully creeping down my throat. i can't breathe and almost have panic attacks. my saliva glands turn on full blast, it's really scary. happens all the time. i think my swallowing technique is wrong. usually the tight bubble goes all the way down to my stomach but tonight its stuck in my lower esophagus in my chest somewhere. it won't go away this time! every time i swallow now it seems to stack on top of the stuck air bubble. this is so annoying! there must be an answer.
Exactly my symptoms to a T. You are not alone in this. I have had this issue for years and I would love to know how to prevent or treat it. I have had to deal with this trapped air for hours before and my husband and kids find it disturbing to watch. It is also hard to explain how something like air trapped can cause so much pain and even obstruct breathing. I have tried inducing vomiting when this happens. Sometimes it works and allows me to burb (it also brings up any food or drink stuck in the esophogas) but the last time it made it worse so that every time I tried to burp after that I would gag and vomit (without trying) I don't recommend it but this just shows how bad it can be..Also get a thick bubbly mucus that forms in the throat with this (making it harder to swallow/burp)
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