I am 63 years old. I have had deodenal ulcers (2),for more than 15 years now and they give me no problems. I have the problem of three or four times a year being unable to swalow down solid food even though I cut small pieces, it is very embarrasing, especially when I am at a sit down meal with geusts. My throat
blocks up for about three days at a time, like right now at the time of this writing. I cannot even get a drop of water down. I drink one, non prescription strength, acid reducing pill, (ranitidine tablets USP, 75 mg), just about every morning before work. I bought the pills at the pharmacy in Walmart. I get very hungry and thirsty and feel constant pain in my throat. To-day, Monday, is the third day now that my throat is blocked up and I have decided to stay away from work untill my throat decides to get un-blocked. My wife that I love very much is besides herself with worry. Can you give me any good advice?
I have full medical coverage with United Health Care. I am allergic to nothing I know of, like penicillin, and I am otherwise in perfect health, I am 6'2" tall and weigh 190 lbs.
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Any problems with swallowing needs to be investigated further. I would suggest an upper GI series or upper endoscopy to ensure there isn't any anatomical blockage.
If negative, a 24-hr pH study with esophageal motility studies can be considered to look for GERD as well as any esophageal motility disorders.
If negative, you may want to consider an ENT referral to look higher up into the oropharynx.
These options can be discussed in conjunction with a GI or ENT referral.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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