Food if I’m rushing to eat seems to get “stuck” without a sip of water? Is it a esophageal disorder?

I am a 35 year old male, non-smoker, healthy weight (6’1″, about 195 pounds), with generally good health, had my last annual physical last February, and run 9-12 miles per week. I generally eat food quickly, probably faster than I should. I do have occasional heartburn, typically associated with stress, but nothing more severe than what a Tums doesn’t handle. I do not have any history of diagnosed gastrointestinal problems. Over the past month and a half or so, I’ve had the flu, then either two or three colds. I’m mostly over everything but still have some post-nasal drainage, which is slowly going away. My concern is that every now and then, bigger bites of food if I’m rushing to eat seem to get “stuck” without a sip of water, which has been more noticeable (I think) since I’ve had the post-nasal drip. It’s once food feels to be around the level of the base of my throat, and there’s no airway issue. If it happens, after a sip of water I can’t replicate the feeling with another bite. There are no other symptoms and no lasting symptoms. If it’s just me eating too fast and/or irritation of drainage, that’s fine. I just wanted to make sure I don’t need to be seen to get checked out, since I don’t remember this happening on any sort of regular basis before too long ago. It seems that particularly worrisome esophageal disorders are very uncommon in my age/gender cohort, but I was hoping to get someone’s opinion on this.





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Dr. Javez Ernesto
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It sounds as though you are simply eating large portions of food, too fast. Try having smaller bites and slow down. If symptoms persist you should consider an x-ray or laryngoscopy to be safe.

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Thank you – I know some of the more serious pathologies are very rare in younger people, but are there any issues that I should be especially concerned about?

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hi there..first of all relax..slow down..ur major problem seems to be ur fast paced eating habits..slow down..properly chew down ur food and take time for yourself to enjoy what u eat..eat smaller portions..try it..if problem persists..u might need to consult a gastroenterologist and check using an endoscope to view your esophagus

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Hi and welcome to question doctors.com
Eating under stress causes gastro esophageal reflux and spasm in the esophagus the solution of this problem is chewing well and eating small portions..yoga and breathing can help you relax ..

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You can eat slowly and small pieces ..do not eat quickly and stressed..if symptoms persists get an endoscopy done.

Dr. Javez Ernesto
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Dr. Javez Ernesto

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) may be of concern.

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This is clearly diaphragmatic hernia
U need a to do diaphragm strengthening exercise