Patient Comments: Schatzki's Ring - Symptoms

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Comment from: H, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I found it difficult to swallow food, and on one occasion, I was sick. The food would lie at the level of my chest for a long while. Before my diagnosis of Schatzki's ring, I stopped eating food. Near the end, even soup was difficult to get down.

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Comment from: JenTheRN, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

My first episode of Schatzki's ring was incredibly scary! I had such horrendous chest pain that I was certain I was having a heart attack. I began to regurgitate without any sensation of nausea. That was nearly twenty years ago, but i remember it like it was yesterday. I have had a total of three dilation procedures and am probably about due for another since I am having some episodes when taking my medications. I have found that caffeine exacerbates the symptoms, as do very cold liquid drinks while eating or taking medications.

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Comment from: springhiller, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

After a few bites of a meal I began to cough, sometimes very long and hard. Some believed I was choking, it was difficult to get my breath sometimes, but I could breathe. Food seemed to make a lump near the bottom of my breastbone, and at times it was quite painful. I have found that breathing slowly, eating slowly, and chewing my food well helps. Exercise also seems to help the symptoms of Schatzki's ring.

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Comment from: nanny j, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

Because of my Schatzki's ring I've difficulty swallowing, particularly steak, chicken and prescription tablets. Felt I had to get the food over a lump at the back of the throat often having 'heart burn' like sensation approximately 2-3 hours after eating.

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Comment from: Kathy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I had difficulty swallowing pills. They would get caught in my throat, staying there until they dissolved or I would simply not be able to swallow larger ones at all. I also sometimes experienced a feeling of constriction in my thoat which would give me a light-headed feeling for a few seconds. Yesterday I had an endoscopy and the doctor stretched the Schatzi ring. I have a mild sore throat today, but otherwise feel fine. I did not feel anything during the procedure. I was sedated and my thoat was sprayed with a numbing spray.

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Comment from: John, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

I have had this Schatzki's ring problem for decades. I have to eat very slowly. If food does get stuck for more than a few minutes I have to regurgitate to get it out. Usually if all of the food is regurgitated I can swallow again and resume eating. Occasionally when all of the food is regurgitated, I still can't swallow. When that occurs I find sucking on hard candy like lifesavers gets the swallowing process going agaain within a few minutes. For reasons I can't explain I find that regular strenuous aerobic exercise helps releive this condition. I can't think of a reason why the exercise works, but it does.

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Comment from: dfowler30, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I have the severe middle of chest pain from time to time. No heart condition, just acid reflux. I'm on daily medicine for it. I've found that drinking a full glass of water immediately stops the pain. If no water is available sometimes opening my mouth to form a perfect O causes a pop and the pain is relieved. Hopes this helps someone.

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