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There Are Bubbles in My Throat?

There Are Bubbles in My Throat?

There are times where we feel like something is in stuck in our throats. Whether it is a food or acid in our throats, we always have that experience once in our lifetime when we eat a delicious meal or an oversized meal. It can last for an hour or two but some experience frequently which is called heartburn.

Heartburn in General…

Heartburn is a painful burning feeling in the chest or throat. It normally happens stomach acids back up into your esophagus, the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. However, if you have heartburn more than twice week, you may have developed GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). If it’s left untreated, it could damage the esophagus and then eventually led to cancer.

To prevent the GERD symptoms:

  1. Changing in your diet and lifestyle, eating smaller meals and at least three hours after eating, losing weight, and avoid alcohol.

  2. Prevent from eating certain types of food such as citric fruit, chocolate, coffee, or other caffeinated beverages fried food, garlic, onions, spicy or fatty foods, and marinera sauce, salsa, and pizza.

  3. To try to lesson those heartburn flareups while you’re asleep, try placing wood blocks beneath your bed posts to raise the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches.

  4. Avoiding wearing tight clothing or belts that push on your abdomen, since compressing that area can contribute to reflux.

Medications to Take…

There are two different types of medication that you can end up taking for occasional heartburn:

  1. Antacid can be used like Mylanta, Rolaids, or Tums which can be taken as well as changing the lifestyle.

  2. An acid-reducing H2 blocker such as famotidine (Pepcid AC), nizatidine (Acid AR), or ranitidine can be taken if the lifestyle changes don’t work or antacids don’t work.

If those medications don’t work, you may have to ask your doctor to go check if you have GERD. The doctor may ask you to do an endoscopy, which they insert a tube into your throat and they take a biopsy to test for cancer or Barrett’s esophagus.

The doctor may prescribe this medication:

  1. A proton pump inhibitor such as esomeprazole (Nexium), omezaprole (Prilosec), or lansoprazole (Prevacid and Prilosec) if not relieved by lifestyle changes, antacids, or H2 blockers.

In My Situation…

During the summer, I ended having gastritis because of a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. It commonly lives in contaminated water or vegetable. They end in the digestive tract, attaching itself to lining of the stomach creating an inflammation. If not treated, they could end making sores, called ulcers, in the lining of your stomach or upper part of your small intestine. Luckily, I had an inflammation in the lining in my stomach. I ended up having to take antibiotics in order eradicate the bacteria and doing a stool test two weeks later to see if the bacteria is eradicated.

Having Gastritis put a lot stress on me because of how painful stomachaches and if I ended up having anxiety or feeling upset it makes it worse. When having anxiety, it can stomach acid as well which in my situations made it worse, making me have heartburn and food stuck in my throat.

After ending the treatment, I still had an upset stomach from the antibiotics that I took. The doctor prescribes me some ranitidine to help with it. I still experienced stomach pains and if I get anxiety attacks, it makes it worse. I was put on strict diet for a few months until I end up feeling better. Even though I get those bad days and those good days, I tried to occupy myself with other things, such studying, hanging out with my friends, listening to music, or watching videos to make myself happy.

I hope that writing as well can bring happiness to me as well as bring my love of writing when I was in high school!


Works Cited

Consumer Reports on Health. "Soothe the Fire in Your Belly ." Colson, Janet. Annual Editions: Nutrition. PARS International, 2012. 92-95.

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