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Trouble Swallowing Food – Getting Stuck and Vomiting While Eating

Jolie with family

Jolie with her family


I’m 29 and have been living in Ulcerative Colitis denial for 12 years. Finding this site has really helped me to understand it (much more than a doctor has bothered to explain) its been great for resource, latest research and just reading about others who are in the same boat as me… Below is a question to do with UC – strange symptoms.

Colitis Story:

Every other meal I eat I find my self gagging for some water or bent over the toilet bowl trying to dislodge food.
Ill eat something – can be as small as a pea or as big as bread or chicken – and at some point my throat just does not let the food down. At this point I try to swallow some water but more often than not I have to induce vomiting to get rid of it. If i cant its a constant feeling of gagging / bringing food up.
There is a lot of mucous that develops around the food which i usually bring up before the food itself. I guess this is the body trying to dislodge the blockage itself?

This is something I have been getting since before being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, has/does anyone else struggle with swallowing food /food getting stuck when eating? I don’t know if its related or not or whether its just something else that I can add to my list..

After a bit of googling Ive found this medication definition which pretty much sums it up – I don’t know for sure if this is what i have but it sounds accurate.

Achalasia Overview

Achalasia is a rare condition that makes it difficult for food and liquid to move from the esophagus into the stomach. It’s caused by nerve damage to the lower esophageal sphincter, a muscle that normally would relax to allow the passage of food. It’s not clear what damages the nerve in the first place, but infections or autoimmune diseases are possible causes. Achalasia usually appears in people ages 25 to 60 and sometimes in children. Medications, shots, endoscopy, or surgery may help ease achalasia. If not treated, achalasia can lead to weakness and malnutrition.

BTW i had been to the doctor about this when I was about 8 or 9 and all I remember was the doctor saying that it was usually something old people get.. ? Maybe a revisit is in order…

written by Jolie


8 Responses to Trouble Swallowing Food – Getting Stuck and Vomiting While Eating

  1. joanna October 15, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    jolie, i totally know what you mean! i have this problem every time i am flaring. it was worse last year when i was going 30x a day. i just have a constant gag relfex. my doctor said it’s just because the colon is inflamed and that causes other parts of the body to get inflamed, too. my stomach looked terrible when i got an endoscopy so that’s why i threw up a lot. i always have to use a straw for some reason to make swallowing easier.

    have you had an upper GI endoscopy?

  2. Bev October 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi Jolie,

    I’ve never had this, nor heard of it, but it looks like Joanna has!

    This is something you should definitely look into. Did you read if it can be helped or cured?

  3. Christine October 16, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Hi Jolie-
    It sounds to me like you definitely have Achalasia. I am not medical expert, but I can speak from experience. I have been diagnosed with Achalasia, am 28 years old and my symptoms were exactly the same. I don’t know much about Ulcerative Colitis, but to me it sounds like you have two different conditions. I received my diagnosis 2 years ago, and had a POEM procedure. It helped my condition greatly, but it was not a long term fix. I was no longer regurgitating and coughing to the extent I originally was, but after a couple months needed to have a balloon dilation. I still have to drink a lot of water to get food down, but am feeling great. I can deal with it now. Read up on Achalasia and find a good doctor in NZ. Best of luck to you!

  4. sONIKA August 11, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Hi Jolie

    I do have same problem…… Infact in begining i always had cough after every meal
    than i had all those that you mentioned. I haven’t the proper doctor yet.

    • sONIKA August 11, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      i means i have to consult a doctor yet

  5. Eliza Navales September 7, 2013 at 4:45 am #

    I had been feelin regurgitation for months already and I have loss a great number of weight. Im not on a diet. I really desired to gain weight however, the vomiting when I eat made my hopes for a weight gain only a dream. I havent consulted a professional on my disorder but I self medicate with supplements but it too was hopeless. How did you deal with it? Is my case achalasia?

  6. Leo January 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    I have had this problem for as long as I can remember. I am bipolar and it acts up IMMENSELY when I am having a manic episode (which occurs every couple weeks). My doctors have never focused on it instead looking at the mania and medication. All I can do is wait it out. It is also a precursor to an upcoming manic episode. Many times I’ve been out with friends or family at some one’s home or restaurant and would have to stop after the first bite. After sitting there not eating my meal or drink for sometime (which people thought was odd) I would have to excuse myself and wait outside.

    Not fun. Do what you have to live a easier life. Good luck all.

  7. Lisa September 22, 2015 at 4:29 am #

    Hi Jolie,

    I googled my symptoms and your blog came up. You described exactly whant i have been going through. I started having this problem with food getting stuck over 15 years ago. It started out every few months i would get food stuck. I asked the doctor about it and was told i may just have a small esophagus. As I got older it started happening more frequently. My last straw was being put in 2 embarrassing situations when food was stuck and i had to take my daughter to school. If i dont spit out my saliva and it builds up on the food I will vomit. I couldn’t walk my daughter to her class or all the parents would have seen my vomiting. Sometimes i vomit 3 times and sometimes more to dislodge the food. Most of it is always mucous and hardly any food. I go in tomorrow for an endoscopy. I just thought this was something i had to live with. After reading and trying to figure out what was wrong with me it could be so many different things. Going this long could have caused damage to my esophagus and it could be cancer. Has anything changed since this blog? Please let me know how you are doing?
    Aurora Colorado

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