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How to stop the reflux to solid foods though endoscopy and barium turned out to be normal?


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Published At December 22, 2022
Reviewed AtDecember 26, 2022

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 28-year-old male with 66 kg.

I have had trouble swallowing for a year and a half, which has resulted in me being on a liquid diet. The problem was due to severe reflux. Endoscopy and barium were normal. My issue is I am eating better now, especially with a sip of fluid every bite, but I still cannot eat meat or rice without it feeling stuck. How can I stop this feeling?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

As endoscopy and barium studies are normal, I am assuming you do not have any structural abnormality in the esophagus. The only possibility is you may have functional or morality disorders of the esophagus. Still, I would suggest continuing taking PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), like Omeprazole (I am sure you would be on), taking small bites, I suggest you to use prokinetic medications like Metoclopramide or Domperidone or Itopride, etc., to enhance morality. Start with small chunks of ground meat or rice. I can comment better if I know the endoscopy findings.

Any hiatal hernia they found?

Any gastroesophageal junction disorder?

Or any skin tissue disorders you have, like scleroderma?

Thanks and regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat
Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Internal Medicine

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