This is how Eosinophilic Esophagitis feels like for me. Please keep in mind that Eosinophilic Esophagitis can vary between people in symptoms and severity. My Eosinophilic Esophagitis is severe and does not respond to typical treatments. On another post and/or video, I will do an in-depth conversation about conventional treatments and unconventional treatments.
Every time I eat, I have a flare-up of some kind. I sometimes even have flare-ups to liquids including water. One of my specialists believes that my Eosinophilic Esophagitis might be triggered by environmental allergies, which is why it might not be controlled by doing the six food elimination diet (again more on that in another post).
Eosinophilic Esophagitis is weird. I can take 2 bites of the same food and be okay, then on the third bite, all hell breaks loose. My food gets stuck and it burns an incredible amount. It feels like my throat is constricting and at the same time, there’s a sharp pain in the area around the food. I get a pain in my chest and it feels like I’m drowning.
I know Coke is horrible for you but it’s the only thing that helps me get food down when I have flare-ups. So I try drink Coke. Sometimes after a few sips, I can slowly feel the food go down and trust me, it burns going down. But other times, Coke will just sit on top of where the food is stuck then makes its way back up. Whenever, my esophagus starts gurgling and my body starts retching involuntarily, I know it’s time to head to the restroom. Then I either just start to vomit until the stuck food dislodges or I have to pull the food out with my fingers if I’m able to.
Even when I do not have a severe flare-up as described above, I always have tightness and a burning sensation when I eat or drink. I cut food into very small pieces and chew my food like a llama. I’m a pretty fun dinner date.
My Biggest Symptoms With Eosinophilic Esophagitis:
- Food Impaction
- Dysphagia (Trouble Swallowing)
- Chest Pain
- Abdominal Pain
- Regurgitation (Vomiting)
- Burning Sensation in Esophagus
- Sharp Pain Where The Food Gets Stuck
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Reflux That Does Not Respond to Medication
- Chronic Cough
- Chronic Sore Throat
Living with EoE is very unpredictable but one thing I can always rely on is my sheer copper nail lacquer, “Audrey”. With one swipe, I’m ready to deal with my health head-on.
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