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I too have this from time to time. I do take something for acid reflex that is over the counter. I never knew I had that much mucus but I feel so much better after it comes up. Same thing, I can take one or two bites of food and I start "foaming at the mouth" because it feels like it's stuck in my throat and it's the mucus. Once I get all the mucus up, it's a big relief. I have not gone to the doctor either. Afraid they'll want to do one thing and then another and still no answers!

Glad I'm not alone. Let me know if anyone has found out why this is happening.
This sounds like esophageal spasms. Instead of going down, food goes part of the way down and then stays there so you have that stuck in the throat sensation, or it goes back up again. Sometimes the spasms themselves can feel like you are trying to swallow broken glass. I used to get this all the time before my surgery. Very painful. The foam that someone described is very common with esophageal movement disorders-it's just saliva. You are constantly swallowing saliva and if you have an esophageal problem it can come right back up. The mucus is probably just that -mucus from your nasal cavity (that normally drains down the back of the throat so you are not aware of it) that came back up again just like the saliva.

Muscles in the esophagus can be very sensitive to temperature. Very cold drinks prevented me from swallowing anything for at least an hour. I would have to spit out saliva because it wouldn't stay down.

None of this can be seen with an endoscopy (although if the procedure is painful that is a symptom of a problem with the stomach valve). You have to have special tests done to see how the muscles in your esophagus are working.

I doubt if the original poster was vomiting. It sounded more like they were regurgitating. When you regurgitate you expel food that has been stored at the bottom of the esophagus that has been unable to get into the stomach. It is easier to regurgitate than vomit. There is no bile so the food tastes the same as when you swallowed it. It can slide right out sometimes.

If you hiccup after eating, it can be caused by food building up in the esophagus that presses on the diaphragm.

If you have frequent bouts of coughing at night, it can be caused by food and liquids eaten earlier in the day that come up when you lie down and then go down the wrong way into your windpipe and into your lungs. This often happens just when you fall asleep and you lose conscious control of muscles but it happens during the day too.

If you have these symptoms, I [I][B]strongly [/B][/I]suggest finding a clinic that specializes in swallowing disorders ASAP. Sometimes the problem is just esophageal spasms but the spasms can have a very serious cause like achalasia. Ignore that and your esophagus will eventually become so dilated it will no longer work and you will have to have it removed.

That's what almost happened to me. I had symptoms like you described and was diagnosed with GERD. However, the meds wouldn't help and the heartburn got worse (meds designed to decrease acid formation in the stomach do not work in the esophagus). I sought help because I thought my stomach valve was too loose and food was not staying in. The problem was the opposite. I have a huge esophagus able to hold a full meal and the stomach valve was too tight. Food I ate could not get into the stomach right away so it had to wait in the esophagus. Gradually the wait got longer. Food fermented, acid formed, and medications I took burned the esophagus. No wonder it hurt so bad! Surgery fixed the whole thing. In one day and home the next.

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