I have had this same thing happen to me but never considered it might be something I am allergic to. Just one more thing to think about.

Adventures of an Allergic Foodie

I was eating roasted chicken at a chain restaurant the first time it happened. The meat got stuck somewhere in my esophagus and wouldn’t go down. Water didn’t help; in fact, it worsened the pain. I wasn’t choking and I could breathe, but my throat and chest felt like it was exploding. Tears dripped from my eyes, my face flushed, and I gripped onto the table. My children, then still in high school, looked as scared as I felt. Luckily, after a few very long minutes, the meat finally dislodged.

I blamed the whole incident on reflux since I’d been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) years ago. Or, I thought, it could have something to do with my hiatal hernia, the other diagnosis I got long ago when I reported pain in my chest. When other strange symptoms popped up and tests came back confirming celiac disease and myriad…

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