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I Have Developed the Weirdest Allergy That Has Led to Fear

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Rice gives me the hiccups. I have no idea why. I have no other symptoms, just the hiccups. So for years I have continued eating rice and dealt with the hiccups.

    But recently the hiccups have started in mid swallow and the rice gets stuck in my throat and I have to drink something to clear my throat. The last time it happened I didn't think it was going to clear and I kind of panicked.

    Long story short I have officially given up eating rice.
  2. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Wow, that sucks. Only things I could think that would be worse is having to give up cheese, pasta, or becoming a vegetarian.
  3. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    I can't say I like rice quite that much, but I am going to miss it. Especially spanish rice and beans. I honestly feel it is a risk I cannot take.
  4. VietCowboy

    VietCowboy Be Realistic. Demand the Impossible.

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    ALL forms of rice? what about rice cakes or rice paper (i.e. spring rolls wrapper) or rice soup (porridge or congee)?

    What about risotto? Or similar things like couscous and quinoa?
  5. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    That's pretty bad there. Food allergies can be sneaky. Might try a little bit of sleuthing on this as VietCowboy suggested.

    It'd be worse for me, 'cause the stuff that gives me the hiccups is really hot chilies of various sorts. My friends call it the ' food heat detector'. It hasn't deterred me, but I would hate for it to go to the point where I had to give it up.
  6. tupperware

    tupperware A Plastic Container

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    Just eat the rice and after every bite huff a brown paper lunch bag.
  7. Wimbo

    Wimbo Active Member

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    I had a similar thing happen. It happened once when eating sushi (on a ball of rice), but it has happened with other foods as well. It would feel like I had food stuck in my lower throat, and I would hiccup involuntarily until it went away. I found out that I had scarring around the sphincter between my esophagus and my stomach. This is likely caused by acid reflux. It got bad enough to where some food got stuck in that transition, and caused a backup. If I tried to drink water, it would fill my esophagus like a beaker until it hit my gag reflex, then I would vomit the water back out. Saliva eventually fills the esophagus as well, so every 20 minutes my body would convulse & whatever was in the esophagus would be thrown up. I spent one sleepless night, throwing up every 20 minutes or so. The next morning I went to the doctor, who immediately scheduled me a same day appointment with a specialist. They put me under partial anesthesia (I needed to be awake enough to respond to their direction), then ran a scope down my throat & through my esophagus to clear the obstruction & break up the scar tissue.

    It still happens occasionally, but not to the point where I have had to go back to the doctor. I have found that dry rice and pasta are the biggest catalysts for this problem. However, chicken and steak have gotten stuck, too.

    FYI, the doctor told me to get to a physician asap if I get something stuck again... the esophagus can easily tear, which becomes a open chest surgery to fix.

    Best advice... chew your food longer. If you have narrowed any part of your esophagus with scarring, then you need to get your food in smaller chunks to make it through the channel.

    http://heartburn.about.com/cs/articles/a/esoph_stricture.htm
  8. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Kickers eat rice......
  9. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Yep! Bruce Lee was particularly fond of rice!
  10. jimnabby

    jimnabby Well-Known Member

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    Weird. Raw carrots do that to my wife. Every time.

    I would find giving up rice very difficult. My condolences on your loss.
  11. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Oh yeah, with melted cheese over both the rice and the beans!

    Lets not forget good fried rice, butter herb rice, long grain wild rice, rice pilaf, etc, etc, etc.

    Not to mention just plain white rice. Especially if you've got something like chicken kiev sitting on top of it.

    Damn, I'm getting hungry! :laugh2:
  12. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    I would never eat rice cakes. Not for anyone. So far it is just rice itself as far as I know. It is weird because the only other thing that can give me the hiccups is really hot chili, but that is not when I try to swallow and it has never got stuck and made me think I am choking like rice does.
  13. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Oh go ahead and kick a man when he's down.






    :laugh2:
  14. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    In the words of the comedian George Wallace:

    Why not kick a man when he's down? He's closer to your foot. :laugh2:

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