Ouch, you’re in the middle of eating dinner and it happens. That sharp pain just below your sternum, the knowledge that you cannot swallow another bite, even if it’s already in your mouth. Yup, you’ve got something stuck. Normally stuck food is a result of eating too fast and/or not chewing enough. The connection between pouch and small intestine is small, and it’s easy for a food jam to occur.
So what to do when that happens? Here’s a few ideas that help me when I get something stuck.
- Stop eating immediately. Don’t swallow another bite.
- Get up from the table and walk. And walk. And walk. Moving can help move whatever is stuck through.
- After 15 min or so, try very, very slowly sipping hot tea. There is a great blend I found in the grocery store called “digestive tea” which has helped me in this situation. Be cautious though. If the tea seems to be making it worse, stop drinking and wait another 15 min before trying the tea again.
- If you are in severe pain (food being stuck is VERY uncomfortable) or you don’t feel better after an hour or two, call your doc. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Slowing down at the dinner table and remembering to chew, chew, chew, can prevent food from getting stuck most of the time, but it’s still an unfortunate occurrence that will happen to all of us once in a while. Hopefully if it happens to you, these tips can help it dislodge in no time!