Burned esophagus after DKA

Clare R
By Clare R Latest Reply 2013-06-13 10:00:45 -0500
Started 2013-06-12 13:38:22 -0500

I tried "Asking an Expert" but no answer yet on this… I need some advice here.

I went into DKA over this past weekend. The vomiting burned my esophagus to the point that I can't eat regular foods because it hurts so bad. Has anyone experienced this? How long does the pain last? Any suggestions on how I can relieve the pain in the meantime? It's frustrating… swallowing food causes burning pain all the way from my throat down to my stomach.

5 replies

sandyfrazzini 2013-06-13 10:00:45 -0500 Report

I did have that after one episode of DKA several years ago, only it was like everything I ate would give me really bad acid reflux. I don't recall a sore throat, but what I did have lasted a few weeks and was a real pain. Good luck to you, hope you are feeling better soon.

Clare R
Clare R 2013-06-13 02:25:20 -0500 Report

All they gave me for the esophagus pain in the hospital was aluminum hydroxide (kinda like MOM) and it didn't help. And then they'd bring me a bunch of things I couldn't eat. I did my best and ate what I could, but that wasn't much. Even water was hard to get down. I don't have a problem with Vicodin… I've taken it plenty of times without withdrawal effects. I'm not sure if throat spray would work, unless I maybe took a swig of it before eating, but I doubt that's recommended.

Type1PastryChef 2013-06-13 01:45:05 -0500 Report

I went into DKA a few months back and had the same thing happen. I was even being yelled at in the hospital for not eating. I explained why but they just brushed it off. So I didn't think there was anything I could do. So for about two weeks I just ate very slowly and stuck to soup and anything mushy. I'd be careful with taking Vicodin. I have had to take that after my appendix burst, it is highly addictive. I went through withdraw for a good week after I stopped taking it. You might want to try that throat numbing spray, I didn't think of that till after the pain was gone, but it might be worth a shot.

Clare R
Clare R 2013-06-12 15:50:51 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info… I'll have to see what my doc will prescribe for me. If Vicodin helped, that would be awesome… I think I may have strained some back muscles as well, and I was already in pain before. I can't imagine eating pudding and hot dogs for a whole month, although I did think of living on diet shakes till I'm healed (yeah, prob not such a good idea…) I'm trying to eat normal, except staying away from foods that are particularly crunchy or rough. It's still a struggle.

hairbear68 2013-06-12 14:56:13 -0500 Report

kinda my doc put me on nexuim it help but I think the vicadin work more but pudding hunt and was eating plain chicken dogs last about a mth with me