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DH burnt the inside of his throat and is gagging

(29 Posts)
cardamomginger Tue 07-May-13 08:47:48

DH gets oesophageal spasm sometimes when he eats - lumps of food get stuck and are to shift. Happened yesterday lunchtime with a too-hot microwaved baked potato. Instant agony, coughing and retching. His breathing through his nose seems to be OK.

He says it's swollen up inside and keeps gagging. He's still in pain and says he is salivating lots. He refuses to see the doctor.

Should I just let him get on with it, or should I nag him incessantly until he does go and see the doctor?

TIA for any thoughts!

Elibean Tue 07-May-13 09:42:57

I would nag, personally, whilst offering tiny sips of ice water....

Leverette Tue 07-May-13 09:43:16

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cardamomginger Tue 07-May-13 09:53:48

Thanks. Will continue to nag. His voice has gone all funny. Still can breathe OK and doesn't have any problems swallowing. It's going to be a hard nag though. He's refusing and shouting at me (as best he can under the circumstances).

TanteRose Tue 07-May-13 09:54:48

nag him to go to the docs

sounds serious

why on earth would he not get it seen to? confused

TanteRose Tue 07-May-13 09:55:43


sheesh, if he's shouting at you, then let the bugger suffer

cardamomginger Tue 07-May-13 09:59:40

Tante - grin

He says he hasn't got time (although the no time argument didn't apply yesterday when I suggested it).
Says they won't do anything.

Leverette Tue 07-May-13 10:39:36

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Badvoc Tue 07-May-13 10:55:44

Look, he needs to be seen.
He is being an idiot.
A and e.

cardamomginger Tue 07-May-13 10:56:05

Thanks Leverette. Have passed on what you have said. Will continue to do my best.

TBH I am sick of having to nag him about every single health problem he has (some of these are not trivial) and trying (and usually failing) to get him to seek help, and then getting shouted at for not letting it go.

Badvoc Tue 07-May-13 10:57:29

If his voice has gone funny it could mean he has aspirated some of the food.
That is serious.

cardamomginger Tue 07-May-13 11:00:31

It's a strange tone and pitch of voice, rather than not being able to speak, IYSWIM. And it developed this morning when he woke up. Yesterday after the incident his voice was just a bit hoarse.

I agree. Idiot. He says he'll just sit in A&E for hours and hours. Might be true, but he can take his laptop with him.

With health, as with most other things, he is so stubborn and impossible to shift. In matters of health, as in many other things, it just makes me want to scream.

Badvoc Tue 07-May-13 11:03:09

Not at this time of day he won't.
Better now than 1am surely?

Badvoc Tue 07-May-13 11:04:01

Sorry btw, I don't mean to get at you but men who take no responsibility for their own health infuriate me!
(My father for one who also suffers from this)

Iteotwawki Tue 07-May-13 11:08:24

If his voice has changed it's possible the swelling from the burn has affected the nerves which supply his vocal cords. Any burn in the throat needs an airway assessment - bugger swallowing, if his cords get stuck "closed" then he won't be able to breathe. I tube all serious throat burns, give them 24h steroids and wake them up when the swelling has settled.

He. Needs. A&E.

cardamomginger Tue 07-May-13 11:09:13


(I know you're not getting at me smile.)

Just had another 'discussion' with him and nothing doing. Am making him some salt water gargle, to try and keep his throat clean. And if it stings a bit when he uses it, at the moment that feels like an added bonus!

Badvoc Tue 07-May-13 11:13:37

If it gets worse they won't be able to tube him.
Dies he fancy a trach?

kotinka Tue 07-May-13 11:15:07

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cardamomginger Tue 07-May-13 11:17:30

I know, I know, I know, I know. Have told him ALL the advice posted. Got told off for 'Mumsnetting'.

He refuses point blank. I can't make him go. Nothing doing. I don't know why I bother wasting my breath sad.

cardamomginger Tue 07-May-13 11:20:56

BTW - thank you everyone. I really appreciate it.

Badvoc Tue 07-May-13 11:24:10

Hope you don't take this the wrong way, but is there anyone he will listen to?
Get them on board?

cardamomginger Tue 07-May-13 11:25:44

No, not really. He usually thinks he knows better than most people, including friends/family.

Good idea though - and not taken the wrong way!

ElephantsTeaParty Tue 07-May-13 11:27:43

Could you call an ambulance and see if the paramedics can persuade him to go?

cardamomginger Tue 07-May-13 11:31:02

That had crossed my mind Elephants. Thought I'd wait until it was demonstrably worse though.

Badvoc Tue 07-May-13 11:32:51

Imguess that would be my next suggestion.
Just phone for the paramedics and see if they can talk sense into him!

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