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Fish bone stuck!

(23 Posts)
TheFallenMadonna Tue 23-Sep-08 14:11:53

OK, this is really blush - I have had a fish bone stuck at the back of my mouth since yesterday lunchtime. It feels like it's stuck in the back of my tongue. DH had a look with a torch, but he can't see anything, and if I try to feel for it I gag as it is so far back.

It's uncomfortable and occasionally painful. What do I do?

Surely it can't merit a doctor's appointment - and hardly classes as an emergency so I would have to wait a few days anyway.

But it hurts sad

maidamess Tue 23-Sep-08 14:12:34

Chew and swallow a piece of dry bread.

MamaG Tue 23-Sep-08 14:13:27


I hve a horrible dread of that happening <vows never to eat fish again>

go to the doc if the dry bread won't shift it

TheFallenMadonna Tue 23-Sep-08 14:14:33

I've tried that.

Every time I swallow anything I aim it at that point (!), but nothing is shifting it.

donnie Tue 23-Sep-08 14:14:53

I had this once - I could feel it if I poked my finger down there so in the end I made myself vomit and sicked the bone back up. I wouldn't recommend this as a course of action though. If it doesn't come out you may need to go to A&E.

TheFallenMadonna Tue 23-Sep-08 14:15:28

Really? But it's so trivial.

TheFallenMadonna Tue 23-Sep-08 14:15:51


PrettyCandles Tue 23-Sep-08 14:17:41

The chances are that you have shifted it, but it has scratched your throat and that is what you are feeling.

SaintGeorge Tue 23-Sep-08 14:18:07

It could just be a scratch caused by the bone going down, but if the bone is still stuck you need to get it out.

A & E can easily check. Better safe than sorry.

sparkybabe Tue 23-Sep-08 14:19:22

Go to hospital. They can be dangerous if they are not shifted. But then it might just be a scratch...

TheFallenMadonna Tue 23-Sep-08 14:19:39

It's not in my throat, but the back of my tongue. I know - yuck. Anyway. Swallowing makes it sort of stab, which is what is making me think it's still there. Hard to tell...

AnarchyAunt Tue 23-Sep-08 14:23:03

This happened to me about five years ago. Nothing visible, but definitely there and uncomfortable.

I rang NHS direct, who said A&E. Went there, they said nope, not an emergency, see your GP. Went to the GP, who wondered why I was there hmm and sent me to the minor injuries unit at A&E. They couldn't see anything and insisted that I had just scratched my throat.

I still have a poky feeling from time to time in the same place, like there is still something there.

Sorry, that wasn't exactly helpful or encouraging - just to warn you not to expect them to do much!

TheFallenMadonna Tue 23-Sep-08 14:24:52

I think I shall wait and see. And eat lots of dry bread. Yum hmm grin

TheFallenMadonna Tue 23-Sep-08 14:25:44

I really don't feel I could walk into A&E past the broken limbs and open wounds and tell them I have a fish bone in my tongue. Possibly.

BigGitDad Tue 23-Sep-08 14:26:36

Have you tried a coathanger?grin
Yes I was jokng and don't even think about it!!

TheFallenMadonna Tue 23-Sep-08 14:27:00


maidamess Tue 23-Sep-08 14:27:11

Have you tried gargling? or would that feel like sandpaper?

maidamess Tue 23-Sep-08 14:27:46

Heimlech manoever? (sp)

TheFallenMadonna Tue 23-Sep-08 14:31:18

I have tried gargling.

DH was all ready to go in with a pair of tweezers, but I kept gagging.

maidamess Tue 23-Sep-08 14:32:09

Was he wearing a miners helmet?

TheFallenMadonna Tue 23-Sep-08 14:35:29

Are you laughing at my ridiculous plight maidamess? grin

donnie Tue 23-Sep-08 14:39:40

actuallythe coathanger option is not altogether a bad idea, although I would choose something thinner like a pipe cleaner.

specialeyelin Tue 23-Sep-08 14:44:22

def keep trying the dry bread ,but if no joy you will be best off going down to the hospital.

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