August 26, 2012 12:13 PM Subscribe
I have a pain in my upper chest, presumably in my esophagus. How urgent a medical condition is this, and which doctor should I see?
posted by lewedswiver to health & fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The pain has existed for about 36 hours. It feels very similar (and on a similar level of pain) to when you eat a big lump of food and it gets stuck in your throat, except the pain isn't going away.
While sitting here right now, the pain is small but slightly annoying; it's worse when swallowing food. (I've been eating normally, but I think from now on I might switch to smoothies and milkshakes etc, because swallowing hard food is a serious annoyance.)
The location of the pain is below where one swallows at the back of the throat. Instead, I would say that if one draws a line from the Adam's apple to a point between the two nipples, it's about in the middle of that line. I *assume* this is in the esophagus, between the stomach and the throat, but I don't really know -- the pain isn't all that individually sharp but rather amorphous.
A key point -- about 36 hours ago (but possibly this event happened hours after the pain started! I'm unsure about assuming too much from this, because the following is an explanation that makes logical sense but could be entirely misleading!) I drank a glass of wine that came from a broken bottle. It's possible there was a small shard of glass, too small to see, and I drank it and it cut my throat. I haven't tasted any blood, haven't felt any weakness from internal bleeding, anything like that. No bloody or black stool.
My question: what doctor do I need to see? Possible internal bleeding from glass - is this an emergency? Can I wait until I can get an appt to see a general internist? (Does a general internist have methods see all the way down my throat to figure this out?)
Will this probably heal on its own? If it is a cut from glass, what could be done? Could it be anything other than a cut from glass?