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Old 01-12-2011, 05:02 PM
purplehorseshoe purplehorseshoe is offline
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OK, what IS this gurgle in my throat?

When I take a drink of water, very often after I swallow there's a gurgling sound in my throat. It's not the water itself going down - there's a very definite upward sensation - and I don't like carbonation so I'm not ingesting any CO2 bubbles, just still water. It also doesn't happen every single time - just frequently. Googling around reveals that a lot of other people have this as well but I couldn't find a reason for it.

Is it air from my stomach being displaced by the water I just drank? If so, why doesn't it happen each time I drink? (I do have issues with gulping air into my stomach, so it's possible I have more air in that organ than your average Joe.)
Old 01-13-2011, 03:06 PM
purplehorseshoe purplehorseshoe is offline
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* gurgle *

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

It comes from right behind what would be my Adam's apple if I was a dude. High up in the throat. Does that help?
Old 01-13-2011, 03:46 PM
jayjay jayjay is offline
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Swallowed a murloc?

...which you'll get if you play World of Warcraft and won't at all if you don't...
Old 01-13-2011, 04:11 PM
heavyarms553 heavyarms553 is offline
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Zenker's diverticulum? Can't really tell from your description.
Old 01-13-2011, 05:28 PM
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I have no idea but your op cracked me the hell up!
Old 01-14-2011, 11:01 AM
purplehorseshoe purplehorseshoe is offline
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Originally Posted by Omegaman View Post
I have no idea but your op cracked me the hell up!
I wasn't trying to be funny ... (If you heard me, however, you might crack up again. It's kind of a funny sound.)

I thought heavyarms was messing with me but a little research shows otherwise. However, the article says one of the symptoms is "involuntary gurgling noises when swallowing," which I take to mean during, and the gurgle for me manifests itself about 1-3 seconds after I've swallowed.

As another data point: the gurgle will also happen if I'm horizontal. I keep water by my bed, and early this morning I woke, took a big gulp of water, and immediately lay back down. About a second later, **grrggggle.**
Old 08-07-2012, 08:24 AM
MollieS MollieS is offline
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Hi. Have you found a solution yet? I have exactly the same problem but haven't found something yet...
Old 08-07-2012, 09:08 AM
Colophon Colophon is offline
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I get this too. I always assumed it's just a little bit of air (from inside my mouth) that I swallowed with the water bubbling its way back up. I sometimes get it even when I'm swallowing nothing other than saliva.
Old 08-07-2012, 09:41 AM
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:06 PM
dracoi dracoi is offline
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For me, it seems to be related to my gastric reflux. When I was struggling with that, I would get that gurgling every night - like little bubbles once or twice a minute all night long. I have been off the medication and symptom free for a couple of years now, and rarely notice it anymore.

Might be worth checking with a doctor, then.
Old 08-07-2012, 04:24 PM
BigDog1 BigDog1 is offline
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My vote is for a Zenker's diverticulum. I had one and I had a diverticulectomy. Good as new now.
Old 08-08-2012, 09:53 PM
Autolycus Autolycus is offline
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Yeah, my first thought was totally that your diverticulum is acting up. Yup, totally that.
Old 08-08-2012, 10:35 PM
DrCube DrCube is offline
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This happens to me all the time, and not just when I drink something.

I have really bad acid reflux, if that gives anyone any clues. My theory, made up right now on the spot, is that since the sphincter on the top of my stomach doesn't work at all, air escapes when I move around. It isn't anything like a burp though.


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