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If you swallow your tongue ring (which, for the record, is really not a ring but a barbell in most cases, but tongue barbell just doesn't flow as well as tongue ring and so therefore, for lack of a better word or phrase, tongue ring is suitable at least in my book) it can be a scary thing. What should you do? Join this discussion to see what others are saying or share your own experiences and/or advice.


October 11, 2007 at 4:20 pm
(1) crystal says:

my doctor has instructed me to go to the er to have xrays done to make sure it hasn’t punctured anything internally. especially since it feels like i swallowed a large pill and it is stuck. i think i won’t put another back in after this. if it puntures something or i can’t pass it i’m scared of what will have to be done

January 5, 2008 at 5:00 pm
(2) Mari says:

I swallwed my tongue ring about 24 hours ago…I was curious if i went to the bathroom if it should have passed by now? i kinda had a stomach ache last night but I feel fine…any advice?

January 5, 2008 at 6:39 pm
(3) Karen Hudson says:

If you feel fine, it probably has passed without any issue. But pay attention to how you feel in the next couple of weeks – if you suddenly start having any problems, don’t forget about the possible connection to swallowing the barbell and see a doctor. But if you feel fine, you probably are – these things usually slide through the digestive system without incident.

January 10, 2008 at 9:16 pm
(4) sarah says:

i swallowed my barbell with 1 ball, and i’m scared :S, i have a little stomach ache, but i think its because im nervous, what should i do?

February 19, 2008 at 6:21 pm
(5) Rae says:

I didn’t have mine in… and I was playing with it… And kinda Swallowed it. I know, I had the chance to try and cough it back up, but my throat just kinda… -Gulp- I am so freaked out right now.. It was only like… a hour ago? My stomach hurts sooo bad. -Is Scared-

February 25, 2008 at 5:20 pm
(6) nate says:

i swallowed my bar and one ball two days ago and am kinda freaked out i just hope it passes

April 14, 2008 at 12:26 am
(7) Crissie says:

i just swallowed my ball and it’s 9:30 at night. there is no where to get a replacement ball and i don’t know what to do…i don’t want to take it out b/c i just got it pierced

April 20, 2008 at 11:15 pm
(8) dad says:

Yes my daughter swallowed her tongue ring and we are not sure what to do but wait and see if she looses it when she go to the bathroom but if it dont that may be a bad thing OR IS IT DOES ANY BODY KNOW WHAT WE SOULD DO ?

May 9, 2008 at 10:36 pm
(9) Lu says:

I bought a new barbell yesterday but the bottom ball screw was really difficult to get it and every time I connected it, it kept falling out. Finally I got it in, screwing it really tight. Then just a while ago it fell out and I swallowed it, I could feel it in my throat. I wasn’t sure what part I had swallowed. I was freaking out so dad did that push thing on my stomach for when you choke something, and then I found it, the long part. But I swallowed the top part that goes on top of it. I would only be worried if I swallowed the long bit, ’cause they can rip through things. Hopefully I’ll just pass the little ball bit which I swallowed. They close up fast if you don’t have a barbell in. But I think they’re more trouble than they’re worth and I’m just gonna let it close up for good.

June 9, 2008 at 8:21 pm
(10) donna says:

i swallowed the top of my tounge bar & its stuck in my throath & i can feal it in my neck & whe i put my igers back my throat it feals like its stuck under a layer of skin. Im having no trouble breathing but im still worried??

September 1, 2008 at 2:00 am
(11) Nyoko says:

I was wearing a retainer (or clear barbell) but i fell asleep with it and the next morning when i woke up and i took it out the tiny ring that kept it from falling out got stuck in my hole! And now its really sore and has been all day. I’ve tried to get it out, but i can’t and im scared of riping the hole. I don’t think i swallowed it. So what so i do! It’s really sore…

September 18, 2008 at 12:10 pm
(12) Vanessa says:

I swallowed my tongue ring about a month ago and I am feeling it now. My Stomach has been hurting since monday in different areas. I have tried using laxatives to see if it comes out but nothing happen. What should i do? I’m really scared :( HELP!

October 29, 2008 at 8:21 pm
(13) Aine Dublin says:

ok im seriuosly scared i swallowed my tounge bar wit one ball on it i can feel it movin i hope it doesnt do anythin bad or cause damage it better not hurt when i have 2 pass it so not lookin forward 2 that if its not out in a few days im off da doctor or a&e im scared HELP!!!!!!


November 4, 2008 at 2:36 am
(14) ashley says:

i swallowed the bar of my tongue ring with the top ball on it and i called the poison hotline…they said that it should be fine and i should pass it within 5 days (and they told me to look!), but they said that if i didn’t pass it, or if i can’t make a bowl movement, that i should go get an x-ray because it might be clogging my intestines (or something to that effect) and i might have to get it removed…they didn’t say anything about it puncturing anything so i’m not too worried about that…i guess i’ll just have to wait.

December 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm
(15) victoria says:

omg guys…i just swallowed my tongue ring and im freakin out….im sooo scared.

January 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm
(16) jen says:

Okay so I swollowed my tongue barbell with the top ball on it because I had bought a new tongue ring yesterday and the bottom ball kept fallin out so I just screwed it back and it would be fine. Now it fell out when I was eatin and I swollowed it. I tried to make myself throw up but it’s not helping but when I threw up there was a bit of blood so I’m really scared I would have internal bleeding, someone please help me

Give me some sort of advice.

March 10, 2009 at 4:58 pm
(17) Cheryl says:

i swallowed my tongue bar and one ball about an hour ago every time i burped i can taste metal and my stomach is sore. Should i try and be sick and get it up that way???

March 25, 2009 at 11:39 pm
(18) jaylen says:

i did it too so what should i do plz help me

April 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm
(19) Kyan says:

I have a tongue ring that has a hoop on the top ball. Last night when I was sleep, the hoop came off and i swallowed it o.O It not like the bar itself but i’m a little worried. I guess the best thing to do is wait and see if my bowel movements are abnormal?

April 24, 2009 at 3:03 am
(20) Tina says:

I swallowed my tongue ring when I was eatting and it was just the ball what should i do bc i feel really sick and i keep throwing up is that bad ??????? please help me I don’t know what to do.

April 29, 2009 at 4:51 am
(21) lee says:

omydaaaze i swallowed my new tounge ring yesterday while eating pizza,my mum said it could rust in my stomach if it dosent pass through but my friends said it defiantly would come out the back end,really dont know what to do id feel really silly going to the doctor as he has already commented on how unhealthey they are and because of the connection made with tongue rings i wouldnt want him to get the wrong idea,what shall i do????????

May 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm
(22) blueyes says:

um…. ok i just swallowed my tongue ring, the bar and the ball on top… so i tried throwing my lunch up but it didnt work… i called my friend and she did the same thing a long tme ago and she didnt have ne problems.. so im waitin :)

May 15, 2009 at 1:05 pm
(23) Lieta says:

I swallow the ball on my tongue ring all the time… I never seem to catch it… If it’s just the ball, no worries you’ll be just fine…

The bar i have NEVER swallowed… My doc said to be careful as it can puncture something, but other then that, it’s just a wait and see kind of thing…

I wouldn’t try and throw up… That would probably do more damage then good.

May 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm
(24) tiffany says:

I swallowed my tongue ring like a month ago and i saw it in my stool a day later after it was swallowed it was so disgusting.

June 25, 2009 at 10:02 pm
(25) amanda says:

i just swallowed my tongue ring and im pregnant what should i do?

June 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm
(26) Katie says:

I swallowed my barbell and ball while eating-it was a poorly made tongue ring, but I put it in anyways.

I called a doctor-he said NOT to throw it up because a forceful act usually causes more damage than good.

Unless I’m noticing that I’m feeling large amounts of pain or am bleeding or anything I should be fine, but to be alert during the next few days.

If you threw up a little bit of blood, you most likely just scraped your throat while throwing up, stomach acid is very strong.

If you can feel it going through your intestines, calm down. That’s all in your head, the only parts you would feel it at would be the top of your small intestine or your throat.

If you notice anything extremely unusual or feel any pain in one specific part of your body (if the barbell does puncture anything-which is highly unlikely seeing how it’s relatively dull compared to many things the body has swallowed-it will be stuck where it has punctured and won’t travel any farther so the pain will be specific to one location) go get an x-ray.

Good luck.

July 30, 2009 at 4:26 am
(27) Scott says:

I swallowed a plastic retainer &a baby rubberband kinda looks like the top half of a nail without the point but it flat&round- I think I feel it jumblin around in my throat ,will it eventually go down to my stomach or am I in any danger?

July 31, 2009 at 7:39 pm
(28) becka says:

i freakin swallowed my tongue ring with the barbale and the top ball do i go to the er or just wait and it hurts

August 6, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(29) contreras_cynthia says:

i swalloed my hole toungue ring am scared………. should i go to the er or should i wait i think bc am nervouse i feal something on my throat i’ve drank like eight cups of water so far am sooo scared what should i do

September 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm
(30) blue says:

I just swallowed my tongue ring. Bar plus one ball. It seems like I feel something inside, but it’s probably all in my head, right? I’ll wait and see what happens and update this forum later.

October 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm
(31) Nora says:

i am pregant and i swallowed my barbell and one ball what do i do please help me im freakin

October 13, 2009 at 12:14 am
(32) Mike says:

Hey everyone just swallowed my barbell and went to doctors after major nervousness. I guess the only real thing to worry about is if its stuck if your esophogus. They did an xray and it was in my stomach and they said just wait and poop it out. I asked if it can poke a hole in my intestines and they said HIGHLY unlikely because your intestines are elastic. So pretty much 99 percent of the time theres nothing to worry about. Just letting you all know. peace.

October 24, 2009 at 9:15 pm
(33) val says:

i think i swalloed my tounge ring but i dont remember if i had it in last night or not but i cant find it anywhere so im pretty sure i swollowed it. i hope it passes threw this sucks its hella scary. any advise from anyone?

November 7, 2009 at 9:07 pm
(34) Heather says:

Hey guys i just swallowed my tounge ring with one ball and i am freakin out =[ i was eating shripm and it went right down, no stopping it !!! I called the er and they said that as long as i dont feel any pain i should be fine; so lets hope soo. what type of pain should i be looking for??

November 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm
(35) Lily says:

I began to vomit and thats all I have to say

November 12, 2009 at 8:24 pm
(36) Gautam Bhojwani says:

I’ve swallowed one ball of my tongue piercing many times and had a little stomach ache each time for a while after.. but I swallowed the barbell like 4 days ago.. Had a slightly more painful stomach ache and first and 2 days later had to go to the hospital because I was having intense pains in my stomach.. Turns out I had appendicitis and I’m wondering if this is anyway caused by swallowing the barbell?

December 10, 2009 at 11:23 am
(37) memories14 says:

i have just swalled my friends ball. i have this slightly unpleasant funny feelig in my throat. i really want to get the ball back but i dont feel like looking around in my own sh*t. is it posible to still get it back ??

December 22, 2009 at 9:51 am
(38) tracey says:

i just swollowed my tonge bar with 1 ball on it i wuddnt normally worry exept im pregnant so am a little worried on if it can do ny damage???

January 2, 2010 at 2:25 am
(39) Kim says:

I. Just swallowed my tongue ring. I’m very scared my stomach hurted for a lil while, I’m going to wait. This is depressing.

January 25, 2010 at 11:14 pm
(40) iiXHA says:

last SUNDAY.. i turned my barbel upside down. it only has one thread on it.. i was sleeping when i coughed.. and the small ball under my tongue loosened.. so when i woke up. i found it under my tongue the barbel was still there. then i coughed again.. then it came so fast. it slipped through my tongue. and now. it’s somewhere in my stomach. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. but dad says that if it won’t pass through me after 48 hours. we would be going to the hospital.

im scared… :(

:\ :3 im afraid it would puncture somethung inside me.. :\

February 25, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(41) kirsty says:

I just swallowed my tongue bar about an hour ago, it was a bar with an raised oval shape which was permently attached to the bar, but the ball on underneath opened n when i was eating food, i noticed the ball was missin so i stopped eating, to my frustration i had already swallowed the bar:( felt like it was in my neck but i think it was coz i was panicking. anyways hopefully it comes out eventually, and i dont feel sick tomorrow now… glad to no im not alone also haha, d comments put my mind at ease for now..cheers

March 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm
(42) charlotte says:

i swallowed my tongue ring about 5 years ago now the whole barbell and ball. my doctor said dont worry about it unless i started seeing blood in my poop. i assume it came out, but i never checked. so dont worry unless you start seeing blood.

March 9, 2010 at 1:43 am
(43) putih says:

help…. im really scare… i just swallowed my tongue ring, the entire of it, the ball and the rod with the ball attached at one end. well, one end of the rod is not attached with the ball. it seems very dangerous to me. i relly hope that it would come out the back end. i have swallowed my lip’s ring several times, and it never hurts me, but fortunately all of them were plastics. This time it’s stainless steel you guys!!!! help… im really scare… my parents dont even know i had one in my tongue….. is it fatal??? would it injured any organ in my body??? answer me please..

March 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(44) Brooke says:

Err ive just swallowed my tounge barball.. i had lost the ball at the start of the night and had left the piercing in without it because i only have recently got it done and did not want it to close in except when i was eating pizza i swallowed the whole thing.. im really concerened because i dont know what to do.. it was the metal piercing you first get when you get your tounge done.. im really worried because it didnt have the ball on the end which means othe sharp bit was pointing out and therfor could probs puncture something.. what shouldd i doo.. i called my local gp and they have no appointments,, but they said that i should go into the emergency room.. WHAT DO I DO!!

April 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm
(45) Taiya H says:

Ive just recently swallowed my tongue ring. About two days ago. I was eating Chinese food and suddenly i realized I swallowed it…I only had one ball in my mouth…I threw up twice…and pooped. It was scary…! Suddenly my throat and stomach was hurting…I rushed to the ER to get and X-ray..the barbell was in my intestines…The doctor told me its going to pass if it was vertical or horizontal. Drink water and eat fruit. Last few hours my stomach was hurting non stop. Today, it camed out when I pooped.

May 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm
(46) michelle says:

ya i have swallowed lots of balls to my ring nothing has ever happened to me and just tonight i swallowed a ball.even a bar i have had my ring in for 8 years and love it…:) i dont worry about that.

June 10, 2010 at 4:33 am
(47) jason says:

i swallowed the ball of my barbel at the top while eating… i puked everything that i ate but the ball did’nt came out? is it a bad thing?

June 21, 2010 at 3:32 am
(48) tyler says:

ok i swallowed my top ball earlier when i was eating frence fries… so i took a glue gun and mad a normal ball shaped and poked a hole i. it and i am using it now… the ball wont hurt at all but the barbell might

August 13, 2010 at 2:46 am
(49) elise says:

Hey, so I guess I didn’t learn from the first time. I’ve swallowed 2 bars, with the top ball, within 3 days while eating food. The last time it happened was on Monday. It’s Thursday and now I’m getting really bad stomach aches. What’s weird is that it hurts when I use the washroom, laugh, sneeze – anything with force really. I’m incredibly scared.

August 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm
(50) Jazmyne says:

I didnt swollow my bar but ii swollowed the ball what should I do

September 11, 2010 at 4:45 am
(51) Lauren says:

So last night my tongue was getting irritated from my barbell (i think the bar was too short) so i went to take out the barbell, and once i took off the bottom ball i felt some relief. i was doing homework so i decided to just keep it in that way.(i know stupid decision right?! lol) my fiance brought me some food and without even thinking about it i took a bite and right after i swallowed it, i realized i flippin swallowed the barbell with one ball along with my food!! haha! it was funny at first (just felt like an ass) then i took a drink and i felt some pain and pressure in my chest. i thought maybe the barbell was stuck cuz that’s exactly what it feels like! i drank the whole glass of water hoping to flush it down, it didn’t help. and also when i swallowed food or a drink when it would pass thru the spot that was causing me discomfort, it hurt so bad!! well i decided to go to the er just to be safe (in-case it was stuck) they did some x-rays to try and see where it was and of-course because it was an all acrylic barbell (including the bar), they couldn’t see it on the x-ray. the Dr made me feel a lot better about it tho! he assured me that it was not stuck and that the pain and pressure i was feeling was because when the barbell was traveling down my esophagus it had more than likely scratched the wall lining of my esophagus on the way down!so that explains the pain when swallowing and the feeling that something is “stuck”. whatever your swallowing weather it be liquid or food it will irritate the scratch, causing the feeling of pain or pressure.
so pretty much i have to deal with it until it heals :( hopefully it heals quick :) i hope reading about my experience is helpful, and puts your mind at ease a little bit if u have done the same thing i did. :)

September 15, 2010 at 10:11 pm
(52) dyls says:

I have swallowed my tongue ring numerous occasions, never had a problem.

October 8, 2010 at 5:05 am
(53) laura says:

lmao STOP WORRYING PEOPLE!!!!! ive pooped out like two of the suckers!! there in the bottom of the toilet sat together happily lol im sure you swallow more crap when you go 4 a macdonalds! lol

October 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm
(54) Katie says:

I was eating and realized the bottom ball was gone, i musthave swalloed it. stupidly i continued to eat with the un-secure bar still in. i talked to a nurse at my school, ahe said it should pass in a day or two but if i have stomach pains or nausea or vomiting then I have ot go to the ER. I hope i see it soon.

October 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(55) Ashley says:

I swallowed my bar and one ball, and after i got x-rays the doctor said it was fine and it will hopefully digest. If theres any bloating or pains to go back. My stomach kinda hurts tho ..

October 20, 2010 at 8:22 pm
(56) megan says:

ok well on the 8th i got a new tounge ring with a star on top on the 9th while i was eating i swallowed the star and now its the 20th and my stomach is hurting and been having headachs since saturday and havent seen my star since then what do i do?

October 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm
(57) Kalen says:

help i’m a month an a half pregnant and have swallowed my tongue ring lastnight at around 10 PM i was told to go for an xray but i’m pregnant so i can’t

someone please get back at me ASAP

October 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm
(58) Susan says:

I swallowed my tongue ring well the ball while i was eating & talking on the phonee . & this happend lyk 2 days ago. im kinda scared cus i feel itt on my throat idkk wat to doo . =/ ?? im so worrieddd .!! I NEED HELPPP .

October 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm
(59) Jojo says:

My top ball came off when I was eating and I don’t know if I swallowed it or nor it feels like it’s stuck in my Tongue is this possible???? Help

December 6, 2010 at 12:06 am
(60) candice says:

omg this sux hearing all that now im taking mine out =( aww this sux i really like my tongue ring!!! i wish there was a permanent tongue ring i could keep in!! ughhhh

December 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm
(61) haily says:

alright so, i swallowed my tongue ring the other day and i was panicking like crazy until i came on here, read acouple of comments and felt alittle better, eventually i realized that me being parnoid was only making it worse so wat i suggest is to not panic even though you have every right too. you obviously have to check up on your poop too find out if its there and thats what i did. it took three days for it to come out of my system, this could be different for anyone though, hope i helps.


December 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(62) Liza says:

Okay, I was eating bread & just swallowed the ball. Tried to throw up @ the advice of my bf, but couldn’t. I think i’m just going to keep eating so there is plenty of food to pass through quickly.

January 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(63) nikki says:

hahah dont worrry i’ve swallowed about 5 and nothing ever happened to me!!!
why is everyone making such a big deal out of it, i eat em for lunch practically!

February 3, 2011 at 3:06 am
(64) alex says:

Such a lonng thread, doubt anyone will see this but here goes… I have an inguinal hernia (my lower instestinte is being strangulated in my groin) and I just swallowed my tounge ring. I have previously swqllowed a tolunge ring and it had passed within 24 hours, but I’m a little freaked out that it might get caught in the hernia or possibly puncutre it… I see a surgeon this Friday but it really only takes a day or so to digest something, any sudgesstions?

February 3, 2011 at 10:47 am
(65) Wendy says:

I just swallowed my tongue ring( 2 balls and the barbell) while eating breakfast I am worried>>??

February 25, 2011 at 2:43 am
(66) Nikki says:

okay, obviously the smart idea if you think its caught in your throat, go to the ER. 2nd, if it puncture you and you internally bleed, usually you will cough or spit up or poop blood, also one would appear to be an excruciating painful bruise coming out of no where where it might have punctured, its not likely to puncture the stomach unless you already have pre-existing stomach problems such as ulcers. Good luck, the doctors know best, and to hurry up the poop process take a laxative.

February 26, 2011 at 5:37 am
(67) MonicaS says:

Ok, so its like 5:30 in the morning and Im eating a pizza with some juice. . and I had swallowed the bottom ball for my tongue ring yesterday but just now, while chewing the top ring and the stick thingy came out and went down with my food. Im feeling quite fine, but reading the previous comments have me a little worried. I dont want to become scared because I’ll become a nervous reck. Last night I didnt occur to me that anything bad could happen if I swallowed the ball, but when I swallowed the stick, it frightened me. Im trying to think positive because sometimes your mind plays tricks on you. Im going to find something to put in the hole before it closes.. but this should be a lesson, always make sure your things are properly done and secured.

March 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm
(68) Denise says:

I swallowed myi tounge ring couple hours ago and go a belly ake and it only had one ball on the end what do i do????????????????/

March 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm
(69) Erika says:

My predicament is a little different. I pierced the underside of my tongue, and I had an eyebrow ring in it instead of a normal earing. While eating, the eyebrow ring somehow came out of the hole and I’m pretty sure I swallowed it. I tried puking, which didn’t work, and I’m in the process of trying to eat things that’ll make it come out the other way. But a friend told me that it could possibly puncture something on it’s way down? I can’t tell my parents because they don’t know it’s there… I’m pretty sure it’ll come out the other end, but I’m still scared. What should I do?

March 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm
(70) Ashley says:

I was changing my tongue ring and got frustrated because i couldnt tighten the ball. I started crying and swallowed the whole tongue ring!!! I started freaking out bc I couldnt swallow and it was hurting!! It just happened yesterday and it hasnt passed yet. Im terrified it might punture something and ill bleed to death internally! What should I do?

March 22, 2011 at 3:31 am
(71) JosiahC says:

I just ate my acrillic cover for my tounge ring ball. I don’t know Iif it’s dangerous someone please help

March 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm
(72) Sabrina says:

If the covering for your tounge ring was dangerous they wouldnt have had it on there. It goes into your mouth so if it was anything that could severly harm you it wouldnt be there. how ever be sure to drink plently of liquids

March 23, 2011 at 3:40 am
(73) mikayla says:

heyy guys just want to know i just swallowed my tongue bar and one ball like ten minutes what should i do no one else is home at the moment im kinda scared :( ?? plz help

March 30, 2011 at 2:05 am
(74) Rylee says:

Everyone has awful spelling. Putting that aside, I have swallowed a ton of barbells with and without balls on them. I have never had a problem. My stomach wasn’t too thrilled with it one of the times but it really wasn’t that bad and i had been eating so it was traveling with that. I don’t understand why everyone is freaking out. hahaha.

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