Does anyone have problems with food going down?
I swallow ok, but as soon as the food/liquid is swallowed it seems to stop and then moves really slowly down into my stomach. I get a lot of pain as it is moving down which is sometimes just an annoying niggle, but sometimes is excruciatingly painful (as if my whole oesophagus has one into a massive spasm). This evening I haven’t even been able to swallow with nothing my mouth (ie just saliva) as it is so painful.
I have a constant feeling as if there is food stuck right at the top of my oesophagus, and it is here that the pain starts when I swallow, before spreading further down my oesophagus, sometimes spreading right across my ribs under my bra line. The pain is also in my back.
I did go and see my GP about this, and am on the last week of a 4 week course of anti-acid/reflux tablets to rule out an acid problem first. These have done nothing to stop the pain or the feeling of food being stuck, but have relieved the occasional burning feeling in my throat.
This definitely feels like it’s a ‘mechanical’ problem…as if the oesophagus is squeezing inefficiently when it needs to be, and too much when it doesn’t need to be (I get a lot of pain when I haven’t eaten too).
I’m really scared this is something serious, but as it feels mechanical I was wondering if it could be neurologically based - as if the messages are getting mixed up as to what the oesophagus should be doing.
I hope this makes some kind of sense to someone. I was just wondering if anyone has experienced this sort of thing and it has turned out to be neurological.
Oh yes, I also have nodules on my thyroid, but my endo assures me they are not causing any of my current symptoms, despite the largest one having grown over 1cm in 6 months (had biopsy taken last week).
Any advice, reassurance etc would be really appreciated as am sat here scared to swallow as it hurts so much.
Thank you xxx