| | swallowing difficulties
for about 3 weeks now i have had problems with swallowing liquids and eating without getting choked. about a week into feeling this way, i spoke with my family physician about my difficulties swalllowing, she set up an appt for me to see an gastro specialist, well he suggested for me to have an endoscopy , in my upper GI ...said i had dysphagia so he dilated the esophagus areas that had narrowed. well it's been almost a week now since i had the dilation and my swallowing haven't improved, i am so frustrated and so thirsty .. i just want to get a glass of ice cold water and just drink it like i used to without hesitation, before this problem ever existed. my swallowing difficulties came on so sudden, one day i was eating and drinking fine and then all of a sudden i was getting strangled from drinking liquids and choking when i was eating a solid food. i am afraid to be home alone due to choking and this frustrates and depresses me. i've lost some weight in last few weeks due to me being afraid to eat or drink.. and also afraid of becoming dehydrated because i feel like i am not getting enough liquids down. i just don't know what to do, feel like my esophagus muscles just will not work when i want them to..like i've forgotten how to swallow..chewing a stick of gum has become a task for me because when i have to swallow i get strangled.. have anyone dealt with this before and if so what did u do to improve this problem?