Re: Schatzki Ring diagnosed in 1999
The stuck-in-your-chest feeling is definitely a sign of an esophagus problem such as schatzki's ring. However, it can be easily fixed. A doctor can dilate the ring by endoscopy (sticking a tube through your mouth.) No surgery necessary, although there may be some discomfort for a couple weeks.
Now, people who get it once may get another ring later on, so the fix might not be permanent. Still, the dilation should last a few years.
Ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist for endoscopic dilation. Until then, it might be easier to crush or chew pills rather than swallow them. (I have to do this myself, due to another digestive issue.)