Swallowing issue - endoscopy reveals nothing
After three months of feeling like food wasn't properly going down my throat, and having a couple of scary choking episodes where the food eventually went down, I had an upper endoscopy last week.
Going into the procedure, I was worried, of course, especially because my doctor had asked me questions about cancer history in my family and whether I'd been losing weight. I've had acid reflux issues for probably 20 years, so I was fearing that my esophagus was damaged or even pre-cancerous or worse. I'm 41, by the way, and a non-smoker in good health.
So the results came back, and to my surprise, my esophagus looks clean. A biopsy after the procedure also came back clean - no allergic esophagitis or Celiac - both of which were possibilities my doctor had mentioned.
So now he's recommending I do a month's course of Nexium. If that doesn't work, he may test to see if I'm having some kind of a muscle problem that's keeping my esophagus from doing its job correctly. I guess that would mean a barium test.
Does anyone have any thoughts? I'm still having the same symptoms. I ate an apple last night and I felt like the chunks were stuck in back of my throat for about half an hour after I finished it. It's not a life-altering condition. I can live like this and be happy, especially now that I know there's nothing more serious causing it and as long as I chew food carefully so I don't choke. But I remain curious about why it's happening.