Hi- about two weeks ago I started having real trouble swallowing, but no throat pain. I assumed I was getting sick. The trouble swallowing persisted for about two weeks and then I popped into the local clinic and saw a nurse. She said my throat was red but therre was no problem. The thing is, though, I don't have a problem with the back of my throat, it feels to be about half way down my esophagus. What could cause dysphagia like this in a non smoking 22 year old? Some people have suggested anxiety (I get panic attacks) but this has been constant and I don't feel anxious. It's just harder than normal to swallow and I feel apprehensive swallowing solids.
Can anyone tell me what the more common causes of dysphagia in young people are and what sorts of test/s I am likely to have to get down if this persists?
As a certified speech-language pathologist, I agree with runnergirl. Get a modified barium swallow which can detect problems in the mouth, and upper esophagus for liquid and solid food swallows.
Also, do a websearch on the term "globus hystericus" and "hypopharyngeal syndrome" and see if the symptoms fit your complaints. These types of disorders are often seen in younger people who may complain of difficulty swallowing with no medical reason for swallowing difficulty.
globus hystericus doesn't really feel like it because I have trouble with my sinuses lately too. I went back to the clinic. They think it's some sort of virus. Said come back if I still have it in a week... I have ulcerative colitis, too, and it's acting up lately. Who knows? Last few days my arms and legs (th emuscles) have been aching. Maybe it is a virus. Who knows though?