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Old 04-10-2005, 03:31 PM   #1
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Causes of dysphagia?

Hey all

For the past few weeks I've been having difficulty swallowing. The food goes down alright, but then I have a pressure-like sensation in my chest behind my sternum like the food is getting stuck, and slowly sliding down.

What can cause this symptom? I was on Prevacid for a month (stopped taking it a couple weeks ago) because of stomach pain (stabbing pain, but also burning pain). The dysphagia actually started while I was on Prevacid, and is still here today even though I haven't taken it in a couple of weeks.

I keep hearing about serious diseases that can cause this symptom. I'm supposed to see my doctor in a couple weeks for it. In the mean time, can anyone tell me what some other causes are? Can it be GERD or silent reflux?

Thank you

Vince

 
Old 04-11-2005, 09:40 AM   #2
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Hi there - so sorry for your troubles. Difficulty swallowing foods can be due to narrowing of the esophagus (stenosis), failure of the esophageal contractions to relax to allow food through (achalasia), incoordination of esophageal motility, GERD, and possible growths/polyps causing the sensation.
Good ole' stress can also cause this problem.

Good for you to go to the doctor, once a barium X-ray and endoscopy are done, the doctor should have a better idea what's going on.

Good luck to you and keep us posted,
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Old 04-11-2005, 11:49 AM   #3
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Re: Causes of dysphagia?

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Hi there - so sorry for your troubles. Difficulty swallowing foods can be due to narrowing of the esophagus (stenosis), failure of the esophageal contractions to relax to allow food through (achalasia), incoordination of esophageal motility, GERD, and possible growths/polyps causing the sensation.
Good ole' stress can also cause this problem.

Good for you to go to the doctor, once a barium X-ray and endoscopy are done, the doctor should have a better idea what's going on.

Good luck to you and keep us posted,
Katie G
Hey, thanks a lot for your reply. This might sound stupid, but by growth/polyp, are you talking about esophageal cancer? I've read the symptoms for EC and it seems to match mine (difficulty swallowing solids, esp. meat/bread, but no diff. w/ liquids). I'm really concerned over this. I know my age is well below the risk age, and I have none of the listed risk factors, but still, I'm worrying about it.

Vince

 
Old 04-13-2005, 06:23 AM   #4
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Hi Vince. I'm so sorry - I didn't want to scare you in any way and make you think of cancer. There are benign polyps that can grow in the esophagus. EC is a remote possibility - your chances are much higher for GERD, stenosis or out of sync esophageal contractions.

An endoscopy can reveal the presence of GERD (biopsy done during the procedure can detect cell changes), and growths in the esophagus; an upper GI can look for presence of growths or narrowing of the esophagus, and esophageal manometry can detect normal or abnormal esophageal contractions.

Your doctor should recommend any or all of these procedures based on your symptoms.

Good luck and keep us posted,
Katie G

 
Old 04-14-2005, 06:41 PM   #5
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Hi Vince. I'm so sorry - I didn't want to scare you in any way and make you think of cancer. There are benign polyps that can grow in the esophagus. EC is a remote possibility - your chances are much higher for GERD, stenosis or out of sync esophageal contractions.

An endoscopy can reveal the presence of GERD (biopsy done during the procedure can detect cell changes), and growths in the esophagus; an upper GI can look for presence of growths or narrowing of the esophagus, and esophageal manometry can detect normal or abnormal esophageal contractions.

Your doctor should recommend any or all of these procedures based on your symptoms.

Good luck and keep us posted,
Katie G
Hey Katie G

Don't worry about it; I was already thinking cancer even when this all just started. Thank you guys for all the information.

Vince

 
Old 06-03-2006, 11:28 PM   #6
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Re: Causes of dysphagia?

vince, how old are you ? How did it go ?

 
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