Difficulty swallowing means it takes more time and effort to move food or liquid from your mouth to your stomach. Difficulty swallowing may also be associated with pain. In some cases, swallowing may be impossible. The signs and symptoms are:
• Having pain while swallowing
• Being unable to swallow
• Having the sensation of food getting stuck in your throat or chest or behind your breastbone (sternum)
• Being hoarse
• Bringing food back up (regurgitation)
• Having frequent heartburn
• Having food or stomach acid back up into your throat
• Unexpectedly losing weight
• Coughing or gagging when swallowing
• Having to cut food into smaller pieces or avoiding certain foods because of trouble swallowing
HOW IS TROUBLE SWALLOWING DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Trouble Swallowing is done by an ENT who checks the throat and may do an endoscopy or intrusive test to check for internal damage.
HOW IS TROUBLE SWALLOWING TREATED?
Surgery is the most frequently applied treatment for Trouble Swallowing. The surgeon would reach the stomach using the latest instruments and set right the muscles allowing the food to be sent to the stomach properly. There are other but less successful methods available as well, if the patient has issues with undergoing surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
That people live with this condition by making changes in the food they consume?