Difficulty In Swallowing

It is a symptom where patient has a hard time ingesting solids or liquids he tries to eat or drink. In medical terms, it is called dysphagia. The reason may be simple to complex. The person may choke on his food often.

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I have had lower neck pain, which sometimes radiates to the jaw and causes headaches, fever, and painful swallowing. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the right lower side of the neck which gets aggravated if touched. It has been like this for the past seven to eight days. Sometimes the pain radiates to the jaw and also causes headaches. The pain gets controlled by taking Ibuprofen and Paracetamol. I also have had a lo...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. From what you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), you have enlarged lymph nodes due to an inflammatory reaction in your body. It appears to be an infection of either your throat or ...  Read Full »

I am suffering from GERD and sometimes belching while eating. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from constant GERD and sometimes belching while eating. I also need to swallow twice to get the food to go down.I am taking Nexium in the morning and also Zantac and Seasonique.Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I would suggest you to consult a gastroenterologist for examination and take medications with consent from the doctor. Medical management can be tried first for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Nexium can be taken for acidity ind...  Read Full »

Can H. pylori infection make it difficult to swallow solid food?

Query: Hi doctor,For the past few months, I have a feeling of heaviness in my chest and throat for few minutes after eating food and it seems to be stuck in my throat. I have consulted a gastroenterologist and undergone an endoscopy. I was diagnosed with an H-pylori infection. I am taking Rabeprazole, Amox...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms seem to be due to an oesophageal problem. H.pylori infection (Helicobacter pylori) infects the stomach and causes acid-related symptoms like acidity and pain. But it is confined to the stomach area and it does not affect the oesophageal area. So there is a...  Read Full »

Food keeps getting stuck in my throat. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, For over four years, I have had problems swallowing my food. I get the sensation that the food is stuck in my throat.Usually, it clears when I drink water and it pushes the food. Without water, I feel like I am choking up to maybe half hour with intense pain in my throat and upper...  Read Full »


Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to get an endoscopy done to rule out any motility disorder of the esophagus, the food pipe, as your food gets stuck while entering the stomach. There is a possibility of food stasis in the esophagus. This is most likely possible with your description. A...  Read Full »

I have swollen gums that cover my wisdom tooth and cause pain. How do I treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mildly swollen area in the back of my mouth, right above one of my wisdom teeth. It seems like the gum behind it has moved above the tooth, and there is a small white pimple on it. This leads to pain when swallowing. I have used Listerine for the past few days, but I feel this h...  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. I can understand your concern about your pain and tooth-related issues. It seems to me like pericoronitis. It is a condition because of inflammation of the gums or even infection of the gum that comes between the t...  Read Full »

I feel tightness, a burning sensation, difficulty swallowing, and dryness around my throat. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I feel tightness around my throat, and I have difficulty swallowing, throat dryness, and a burning sensation. What to do? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query, and I am sorry for such acute discomfort you are having. 1) For how long have you had the above symptoms? 2) Is it associated with mild fever? 3) Do you mean a burning sensation in the throat or soreness of the throat? 4) Do you have dry c...  Read Full »

I am worried about having a persistent sore throat and painful swallowing. What can be the cause?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a persistent, localized sore throat for three weeks on one side, painful swallowing, and pain when flexing the throat (like a deep cough, for example). I am very worried; please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq. com. Please capture a photo of your throat using your phone camera and send it to me. Do you suffer from reflux in the form of a burning sensation in your chest or stomach? Do you suffer from a bitter taste in your throat when waking up in the morning? Are you feverish? Pleas...  Read Full »

Can my difficulty in swallowing and left jaw muscle spasm be due to ALS?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had three EMGs in the last 17 months. The doctors say I do not have ALS, but I have new symptoms that correlate with the disease. I was told the last EMG (the other two) were normal, but on the report where the T9 paraspinal was tested, the poly, amp, duration, recruitment, and act...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and would explain that with three normal EMGs (electromyography), we can exclude ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). I would like to know more about your symptoms and complaints. There are some specific EMG criteria for ALS that a neurologi...  Read Full »

I am around 86 years old and have mild pain while swallowing saliva. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am around 86 years old and have mild pain while swallowing saliva and not with food or drinking water. I consulted doctors who said my throat was congested, and another suggested an MRI, which showed enlarged thyroid glands with colloid nodules, and no mass lymphadenopathy. I have...  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan (throat and neck) is normal and there are no enlarged neck nodes or masses and no difficulty swallowing or drinking. Then it is unlikely to be a malignancy. It can be due to allergy, infection...  Read Full »

I have jaw stiffness and difficulty swallowing and opening my mouth. Is that due to Haloperidol withdrawal?

Query: Hello doctor, I was taking tablet Haloperidol 1.5 mg per day for six months. I have stopped it for 1.5 months. My heartbeat at rest is sometimes 80 to 95. My blood pressure was high at noontime at 130/97. I can not focus; I am tired, dizzy, and unbalanced when standing up. I recently had a heart pal...  Read Full »


Dr. Emmanuel. M. J

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query. It looks like you have developed the side effects of the tablet Haloperidol. It looks like you have features of drug-induced Parkinson's and milder side effects of lightheadedness. You need an alternative medication. Kindly revert to your psy...  Read Full »

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