Common "Dysphagia" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Dysphagia is the difficulty in swallowing the foods and liquids that arise from the throat or esophagus. It may range from mild difficulty to painful and complete blockage. The other signs are coughing when eating or drinking and food coming back up. Also, at times it comes through the nose.

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Why do I get a feel of something in throat even after removing tonsil stones?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a tonsil stone removed a few days ago thinking that is what I was feeling in my throat but it was not. There is something else I feel when I swallow. It does not hurt but just uncomfortable. It looks black maybe like a pimple or some kind of a bump.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through the picture you sent. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The throat, especially the posterior pharyngeal wall and palatine pillars appear a bit congested. Now, this could be due to a few reasons either allergy and repeated throat itch, inf...  Read Full »

My baby is experiencing weakness and brisk reflexes. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My 16-month-old presents with intermittent limb weakness, hemiplegia, gait disorder, dysphagia, intermittent ataxia, brisk reflexes, seizures, and intermittent hypotonia. There are sudden bouts of alternating limb paralysis. There is sudden difficulty with balance and walking with fal...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the images which you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are a fluid signal intensity and a short segment abnormality in the cervicothoracic part of the spinal cord which is likely representing a syrinx between C7 ...  Read Full »

I feel like something is stuck in my throat, that is causing me difficulty swallowing. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I began having fasciculations after getting the second dose of COVID vaccine. Then I got COVID last year. For eight months, I was struggling with weakness in my arms and legs, fatigue, and more body twitches. I got an EMG and it was normal. In the eighth month, I was able to start cyc...  Read Full »

Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. However, I can reassure you that your neurologist is right and your throat and swallowing symptoms are not a kind of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) as it does not cause any sensory symptoms. Instead, I suggest you set an appointment wi...  Read Full »

Will Down syndrome patients develop difficulty in eating and swallowing suddenly?

Query: Hi doctor, We have a Down syndrome patient. She started to have difficulty eating for four years. We do not know the reason. Before four years, she uses to drink and eat everything normally. Usually, we take her to the emergency department with lower blood sugar and low pressure (average O2 level a...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to your statement, your daughter has stopped drinking and occasionally eating too. She is a known case of Down syndrome. When she was on IV fluids, then she started drinking and eating. But, after stopping IV infusion, she also stopped drinking and eating....  Read Full »

My sister has a small firm lump in her throat. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My sister is 14 years old and has a small firm lump on the left-hand side of her throat down from her ear. She is experiencing difficulty swallowing and has also been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. She is currently on antidepressants. She had blood tests seven years ago becau...  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and can understand your concern. From the attached image (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity),the swelling looks like an enlarged lymph node. Lymph nodes get enlarged in many conditions like infections, malignancies, aut...  Read Full »

What to do for sore throat and difficulty in swallowing?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a fever for almost three days. The first day it was not a high temperature. I had difficulty swallowing and I had a sore throat. Today, the fever is 39.3 Celsius. I had tonsillitis three times before and I have been prescribed Co-amoxiclav, Dequadin, and Strepsils. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. You are already on antibiotics. It would be better to get a throat swab done and a CBC (complete blood count). I suggest you change the antibiotic to Levofloxacin 500 mg once a day. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her ...  Read Full »

I have a fear of swallowing due to a bad past. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 33 years old and suffered from fear of swallowing after a bad stressful event, and I tried a lot to work on myself. Now I can eat bread slowly but not rice or vegetables. I do not want to take medications and get addicted to it till the end of my life. What should I do? I am tired of...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. In my opinion, the main problem is anxiety, and you should take medications for it. Please provide me with more details about your condition, and answer the questions below, 1. Do you feel anxious most of the time? 2. Do you have diffic...  Read Full »

Kindly review the CT scan and endoscopy reports of my father.

Query: Hi doctor, My father has difficulty swallowing food. Therefore, he underwent a computed tomography (CT) scan and endoscopy. We received the reports, and I would like to discuss them with you. Please help, doctor. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I will help you understand the reports. Thank you.  Read Full »

How do I improve my issues with speaking and swallowing?

Query: Hello doctor, There is a problem in speaking and swallowing.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your chest X-ray shows some changes in the lungs (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and is likely from any old infection like TB if you had it previously. It can also be from smoking if you were smoking for many years. There are certain changes in the brai...  Read Full »

What can cause a lot of thick white mucus at the back of the throat that inhibits swallowing?

Query: Hi doctor,I am experiencing a lot of white mucus in the back of the throat for a year now. It inhibits swallowing and forcing me to hack it up and spit it out. This makes my voice scratchy. I do not have any other symptoms. I consulted an ENT doctor previously and he suggested me to take a proton pu...  Read Full »

Dr. Pruthvi Raju Uppalapati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. There are two causes for your complaints. The first cause can be reflux from your stomach and so the doctor has suggested you to take a proton pump inhibitor. The second cause can be a postnasal drip. Regarding reflux, taking a proton pump inhib...  Read Full »

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