Difficulty swallowing, pain

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Hey everyone, I've been having difficulty swallowing for about a month and a half. Recently the muscles around my neck feel tight and tender especially under adam's apple. Went to the doctor and was given a thyroid ultrasound. Results checked out okay. I have a barium swallow in about a week. I still have to schedule an endoscopy but there's a decent wait so that'll take some time to get into. Hoping for the best.

Anyone had similar stories? I'm not sure what I am going to do if they tell me nothing is wrong. It'll be a relief, obviously, but I don't know what I'll do about this throat tightness and swallowing problem.

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    Sounds like gastric reflux, causes tightness, and difficulty swallowing when flared up.

    Anxiety also makes it worse!

    Have you had your stools tested?

    Also if it turns out it's gastric reflux, there are ways of helping.

    Either ppi medication or total diet change.

    Do you drink coffee, eat a lot of carbs with protein?

    I've had your symptoms and every test including endoscopy to rule anything serious.

    I've been researching ways to help with my gastric reflux.

    Keeps us up to date, and good luck.

    (Stay away from coffee!)

    Google gastric reflux x

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      I was put on Omeprazole 20mg mornings for 4 weeks. No difference came of it. In fact, it feels like it might be worse.

      Thanks for response. I'll definitely seek the endoscopy out.

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    hiya your right gettring everything checked out, and hope you don't haven to wait too long for scope, usually 2 week wait. I'm sure everything will be ok. If discomfort when swallowing, try soft diet and try to avoid bread.

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      Thank you Tina. I've been eating more soft stuff, essentially whatever is comfortable. At first adapting to the new diet I wasn't getting enough calories but since this has been going on I've found what works so I'm getting more calories now which is good. 

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      If you have a smoothie maker,

      Ice cream, a little full fat milk and loads of different 🍉 lots of calories and still your five a day. Purchased one for my husband and I'm enjoying them as well.

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    Some form of relaxation therapy might help.   Also try Gaviscon (over the counter) just in case it is caused by acid reflux.

    ​I do not think it is  a case of nothing being wrong because your body is telling you otherwise.   The barium swallow test should help to diagnose wjhat may and may not be wrong.

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      Thanks for the response. Yeah, it's like my neck muscles are starting to progressively get tighter when I swallow so it leaves my neck muscles really tired and tight.

      I was on Omeprazole and didn't see any improvements.

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    Did you. Get your barium done? Did you still need a scope after? I am too scared of the scope!
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