Haven’t eaten food in weeks, tight throat, nausea

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Hey everyone.

My symptoms started when I got braces put on earlier this year. I started to have difficulty eating certain foods like spinach, celery, melted cheese, etc. I started avoiding going to restaurants as it would take me forever to chew my food and even then- I feared I would choke on it.

Fast forward to a month ago. I was eating dinner when it started to feel like it was getting stuck in my throat and I thought I was going to choke. I went to emerg where they checked my vitals, did blood work, briefly looked at my mouth & checked my breathing with a stethoscope. They said everyone was normal and sent me home. I’ve since been to the hospital four times now and each time they just send me home and put in a referral to a specialist. Only one of the four doctors said they felt like the skin on the right side of my neck is “thicker”- so she made an appointment for an ultrasound of my neck and thyroid next week. 

I’ve been on a liquid diet for almost a month now as I await to see a specialist for an endoscopy. I recently started to lose weight rapidly, 14lbs in the past month, due to not being able to eat- let alone drink “thicker” drinks like smoothies or milkshakes. 

My symptoms are:

-**trouble swallowing**, tight throat, nausea,belching after drinking, fatigue & weight loss due to not eating, cold sensitivity/bluish fingernails, thick/stringy saliva

About me: I’m a 22 year old female. I have an autoimmune disease and take corticosteroids. I eat a lot of spicy foods. I’ve never had any symptoms of GERD or anything. I’m a fit, active, young adult who has never smoked and I rarely drink alcohol. I have anxiety but food is my comfort lol and Ive never had any issues swallowing. I know there has to be something wrong. 

Family history: Graves’ disease/hyperthyroidism, diabetes, heart attack, colon cancer, issues with kidneys, etc. 

I’m scared it could be the C word... Can a regular panel of blood work indicate if I have cancer or something serious like that? Has anyone experienced something similar to this? Or can anyone give me advice to help me ease my mind? I feel like I’m going crazy.. I’m so stressed and anxious I can’t sleep at night. Please help

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    My symtom is very similar to yours. You should go do allergy test. Ct on your chest and neck. I am getting biopsy endo this Monday. I lostaalot of weight too but don’t eat any trigger food... no cold or hot food that can hurt your esophagus.  I still have not found why I am like this but I am depending my faith on biopsy....  I am current guestinating I have spasm but it’s really hard to know.

    Good luck and let me know. How it goes. If you want to share anything reach me at

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