I haven’t eaten in a month... what to do?

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Hi everyone.

It all started when I had to chew my food for a really long time and avoid certain foods. I became uncomfortable going to restaurants because I was afraid I would choke on it the food (things like spinach,celery, melted cheese). This got progressively worse over the course of a couple months. I thought maybe it was because I had just gotten braces.

It has now been a month since I’ve been unable to eat solid food and it’s driving me crazy. I can’t even tolerate “thick” liquids like smoothies or thicker soups.

My symptoms started out as:

**difficulty swallowing**

feels like my esophagus is  closing

feels like food gets stuck/can almost feel of scraping as it goes down

slight trouble breathing

belching after drinking

chest burning/severe tightness when trying to eat food

I’ve since been to emerg four different times. They checked my breathing with a stethoscope, touched my neck area, looked at my throat quickly, checked my vitals & did blood work - everything turned out normal apparently. Out of the different doctors, only one said she noticed one side of my neck has “thicker skin” (right side)- so she ordered an ultrasound of my neck and thyroid.

Currently, I’m just barely getting enough nutrients to get through the day. Lately I’ve been very tired and sensitive to cold. Since I’ve cut out food, my only symptoms are:

swallowing difficulty still

feels like my throat is tight

sensation like something’s stuck

excessive saliva/dry throat

very slight wheezing sound when taking deep breaths

I have a consultation for an endoscopy but that isn’t until next week. I’m constantly worried 24/7 and feel like any second my throat might close completely or I might choke on a drink and die.  I’ve had anxiety for years, but have never had these throat symptoms, so I believe something’s truly wrong. Although I’m a fit, young adult who has no history or smoking or frequent alcohol use, I’m terrified it could be the C word.

The doctors keep sending me home with nothing, saying I have to wait to see the specialist. Also, I have an auto-immune disease if that affects anything. Does anyone else have any similar experiences? Any tips/reassurance on how to not be so worried about it?

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    I suggest you find an emergency room in a hospital that has a specialist on call and an endoscopy department so you can get an endoscopy/esophageal manometry test done.  Rather than wait for appointment with specialist then more than likely another wait for any testing.  I am fortunate to live in a large Canadian city and this was my experience.  See link for info on test and good luck.   https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/achalasia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20352851

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