Trouble with swallowing due to generalised anxiety and health anxiety.

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Had this for 5 months now swallowing so uncomfortable. Had all the tests endoscopy, camera down the throat, barium swallow all ok. Just so hard. On citalopram 30mg for 3 months so mentally feeling better.

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    Hi June13407. Sorry to hear that you've been suffering for so long. If you haven't had an esophageal manometry done, that is something to ask about. Manometry is a tube that takes pressure measurements of your entire esophagus. ask your Gastroenterologist about this test to get more answers for your pain.

    It was this test that assisted in my subsequent diagnosis of Achalasia. Mine was severe enough to be known as "jackhammer esophagus" where constant high pressures or squeezing of the esophageal muscles caused alot of pain and swallowing problems for me.

    It wasnt until I had this done that I was diagnosed and was able to get medication and in my case a couple of surgeries before I could get relief.

    Unfortunately, too many times I had to really PRESS for more information and better medical care and answers. It's so easy to get lost in the numbers and on the looooong waiting lines just to get results in medical care. Ask, Ask, Ask until you get answers and on the road to relief.

    God bless you in your journey!

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      I have had the test where you eat some yogurt and a biscuit and they follow it down, that was fine. I have also had an MRI of the head and neck all normal. I can eat soft foods ie weetabix shepherd's pie etc

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      Greeka's advice to seek a Manometry test is good advice. This will complete the picture...Until you have completed this, do try some wellbeing therapy; swallowing is linked to the fight/flight response and can be hugely effected even by common stress. Cognitive therapy, massage, meditation, exercise etc can all help. Also, high strength magnesium and Vit B can help if stress is contributing... Take some Me Time until you have further medical info! 😃



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      Thank you am seeing a psychologist only had 1 appointment so far. I had a test where you eat some yogurt and a biscuit and they follow it down as well as a barium swallow test and also had a neck and head MRI all normal

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      Hi June,

      The manometry involves a fine tube down the nose and into your throat, it measures pressures whilst swallowing. If you haven't had this test, it will be worth discussing with your Dr. It is a more modern method for swallowing condition diagnosis... Whatever your issue, at least the endoscopy has ruled out blockages etc, so further investigation should not be a worry and can only help...

      Take care, and do find some me time ! 😃


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      Thanks I had the nasopharyngeal procedure twice when it comes up on a screen all looks fine

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