Food Gets Stuck After Swallowing

Patient : Sometimes food gets stuck after I swallow it just below my throat, high up in my chest, sometimes it will take an hour to go down and I feel the lump there all the time, other times it will cause me to be sick but does not eject when I vommit, still stays there and I will stop vommiting when it eventually goes down
Doctor :    The feeling of having food stuck in your throat or chest is a condition referred to as dysphagia, and may be caused by either liquids or solid, it happens when the muscle in your esophagus doesn't relax enough to let food pass into your stomach. Risk factors for dysphagia include smoking, excessive alcohol and even certain medications. Medical causes of dysphagia are the conditions that cause the esophagus to narrow like neuromuscular conditions, gastresophageal reflux disease (GERD) or may be due to tumors (benign or cancerous). You will want to consult a gastroenterologist for examination, and if the esophageal dysphagia seems to be due to an esophageal muscle that doesn't relax, doctor may dilate your esophagus through an endoscopic procedure. If the problem is GERD, you may be given medications like antacids or proton pump inhibitors. Your doctor may also prescribe medications to relax your esophagus and prevent spasms. If the dysphagia is due to a tumor or other obstruction, surgery could be required.

Related Q&A

Q: I have been diagnosed with Helicobacter this is my third time now - I have completed the antibiotics now but my stoma...

Q: (Barium Swallow and Achasia Cardia) Patient Age: 30years Gender: Female Date of Birth: 14 July 1986 Current medi...

Q: My wife has abdominal bloating (stomach looks quite distended, skin tight over the area) and cramps, seems worse afte...

Q: Need to know what the results are saying. INDICATION: LEFT LOWER QUADRANT ABDOMINAL PAIN.. COMPARISON: NONE. TECH...

Q: Does a liver panel test or metabolic panel or cbc tell anything with pancreas ? I have had left abdominal discomfort ...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews