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What Are The Causes Of A Sore Throat Or Difficulty In Swallowing
DISH: Exaggerated bone spurs on the front of the spine may do this. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, if you're a googler. Unlikely if you're 35. I would treat these as two separate problems. See an ENT for swallowing issue. Try pt, nsaids, etc for neck. Obtain doctor's eval if not improving. ...Read more
Consider these...: Difficulty swallowing ("dysphagia") can be distinguished as a "transfer" problem (difficulty moving food from mouth to top of esophagus), "transit" problem (difficulty moving food down the esophagus), "spasm", gerd (due to sphincter problems), or obstructive (webs, rings, strictures, ulcer, tumor). Might want to see a gastroenterologist for treatment options. Need to distinguish "globus" and LPR. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Most likely reflux: Most likely cause is acid reflux even if there is no heartburn. Only 1/3 of people with reflux have heartburn. Consider avoiding caffeine, alcohol, acidic or spicy foods, smoking, eating less than 4 hrs before sleep, sleeping with the the head higher than the heart, and antacids. Could also be throat tumor so consider ENT evaluation if symptoms present longer then 2-3 weeks. ...Read more
Candidiasis of UGI: A previous question best sums up your answer: "i am having trouble eating & drinking--my throat & stomach burn even my tongue." ask your doctor to consider oral & esophageal thrush if you are medically compromised, using inhaled steroids, & have noticed the development of a cheesy coating in your mouth & throat. Treatment is simple but if question regarding esophageal involvement, endoscopy helps. ...Read more
Could be: It could be your eustation tubes opening and closing... Especially if it is a clicking type sound... That would be normal. Otherwise i would suggest seeing a physician for an evaluation. ...Read more
Is the feeling of something stuck in your throat a symptom of mouth cancer? And are there any other symptoms that would present first?
Reflux?: Many of my patients have this complaint. Acid reflux can come up to your throat and inflame the tissues of the voicebox(larynx) which are sensitive. This causes swelling and the sensation that something is always there. But other things as well, including cancer. If it persists i tell people to get into see an ENT to evaluate. ...Read more
Does oropharyngeal dysphagia which I have cause a lump in the throat or as if something's stuck in the throat?
Dysphagia: Yes. feels like something stuck. Many times is due to reflux, try ranitidine or prevecid and see if resolves. May need EGD to look for stricture that can cause it, Aklternatively may need speech therapy for dysfunctional swallowing due to muscles. INitially f/u with GI, if no answer f/u w/ ENT that specializing in swallowing ...Read more
What would be the main cause of a burning sensation in the spine along with difficulty swallowing? Im thinking reflux.
Heartburn: This can be secondary to reflux, however burning sensation along spine is not typical of reflux. Given difficulty swallowing this can be either case of reflux, candida, and/or narrowing of esophagus. Given your age above 40 and difficulty swallowing (dysphasia) which is one of alarm signs, endoscopy is recommended to rule out complication of reflux and to screen for barrets(per malignant condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: A great resource for information regarding burning mouth is www.Mayoclinic.Com. ...Read more
An infection: Or an irritation of the airways. If it continues see your doctor, . ...Read more
Many possibilities: Some common causes of mouth breathing are: allergies, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, blockage of the sinuses or nose from polyps, a deviated septum, congestion from an infection and sleep apnea. There are certainly other possibilities that can only be determined by a proper examination. ...Read more
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