Whenever I swallow thick food, (bread, meat, potatoes) it feels like it gets caught in my throat and I have to rub it down, is this normal?

See your doctor. Could be an obstruction in the back of the throat or lack of saliva. Please see your doctor for an evaluation.
GERD. The symptoms you describe can be the result of gastroesophageal reflux disease or gerd. It may also be an esophageal stricture which is a narrowing of your esophagus. It is best to discuss these symptoms with your primary care provider.