What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia. Dysphagia means difficulty swallowing. There are many different causes. This does not include painful swallow, which goes by the term odynophagia.
Problems swallowing. Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing. This can be to foods, liquids, or both and can be from blockage, tight esophagus, or actual inability to swallow due to a nerve problem. Not to be confused with odynophagia - pain with swallowing.
Swallowing problems. Dysphagia is the medical term to describe swallowing problems. It does not refer to a specific cause.

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What is dysphagia? Is it a problem with the tongue not pushing the food back at the right time?

Trouble swallowing. Many causes, mostly involve the nerves and muscles of the throat. Need a doctor to assess the severity....Complex actions in swallowing, involving tongue, soft palate and throat. Vocal cords have to close too so the food doesn't fall into the airway.
Swallowing problem. Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing problems. It can be causes by multiple problems with a tongue problem being one of a long list of throat, neurological and gastrointestinal problems.

What could cause dysphagia?

Many causes. The answer is there are many causes. This symptom needs to checked out by a doctor to determine the cause in each case.
Many reason. Dysphagia by definition is difficulty swallowing so all sorts of problems of the tongue, throat and esophagus can cause dysphagia. Some common reasons are neurological problems like stroke or diseases of the esophagus. For an accurate diagnosis evaluation by a physician is recommended.
Many causes. Dysphagia is caused by many things, gastroesophageal reflux, strictures, muscle disorder of the esophagus, cancer, spasm... Workup may include an endoscopy to view the esophagus, barium swallow, muscle tests of the esophagus called manometry, ...

I had dysphagia. Endoscopy showed my esophagus as normal. I have no GERD symptoms at all. Daily Nexium (esomeprazole) cured the dysphagia. What do I have? Thanks

Esophageal spasm. This is conjecture. You likely had some silent reflux without the typical symptoms but which resulted in esophageal spasm or something similar resulting in dysphagia. I still would have expected to see some evidence of inflammation on the endoscopy. But the Nexium (esomeprazole) would have worked in this situation.

Had dysphagia. 2 Endoscopies showed esophagus as normal. Zero GERD symptoms at all. Nexium (esomeprazole) cured the dysphagia. What do I have? Can a GI answer-thanks

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 still want to see a gastroenterologist (gi doctor) for evaluation & further treatment options.

2.0 CM mass in right upper pole of thyroid and marked enlargement of left side. I am having neck and ear pain and dysphagia. What could be the cause?

Yes. It's big enough to cause some problems. See your doctor to get this evaluated for an ultrasound guided fine needle biopsy.
Thyroid mass. By your post, it appears that you've had an ultrasound of your thyroid which demonstrates a mass on the right & enlargement of the left. This could certainly account for pain & difficulty swallowing. Rather than focus on symptoms as separate entity, you need to follow up w/your family doc or endocrinologist (whoever ordered the ultrasound) and proceed w/further investigation of abnormal thyroid.
Thyroid mass. This mass should be evaluated. It may be benign or malignant. Would not let it go without biopsy or surgical evaluation.