What Does Dysphagia Feel Like?

Signs and symptoms associated with dysphagia may include: Having pain while swallowing (odynophagia) Being unable to swallow.

Having the sensation of food getting stuck in your throat or chest or behind your breastbone (sternum)17 Oct 2019

What could cause trouble swallowing?

Oropharyngeal dysphagia is caused by disorders of the nerves and muscles in the throat. These disorders weaken the muscles, making it difficult for a person to swallow without choking or gagging. The causes of oropharyngeal dysphagia are conditions that primarily affect the nervous system such as: multiple sclerosis.28 Jun 2017

Why does it feel like my food gets stuck?

The main symptoms are persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation. Some people have GERD without heartburn. Instead, they experience pain in the chest, hoarseness in the morning, or trouble swallowing. You may feel like you have food stuck in your throat or like you are choking or your throat is tight.

Is difficulty swallowing a sign of cancer?

The most common symptom of esophageal cancer is trouble swallowing, especially a feeling of food stuck in the throat. With some patients, choking on food also occurs. These symptoms gradually worsen over time, with an increase in pain on swallowing, as your esophagus narrows from the growing cancer.

Can anxiety cause difficulty swallowing?

Stress or anxiety may cause some people to feel tightness in the throat, or feel as if something is stuck in the throat. This sensation is called globus sensation and is unrelated to eating. However, there may be some underlying cause. Problems that involve the esophagus often cause swallowing problems.1 Aug 2017