Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
146 Doctors are Online

Difficulty to swallow food. Diagnosed with GERD. How long will it take to get cure?

Nov 2013
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 1994
Answered : 5293 Questions
Hello Doctor,
I am having a problem in swallowing solid food for the past 2 days (Neither I am able to swallow nor spit and it gets struck until i drink water to get the solid food go into stomach). I am able to take liquid food (water, juice, tea etc).
I have consulted the doctor(Gastroenterologist) and undergone endoscopy and found that I have XXXXXXX gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)".
Doctor has given the medicine "APO-Rabeprazol 40 mg tablet" and "Itoprid PMCS 50 mg" for 10 days.
Can you please let me know how severe it is and how long it will take to cure completely? What type of food i can have now to rectify this problem?
Will it create any major problem in future?
Do I need to undergo for any surgery?
Posted Wed, 6 Mar 2013 in GERD
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 23 minutes later

Thank you for posting your query.

GERD usually does not lead to inability in swallowing. The common symptoms include acidity, pain behind the chest, indigestion, etc. In some cases, there may be pain while swallowing, but the person would still be able to swallow.

Also, other obstructive causes of food pipe (esophagus) which can lead to difficulty in swallowing have been excluded, as the endoscopy did not show any problem as such.

The neurological causes should also be looked into, as the swallowing muscle weakness can lead to similar problems.

If it is GERD, you should soon improve in a few days.

On the other hand, if you do not improve, or if you develop new symptoms such as problem in speaking, double vision, drooping of eyelid, etc, then you should consult a neurologist.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you have any more queries.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) CMC Vellore XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Gastroenterologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor