Is intermittent difficulty in swallowing related to menopause?
Just a part of in-coordination
Thanks for your query.
Read and understood your problems.
To recapitulate: 48/female going through menopause - off and on symptoms of sporadic difficulty swallowing - as if the throat seizes up for one or two bite / swallow - 2-5 times in a week - for over a year can go without for weeks.
The commonest cause of such an occurrence is a bit of in-coordination of the muscles of the swallowing, mostly for no obvious reason and usually for the most unacceptable reason related to a bit of stress and/or anxiety (so common in menopause).
I think this can be taken as non-serious matter.
Just to make sure that there is no organic problem, I would suggest my patients to undergo upper GI endoscopy with visualization of the pharynx minutely and have an opinion of an ENT Surgeon.
I hope this answer helps you. Please feel free to ask for more if you need to or if you feel that there is a gap of communication.
Thank you for your time and your expertise. They are both very appreciated. I do drink red wine...sometimes just a glass or two, often more, and I occasionally have a cigarette or two with the wine, maybe once every two weeks or once a month, it depends.
I used to smoke when I was younger, stopped in my early 30s for all intents and purposes, but I was never a daily smoker- I only smoked when I went out with friends and occasionally if watching a movie with wine at home.
My step-grandfather died of esophageal cancer (no blood relation) so I well-know what a nightmare it is. I'm a mom of a ten year old, so this is extra spooky to consider.
such sporadic events for years together are not specific
Thanks for a detailed follow-up feedback.
I would like to ask a very simple and basic question:
The symptoms which occur once in a while and that to for just for one or two gulps, why would we think so much in depth and try to find out , which again increases the stress and anxiety...
I hope you are getting my point, ans this is as per the history you have provided.
- The symptoms are not present many times for weeks and weeks.
- **(my first two bites of the croissant seemed to ball up and it hurt for a moment to swallow, then I got a couple little hiccups and a bit of foam came back up and I spit it out, then I was fine to continue eating with no discomfort at all)- any condition which is somatic can not cause such a problem...
So stop worrying, there is no condition that can give such sporadic events.
I hope, I have tried to convey.
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