Dear kideyton, You could definitely have GERD but... swallowing difficulties
are not actually the first symptom of GERD but feeling of tightness in your chest is. It is usually associated with hearburn, epigastric pain
after eating, regurgitation of bitter acid up into the throat while sleeping or bending over, bitter taste in the mouth, dry cough
. If you have some of these than you should do gastroscopy. Barium swallow cannot visualize oesophageal and gastric mucosa
. Also you can do PHmetry and stomach biopsy to rule out H.Pylori infection. Nexium should be helpful, if not then ask your doctors about other drugs such as antacids and ranitidinum.
Wish you good health, Dr. Ivan Romic (Rominho)