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What causes intense chest pain when swallowing the food?

Periodically during eating or drinking a beverage (not alcohol) I start feeling a very intense, strong chest pain with strong pressure. I have also noticed at times it feels as if I am swallowing around something in my esophagus. I do not have GERD problems. As the pain and pressure intensives I can t swallow or breathe, thus I pass out. This last time, when I came to I was confused and not sure where I was, but then came to realize I was laying on my kitchen floor. When these episodes happen they are now getting longer, thus this time the confusion. I have passed out before but did not stay out so long or was confused. If this is esophageal spasms what concerns me is the increase amount of time that I am out. Your thoughts.
Wed, 7 Sep 2016
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Hello and thanks you for your query. I am Dr. Rommstein and I will try to help you as much as I can with my answer.

You should do barium swallow examination to verify possible obstruction in esophagus.Also there may be extrinsic compression from lung disorders.

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Kindly regards. Wish you a good health.
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