Swallowing Difficulty

Welcome to the Decision Guide for Swallowing Difficulty.

Swallowing problems can be associated with pain, but that is not always the case. This interactive guide can help you to identify some of the causes that might explain your symptoms and to anticipate the recommendations that your doctor might make for your evaluation.

Swallowing problems need to be evaluated by a doctor because swallowing difficulty can arise from a serious medical problem. This guide is intended to be used as a complement to discussions with your doctor, not as a substitute for evaluation by your doctor.

You will encounter a small number of survey questions about your swallowing symptoms as you proceed through this program. Your answers to these questions will help us apply our information to your personal circumstances.

Let's get started.

Is your swallowing problem brand new (present for a day or less)?

Yes, my problem is brand new.

No, my problem has been present for longer.

Okay. Let's determine when and where do you feel the most discomfort. The possibilities include:

- When you begin to swallow, as you try to empty chewed food from your mouth

- Right after you swallow; with discomfort in your throat, at the level of your neck

- As food travels further down your esophagus, at the level of your chest

Which of the following applies to you?

It's hard to move food out of my mouth.

It feels uncomfortable in my throat.

It's uncomfortable at my chest level.

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