The Relationship Between Hard Chest With Difficulty Swallowing?
, I want to ask. now I often have difficulty swallowing especially solid food and also I feel that my chest has become hard. is there any relationship between this hard chest with my difficult swallowing complaint? thank you
Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) can be caused by abnormalities in the esophagus, nerve disorders that control the esophagus, or due to a blockage in the esophagus. Some diseases that can provide symptoms of dysphagia include:
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), occurs due to a weak valve below the esophagus (esophagus), due to stomach acid and food from the stomach can rise back up. Gastric acid can irritate the inner wall of the esophagus causing injury which eventually causes scarring which can make the diameter of the esophagus become narrower. Patients can feel complaints of burning sensation in the chest, chest tightness, feeling like there is something in the esophagus, chronic cough, belching, bitter mouth, and so on
Tumors around the neck that force the esophagus
Nerve disorders such as: multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease
Scleroderma esophagus tissue becomes hard so rigid and unable to push food into the stomach properly
Dysphagia gives the following symptoms:
It's hard to swallow food
Food that has been swallowed out again
Feeling the food being swallowed is stuck in the esophagus
The chest feels uncomfortable like being bound or burning
Weight loss because it cannot swallow food
If you experience dysphagia, you should see a doctor so you can do a direct examination and find out the possible causes of the dysphagia complaints. The hard chest you are referring to also needs to be examined, whether the areas of the skin and muscles included feel harder or the feeling you feel in your chest feels stiffer or is difficult to expand when breathing. All of that needs to be confirmed by the doctor to get an appropriate diagnosis.
Investigations may also be needed to look for causes of dysphagia, such as x-rays, swallow sodium examination, endoscopy, manometry. Handling of dysphagia needs to be done especially if there is a weight loss that arises as a result. Treatment is adjusted to the cause of dysphagia found during the examination.
Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.