Difficulty swallowing can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose difficulty swallowing, we could:
|Candida / Yeast||21%||Unlikely|
|Lichen Planus||2%||Ruled out|
|Muscular Dystrophy||0%||Ruled out|
Do you have difficulty swallowing? In other words, do you have difficulty getting liquids or chewed food to "go down"?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / mild
→ Often / severe
Difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing, weight loss and regurgitation of food are the main symptoms.
Hereditary conditions such as muscular dystrophy can lead to swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) due to a lack of muscle control necessary for normal swallowing.
Lichen planus lesions in the throat or esophagus may result in esophageal narrowing or the formation of tight, ring-like bands in the esophagus that can make swallowing difficult.