Pain When Swallowing

What Causes Pain With Swallowing?

Pain with swallowing can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'worrying'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose pain with swallowing, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "pain with swallowing" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Candida / Yeast

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
broad-spectrum antibiotic use
poor tolerance of sugars
regular postprandial somnolence
vaginal yeast infection
allergy to chemicals
difficulty swallowing
refined sugar consumption
genital sores
spacey/unreal feelings
history of candidiasis
pain medication use
frequent mucus in stools
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of pain with swallowing:
Cause Probability Status
Candida / Yeast 91% Confirm
Esophageal Stricture 60% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate eating-related issues, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you experience pain when you swallow?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / mild
→ Often / severe
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate painful swallowing, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Yeast / Candida Infection

If you have fungal overgrowth in your esophagus, symptoms may include pain and difficulty in swallowing.

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