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02 Dec 2005

chewing and swallowing
i sometimes really struggle to swallow my food. Even if i chew it properly and for long it struggles to go down i have to drink a lot of water to let the food go down.

Is there something i should be worried about - what possibilities are there?

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Erica,
Yes you should be worried. Please ask your GP to refer you to a Gastro-enterologist for a Barium swallow so that they can see whether your esophagus is narrowed. This can be caused by something simple like bad heartburn that burns the inside and causes a scar but also by more serious things like cancer, so don't waste any time. Let me know how it goes.
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