For the last two months I have been having problems swallowing food. I can drink and eat a lot of foods fine, but when I eat dense food I choke. The best way I can explain it is this: To me swallowing is a two part action. The first part of the swallow works fine - pushing the food down the back of my throat, but the second part is where I'm having trouble. It feels like the muscle that is suppose to push it the rest of the way isn't working. It tell my body to use a muscle and it's like it's not listening. The food feels like it's sitting in a pocket in the back of my throat. I sometimes have to cough it up. It doesn't feel like it's lodging in my throat - rather just not pushed down the rest of the way. And when I try to swallow the muscles are not responding. It's very strange and obviously a bit scary. And sometimes when I swallow dry I can feel a little click in the back of my throat. It's not painful just a icky feeling. I've tried researching to see what it could be, but I've come up empty handed so any suggestions would be appreciated.
As it is a common passage for food and breathing until the voice box, one has to sort things out. Your choking on food is of only 2 months duration. Your guess may be right, that the concerned muscle is not a team player. But there are look-alike situations and only an ENT can see your neck and into your throat, watch you in the act of swallowing and may be do some X-rays if required and tell you.
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