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chest pain when swallowing

  I have been having chest pain while swallowing food for the last
  couple of months now. It's a dull pain that occurs on the right
  side of the chest with every swallow. The doctor can't seem to
  figure out what the problem is. Chest x-ray doesn't show
  anything unusual. Zantac doesn't help. My bowel movement is
  regular except now I've passing a lot more stool than usual. It's
  like malabsorption or something since I also lost like 5 lbs in
  the last couple of months. My question is what I shoulddo next. I
  have seen a gastro doctor, should I be seeing another kind
  of doctor?
  Thank you for your time.
Dear AJ,
I would talk to the gastroenterologist about the possibility of ordering additional tests to assess your swallowing including a movie of the esophageal function during swallowing.  If your problem is an esophageal dysmotility, this may be the best way to make the diagnosis.
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