So.....swallowing issues. I had some pills get stuck during my high anxiety time, and since then I've been having lots of swallowing issues. My GP sent me to an ENT, who ran the scope down my nose & throat and didn't see anything wrong up top, but said we'd have to do a barium swallow and maybe an esophagus scope to be sure. Because I thought it could be anxiety closing up my throat and causing all the problems, I asked if we could wait first and see if it went away on its own. He said yes, we could wait four weeks and see. Now it has been four weeks, and I thought things were getting better, but an unrelated panic moment this Sunday seems to have me back bad again.
I stopped using olive oil on my pills in the morning, and I don't think they are sticking (although I do still feel a sore spot when I swallow them that feels like maybe it stuck, but maybe it just irritated it on the way down). I started using cough drops to distract me from sensations, and it seemed to work well, but now I'm thinking maybe it's adding extra irritation. And I still feel like maybe there's something in there for a while after I eat. It always feels small, like grain-of-rice sized or so, and I feel it sometimes on one side, or sometimes on another. It usually feels fairly high up.
Now, I've never had any tonsil problems, but I did read that some people get food stuck under them. But I don't know what that would subjectively feel like, and I don't know if I would suddenly get that problem when I didn't have it before.
But now it's to the point that I can't even remember what it was like before. I eat a granola bar, or some nuts, and I feel like particles just stay in the back of my throat, and it takes several swallows and finally a few swallows of liquid before it starts to feel clear again. And I can't remember if it was always that way, or if that's new. I eat green peppers, and it feels like the skin will stick under something for a few swallows before I can get it down. And I don't know if that happened before.
Are these things normal? Was it always like this to swallow and now my anxiety is just distorting everything? Or is this unusual, but happening because the anxiety is closing up my throat muscles? I would love some help, if anyone has any to give. I felt so close to being through this just this weekend, and this setback has really hurt me.