It's hard to say without examining you. I can't assess atrophy without seeing it. But, what I am reading is much perceived stuff coupled with normal EMG. You are not choking, just "hard to swallow". You have had "weakness" resolve...and actually gained strength through exercise. I suspect that you can take the bad stuff off the table. Now if the butt and calf is true atrophy it makes me wonder a bit about a pinched nerve in the back. The reflexes are normal. Brisk is 3+ which is normal. What makes reflexes abnormal is clonus and/or pathological reflexes. Normally I am a 1+/2+ but when I am anxious I could kick a hole through a wall. It means zip without the other stuff. If it's atrophy caused by *** it would have shown up on an EMG. I believe much of this is anxiety possibly coupled with a minor medical issue. I just don't see *** here.