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Cannot Keep Food Down
Hiatal hernia sometimes called diaphragm hernia means that the aperture in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes, is widened because of a partially-, or completely weakened diaphragm. This is the reason for the most common type of dysphagia, so-called intermittent esophageal dysphagia. If you have swallowing difficulties it is important to contact your gp to find out the reason behind your problems and rule out any illnesses. In many countries, until the summer of only anti-acid medication was offered to counter the symptoms of the problem, with surgery as the only alternative - with all the risks associated with it. Common symptoms. These troubling symptoms may not be present every day, but can come and go:.
What is it?
Dysphagia means difficulty swallowing. They may not be able to swallow at all., Some people find that they have a hard time swallowing.
The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects your mouth and your stomach. Rings of muscle sphincters in the upper and lower portions contract and relax to allow food and liquid to pass. Difficulty swallowing dysphagia means it takes more time and effort to move food or liquid from your mouth to your stomach. Dysphagia may also be associated with pain. In some cases, swallowing may be impossible.
Back to Health A to Z. Achalasia is a rare disorder of the food pipe oesophagus , which can make it difficult to swallow food and drink. Normally, the muscles of the oesophagus contract to squeeze food along towards the stomach. A ring of muscle at the end of the food pipe then relaxes to let food into the stomach. In achalasia, the muscles in the oesophagus don't contract correctly and the ring of muscle can fail to open properly, or doesn't open at all.
Cancers of the esophagus are usually found because of the symptoms they cause. Diagnosis in people without symptoms is rare and usually accidental because of tests done for other medical problems. Unfortunately, most esophageal cancers do not cause symptoms until they have reached an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat. The most common symptom of esophageal cancer is a problem swallowing, with a feeling like the food is stuck in the throat or chest, or even choking on food. The medical term for trouble swallowing is dysphagia.