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    BBS, it sounds like a miserable experience you're having. I hope a responsible person at the doctor's office will do what needs to be done.

    Are people getting more irresponsible, or what?
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    BBS, I know how miserable this can be. After they stretched my esophagus I was better for a long time. Now I am having some problems again. I have to be very careful when I eat meat. I cut small portions and chew them very well. This is especially true of red meat.

    You really need to know what is causing this. I hope you find out very soon.
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    I have an appointment to see my PCP Monday morning. He is in same huge group as neuro and the hospital rehab. Maybe that will be fruitful.

    Yesterday the problem waned. Today it's back again. Must be MS related, I figure.

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    Guess I'd figure it was probably not MS-related but I always put MS at the bottom of the list of possible causes of any problem. The trouble with thinking it's MS-related is that there may be no remedy if it is, or the remedy may be hard to find.
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    Agate they felt mine was MS related but that stretching the esophagus would still help. There was not way to be completely sure. Sometime I could eat alright and then again I would start choking.

    This happened to my Mother when she was in her 40s and she had an inward growing goiter. They had to operate and remove as much of it as possible. Her inability to swallow was really bad.
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    Good points. Hopefully, the docs will figure out the cause, and if that's impossible, at least lay out options for remediating this. I thought I had ingested enough calories to gain weight yesterday, but, I seem to have dropped a half pound more. This is total of 3 lbs. Being slender to start with, this is 2.6% of my body weight.
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    Update.
    Suddenly the swallowing is vastly better. I will load up on calories today to be prepared for the coming siege.

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    BBS, that is wonderful. Yes, eat all you want and can, just in case it starts again.
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    My mother, brother, and brother-in-law all have had trouble with Schatzki Ring. BIL has to be stretched regularly. It's fairly common.
    http://www.medicinenet.com/schatzki_ring/article.htm

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    Yay! Saw PCP today. Hooked me up with the modified barium swallow tomorrow morning. Started me on Prilosec in case it's severe GERD

    . Neuros office never did send in the order. WTH? I will call them after my test.

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