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I have difficulty in swallowing and feel pressure on throat like being strangled when I lay down. I can eat and swallow but it requires effort by me. Please help

Last Updated - Fri, Mar 16 2018

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Six months back, I drank very hot water and suddenly got frightening Dysphagia. I went to the hospital and it got cured after two days only. I did not have any problems again in my throat, until a period wherein for about one month I used to eat only at night.  

This keeping of hunger brought back Dysphagia  again and this time it is more severe. Now it also affects my nerves and throat muscle function. Whenever I swallow my saliva, the process is not normal, not as usual. I can eat and swallow but a small effort is required by me.

When I lay down to sleep I feel pressure on my throat like I am being strangled. Also the sensation in my throat is difficult to describe. Can you tell me what this could be. Please help.

Thank you

Category: Gastroenterology

Dr. Ajit Kukreja


Dysphagia is difficulty in swallowing. Some of the usual symptoms and signs of Dysphagia are:

  • Being unable to swallow
  • Having pain while swallowing (odynophagia)
  • Being hoarse
  • Drooling
  • Having sensation of food getting stuck in throat or chest
  • Bringing food back up (regurgitation)
  • Frequent heartburn

The symptoms that you describe maybe due to the mucus membrane inside healing. This may sometimes take time to heal and can cause the symptoms you mentioned. If this is the case, you should consider speaking with a Gastroenterologist for the same and if required schedule an endoscopy to check for possible lesions, burns or ulcers that might be present.
This will help diagnose any old as well as new problems and the possible causes for it as well. You can then consult once you get the reports so that I cab guide you further and help you understand precautions, diet and lifestyle modification. Take care and get well soon. 

Dr. Ajit Kukreja


Dr. Ajit is a Consultant Gastroenterologist and a Colorectal Surgeon. His special interest lies in Laparoscopy, Proctology, Aesthetic surgery.

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Difficulty in Swallowing, Feel Pressure on Throat Like Strangled

I have difficulty in swallowing and feel pressure on throat like being strangled when I lay down. I feel difficulty in swallowing my saliva and food. Please help