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About 3 years ago I was having terrible acid reflux and then started having trouble swallowing, so my GP sent me for an endoscopy.
The report came back clear for cancer or Barrett's oesophagus but showed I had a Schatzki ring and I was sent on my way with no further treatment proposed.
The symptoms gradually improved and for a long time pretty much anything would slip down with no effort (though dry bread or steak needed a gulp of water).
Over the last few months however, the problems swallowing have returned, accompanied this time by pain in the area just below my breastbone. Increasingly I have to plan my meals carefully to ensure I always have a gallon of water to hand to get stuff down.
The only other symptom I can add is that I have had a frog in my throat for ages now, especially in the morning.
I am a fit and active 49-year old and eat healthily: I've been within a kilo or two of my current weight for as long as I can remember. I have never smoked and I only drink on weekends (a few lagers usually).
I am worried something nasty is developing and YES of course I will be going back to my GP, but I would be very interested to hear from others with a similar experience.
I just wanted to say hello and welcome you to the forum and I hope you will meet others here with a similar experience. I think the best way to put your worries to rest is to go back to your GP and discuss your symptoms with him. Let us know what the doctor said!
I will now let the others here talk to you and share their story!
Lucie, Cancer Chat Moderator
I think that its about time that GPs kept a regular check up on people with ongoing problems, instead of you having to take the initiative yourself. They just dont seem to want to know. I wish you all the best.