Esophageal dysphagia

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What is esophageal dysphagia?

Esophageal dysphagia is difficulty passing food down the esophagus. It results from either a problem with moving food through the esophagus due to a motility disorder or may be due to an obstruction in the esophagus.

Common symptoms reported by people with esophageal dysphagia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with esophageal dysphagia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Type
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
stress (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
1
Tried for
stress (1)

Data from patients with esophageal dysphagia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with esophageal dysphagia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation swelling in legs, feet and ankles 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Myofascial release)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Breath Meditation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
stress (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
stress (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with esophageal dysphagia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has esophageal dysphagia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 6
30s 14
40s 26
50s 38
60s 33
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6
20-29 years 18
30-39 years 14
40-49 years 21
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 5
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 90
Not Diagnosed 10

These charts show data from esophageal dysphagia patients who have completed their condition history
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