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 or narrowing 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)

(Oxycodone IR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (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)

(Oxycodone IR)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
digestive problems gastroparesis
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (5 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation feet tingling 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
the munchies
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
headaches skin rash 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
pain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (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 4
30s 18
40s 28
50s 40
60s 34
70+ 14
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 20
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 5
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 44
Female 95

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 97
Not Diagnosed 10

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