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)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
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)

(Knee brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Manual fold up)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
esophageal dysphagia (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Actiq)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Type
Lifestyle Modification
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (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)

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

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
vomiting
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Knee brace)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
pain in hands
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Manual fold up)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norvasc)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
esophageal dysphagia (1)
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)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
pain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Actiq)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (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?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 26 say esophageal dysphagia is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 5
30s 20
40s 30
50s 44
60s 41
70+ 18
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6
20-29 years 19
30-39 years 16
40-49 years 21
50-59 years 19
60-69 years 4
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 45
Female 115

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 103
Not Diagnosed 10

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