Re: Swallowing issues and throat stretching?
Who is recommending the throat stretching? Your family doctor? You should not THINK the scaring is related to acid reflux. Instead, you should KNOW. (No offense to you.)
Is your acid reflux being treated, if that is the problem? If it is bad enough to scar your esophagus, you should see a specialist, at least for the diagnosis. I would assume that a gastroenterologist or a surgeon will be doing the stretching.
Look at this way, if the stretching does not fix problem, you wasted your time, money and put yourself at some medical procedure risk. All procedures have risk.
Now if your doctor is speculating on diagnosis and is planning to send you to a specialist (gastroenterologist) that is ok. The GE will do the proper tests first to confirm cause.
Are you taking other meds. There side effects can cause dry mouth that affects swallowing. There are pills for that too. Good luck.
Remember, NO ONE will take ownership of your health except you. It is good you are asking questions here, but you also need to ask them of your doctors.
BTW, I searched WebMD for swallowing difficulties. Below is what they listed.
There are two types of problems that can make it hard for food and liquids to travel down your esophagus:
The muscles and nerves that help move food through the throat and esophagus are not working right. This can happen if you have:
Had a stroke or a brain or spinal cord injury.
Certain problems with your nervous system, such as post-polio syndrome, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, or Parkinson's disease.
An immune system problem that causes swelling (or inflammation) and weakness, such as polymyositis or dermatomyositis.
Esophageal spasm. This means that the muscles of the esophagus suddenly squeeze. Sometimes this can prevent food from reaching the stomach.
Scleroderma. In this condition, tissues of the esophagus become hard and narrow. Scleroderma can also make the lower esophageal muscle weak, which may cause food and stomach acid to come back up into your throat and mouth.
Something is blocking your throat or esophagus. This may happen if you have:
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). When stomach acid backs up regularly into your esophagus, it can cause ulcers in the esophagus, which can then cause scars to form. These scars can make your esophagus narrower.
Esophagitis. This is inflammation of the esophagus. This can be caused by different problems, such as GERD or having an infection or getting a pill stuck in the esophagus. It can also be caused by an allergic reaction to food or things in the air.
Diverticula. These are small sacs in the walls of the esophagus or the throat.
Esophageal tumors. These growths in the esophagus may be cancerous or not cancerous.
Masses outside the esophagus, such as lymph nodes, tumors, or bone spurs on the vertebrae that press on your esophagus.
A dry mouth can make dysphagia worse. This is because you may not have enough saliva to help move food out of your mouth and through your esophagus. A dry mouth can be caused by medicines or another health problem.