You need to see your primary care physician for a prescription for a barium swallow examination that a radiologist will perform upon you.
This is a series of xrays taken while you are swallowing some liquid barium. This shows not only the anatomy of your neck (any bony spurs) but also the functioning of your esophagus and whether or not those bony spurs are impacting your ability to swallow
In some cases these need to be removed, however this is not a simple procedure given their location. By "dry spot" do you mean that food gets stuck there?
If so, that sensation of difficulty swallowing there would not be due to decreased saliva production (the saliva is produced in your mouth and spreads down through your esophagus) but it is rather due to the food you swallow bumping up against that bony spur from the front of your vertebral bodies that projects forward and narrows the esophagus.
This will not resolve on its own and needs treatment if causing this much difficulty for you. You must have the Barium Swallow examination to be certain as to this being the problem prior to seeing a surgeon.
no food does not get stuck but I can feel a light sensation when the food is going down.
That is still concerning for exactly the same things.
The sensation you feel is the food passing and pressing against the spur
Its not to do with my oesophagus as feeling is higher in the throat before its gets near the oesophagus.
At around your thyroid level?
your adams apple?
this is very likely the same thing - this happens anywhere along the neck vertebrae. Otherwise it can be a growth within the esophagus made of soft tissue. Both of which are properly evaluated with a barium swallow test.
It will tell you if it is a bony spur pressing inward, a soft tissue growth within the esophagus/throat or a mechanical problem that your muscles and swallowing mechanism are not functioning problem.
Depending on which of those three causes it is then they would decide where to go from there, such as CT of the neck.
A CT will not show the functioning and real-time passing of food from your mouth past this area you are having this sensation.
i had 3 visits to a chiropractor in the past month dealing with my neck??
It is unlikely that the chiropractor did this to your neck.
I can feel a sour off one of my neck bones near the adams apple?
It would show up on the barium swallow xrays - The important thing to figure out is exactly how it is impacting your swallowing
sorry I can feel a spur off one of my neck bones.
These bony spurs happen over decades due to degenerative changes
so at 63 years old it is very likely you do have a bony spur
its not a problem for swallowing but I can feel the swallow going over something.
Could the spur be leaning against a nerve or something?
it is the same thing - just different ends of the spectrum. Feeling it and having problems are on either end of the spectrum
No it would not be leaning against a nerve. There are nerves in the neck, but vertebral bony spurs coming off that side of the vertebrae do not generally impinge nerves
It is pressing against the back of the throad
that is why you have this sensation
the spur pushes against the back of the throat so that when you swallow the food also presses against the esophagus from the inside out and therefore the esophagus wall is squeezed by the food and by the bony spur, giving you that sensation.
yes the feeling i have is against the back of my throat?
You need the barium swallow test
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