Hello everyone. Thank you for welcoming me to the group. I have not been diagnosed with ES but one doctor mentioned it on a differential diagnosis list. Most recently, I have been having symptoms that are troubling, mainly episodes of difficulty swallowing along with globus sensation. It’s usually unrelated to eating and often later in the day. I get these sudden choking feelings that prompt me to try to swallow but then I can’t until I do these maneuvers with my tongue/chin. My tongue often feels extremely dry when this happens. Sometimes I feel pain in my throat and ear on one side. I can describe it as something being shoved in my ear with the tip ending in my throat. I told my doctor about the swallowing issues and she referred me to a gastroenterologist for endoscopy. Though the endoscopy doesn’t completely rule out reflux, there were no signs of erosion, inflammation, or cancer. I feel like from there I have been left on my own. Part of the problem is because of the coronavirus crisis, I’m not considered a priority/urgent case and people keep suggesting stress/anxiety, which I acknowledge is a possibility but I don’t think that is it, though the swallowing issues definitely create anxiety and feelings of panic. Sometimes these episodes come with dizziness and feeling a bit short of breath, which I attribute to panicking. Going a bit further back, I was diagnosed with cough variant asthma about four years ago, but I never felt overly confident with that diagnosis as there is no real test for it, just symptoms and response to treatment. I am triggered to cough very easily by having a cold and some environmental factors like dust and cold air. I also had a laryngospasm 2 years ago while sick with a cold. It was really scary for me. This year I’ve had chronic sinusitis. I had thought maybe a combination of reflux and maybe inflammation in my ear where causing my symptoms, until this one online doctor mentioned ES as a possibility. From reading other posts here, it definitely sounds like it could be a possibility. I know dental panoramics aren’t the standard for diagnosis and that this forum isn’t meant to diagnose me, but looking at my most recent panoramic xrays compared to normal ones I found online, I do think my styloid(s) look potentially long or at least pronounced. I’d like to share the images just for some thoughts since you all have seen a lot of images. It’s frustrating when the symptoms are seemingly random and nobody takes it seriously and just writes me off as “anxious”.
I guess I don’t know how or don’t have permission to attach the images.