Difficult or painful swallowing and Burning pain in chest or upper abdomen

On this page you can find conditions that could be the cause of these symptoms although it is not a complete list of possible conditions.

Please note that if you have these symptoms, they may be unrelated to any of these conditions listed. If you are concerned about your symptoms then you should see a doctor.

Information written and reviewed by Certified Doctors.

Conditions

Achalasia

Achalasia means that your gullet has lost its ability to move food along and the valve at the end of your gullet fails to open to allow food to pass into your stomach.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Food sticks on swallowing
  • Burning pain in chest or upper abdomen
  • Continuous, unexplained weight loss
  • Chest pain

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Achalasia.

If you are worried about this condition you can try our free AI Symptom Checker here.

Oesophageal Cancer

Cancer of the oesophagus, also known as oesophageal cancer, is an uncommon but serious type of cancer that affects the oesophagus (gullet).


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Food sticks on swallowing
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Feeling sick or nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Burning pain in chest or upper abdomen

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Oesophageal Cancer.

If you are worried about this condition you can try our free AI Symptom Checker here.

Systemic sclerosis

Scleroderma is an uncommon disease that results in hard, thickened areas of skin and sometimes problems with internal organs and blood vessels.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Bloated stomach
  • Swelling of more than one joint
  • Shortness of breath
  • Burning pain in chest or upper abdomen
  • Thickened patch of skin

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Systemic sclerosis.

If you are worried about this condition you can try our free AI Symptom Checker here.