Difficult or painful swallowing

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.

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Conditions

Achalasia

Achalasia is a disorder of the gullet (oesophagus) where it loses the ability to move food along.


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

More information on Achalasia is available here.

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

Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a contagious bacterial infection that mainly affects the nose and throat.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • High temperature
  • Sore throat
  • White spots on tonsils
  • Shivering or rigors
  • Difficulty speaking

More information on Diphtheria is available here.

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

Nasopharyngeal cancer

Nasopharyngeal cancer is cancer that affects the nasopharynx.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Nose bleeding
  • Swollen glands in neck
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Swollen neck
  • Hearing loss in one ear

More information on Nasopharyngeal cancer is available here.

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

More information on Oesophageal Cancer is available here.

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

Sore throat

Sore throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Sore throat
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Dry cough
  • Difficulty speaking

More information on Sore throat is available here.

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

More information on Systemic sclerosis is available here.

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

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Sore throat
  • White spots on tonsils
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Unusually tired
  • High temperature

More information on Tonsillitis is available here.

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