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Forum Name: Esophageal Cancer

Question: Chest Discomfort when Swallowing.

 cperezx16 - Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:50 pm

I am 21 yrs old and a couple days ago I developed a strange pain in my chest right under my left clavicle, when I swallow, especially when eating food or drink. I thought it may be heart burn because I occasionally get heartburn but the usual Rolaids I take didn't help much! I also thought I had something to do with the workout exercise I was doing because I noticed the discomfort shortly after working out. I have no throat pain or itchiness so I am afraid it might be something serious. I was reading about esophageal cancer and the symptoms are Pain in your throat, in your midchest or between your shoulder blades. Although not common, you sometimes might have pain when you swallow or discomfort or burning behind your breastbone. So therefore I am a little worried!! Please let me know what you think. Thanks!!!!!!!
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:21 pm

User avatar Hi,
Cancers of the esophagus frequently present with a sensation of food getting held up in the neck or midline chest and curiously the patient may pinpoint the site of holdup which corresponds to the site of narrowing of the esophagus!
But the pain that you are experiencing is below the left clavicle.Again, you don't seem to have any dysphagia(swallowing difficulty).Therefore your symptom does not have the typical charecteristics of pain due to esophageal cancer.
In all likelihood, this pain is a muscular pain, mostly exertional.Hopefully this should go away, but in case it should persist,please consult a surgeon.
Good luck!

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