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Matthew asked...

I suffer pain when swallowing.

For the last 2 weeks I’ve had a pain in the upper righthand side of my neck/ back of the head when swallowing, also after eating it feels as though I need to keep clearing my throat which takes several minutes to feel clear again.

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There are a few things that need to be established here. You mention a pain on swallowing as well as incomplete swallowing. Could you have a fish bone or similar stuck in the throat? It is probably time to make an appointment to be examined.

You need to be examined inside the mouth/throat and also the neck area looking for lumps or swellings that could be causing these symptoms. You may need to be sent for a more detailed camera examination (as it is hard to see deep inside the throat without a camera), particularly if you are an older person or a smoker. If you think a fish bone could be the culprit, an X-ray can sometimes show it up.

Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.


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