verdict: upper endoscopy
So, he explained several things that could be leading to the dysphagia:
- stricture - scarring that narrows the esophagus, making it increasingly difficult to swallow
- shatzki ring - benign ring of tissue in the esophagus
- motility disorder - basically the muscles don't work right
I am going Monday morning for the endoscopy. It doesn't sound pleasant, but I will be sedated and offered narcotics, which relieves my mind. He may do a biopsy or dilate the esophagus while I out of it too. I sure hope this makes me all better.
(And that he reads the chart right this time.)