Ear-Nose and Throat Doctor (ENT) Questions Sore Throat

Difficulty swallowing

I am a heavy smoker, have had a sore throat for 2 weeks, and have had difficulty swallowing at times. I also suffer from GERD. Should I see a specialist? My doctor doesn't seem to think it is serious.

Female | 60 years old
Complaint duration: 14 days
Medications: Synthroid, and ambien
Conditions: Gerd, Angina, Insomnia

4 Answers

GERD can cause a sore throat, but YES!!! You should see a specialist.
Should be seen by an ENT for an examination, endoscopy, and biopsy, if there's a suspicious lesion. If it persists much longer, an esophageal endoscopy is indicated and possibly a barium swallow study. Could try quitting. Omeprazole is generally safe to take for symptom relief.

Yes, I would definitely ask your GP to refer you to an ENT surgeon. You will need someone to examine your throat. I would try to get a referral urgently.

Best wishes,

Paul Goodyear