Why Do I Have Difficulty Swallowing Food and Liquids?

The feeling of having something stuck in your throat is often a terrifying experience. And if you or a loved one are constantly struggling or are adapting the way you eat to swallow food, your esophagus is likely not functioning properly. We welcome back Dr. Pooja Singhal, a Gastroenterologist at SSM Health St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK, to explain what’s going on with the esophagus and the way it is functioning when someone is struggling to swallow. She provides an overview of the various digestive disorders that can affect one’s ability to swallow food, how it’s possible for swallowing liquid to be a problem, and highlights the adaptive eating behaviors you may not realize you’re doing, which are warning signs you should see your doctor.

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Pooja Singhal, MD, FACG, DABOM

Pooja Singhal, MD, FACG, DABOM is a board-certified Gastroenterologist and Director of Women’s Digestive Health at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital. She completed her medical school training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and an Internal medicine residency at the Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Singhal received her fellowship training in Gastroenterology at the Georgetown University hospital as well, where she was selected as Chief Resident and Chief Gastroenterology Fellow.

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