I see some recent action on this topic and it's helped me from an information standpoint. Info in this topic seems hard to find and is usually pretty dated.
I'm a 34 yr old male. I've had issue with throat clearing, things sticking in my throat/esophagus, and phlegm since I was 17 or 18, but I've always managed until recently. Since May of 2017, I've been unable to swallow most things. I've been out of work since June and living off of mashed potatos, canned hash and fruit smoothies. Even those things make it feel like I have a wall in the bottom of my throat after eating. From the moment I wake up, even before trying to eat, I feel like I have a lump or build up where my throat meets my chest. Sometimes I'm able to work up thick phlegm and get some short-lived relief. Most of the time, I have no success.
It took several months of of things that didn't work, such as working with a Speech Pathologist, taking PPis, having swallow tests and seeing different specialists (neurologist, ENT, GI), even physical therapy, before finally landing at a thoracic surgeon's office. They worked quickly with an array of tests (manometry, bravo, endoscopy) and determined that I don't have achalasia, but am on the verge. My muscles aren't working properly and the timing is off.
Within three weeks of first seeing the thoracic team, my doctor (Rochester NY) has suggested the larascopic Heller myotomy and want to get me in on November 20th. I have my reservations, but some of this has made me feel better. I'm going to make that call today. I can't stand feeling this way anymore.
Thanks for the encouraging information. And I hope all is well for you all.