Our expert says:
Not bizarre at all. This is an excellent example of a what feels like physical problem which is actually a lasting psychological problem caused by a temporary physical problem, but with physical effects.
The experience you had was obviously frightening, and may even have caused some mild physical discomfort for a few days - but enough to cause you to focus excessively on the business of swallowing, and to feel awkward and apprehensive about it. This can indeed cause a degree of spasm in the oesophagus when swallowing. Maybe sometimes you're distracted and don\t think about it, and would swallow normally. Other times, when you're thinking and worrying about it, it will feel awkward.
Medication is not needed, but a psychologist could help, especially if using Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT ) which can help you learn to relax voluntarily whenever you need to do so, and to unlearn this fear that has started to become routine. This treatment should be highly successful, and shouldn't take long
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