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The problem does not sound like it is in the stomach but rather in the esophagus. You need to find a swallowing disorders clinic for evaluation. The medical centers in large cities often have them. They will do an esophageal manometry that measures muscle activity and acidity in the esophagus. Also a barium swallow to see what shape your esophagus is in.

The reason the endoscope found it difficult to move at the LES might be because the muscle was contracted and tight. It hurt like blazes when they pulled the scope out of my esophagus and it triggered really bad heartburn.

And the reason it feels like food is stuck in your throat might be because the muscles in your esophagus are not working properly and food [I][B]is[/B][/I] stuck. Do liquids sometimes go down partway and then come back up again? Do you find a frothy liquid coming up (that's saliva)? Is it worse with really cold liquids? Do you wake in the middle of the night coughing? Do you ever regurgitate? You might want to try at nighttime and see what happens.

The endoscope can't do any kind of therapeutic stretching of the sphincter at the end of the esophagus.

I'm 61 and was diagnosed with GERD after a normal upper endoscopy and barium swallow. Drugs didn't help. Five years later same tests were repeated and the endoscopy was normal again but the barium swallow showed a greatly enlarged damaged esophagus. I was diagnosed with achalasia and went to the University of Washington for my surgery (great swallowing clinic there too). Untreated achalasia eventually damages the esophagus so much it has to be removed so please follow up on this and don't let that happen to you.

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