Dysphagia simply means difficulty swallowing. Esophageal Dysphagia takes place when solids fail to move through the esophagus and into the stomach correctly; thus feeling like it has gotten stuck in your chest. In the esophagus, these solids do not metabolize correctly because the esophagus lacks the acidity that the stomach has which helps it break down food and metabolize it. While painful, this form of dysphagia does not immediately cause life threatening if treated. Esophageal Dysphagia tends to be common to those with Connective Tissue Disorders such as Ehler’s-Danlos Syndrome.
Recommended Doctor for Diagnosis: Gastrointerologist
Testing: endoscopy

See also: Oropharyngeal Dysphagia

An inherited disorder caused by genetic mutations that affect the connective tissue in some body parts.  The elastic tissue becomes mineralized and there is a buildup of deposits made from calcium and other minerals in the elastic fibers.  Parts of the body effected can be, but are not limited to the skin, eyes, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal system.

This is a progressive disorder and unfortunately at this time there is no way to predict the progression in different patients.  Each case is unique. For instance, one of the most common signs of the condition is skin lesions – however, there are patients that never develop them.

Recommended Doctor(s) would depend on each specific way it manifests: Rheumatologist (overall connective tissue), Cardiologist (heart and vascular), Gastroenterologist (gastrointestinal), etc.