I'm new here, and have really enjoyed reading everyone's posts. I've never spoken to anyone with scleroderma, and it's really reassuring to know that there are other people out there going through a similar experience to me.
I was diagnosed with scleroderma about 3 years ago now, and so far have mostly just struggled with raynauds and pain/stiffness in my hands.
Over the past 6 months though I've started to get air stuck in my oseophagus, and when I try to bring it up, it comes out as a mass of white foam. My rheumatologist sent me for a barium swallow, which I had yesterday morning. The radiologist said that he could see some changes, which are very unusual in someone of my age (I'm 39), and so are most likely to be caused by scleroderma. He's going to report the full results back to my rheumatologist after looking at the results in detail though, so I don't know any more than that at the moment.
Over the past few days (and particularly today), I have a sensation of my thoat being blocked at the top, and I'm finding it quite an effort to swallow.
I wondered if anyone else has experienced anything similar? And would the barium swallow show up any problems with swallowing as well as just the trapped air/foam?