I have had the problem many years. Honestly same fears. Thought each time I would die alone choking. Last time last week, I called 911, as I live alone. Long story short went to ER and had to have procedure. I threw up 50 times. Ga e me shots to stop the throwing up. The procedure I had read up on. Put me out, then slid a light and camera down. Then saw all the fissures, scar tissue and inflammation from years of acid reflux damage. I am 61 . They then sent in or inserted a balloon I to esophagus, inflated to open esophagus up. DOES NOT HAPPEN OFTEN, BUT CAN PERFORATE THE ESOPHAGUS, AND IT IS FATAL IF THAT HAPPENS. In two months, I will have to have it done again. And everytime food starts to not go down. None of the procedure hurt .... This procedure has allowed me to eat and swallow. I dont know what I would have done otherwise. Throwing up, food lodged, feeling that I was dying and fear of eating took its toll. My doctor was patient, kind and knowledgeable. I urge you to see a digestive specialist. Left untreated turns into esophageal cancer.