A member who had suffered a herniated disc in her cervical spine from a car accident started to have difficulty swallowing and wondered if the two were related.
Cervical spine degenerative disc disease can cause many important and worrisome symptoms. Pain in the neck or arm occurs in nearly all patients with significant cervical spine disc disease. Pain may also be in the shoulder, between the scapula, across the chest or breast, and in the face depending on what level is affected.
Difficulty swallowing as you described can absolutely be related to a herniated disc in the cervical spine. Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, can occur when arthritis changes result in bony growths (osteophytes) that protrude forward and compress the hypopharynx or esophagus. These anterior osteophytes can lead to problems with food getting stuck and difficulty swallowing. What is interesting is these complaints often lead to a gastrointestinal workup, as you had, which is unrevealing.
Cervical spine imaging with MRI or CT is reasonable in your case to see if your problems swallowing and recent pain under your breast and in your back are because of your cervical spine disc disease.