Lupus often causes serious swallowing problems. I have lupus but also have polymyositis which is a rare inflammatory muscle disease. For several months I could not even swallow my own saliva and had a peg (feeding) tube in my stomach. Not fun but it is better than an IV.
Most of the swallowing problems are related to some type of muscle weakness. Either or both laryngheal elevation and back of your tongue do not work properly...in my case, not at all. After 3 months of intensive therapy I was able to swallow again.
See a speech pathologist and have a video swallow test. They xray your swallowing to determine exactly where the problem is.
If you ignore it the swallowing might get worse and you risk aspiratio and choking or pneumoia. The condition is called dysphagia and is usually treatable. My case was so severe that it was written up in medical journals. Today, I can eat and drink anything with only occasional problems...life is good again and being without food ingested normally is not fun.
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
Meds: prednisone 5mg, 50mg imuran, Lotrel 40/5mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller