Swallowing problems

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Kat13
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   Posted 6/19/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to know if anyone has any difficulties with swallowing and what difficulties you have. I have trouble swallowing but no one can decide if it is MS causing the problem or anxiety. I choked for the first time in october and it scared me so much i wouldn't eat solid food for weeks afterwards. I haven't choked since but i very often feel like i can get the food to the back of my mouth but then it's like my tongue forgets what to do next and the food stops in my throat and i begin to gag. It only lasts for a few soconds and then i finally swallow, but i often cough after eating something bitty and i find my throat will hurt on and off throughout the day. I do suffer with anxiety and have since i choked in october. shakehead

popsie
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   Posted 6/19/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kat,

I have too had swallowing problems on and off for the past 10 years. Yes, I definitely find it is the bitty things that are the worst (like nuts). I find having a sip of water helps wash things down. I also find that if I have sinus this makes the whole swallowing thing worse too. Taking something to ease the anxiety might help. I cannot tolerate drugs so find that breathing from the abdomen is relaxing & helps.

Good luck.
Have had relapsing/remitting MS since 10 yrs old. Secondary/progressive since 1995. Baclofen pump since 2008.

"The past is history, the future is a mystery, the present is a gift."


MrsMacD
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   Posted 6/21/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have major swallowing problems for years. It happens often with solid foods. It's like my throat forgets how to swallow and food gets stuck all the time. I have to take huge deep breaths to push it down. It takes what seems like forever than I get the hiccups. Drives me crazy! It's not that the food comes back up when I try to swallow, but won't go down. I even have this a lot when drinking liquids. I have to hold it in my mouth and say to myself, "ok, how am I supposed to swallow again" It's weird, you would think there would be no problem with that only food. But, not with me. I don't understand it.

 


popsie
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   Posted 6/21/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
mrsnank,

Yes, you are right, we are all so different!

I have also found that talking to yourself seems to work. I use it to help me climb stairs. The "yes, I can do it" seems to get me up.
Have had relapsing/remitting MS since 10 yrs old. Secondary/progressive since 1995. Baclofen pump since 2008.

"The past is history, the future is a mystery, the present is a gift."


GrizLeeB
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Swallowing issues were my primary presenting symptom many years ago.  Only I can choke on saliva alone without having food added!  I find small bites, trying not to have dry foods are helpful to me.
 
My vocal cords and facial muscles are also involved so it's not uncommon for me to be "voiceless" at any given time.

MrsMacD
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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
yah, what is that? Out of nowhere I will loose my voice or get very froggy while talking. What's up with that? I don't understand it.
 


Motown John
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   Posted 6/25/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
My wife had observed that I would cough every time I would take my first bite of food at dinner time...
 
So....I went and had a swallow test...
 
And....they suggested I take something like applesauce before I begin eating...to tell my throat that food will be coming...
 
Never eaten more applesauce, but not coughing anymore.....
 
John
DX'ed June 21st, 1987
 


Denjski
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   Posted 6/26/2009 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I find myself choking at times also, unable to swallow,, its not all the time. I have to run to get a drink of water so I can speak
It seemed like a good idea at the time


popsie
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   Posted 6/28/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all

I was taught something called plucking the hyoid by a speech consultant. Apparently opera singers and speakers use it to strengthen their voices. It works like this - You put your middle finger & thumb together and use them to flick your throat in a circle round the larynx/voicebox (the bump in the middle of your throat). It feels a bit awkward but I do find it helpful to get rid of that "froggyness" & problems with projecting. I will try anything :-)
Have had relapsing/remitting MS since 10 yrs old. Secondary/progressive since 1995. Baclofen pump since 2008.

"The past is history, the future is a mystery, the present is a gift."


sandfly
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   Posted 9/22/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Swallowing jas been a problem for me for the last 10 yrs. My caseworker sent a speech therapist to show me a few tricks, one of which someone mentioned above. But I find liquids easier to swallow than solids. I also was told to bend my head towards my chest when I swallow and this helps a lot. I use a straw for liquids on a really bad day. For swallowing meds always bend your head to your chest, this brings the tablet to the top of your mouth and it goes down easier not getting stuck in the throat.

Denjski
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   Posted 9/23/2009 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I have problems swallowing at times.I'll start choking and I have to get something to drink quickly, I feel like there's something stuck in my throat and I need to wash it down. It happens when I'm just swallowing saliva, not when I'm eating...
It seemed like a good idea at the time


T~
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   Posted 10/8/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you feel a forced swallow at random? Sometimes I want to swallow and feel I can't and yet I have to make it happen.

The other day I choked so hard on a glass of water that I drenched myself and spit nearly the whole mouth full through my nose. My girls looked at me like what the heck? This has gone for years. I do have a lot of trouble with aniety, but it happens at any time stressed or not.
Fibromyalgia (DX'd Dec 07) ~ Generlized Anxiety ~ Migraines ~ IBS ~ Asthma ~ Allergies
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 10/8/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Swallowing problems is definitely an MS symptom.  It is quite common.  I too can choke easily.  I often choke on liquids.  It is sorta like I don't shut down that valve tightly enough while drinking.  When a bit of liquid gets through then wow.
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
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toeshoes
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   Posted 1/5/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I have swallowing problems. Especially liquids. What works for me is what Sandfly said. Lowering your chin to your neck opens up the right path for food and liquid. If I forget I choke like crazy and lose my breath.
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