thanks for replies.
ended up in ER from spasms right before the swallow study. bad day.
spasms in face, neck and head so bad they had to about knock me out. my husband was sick in a fever when he took me, bless his heart.
his fever finally broke last night we think, hopefully he's on mend.
but that night before the ER visit, i'd gotten a tiny bit of food stuck in throat and tried to clear it with finger.
when i did, i touched the back of my neck, i guess where the cervical spine spurs are, and spasms began. never felt so much trauma in my life.
so - after they settled it down with dilaudid and other meds intravenously, they did the barium swallow ... but, i was on all those meds, and also, i could've told them i can swallow liquids.. so ... (???) i think i need a swallow STUDY of all types of food, for them to be there to get it out of it does not go down the right way.
right now i'm taking .125 (half of lowest dose of Xanax) once a day for nerve settlement as my throat, back and neck and still hurting and spasming, and my toprol xl and evista, that's it, and drinking my nutrition, of course. taking pills with peaches or thick drink or yogurt. i'm thankful for soup that has no bits in it at all. getting kind of weak. may try baby food today, water it down or use milk, etc.
headed back to family doctor this afternoon. ER doctor gave them down-the-road that somebody's gotta get their arms around helping me, and coordinate this thing, instead of passing me around from dr. to dr. without big-time communication and coordination.
have gone to two family doctors, (who i like) gastro doctor (who i like, and yes, i'm thankful that endoscopy was clear!), ENT, (new guy on the scene who seems ok, but young) and Neuro-surgeon with a strange attitude, who i think he and i both agree we'd be at eachother's throat, literally, if we had to deal with eachother.
but i can learn something from him, too, as he pointed the way toward swallow studies. and that might be where i'll head to, at maybe Vanderbilt Med. Center.
okay, over and out for now. really have been thinking of you all in my prayers.