A question about swallowing and symptoms

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Daxter
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   Posted 5/21/2014 4:32 AM (GMT -6)   
A little while back, I posted about intolerable symptoms I've been getting, including a tight throat, shortness of breath, mucus-filled saliva and ear pain, along with my expected levels of anxiety. I also noted that Gaviscon etc didn't really help matters, and that despite the strictest diet and medications I've needed in a long time, nothing helps at all. As soon as I swallow my saliva or water, it all comes back. The tightness is especially worrying, and appears when I swallow something thick, from mucus to saliva to Gaviscon.

In what I admit was a desperate idea, I started spitting into tissues etc to stop myself swallowing, especially of there's mucus in my saliva. Doing so produces more saliva, but I try to keep it up until I have no choice but to swallow. As soon as I do, my symptoms return regardless of my level of stress or my diet/actions. One swallow and all the Lpr symptons return.

Am I missing something here? Why would almost all my symptoms stop if I don't swallow (or stifle a belch)? I'm hoping this isn't a sign my throat isn't super-damaged, but even if it is, why can I only feel pain from this one type of behaviour?


EDIT; I also feel like my own saliva - or anything I drink - enter my ear canal whenever I swallow it, feels exactly like 'swimmers ear' too.

Post Edited (Daxter) : 5/21/2014 4:50:28 AM (GMT-6)


Alcie
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   Posted 5/21/2014 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dax.

Yeah, spitting won't stop anything. But swallowing excessively can tire out the throat muscles. It doesn't take much for me - post polio. Well, it was worthwhile experimenting. The tightness cold be from muscles getting tired, but I'm NOT a doctor.

Ear fullness could be something the ENT could figure out. Do you sit up straight when eating, drinking? I get that feeling too, but have a bad habit of reclining on couch with my morning cup of coffee. My ENT said nothing wrong, did painless tests. It's still there, maybe not all the time. I suspect fluid going up eustachian tube.

Ear pain should definitely be investigated. If it doesn't go away it may be infection.

It might get painful if you try to stifle all belches, not sure you really can.

The best solution to all this is to see a real doctor. I hope you feel better soon.

GC1pink
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   Posted 5/21/2014 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Daxter,

Have you had a manometry to check on your UES function and pressures?

Daxter
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   Posted 5/21/2014 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
GC1pink said...
Daxter,

Have you had a manometry to check on your UES function and pressures?


One is scheduled but hasn't happened yet. An impedence test is on the way too, although my specialist isn't holding out hope for good results due to my Restech probe's results being unusual.

See, what I don't get is that I've eaten bad things before without such frequent medication, and next to nothing happens. Now I have a strict diet, alkaline water and meds with everything and more besides, but I can't shake my symptoms no matter what I do.

Post Edited (Daxter) : 5/21/2014 12:49:41 PM (GMT-6)


ConstantinRa
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   Posted 5/22/2014 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have exactly what you have. Everything besides shortness of breath. I also have anxiety...

I have tried to not swallow my saliva anymore but it didnt seem to help.. When the pain gets more intense i also feel like everything i'm swallowing goes through my ear canal.

Sometimes i have a lump in my throat but only my left side hurts. I did an echo because i thought something was wrong with my thyroid. It turned out that when i experience pain, the ganglions on my left thyroid swell up really bad. The doctor said it is not likely from the thyroid, and that the ganglions just respond to the pain.

Keep us posted if you manage to cure it. Thanks.

Daxter
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   Posted 5/23/2014 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
ConstantinRa said...
I have exactly what you have. Everything besides shortness of breath. I also have anxiety...

I have tried to not swallow my saliva anymore but it didnt seem to help.. When the pain gets more intense i also feel like everything i'm swallowing goes through my ear canal.

Sometimes i have a lump in my throat but only my left side hurts. I did an echo because i thought something was wrong with my thyroid. It turned out that when i experience pain, the ganglions on my left thyroid swell up really bad. The doctor said it is not likely from the thyroid, and that the ganglions just respond to the pain.

Keep us posted if you manage to cure it. Thanks.


Thank you, glad I'm not the only one. When I become short of breath, it's because I can't take a full deep breath due to sudden amounts of throat mucus. As I become more short of breath my arms and chest hurt and my body forces me to take furhter deep breaths against my control. Again this is relieved by not swallowing for a while, but I can't go a whole life without swallowing. The burning throat is back and as bad as before too.

Something I was just thinking about; since my Peptest results were negative, and according to my specialist, my Restech resutls can be seen in people with dry mouth/Xerostomia, does that mean there's even a remote chance LPR is NOT causing my symptoms?! I'm tired of living on bread, alkaline water and vegetables, I want my life back!!

Daxter
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   Posted 5/25/2014 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
...And it just keeps getting worse. The shortness of breath is leading to arm, head and chest pain, as well as me gasping and feeling like I will black out from head pressure. Even water triggers it mere seconds after drinking it, and only eating solid foods makes it subside for about 2 minutes at a time. After that I have enough saliva that I need to swallow again, and the shortness of breath returns.

I sincerely doubt this is anxiety because simply thinking about it doesn't bring it on, and NOT swallowing my thick spit/water/gaviscon/milk relieves it somewhat. Is my throat screwed up by reflux? I'm scared of passing out or damaging my body from lack of proper breathing-!

Post Edited (Daxter) : 5/25/2014 4:51:19 PM (GMT-6)

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