I went to the search engine and typed in:
"involuntary swallowing/anxiety" and found an article from Feb. 21, 2020, which thought anxiety played a part in this, stating:
“A new study has found that anxiety related to swallowing disorders was a better predictor of symptom severity than a standard clinical exam, according to the findings published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.”
“While clinical exams are still important, psychological causes may be an underappreciated contributor to physical symptoms and should be incorporated into evaluations of symptom severity….”
“These are important factors that drive patient symptoms and they probably are going to have major implications for who’s going to improve with treatment,” Carlson said.
“Dysphagia is a condition where people have difficulty swallowing or experience the sensation that something is stuck in the throat. (Dysphagia also includes any swallowing disorder says www.hopkinsmedicine.org).
Someone above, Scaredy Cat, tied in your Gerd condition with the swallowing trouble.
that, Mayoclinc.org says,
“Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid repeatedly flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus.”
Medtronic.com says: “Treatment for dysphagia will vary based on the cause of your swallowing problems. For dysphagia caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), treatment may focus on bringing your GERD symptoms under control while managing your dysphagia symptoms.”
So, it seems that it could be GERD or anxiety or a combination. These are just my findings on the net.
As for hypnic jerks, sleepfoundation.org said:
"Hypnic jerks can be unsettling, but they’re not dangerous. In fact, they’re considered a normal part of falling asleep. Up to 70% of people experience hypnic jerks."
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 8/28/2022 7:37:40 PM (GMT-7)