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Swallowing problems

Posted by @jimhd, Mar 1, 2017

For the past year or two, I’ve been having trouble swallowing. I have to chew and chew, and often have to drink to get the food down from my esophagus to my stomach. I had a barium swallow test, and was told that the muscle rings that are supposed to work in sequence, are moving at random. Things like bread are the worst, and often even liquids get stopped part of the way down, and I cough a lot with liquids. I don’t have chest pain, that is often connected with dysphagia. I’m always the last one to finish eating. It helps to have bread toasted. The doctor who told me what he saw in the barium test didn’t tell me anything except the random contractions. I don’t know if there’s a name for it, or if there’s anything that can be done.

Jim

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@jimhd Hi Jim: Because of a paralyzed vocal cord, I’ve had swallowing problems off and on for several years. When I’m having a difficult day with things “going down the wrong pipe” so to speak, I’ve developed a few tricks. One thing I’ve done is to hold my breath when drinking – sounds odd I know but it helps me, I’ve heard this method discussed at seminars for ALS (I don’t have ALS but this is a common problem with ALS patients). Also eating as slow as possible is always a good. Teresa

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@jimhd Hi Jim: Because of a paralyzed vocal cord, I’ve had swallowing problems off and on for several years. When I’m having a difficult day with things “going down the wrong pipe” so to speak, I’ve developed a few tricks. One thing I’ve done is to hold my breath when drinking – sounds odd I know but it helps me, I’ve heard this method discussed at seminars for ALS (I don’t have ALS but this is a common problem with ALS patients). Also eating as slow as possible is always a good. Teresa

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Thanks, Teresa. I’ve had to remember to stop breathing when I drink, but I don’t always think to do it. Then, I choke and often get hiccups.

Jim

Hi @jimhd,

You may also be interested in connecting with other members talking about having trouble swallowing; for example, here:
Achalasia: http://mayocl.in/2md3M8t

@mdawn @phyllisbator @geezer have discussed this problem as well, and I hope they return with some more information for you.

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