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i am diabetic recently lost 53 pds but now i find it hard to swallow food or even liquids. could this be caused by my neuropathy?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Yes: Diabetes can cause nerve problems affecting the GI tract, but other problems may be associated co-morbidities. See a gastroenterologist and get this diagnosed.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Michele Arnold
22 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dysphagia: Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing; it is not typically associated with diabetic neuropathy. Occasionally, diabetics develop 'autonomic neuropathy' affecting internal organs: typical symptoms are reflex & heartburn due to delayed stomach emptying, not difficulty swallowing. Consider having a swallowing evaluation with a speech-language pathologist or a barium swallow study.
Answered on Feb 22, 2019
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