A 38-year-old female asked:
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?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Bennett Machanic answered
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
Dr. Michele Arnold answered
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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