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A 21-year-old female asked:

could i have als with bulbar onset and the only symptom be difficulty swallowing for 6months?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
ALS: is a progressive disabling disease a but when it starts with a "bulbar" onset it is not easy to make a "definite" diagnosis (until it reaches nerves which can be tested! Speak with your treating neurologist about your concerns! Hope this is helpful Dr Z

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What causes difficulty swallowing and voice problems?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Maybe vocal cords: This is a broad question but the vocal cords would be the first thing i would look at. If one has vocal cord (vc) paralysis or a vc lesion, this can cause hoarseness. With vc paralysis, swallowing may be difficult due to choking or loss of sensation in the larynx. A vc lesion may give a sense of difficult swallowing as well. An ENT can look at your larynx and proceed w/ the next step.
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Why would I have so much difficulty swallowing pills?

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Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Gag reflex: Lots of people have a difficult time swallowing pills, so you are not alone. When you eat food, you just swallow, not thinking about it. The act of swallowing a pill, or a non-food entity, brings out your gag reflex. With practice, you should be able to get it down. Practice with m&ms - it worked for my kids!
A 37-year-old member asked:

Difficulty swallowing? Ms?

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Don't panic: There can be lots of reasons for trouble swallowing and they range from simple things like reflux all the way to more concerning problems. Have you seen a doctor yet? Try going to an ENT and talking it over. An office 'scope' should be able to start you on the road to answers. Make sure to follow through on this.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Difficulty swallowing do I need to see a doctor?

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Dr. James Marx
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Yes: Especially if you have a history of heartburn which you have self-medicated for quite a while. You probably need endoscopy to check out this symptom if it persists.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Why do some people have so much difficulty swallowing pills?

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Block: For most of us, it's 99.99% mental. Unfortunately, i'm one of those people and it's irritating since I have to take a total of 7 pills daily at 3 different times of the day. To get me through, I sometimes hide the pills in gelatin dessert or applesauce. For folks who've had radiation of surgery in the neck, however, it can me more serious and they should check in with their primary care doctor.

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