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Are there certain foods that can make my dysphagia easier to handle?

Are there certain foods that can make my dysphagia easier to handle?

Dysphagia foods: Soft, gooey foods are easier to swallow. Solid foods may be minced or blenderized or added to foods like pudding or jello to aid is swallowing. Go see a speech therapist to suggest dietary modifications. ...Read more

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Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty with swallowing is the sensation that food is stuck in the throat, or from the neck down to just above the abdomen ...Read more


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Have difficulty swallowing sometimes. Or feels odd to swallow certain things but i never choke and food never gets stuck. Low vit d off 22. Cause?

Have difficulty swallowing sometimes. Or feels odd to swallow certain things but i never choke and food never gets stuck. Low vit d off 22. Cause?

Maybe not related: Dysphagia is distinguished as "transfer dysphagia" (problem moving food from mouth to top of esophagus) versus "transit dysphagia" (problem getting food down esophagus & into stomach). Motility disorders, strictures, ulceration (pill-associated, viral), tumors, etc must all be ruled out. ...Read more

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Does anyone know where to buy food/liquid thickeners for dysphagia do not contain cornstarch 8oz cannot case?

Search Internet: The main ingredient in non-cornstarch thickeners is xantham gum. If you search for "xantham gum thickeners dysphagia" you will find several options. ...Read more

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What is dysphagia? Is it a problem with the tongue not pushing the food back at the right time?

What is dysphagia? Is it a problem with the tongue not pushing the food back at the right time?

Trouble swallowing: Many causes, mostly involve the nerves and muscles of the throat. Need a doctor to assess the severity....Complex actions in swallowing, involving tongue, soft palate and throat.Vocal cords have to close too so the food doesn't fall into the airway. ...Read more

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My dysphagia comes and goes. I worry about doing the barium test in a good day. Would it show a result if I don't choke or regurgitate food there?

My dysphagia comes and goes. I worry about doing the barium test in a good day. Would it show a result if I don't choke or regurgitate food there?

Dysphagia: Your barium swallow (aka esophagram) should unmask any esophageal motility problems, regardless of wether or not you have any symptoms during the procedure. You should report any symptoms during the test to the radiology tech so they can be documented and timed. ...Read more

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Solid Food Dysphagia/Sensation of Sticking. Upper Endoscopy Normal Results. What to do next?

Solid Food Dysphagia/Sensation of Sticking. Upper Endoscopy Normal Results. What to do next?

PH probe: you may get pH probe that tests for acid in your esophagus, could confirm diagnosis of GERD, which could be treated then. ...Read more

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Dysphagia for 8 weeks. Feel as food is getting stuck in chest. Discomfort chest and back. Neg endoscopy 2.5 years ago, I'm 27'. Possible cancer?

Dysphagia for 8 weeks. Feel as food is getting stuck in chest. Discomfort chest and back. Neg endoscopy 2.5 years ago, I'm 27'. Possible cancer?

Pain swallowing: 8 wks is a long way time...2.5 years ago is also a long time. You definitely need to see your doctor. You could have scar tissue that is tightening down your esophagus. It could also be esophageal spasms...associated with stress. (been there done that). Had my first spell in 5th grade. You are really young to have cancer in that area but you are having symptoms far too long. see doc! ...Read more

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My new doctor will soon put me on a feeding tube due to constant dysphagia which is an injury from the botox. How will this nutrition help me?

My new doctor will soon put me on a feeding tube due to constant dysphagia which is an injury from the botox. How will this nutrition help me?

PEG: A feeding tube is placed percutanously..called a PEG tube (Percutanous Endoscopic Gastrostomy). If he feels this is necessary, which is a pretty big thing by the way, then the Botox has at least temporarily interfered with your ability to swallow solid and liquid foods without taking them into your lungs. People can die from aspiration...the nutrition is to save your life. ...Read more

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Do I have gerd? When i eat trigger foods nothing happens i'm normal i only have dysphagia and phlegm. I'm paranoid about this, had for 4 months

Do I have gerd? When i eat trigger foods nothing happens i'm normal i only have dysphagia and phlegm. I'm paranoid about this, had for 4 months

No: There are many causes of dysphagia. If you are truely having difficulty swallowing then you should have a swallowing study. Phlegm may be caused by allergies and post nasal drip. You may have 2 different things going on. The first step would be to see your pirmary care doctor and see if you need to see an ear, nose , throat specialist. ...Read more

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20y old. Nausea after drinking water. dysphagia, globus above sternum produces a stabbing pain. food regurgitation at times. acid in mouth. Gerd?

20y old.  Nausea after drinking   water.  dysphagia, globus above sternum produces a stabbing pain. food regurgitation at times. acid in mouth. Gerd?

You need: to have this evaluated with possible Barium swallow and/or upper gastro endosopic exam...your symptoms could be GERD or esophageal motility disorder! Ask your PCP for a referral to a Board Certified Gastroenterologist! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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After meal,I get wet burps & feeling like food stuck in the mid of 2 ribcages.Gas relives.Indigestion.No Dysphagia.Mild nausea.No early fullness.PPI helps but not completely.HB 14+,CBC,Lypse,Amylse,LFT,USG-Normal.Pain in a point of spine.35/M.Ca sym?

Food stuck: Your esophagus may b narrowed down due to scar formation over time from low level chronic information from reflux. You need to b scoped and dilated,if indicated. Go see Board Certified Gastroenterologist. While waiting to b seen, you can take Nexium daily and take various measures to reduce reflux. Look up the topic GERD. ...Read more

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Any reason why am i having difficulty swallowing soft foods?

Several reasons: Difficulty swallowing soft or hard foods could be caused by a number of things. Your primary care physician should be the starting point for evaluation. If he or she cannot determine the cause, you may be referred to an ENT or gastroenterologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Any ideas on why i'm having difficulty swallowing soft foods?

May things: Could be a number of things. You should start with an evaluation by your md who will run some tests to determine what the problem is. ...Read more

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I have had a lot of difficulty swallowing food for a week. Should I be concerned about this?

I have had a lot of difficulty swallowing food for a week. Should I be concerned about this?

Dysphagia, see PCP: means difficulty swallowing. Once the cause is determined, dysphagia may be treated with: 1. Swallowing therapy. 2. Medication. 3. Surgery. See your PCP for consultation. ...Read more

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Foods to eat with difficulty swallowing? Soft or clear liquids?

Foods to eat with difficulty swallowing? Soft or clear liquids?

Clear liquids: If this is a temporary issue such as a throat infection, start with clear liquids first to prevent dehydration then move up to soft foods. If your swallowing issue lasts more than a few days or you are choking on food, see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Difficulty swallowing? Should I take tiny bites of food with lots of water?

Difficulty swallowing? Should I take tiny bites of food with lots of water?

Good first step.: Small bites, chew well and drink water. If you are really having this difficulty you should see your primary care physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have recently started experiencing a pain between my shoulder blades when swallowing hot fluids/food. No other pains/difficulty swallowing ?

I have recently started experiencing a pain between my shoulder blades when swallowing hot fluids/food. No other pains/difficulty swallowing ?

Pain between: your shoulder blades while swallowing is ESOPHAGEAL until PROVEN otherwise! See your PCP for a referral....perhaps a barium swallow would be the "easiest" way to begin! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Is It Normal To Feel Slight Pain And Have Difficulty Swallowing Solids A Day Or So After Having Choked On Food?

Is It Normal To Feel Slight Pain And Have Difficulty Swallowing Solids A Day Or So After Having Choked On Food?

Could be.: There could be residual inflammation in the esophagus or throat from the choking episode. That being said, if you're not better in another day or two you need to see a local doctor to make sure the choking episode didn't cause anything more long lasting down there. ...Read more

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Foods to eat when you have difficulty swallowing, with big tonsils. What would make a good balance?

Foods to eat when you have difficulty swallowing, with big tonsils.  What would make a good balance?

Need evaluation: If your tonsils are sufficiently large enough to interfere with your swallowing foods, they need evaluation by an ENT doc to see if surgery is indicated. The other concern is that your trouble with swallowing is unrelated to your tonsils and needs further testing. ...Read more

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Hv been facing difficulty swallowing normal food..cough which refuses to go..also vomited twice in th last few weeks bt only water both times.Acidity?

Hv been facing difficulty swallowing normal food..cough which refuses to go..also vomited twice in th last few weeks bt only water both times.Acidity?

Hard to tell: Causes of sore throat and cough are many, but they are usually self-limited and get better on their own. If you are not feeling better, please see a doctor to get an evaluation. ...Read more