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Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Overview)

Difficulty with swallowing is the sensation that food is stuck in the throat, or from the neck down to just above the abdomen behind the breastbone (sternum).


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What could cause difficulty swallowing in a 60 yo?

What could cause difficulty swallowing in a 60 yo?

Swallowng difficulty: Many things can cause dysphagia or swallowing problems.Reflux disease (gerd), esophageal motility problems, strictures or other more ominous things like tumors. And osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax are increasingly implicated. Talk to your doctor about this and a endoscopic procedure or barium swallow is likely in ordre. ...Read more

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Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Overview)

Difficulty with swallowing is the sensation that food is stuck in the throat, or from the neck down to just above the abdomen behind the breastbone (sternum).


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What does it mean if i'm having difficulty swallowing own saliva?

Esophageal Stricture: You may have a narrowing of your esophagus if you are having trouble swallowing anything. If it is limited to your saliva and not food and drink there should not be a problem with the fluid your glands make to keep your mouth moist and aid in digestion of food. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat a swallowing difficulty?

What can be done to treat a swallowing difficulty?

Be seen: There are many causes of difficulty swallowing. You need to be seen for an exam and diagnosis. A common cause of trouble swallowing is an esophageal stricture, and it can easily be dilated during an endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and difficulty swallowing? How do I treat chronic sinusitis?

Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and difficulty swallowing? How do I treat chronic sinusitis?

? Reflux: If you have a clear nose and no sinus pain, gastroesophageal reflux could be the cause. Treated reflux can clear symptoms. Check with your physician. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and difficulty swallowing if the patient has had it for about 3 years? If so, how can it treated

Can chronic sinusitis cause throat swelling sensation and difficulty swallowing if the patient has had it for about 3 years? If so, how can it treated

Yes it can: Patients with chronic sinusitis will frequently report symptoms such as these. These patients typically also have nasal congestion, facial pressure, and nasal drainage. Other conditions such as laryngeal reflux can cause very similar symptoms, so it is probably a good idea to be seen by your primary MD or an ENT to evaluate this. ...Read more

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Dysphagia/difficulty swallowing causes?

Dysphagia/difficulty swallowing causes?

Varies: Dysphagia is a symptom, not a diagnosis. You need to find the underlying cause which is causing the trouble with swallowing. It can be a disorder of muscle, nerves, coordination, a pouch, reflux, cancer or any of a number of more specific things. There will be an examiniation as well as one or more swallowing studies involved. ...Read more

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Sob.Wheeze. Throat mucus. Difficulty swallowing. Wake up tired stuffy. Sinus problems. Cough up mucus. Could this be silent reflux? Natural treatment

Sob.Wheeze. Throat mucus. Difficulty swallowing. Wake up tired stuffy. Sinus problems. Cough up mucus. Could this be silent reflux? Natural treatment

Possibilities....: Your breathing difficulties are likely due to bronchospasm. The bronchospasm could be due to post-nasal drip (or other sinus problems) and/or reflux. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can treat the bronchospasm and there are treatments for the sinuses and reflux so see your doctor asap. Smoking cessation will help improve your breathing as well. If your breathing worsens, go to the er. ...Read more

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Treatments for difficulty swallowing, swollen lymph nodes?

Get it evaluated: This needs evaluation by a doctor, not suggestions for treatment over the internet. ...Read more

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Which is more effective: metformin tablets or riomet oral solution? I'm having difficulty swallowing the pills. Does riomet work as well as the pills?

Yes...same: They are the same med...Same as children liquid Motrin and adult tablet..Riomet is made for those having trouble with swallowing pills like you. They work/do same job. Often, liquid med may work faster or even better. In this case, they have similar effecacy/effectiveness. If you can't swallow the pills, then the pills don't work for you at all. Consult your doc.. Good luck. ...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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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez
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Swallowing Disorder (Definition)

Swallowing disorders are conditions where it is difficult for a person to move food or water from their mouth, through their esophagus, ...Read more


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