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Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Overview)

Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before, or after the swallow depending on the problem with the swallowing mechanism.


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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 (alendronate) are increasingly implicated. Talk to your doctor about this and a endoscopic procedure or barium swallow is likely in ordre. ...Read more

Dr. John Comisi
279 Doctors shared insights

Difficulty Swallowing (Overview)

Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before, or after the swallow depending on the problem with the swallowing mechanism.


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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?

Multiple: Dysphagia is only a descriptive term for difficulties swallowing. It can be caused by a large number of medical problems involving the throat, nervous system or gastrointestinal system. ...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

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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3 large tori in toof of mouth sometimes cause choking on food, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or trap food. What specialists remove tori? Risks?

3 large tori in toof of mouth sometimes cause choking on food, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or trap food. What specialists remove tori? Risks?

Oral Surgeon: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery requires additional 4-6 years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school with DDS or DMD degree. They perform surgeries and manage a wide variety of problems relating to the oral cavity, teeth and facial regions. ...Read more

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Would Tracheabronchiomalacia cause shortness of breath upon exertion and difficulty swallowing?

Would Tracheabronchiomalacia cause shortness of breath upon exertion and difficulty swallowing?

Tracheomalacia: Tracheomalacia (from trachea and Greek μαλακία, softening) is a condition characterized by flaccidity of the tracheal support cartilage which leads to tracheal collapse especially when increased airflow is demanded.
The trachea normally dilates slightly during inspiration and narrows slightly during expiration. These processes are exaggerated in tracheomalacia, leading to airway collapse.
REwiki ...Read more

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Have difficulty swallowing?

Dysphagia: This can be due to a benign condition, but can also be due to some really serious conditions if not detected early may lead to bad outcomes. A laryngoscopy or an upper endoscopy may be indicated. ...Read more

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Dysphagia/difficulty swallowing causes?

Multiple: Dysphagia is only a descriptive term for difficulties swallowing. It can be caused by a large number of medical problems involving the throat, nervous system or gastrointestinal system. ...Read more

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What to do if I have difficulty swallowing pills?

Techique: Place the pill on your tongue. Place a large bolus of water in your mouth. Pill is inside the water. Should be easily swallowed. ...Read more

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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 (alendronate) 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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I've been experiencing difficulty swallowing pills?

I've been experiencing difficulty swallowing pills?

Swallowing pills: If your difficulty only involves swallowing pills and you cannot mentally overcome the challenge, consider chewable or liquid forms of the same medications. If you have other swallowing issues, see your physician for an evaluation. Some individuals place the pills in foods such as peanut butter, applesauce, etc. In order to facilitate swallowing them. ...Read more

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Why would I have so much difficulty swallowing pills?

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! ...Read more

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What to do if I have difficulty swallowing please help?

See your doc: They might start with a swallow study and go from there. ...Read more

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Why do some people have so much difficulty swallowing pills?

Why do some people have so much difficulty swallowing pills?

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. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having difficulty swallowing need answers!!?

See a specialist: Start with your primary care physician. If he or she cannot diagnose your problem, you may be referred to either an ENT or gastroenterologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Difficulty swallowing?

Difficulty swallowin: Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before, or after the swallow depending on the problem with the swallowing mechanism. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have difficulty swallowing, or is it normal?

See your MD: Start with an appointment with your primary care physician. If he or she cannot diagnose your problem, you may be referred to an ENT or gastroenterologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Difficulty swallowing? Ms?

Difficulty swallowing? Ms?

Very unlikely: If this is your sole problem, the cause is NOT MS, and you need to search for other reasons. But, if you have MS, and it is indeed poorly managed and controlled, you could be worsening and/or suffering a relapse. Would start with a gastroenterologist, but might also involve neurology. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty swallowing and voice problems?

What causes difficulty swallowing and voice problems?

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. ...Read more

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Does cilia dysfunction lead to difficulty swallowing?

Cilia dyskinesia: Yes, other symptoms include:
Respiratory distress as a newborn.
Chronic cough.
Pneumonia, bronchitis and other recurring infections.
Excess mucus.
Difficulty clearing mucus.
Middle ear infections.
Hearing loss.
Severe sinus infections. ...Read more

Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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