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Difficulty Swallowing After Thyroidectomy
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.
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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 ...Read more
I still have swallowing difficulties after getting a thyroidectomy 17years ago! I often get close to chocking with pills...What can I do to help?
LERD +/- Dysphagia: Exposure of vocal cords to acid & pepsin may result in inflammation of the cords (as with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & higher risk of throat cancer. Strictures (narrowings of esophagus from scarring) & dysmotility may also cause your symptoms. Get checked. ...Read more
Why am I shaky and dizzy after a partial thyroidectomy that was done because I had a 4cm nodule on the left lobe, causing me swallowing difficulty?
Low thyroid: U need to do blood test to detect low thyroid, u might need thyroid supplement. ...Read more
See your doc: They might start with a swallow study and go from there. ...Read more
Dysphagia is symptom: Derived from the Latin words meaning difficulty of eating. ...Read more
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
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
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
Yes: If the tracheotomy is permanent, then yes, the swallowing problem is permanent. ...Read more
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
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
No: Most people with trachs learn to swallow with the new sensation. Inflated cuff or too tight ties will interfere with swallowing. ...Read more
Not used: Literally it would be called dysmastication (mastication=chewing) but this is not a term used in medicine. It is used on occasion in veterinary medicine. ...Read more