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Difficulty Swallowing After Thyroidectomy
Tracheomalacia: Tracheomalacia (from trachea and Greek ???????, 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer