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Woke up in middle of night with numbness & tingling in left arm & panic attack. Haven't been able to sleep much (4 hrs). Also, have difficulty swallowing at night at times, gagging at times & feel disoriented.?

Woke up in middle of night with numbness & tingling in left arm & panic attack. Haven't been able to sleep much (4 hrs). Also, have difficulty swallowing at night at times, gagging at times & feel disoriented.?

Panic attacks: At your age severe anxiety with panic is likely rather than heart disease however make sure to have your blood pressure checked and do it at home with an automated monitor. Sometimes hormonal forms of hypertension can present this way and would need treatment.
The swallowing trouble is more in keeping with anxiety and you need treatment for that too.
Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

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


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What causes swelling in the neck(not right in the middle) cough(no cold symtoms) difficulty swallowing & night sweats? I have hypothyroidism.

What causes swelling in the neck(not right in the middle) cough(no cold symtoms) difficulty swallowing & night sweats? I have hypothyroidism.

See Doc: Could be a cyst or infection or a thyroid nodule. You need to be evaluated for a possible tumor as well. In any event, with those symptoms, it is time to see the doc and get it checked out! ...Read more

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Dry back throat from last night, no pain but slight difficulty swallowing and dryness in throat back. It occurred after I went to bed after dinner?

Dry back throat from last night, no pain but slight difficulty swallowing and dryness in throat back. It occurred after I went to bed after dinner?

New meds?: Did you take any new medications recently such as cold or cough medications? They can cause dry mouth / throat symptoms. Viral infections can also cause the dry, scratchy throat. Any problems with acid reflux? That could be a potential cause as well. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes. Difficulty swallowing. Chills, slight earache, body aches all last night now all gone?

Swollen lymph nodes. Difficulty swallowing. Chills, slight earache, body aches all last night now all gone?

Great: What is the question. You appear to have had an acute illness which has resolved. Stay well. ...Read more

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Have difficulty swallowing?

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?

Dysphagia/difficulty swallowing causes?

Multiple: Dysphagia is only a descriptive term for difficulties swallowing. It can be caused by many 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 an 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

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Is difficulty swallowing from a tracheostomy permanent?

Is difficulty swallowing from a tracheostomy permanent?

Yes: If the tracheotomy is permanent, then yes, the swallowing problem is permanent. ...Read more

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Is occasional difficulty swallowing reason for concern?

Sure: Difficulty swallowing if it is happening off and on for a while and never really goes away. Then I would get an evaluation when you are having the issues to get a diagnosis so any treatment can be initiated. Best wishes. ...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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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 you're 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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Is dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) resulting from a tracheostomy permanent?

No: Most people with trachs learn to swallow with the new sensation. Inflated cuff or too tight ties will interfere with swallowing. ...Read more

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