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Difficulty Swallowing At Night
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.?
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
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
What causes swelling in the neck(not right in the middle) cough(no cold symtoms) difficulty swallowing & night sweats? I have hypothyroidism.
Swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, headache, pain in back of neck, difficulty swallowing, chills & sweats at night, ear ache? What could this be? Help
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?
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
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
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
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
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
See your doc: They might start with a swallow study and go from there. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
I feel like I'm having difficulty swallowing. I don't know if I'm just eating too fast or if there's something wrong.?
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