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Is An Increased Gag Reflex A Symptom Of Hypothyroidism
Iwhite bumps on the back of my tongue. Visible if I stick my tongue out. Can only feel if I slide finger down gag reflex. No other symptoms?
Normal anatomy: Get thee to an anatomy textbook or if you must go the Internet and check out the anatomy of the tongue. You are probably just noting your normal anatomy for the first time! ...Read more
I meet all the symptoms for hypothyroidism: sparse eyebrows, fatigue, dry skin, I have ibs, cmp TSH w/reflex to ft4 is 4.44, yet dr said I don't. Do i?
Hypothyroidism: Hi, you may have subclinical hypothyroidism, and/ or hashimoto's thyroiditis. You may need to have further testing done, thyroid auto-antibodies, anti-per -oxidase antibodies lab tests and perhaps a thyroid sonar. It may be a good idea to see an endocrinologist, literature shows that thyroid hormone replacement may benefit you. Good luck! ...Read more
Really?: Do you swallow them whole? Or do you chew them up before trying to swallow them? If you chew them, then of course you won't' gag. ...Read more
Yes.: How to do it is beyond the scope of my training. Sword swallowers in the circus could do this as a perfect example. ...Read more
No!: One can learn to control this reflex but god gave it to you and it is there to protect your airway and to empty your stomach when necessary. I would assume your are referring to this in lieu of oral sex practices (but you know what assuming does). Gag reflex is normal, necessary and shouldn't be tampered with. ...Read more
Not likely: Multiple sclerosis is a disorder affecting various areas of brain, spinal cord, and eyes, with differing events over time. An isolated gag reflex change is not suggestive of MS, and could well represent biological sensitivity variations. If this is a problem affecting eating or swallowing, might have your doctor evaluate. ...Read more
Sometimes: It isn't really well studied but some of my patients have told me the surgery helped with the gag reflux. You can't count on it, but if your tonsils are huge it stands to reason that decreasing the obstruction can open things up and diminish gagging in the presence of food or an upper respiratory infection. ...Read more
Fairly common: But this can be corrected by adjusting the length of the denture that extends onto the roof of your mouth. ...Read more
BAD idea: Making yourself vomit is a bad idea You should see a doctor if you have an eating disorder ...Read more
Occupational therapy: Normal toddlers can be gaggy with certain foods. You will know if it is time for professional intervention if they begin having a feeding aversion and avoiding certain textures. When feeding time becomes a chore and you find yourself unable to cope or your child is not gaining weight it is time for help. Your pediatrician is the first place to start for advice and growth parameter evaluation. ...Read more
6 yo w/sensitive gag reflex. Got a mouthful of water today at pool & vomited right away. This was 3 hrs ago. Seems fine now. Coughed 2x since. Worry?
If symptoms persist: If child is not having ongoing symptoms such as cough, choking, difficulty breathing, child is okay. Key to observe child over the next 24 hours. If symptoms of cough, choking or difficulty breathing occur, child needs evaluation in emergency room. Dry drowning and/or secondary drowning is very rare. ...Read more
No: No, you can try to control your gag reflex by consciously not thinking about it, once you start gagging it is difficult to control it ...Read more
Irritation: Anything which can irritate the nerves in the back of the throat may aggravate gagging, such as foreign objects (eg, fish bones), tumors, infections, masses in space between spine and back of throat, swollen neck lymph nodes, medications; but also unpleasant thoughts, gastroesophageal reflux (gerd). ...Read more
Gag reflex: Everyone's gag reflex is different. It is possible to gradually overcome it, for example, sword swallowers at the circus. ...Read more
Right & left brain:
Both sides of the brain are important, and each side plays a role in movement and sensation (for the opposite side of the body). In addition, each side of the brain has some special functions that the other does not- right side: creativity, rhythm, art
left side: logic, computation, language (hearing and speech) ...Read more
Reactive soft palate: The Hyperactive Gag Reflex (HGR) is the body's reaction to stimulation of the soft palate or posterior pharynx, usually by food. This typically results in vomiting and possible malnutrition. The cause if an excessively sensitive glossopharyngeal nerve or oversensitive area postrema in the brain (the nausea center). In 2017 the most effective treatment is desensitization of the reflex. ...Read more
Yes: Repeated gagging can deaden the reflex.Get a more detailed answer ›
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