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Is it possible that an increased gag reflex is a symptom of hypothyroidism?

Is it possible that an increased gag reflex is a symptom of hypothyroidism?

Depends: There is a saying in medicine. 'never say never'. However I do not think that increased gag reflex is a usual or typical symptom of hypothyroidism.

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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?

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!

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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?

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!

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Is it possible for your gag reflex to go away?

No: It is a normal protective reflex. You do not want to lose it.

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I have an over active gag reflex what do I do?

I have an over active gag reflex what do I do?

Try this!: Stop throat clearing, voluntary coughing and spitting. If you are a smoker, quit smoking! drink plenty of water, avoid caffiene and alcohol.

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How come you don't get a gag reflex from eating hot dogs?

How come you don't get a gag reflex from eating hot dogs?

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 wont' gag.

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How to overcome a real big gag reflex?

How to overcome a real big gag reflex?

OK...: Gagging is a reflex, which means you can't control it. It is your bodies way of keeping you from choking on something in your throat. Sorry - probably not the answer you wanted.

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Is there a way to learn to control a sensitive gag reflex?

Yes.: How to do it is beyond the scope of my training. Sword swallowers in the circus could do this as a perfect example.

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Can you get rid of the gag reflex?

Can you get rid of the gag reflex?

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.

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How can you get rid of your gag reflex?

How can you get rid of your gag reflex?

Get rid of gag: Why on earth would you want to do that? You have a gag reflex for a reason. It helps protect your throat, alimentary tract and airway. Hang on to it. It could save your life someday.

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Is hypersensitive gag reflex related to MS?

Is hypersensitive gag reflex related to MS?

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.

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Could getting an uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Could getting an uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Uvula: No. It is a reflex which protects your airway. Gag reflexes can be voluntarily suppressed by some patients. Can be aggravated in others. Reflex varies on a scale of 0 to 10.

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Can having a tonsillectomy reduce your gag reflex?

Can having a tonsillectomy reduce your gag reflex?

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.

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How to prevent gag reflex at the dentist?

How to prevent gag reflex at the dentist?

Nitrous oxide: I have found that using nitrous oxide gas helps. However in extreme cases I have used sedation dentistry to put patients to sleep with high hag reflexes.

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Hi docs, would a uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Hi docs, would a uvulectomy prevent gag reflex?

Uvula: Good question. Would not make any difference as the gag reflex doesn't come from one area.

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How common is it to get a gag reflex with dentures?

How common is it to get a gag reflex with dentures?

Fairly common: But this can be corrected by adjusting the length of the denture that extends onto the roof of your mouth.

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How can I make myself vomit when I don't have a gag reflex?

How can I make myself vomit when I don't have a gag reflex?

BAD idea: Making yourself vomit is a bad idea You should see a doctor if you have an eating disorder

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How can I help my toddler with feeding difficulties, a hypersensitive gag reflex?

How can I help my toddler with feeding difficulties, a hypersensitive gag reflex?

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.

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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?

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.