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What is wrong with a swallowing difficulty?

What is wrong with a swallowing difficulty?

Many problems: Swallowing problems can be due to many reasons. Some of the most common are brain diseases and problems in the throat or esophagus. Evaluation is necessary to elucidate the reason for the problem. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat a swallowing difficulty?

What can be done to treat a swallowing difficulty?

Be seen: There are many causes of difficulty swallowing. You need to be seen for an exam and diagnosis. A common cause of trouble swallowing is an esophageal stricture, and it can easily be dilated during an endoscopy. ...Read more

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It seems that Abilify (aripiprazole) has caused swallowing difficulty for me. My grandfather had kennedys diease. How likley is it that it's not the abilify (aripiprazole)?

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Abilify (aripiprazole): More likely it is the abilify, (aripiprazole) & it is dose-dependent. Consult with your doctor for suggestions re. Alternatives if feasible. ...Read more

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Can severe cervical stenosis cause swallowing difficulty?

Can severe cervical stenosis cause swallowing difficulty?

Not usually: Cervival stenosis by itself should not cause swallowing problems, however of you have very, very large bone spurs (osteophytes) on the front (ventral) aspect of your cervical spine then it is possible to have swallowing problems from that. You can get a swallow study or scope to look into it. ...Read more

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Thyroid us showed multinodular thyroid with two nodules on right measuring 1.5 centimeters. Can this cause some slight swallowing difficulty?

Thyroid us showed multinodular thyroid with two nodules on right measuring 1.5 centimeters.  Can this cause some slight swallowing difficulty?

Possible: Depends on where the nodules are located, they could cause slight problem swallowing. You should follow them closely with ultrasounds to make sure they are not growing, consider biopsy. ...Read more

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Dad(52yrs)diagnosed w/cerebral vermian atrophy. Symptoms:uncoordinated movements, speech, swallowing difficulty(at times). Non-drinker. Is there a cure

Dad(52yrs)diagnosed w/cerebral vermian atrophy. Symptoms:uncoordinated movements, speech, swallowing difficulty(at times). Non-drinker. Is there a cure

Search for cause: The term "cerebral atrophy" is generic and does not explain why your dad is impaired. You truly need to have a full neurological evaluation, as the symptoms do raise concerns regarding many potential problems. Some of these issues could be associated with vitamin deficiencies, some from an inflammatory condition. Even might be due to a prion infection. Need to vigorously pursue. ...Read more

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What is it? I have hoarse voice. The following also describe me: Difficulty swallowing, Difficulty talking, and Pain when swallowing

What is it? I have hoarse voice. The following also describe me: Difficulty swallowing, Difficulty talking, and Pain when swallowing

Difficulty swallowin: You may have an anatomical issue here. You may need some imaging studies to be done. I would go to the University Hospital in Warsaw and see the ENT department there. The difficulty speaking can come from vocal cord problems and U can be 'scoped. There are vascular rings and other anomalies. They will figure it out and help you. ...Read more

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Can sinutitis cause sore throat and swallow difficulty?

Can sinutitis cause sore throat and swallow difficulty?

Yes: The bacteria or virus that affect your sinuses could affect your throat. Also, your nose produces a liter of post-nasal drainage a day in its attempts to cleans the air we breathe, preparing it for the lungs, by the sweeping mechanism of the cilia of the nasal lining. The cilia sweep the secretions back to the throat so your throat can get irritated, causing trouble swallowing. ...Read more

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Swallowing difficulty of saliva, seems throat not closing after pushing saliva, nothing on endoscopes of throat and esophagus only too much mucus.

Swallowing difficulty of saliva, seems throat not closing after pushing saliva, nothing on endoscopes of throat and esophagus only too much mucus.

Sounds like you: Might benefit from a videofluoroscopic swallowing study. Your swallow issues may not have anything to do with an anatomic issue of your throat or esophagus but rather the muscular coordination involved with swallowing. ...Read more

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I saw an ENT and he said that my thyroid cyst is too small to cause difficulty swallowing. Can hyperthyroidism cause swallowing difficulty?

I saw an ENT and he said that my thyroid cyst is too small to cause difficulty swallowing. Can hyperthyroidism cause swallowing difficulty?

Swallowing: Hyperthyroidism can cause any number of symptoms but why did the ENT doctor not pay attention to your swallowing difficulty?

Ask your primary doctor to refer you to someone else for an evaluation of your swallowing problem. ...Read more

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Choked on a crisp last week since then I have stinging pain in throat swallowing difficulty pain in shoulder doctor gave me difflam not working?

Choked on a crisp last week since then I have stinging pain in throat swallowing difficulty pain in shoulder doctor gave me difflam not working?

Reevaluation: If the initial course of treatment has been unsuccessful, a revelation is in order. Ask your PCP to refer you to an ENT Specialist. ...Read more

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Throat problems including mucus, occasional hoarse voice & swallowing difficulty, throat clearing, stuffy nose, on&off, for the past 2 months. What is it?

Throat problems including mucus, occasional hoarse voice & swallowing difficulty, throat clearing, stuffy nose, on&off, for the past 2 months. What is it?

Allergies and GERD: There are several conditions that can cause similar symptoms; allergies with postnasal drip, acid reflux or heartburn affecting the throat, viral uris or other bacterial infections. Since it had been present for 2 months, I would recommend evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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Food getting stuck on epiglottis while swallowing with difficulty. What could be wrong?

Food getting stuck on epiglottis while swallowing with difficulty. What could be wrong?

Pharyngeal dysphagia: Swallowing is complicated with coordination of multiple muscles. Any one of these can cause problems. This needs to be evaluated by a doc (gi or ent) or you need a swallowing study. ...Read more

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Am feeling pain on left side of my throat but I swallow witout difficulty?

See your doctor: Your problem could be caused by many things. Some possibilities include acid reflux, post nasal drip, allergy, tonsil stones, etc. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Are brain fog and tremor, nervous breakdowns, difficulty swallowing and difficulty saying some words ALL symptoms of thyroid dysfunction?

Are brain fog and tremor, nervous breakdowns, difficulty swallowing and difficulty saying some words ALL symptoms of thyroid dysfunction?

Brain fog?: Sorry: "Brain fog" and "nervous breakdowns" are of no use in assessing your problem because they don't really mean anything except to you. Have you been diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction? Or are you looking for some physical cause for what is actually a psychological problem? ...Read more

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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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