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Tmj Difficulty Swallowing
Tracheomalacia (from trachea and Greek μαλακία, softening) is a condition characterized by flaccidity of the tracheal support cartilage which leads to tracheal collapse especially when increased airflow is demanded.
The trachea normally dilates slightly during inspiration and narrows slightly during expiration. These processes are exaggerated in tracheomalacia, leading to airway collapse .
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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
Can tmj cause difficulty swallowing ear pain headache pain at base of head like where the little nubs as i call them stick out
on one side espically when ear starts to hurt?
Rule out ear problem: Ruling out ear infection is especially important so that the possibility of hearing loss can be avoided. Also it is important that your physician rule out the possibility of infection the ear first before making the assumption that the problem is related to TMJ. See your PCP. ...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 a endoscopic procedure or barium swallow is likely in ordre. ...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 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
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
Not used: Literally it would be called dysmastication (mastication=chewing) but this is not a term used in medicine. It is used on occasion in veterinary medicine. ...Read more
Difficulty swallow: The most common reason that i see for difficulty swallowing in teenagers is tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is quite common and can occur from viral or bacterial infection. A tonsil infection is quite common with mono, which is a viral infection, but bacterial tonsillitis is far more common than mono. Either way, it isn't much fun. ...Read more
A downs syndrome adult has difficulty swallowing with pain/eats only tomato soup for the last few years, what to do?
ENT doc: There are many causes for difficult swallowing - dysphagia. See an ENT doc who can examine the patient and do swallowing studies. ...Read more