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I have spells of all of a sudden being off balance and unable to swallow, what could cause this?

I have spells of all of a sudden being off balance and unable to swallow, what could cause this?

Chiari malformation: Ask your doctor to get MRI of your brain and refer you to a neurologist. ...Read more

Dr. Norman Cohen
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Intubation (Definition)

It is the insertion of a tube into the trachea to maintain a secure airway. This is essential ...Read more


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I was eating puffed paady and its hard cover go and irritates my right side of tonsil I m feeling like pricking pain unable to swallow what to do?

I was eating puffed paady and its hard cover go and irritates my right side of tonsil I m feeling like pricking pain unable to swallow what to do?

Liquids: If this just happened I would wait a bit then try to swallow some liquids or something soft like banana or white bread dipped in milk. Avoid acidic juices. If the problem is severe or persists then you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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It's been at least 2 yrs I am unable to swallow food. Is there any hope for treatment?

It's been at least 2 yrs I am unable to swallow food. Is there any hope for treatment?

Dysphagia: There are many causes for this problem, one is caused by scar tissue and dilation can often help this. See a gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis (or your pcp can begin the evaluation by ordering a barium swallow radiology test). ...Read more

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How serious is an esophagectomy for a 43 year old woman without cancer, just unable to swallow?

How serious is an esophagectomy for a 43 year old woman without cancer, just unable to swallow?

Can be serious: Esophageal problems causing dysphagia are usually related to strictures. Depending on where the problem arises, various procedures to relieve the blockage are available. This includes laser reopening, various forms of dilatation or a plasty type of procedure to widen the stricture site. Removal of the esophagus is usually relegated to carcinoma of the esophagus and is a large procedure. ...Read more

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My 1 year old fell and bit through his tongue 5 hours ago, he is unable to nurse or swallow anything?

My 1 year old fell and bit through his tongue 5 hours ago, he is unable to nurse or swallow anything?

Bite tongue: As long as it doesn't involve the margins and the bleeding has stopped, it doesn't require sutures. He may feel more comfortable after a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Products that are cold and liquid may be tolerated better. This should heal quickly. All the best. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. After surgery, why could a person's throat have a problem that leads to being unable to swallow?

Need expert advice. After surgery, why could a person's throat have a problem that leads to being unable to swallow?

Variety of reasons: If the surgery is on the throat that is one reason simply swelling and healing. If the surgery was else where and required a breathing tube inserted into the trachea then there could be some swelling from that. In general difficult swallowing and hoarse voice recover ina few hours to a few days, If longer consider an ENT or neuro consult. ...Read more

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Can I crush my medications since I'm unable to swallow such as Paxil, Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) and others?

Can I crush my medications since I'm unable to swallow such as Paxil, Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) and others?

Some of them: Yes you can crush some medicines. As a general rule you cannot crush any capsules nor should you crush any pills which are extended release, sustained release or timed release eg. Meds which are "XR" or "CR" etc. So it is better to ask your doc or look up online on sites like webmd ...Read more

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I swallow a lot of air. So unable to sleep. Have to exercise to burp out the air. Has been chronic (20yrs). No one has been able help me. Pls help.

I swallow a lot of air. So unable to sleep. Have to exercise to burp out the air. Has been chronic (20yrs). No one has been able help me. Pls help.

What has been done?: Unfortunately, your problem is not uncommon and the solution is not always clear. Often "swallowing" air is a behavioral issue which needs psychological attention and training to stop from doing what may be the equivalent of a MOTOR TIC...a very annoying and hard to stop TIC. Other times it could be a FISTULA (communication) between the esophagus and windpipe. Tests needs to be done. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I might eventually need a feeding tube because it's been 5 months after I had botox in my neck and still unable to swallow?

Is it possible that I might eventually need a feeding tube because it's been 5 months after I had botox in my neck and still unable to swallow?

Need checks.: What I mean, is that you need to be checked by a neurologist. This is not normal, the both talks should have worn off a while ago. You may have another tradition, such as myasthenia gravis. ...Read more

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My 23yr. Old daughter woke up yesterday with sever pain in back of neck+ unable to move, gave her motrin didn't help and now worse and hard to swallow?

Go to the hospital: I am going to be frank. This is the very definition of a medical emergency. She must be seen by a physician urgently! ...Read more

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Female friend is a crystal Meth smoker she is complaining about pain on the right side of her chest, dizziness, Hot flashes, and unable to swallow?

Female friend is a crystal Meth smoker she is complaining about pain on the right side of her chest, dizziness, Hot flashes, and unable to swallow?

Impossible to say: Depends on age and risk factors, but chest pain associated with methamphetamine use can always be cardiac in origin, and your friend needs to get checked out by her PCP or an urgent care setting. You might benefit from a few Alanon meetings to learn how to handle your own emotions about your friend, and to not enable her drug use. She needs help and I hope that she gets it soon, before more harm. ...Read more

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I have a very painful ulcer on my tongue which is in contact with the teeth. Please prescribe a medication. I'm unable to swallow as I cannot move the?

I have a very painful ulcer on my tongue which is in contact with the teeth. Please prescribe a medication. I'm unable to swallow as I cannot move the?

Dental exam: See dentist ASAP about this pain. A clinical evaluation is the only way to determine what is going on. In the meantime OTC medications can help. A soft diet avoiding hard crunchy and spicy foods will help you feel better. Healing may take about 2weeks.
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What is this knot under left jaw bone, can't open mouth which has made me unable to eat, pain when swallowing, pain to the touch.?

See OMS: Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. You need to see an oral & maxillofacial surgeon to find out if you have an infected tooth, or some other process going on. ...Read more

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My condition resembles a throat ulcer, but way more painful, with constant ear pain; it makes me unable to talk/swallow for 5 days. What could it be?

Hard to say: It may be temporary but since 5 days have passed, and it is giving you trouble, have it checked by a doctor. Meds could be prescribed to help with symptoms and watch that it does clear up. ...Read more

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Why do they do awake intubations? How's it done?

Why do they do awake intubations? How's it done?

Depens (penicillamine) on reason: Intubations are normally done when you have received sedation and paralysis. Ones done when you are awake are normally emergent when you are in respiratory distress. ...Read more

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How can nasal intubation work?

How can nasal intubation work?

Very well!: Sometimes a breathing tube needs to be placed through the nose when surgery is done on the jaw or facial bones, for example. The tube is gently introduced through the nose down into the windpipe (trachea) to help the pt breathe during surgery. It works the same way as a tube put in via the mouth to provide an airway for a pt under anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can paralysis happen during intubation?

Only in rare cases: Intubation involves using an instrument (called a laryngoscope) to help the health care provider see the vocal cords and trachea. If the patient has an unstable spine in his neck, perhaps from an auto accident, etc, there is a very remote chance that using the laryngoscopes could put strain in the pine and damage the spinal cord. Anesthesiologists are trained how to intubate all patients safely. ...Read more

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How does nasal intubation work exactly?

How does nasal intubation work exactly?

Tube in nose: The endotracheal tube is put in through the nose instead of through the mouth. This is done in cases where the surgery being performed would be hindered by having a tube in the mouth. The anesthesiologist decongests the nose vigorously and uses a smaller tube to avoid trauma and bleeding. ...Read more

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Father won't wake up following intubation?

Depends why intubatd: If he was awake prior to intubation, he was probably given sedatives or anesthetics for the procedure. These may last a 1-3 hours in some patients and then he should wake up. However, they may be giving him sedatives while intubated to allow him to rest. If he was intubated because he was already unconscious, whatever is causing the unconscious condition must be corrected for him to wake up. ...Read more