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Trouble swallowing

Feb 27, 2016 9:10 PM

Has anyone every had a side effect or symptom of trouble swallowing? I noticed I'm having a bit of trouble swallowing. Not my saliva but food. What did you do to take the side effect away? I want to clarify that it's not a medical emergency. It's like some of the food sits in my mouth even though I try to swallow it all.

Feb 27, 2016 9:19 PM

I've had this issue before several times. My GI doc scolded me and it's always an esophageal stricture, which he dilated. I'm about to have it done for the 3rd time in 2 years. I have GERD badly too. 🙂💕🌼

Feb 27, 2016 9:51 PM

How do they dilate it? I get bad acid reflux too.

Feb 28, 2016 7:20 AM

One thing that is AMAZING for trouble swallowing is bmx. It basically nums your throat
I was one it for a while and it was a life saver.
Taste horrible then all of sudden everything in you mouth and throat is numb.

Feb 28, 2016 9:16 AM

CDNgirl37, they insert a tiny balloon and then inflate it. They can put a permanent mesh in, but the way I scar internally & externally they aren't wanting to do that. I keloid, and every abdominal surgery has caused adhesions to multiple organs causing further treatments/surgeries.

Feb 28, 2016 10:06 AM

I have GERD very badly and when I had my last endoscopy the scar tissue was so bad he said I was on the verge of Barrett's Esophogus. Not fun. I've had it once or twice but it stopped quickly. I hope your doctor is able to give you relief.
Flappsy, I'm sorry you have to do that all over again!! I hope it's not too uncomfortable and that you have optimal results. {{{Hugs}}}💕

Feb 28, 2016 7:25 PM

Thanks AlwayZ. Lol...scolded = scoped two posts ago!

Feb 28, 2016 8:48 PM

Thanks all! Flappys, I wondered why your Dr would scold you!

Feb 28, 2016 10:39 PM

OMG, Flappsy, I have been so busy taking my Dad back and forth to doctor appointments and they keep finding more things wrong with him. He's 86 and as you know, it's difficult to watch them decline. I'm sorry that I have missed so much (even though I've been trying very hard to keep up and catch up. {{{{Hugs}}}}💕🙏🏻🌻

Feb 29, 2016 12:15 AM

Yes. I have problems swallowing at times. I have had my esophagus stretched & may need it done again soon. I have a lot of trouble eating soup especially. It would seem that liquids would be easier, that is not my experience. I have Barrett's

Feb 29, 2016 2:12 AM

Another one here with trouble swallowing. I drink a little liquid with each bite so the food doesn't keep going up and down in my throat. But then sometimes that doesn't work and I can't even drink water and then I choke Very badly.
Nine years ago it didn't show up on a test they did. Anyone know what it's called? Think I should get another one done?

Feb 29, 2016 4:25 AM

You may be sent for a CT Scan or endoscopy to see what the problem is. I hope you get help, that sounds aweful. 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Feb 29, 2016 5:53 AM

Good Morning CDN, I have the same problem. My doctor order a swallow eval which showed no abnormality during that eval... But had another eval that showed that my muscle response was off ...not saying it in medical terms... So my food was not being pushed through. Seen a Gastroenterologist also... Anyway...was told not to drink COLD drinks.... eat small bites then drink something, eat then drink, etc. It had been scary having my food get stuck many times. Oh it wasn't the swallow eval that identified the problem but the barium swallow which is done by a doctor opposed to the swallow eval which was done by a occupational therapist... By the way was a jerk.

Feb 29, 2016 5:43 PM

7autoimmunes, I was having the same swallowing issues. My food was feeling like it was sticking halfway down my throat, and if have to swallow drink to flush it down. Since the esophageal stricture dilation it's been better.

Mar 01, 2016 12:17 AM

I talked to the pharmacist today and he told me it is likely because of the dry mouth. It's a side effect of the amitriptyline.

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