I've had problems swallowing for years. Had the heimlich done way back when, because a potato from potato salad got stuck. Really scared the beejeebers out of me..thought I was on my way out that day. Haven't been able to get things down since. No way, no how can I swallow even the tiniest of pills, or bread, or meat, or...or..
Today I had a barium swallow study. They asked me if I had had a stroke???....because my tongue muscles in the back appear to be in a weakened state and my epiglottis flap isn't opening and closing properly. You could see on the film where the food was getting stuck. Also, they said I might want to consider dilating my esophagus because it looks like it's misshapen. I had a scope years ago...the camera got stuck in there, and I had a horrific sore throat after that for 30 days. Since then, I have developed problems with local anesthesias too, so...needless to say, I am very much NOT wanting any equipment put down my throat!
I know many of you also have swallowing difficulties. The dry mouth and lack of saliva contributes to that for me, but on top of it, I have this throat issue too. They asked me if I have any other neurological problems that I am aware of like parkinsons, M.S. etc. They are going to refer me for a neuro eval.
What neuro complications do some of you have that you can relate to in this sort of way?