Hi, I have been having trouble swallowing off and on which seems to be getting more on than off the last couple of weeks.
I chew well, then swallow, tongue pushes food all the way back to back of throat a little past tonsils, about an inch or so (above adam's apple), then it's as if the back part of my tongue stops working and wont push the food on down and I have to sort of do this jerky, hard swallow, having to even move my head down or around to sorta stretch out my neck as I try and get it down before it will go down...... I'm sure I appear to be startled cause I jerk and looked scared.
I have had an endoscopy done about 1-1/2 months ago. I was having GERD then too but was on nexium till recently and have no more symptoms of gerd. He found no problems in the upper GI or stomach, but
he did stretch my throat and after I left there I felt like I could swallow a water mellon whole! It was great! I had no problems swallowing at all for about a month and then slowly the problem came back getting unbearable over the last few days.
My sisterinlaw's mom had this same exact problem and she is not a sick person, no diseases, illness.... Just problem swallowing almost choaking food cause of it.... WELL, she had her throat stretched once and it helped for a while so she ended up having to get it stretched 3 different times to stay fixed. Now she has no trouble swallowing and can eat anything w/o fear or problems.
Have any of you had your throat (esophagus) stretched and if so how long did it help you swallow and did you have to get it done more than once? How many times before it stayed fixed for you?
I have other issues too which may or may not cause this swallowing problem.... Asthma, allergies to dust, pollens, some foods, etc., (the throat thing is not any type of anaphylactic reaction, by the way), rhinitis. I used to have panic attacks a long time ago but they went away, I do still get anxiety once in a blue moon now, mostly during asthma attacks which I'm sure go hand and hand with not being able to breathe, low blood sugar in mornings if I don't eat within a few hrs of waking.
The last 4 days or so I have been having pricking sensations in fingers, toes, burning skin sensations on arms and chest, numbness in arm, hand, leg and foot on right side, muscle weakness, head aches, forgetfulness and the main one that bothers me, "swallowing".
I have only been able to eat the equivalent of a sandwich wrap in the last 24 hrs and had to do that a few bites over the entire day. I am very hungry, but can't get the food down far enough not to choke cause it stops just right over my airway and I get all freaked out, if you have had this you know it's very scarey. Makes you scared to eat for fear of getting food in airway. My throat has been feeling dry/scratchy since this got bad a few days ago which is probably from throat clearing due to the whole throat thing.
I had some tests done today, my EKG was mildly not normal, weakness in right arm, tested for low B12, Potassium, Iron, etc., also, have a brain scan to be done next month to check for MS. I'm only in my early 30's so this is all just nuts...... Is it truly THIS down hill from 30's?