Re: Swallowing Problems
I also have fibro and upper digestive issues, although my story is a little different.
Endoscopy is no sweat, I've had three. They put a needle in your hand, you take a nap, you wake up and it's all over and you feel fine, just a little groggy from the sedative. I had no pain.
There are two main causes of swallowing problems: physical obstruction and muscle problem.
If there is a physical obstruction, the endoscopy will find it. The most common obstruction is a ridge or stricture in the esophagus, and it can be treated by dilating it. The dilation can be done with the endoscope.
If you have muscle weakness, the swallowing study should identify it. Anatomy digression: Normal swallowing requires a whole lot of muscles to work together, in your throat and down the esophagus. They contract like a wave, pushing the food down into the stomach. The lower esophageal sphincter must open to let the food in, then slam shut behind it. If these muscles are too weak or just not correctly coordinated, swallowing problems can occur. If this is your problem, there are various medicines, some of them also used for fibro, that may help improve the neuromuscular situation.
For now, small sips. Thick soft foods like yogurt may actually be easier to swallow than clear liquids.