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    Old 03-26-2003, 10:56 AM   #1
    CoffeeGirl
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    Anyone with cervical problems and progressive weakness have swallowing problems?

     
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    Old 03-26-2003, 11:06 AM   #2
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    Although not often, I sometimes have to be very careful with drier foods. What makes it seem odd though is that i also have trouble with saliva backing up and not being swallowed automatically. I hope you understand what I mean. It wakes me up at night choking. It's become progressively worse the last 2 weeks.

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    Old 03-26-2003, 12:37 PM   #3
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    I thought maybe I was losing my mind. I felt my tongue actually tingle some... and then like a big lump in the back... and difficulty swallowing.

    It's a bit nerve wracking at times.

    Things seem progressive.

     
    Old 03-26-2003, 12:39 PM   #4
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    HI there,
    swallowing difficulties, hoarse,crackly voice, loss of gag reflex can most certainly be related to your cervical problems. It is related to the ninth and tenth cranial nerve s being involved. I think the names of the nerves are Glossopharyngeal and Vagus.
    Involvement of these nerves can also affect your sense of taste , could cause regugitation of fluids into the nose while trying to swallow.
    What level is your problem in the spine,? And is your Dr. aware of these symptoms, if not it is very important to let the doc. know about them.
    I had noticed my voice gets crackly easily,and is kind of nasal, and that my food didn't taste right any more. I didn't really put much importance on it. When I went for a thorough evaluation, I was stunned. They stuck a stick into my throat, and voila, no gag reflex. I couldn't even feel it. I dont have swallowing problems , like choking or anything, just sometimes I have a mouthful and its like I really have to think about it. The swallow just isn't automatic sometimes. I hope this info helps. As usual I have competely run on at the mouth, but thats me. It's a good sign, means I'm feling pretty good today.
    Take care, Mel

    ps. snoring would be part of the same nerve involvment, if it is a new thing for you.
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    Advanced myelopathy inc. walking difficulty, loss of gag reflex with swallowing problems, neurogenic bladder, occipital neuralgia, spacticity

     
    Old 03-26-2003, 12:59 PM   #5
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    I was just reading some old posts, did I miss it, or have you had your MRI yet? If so what were the results? Do you have a neuro taking care of you, if not , I think it would be wise to get one.
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    Paracentral Disc herniations ,bone spurs C4/5,C5/6,C6/7
    loss of lordotic curve
    Advanced myelopathy inc. walking difficulty, loss of gag reflex with swallowing problems, neurogenic bladder, occipital neuralgia, spacticity

     
    Old 06-08-2003, 06:53 AM   #6
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    Hey Coffeegirl,
    How is your swallowing?? Has it gotten any better? I just had ACDF with plates 5 wks ago and have been having trouble swallowing since, sometimes it is so bad I feel as if I can't breathe, they tell me it is
    muscle spasms. I am on muscle relaxers three times a day and don't seem to be getting any results! Any suggestions?
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    Old 06-08-2003, 06:54 AM   #7
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    Hey Coffeegirl,
    How is your swallowing?? Has it gotten any better? I just had ACDF with plates 5 wks ago and have been having trouble swallowing since, sometimes it is so bad I feel as if I can't breathe, they tell me it is
    muscle spasms. I am on muscle relaxers three times a day and don't seem to be getting any results! Any suggestions?
    Lisa
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    Old 06-09-2003, 04:47 AM   #8
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    Coffeegirl
    Thanks for asking that question,I too have hard time swallowing but never thougth it was connected to spine
    Hope you are doing better
    2isenough
    Welcome you will find a warm and caring bunch hereand learn so much thru sharing.Keep us posted on how things are going for you
    Mel Thanks for all the information. I also have some of those symptons but never told DR.Didn't think it was anything connected to spine condition.You can bet that he will know when I see him next.
    Hope all have a pain free day
    Elaine
    Ps sorry this is so late but under the weather for last 2 days
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    Old 06-18-2003, 05:30 PM   #9
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    I too have swallowing trouble. It always seems as if someone is pressing on my larynx. Breathing is a bit raspy. Melanie, I am so glad you said something about food tasting different. I have been telling my hubby ever since I got home that nothing tasted right. I thought it was just me being wierd. I mainly choke on thin liquids when I drink, food doesnt seem to be much of a problem. I just hope its all temporary and goes away soon. Also the voice trouble I am experiencing. I sound like a mouse and it gets worse as the day goes by.

    Lisa

     
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