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does anyone have trouble swallowing

Hi guys. Do any of you have trouble swallowing sometimes. It's not so much swallowing food, it's when you just need to swallow saliva when it gets to the back of my mouth I simply cannot swallow. Am I just weird or what :O

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yes not frequently but is does happen sometimes , weird who us ? no we are unique :)

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Haha, yes it's true this fibro often makes me feel alone, no sorry I mean unique ;-)

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yes sometimes x

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My windpipe seems to AV 'closed' up slightly , so much so I can't swallow as much in one go as I used to, does that make sense ?? Hilly xx

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Hello there Chrissy, thanks for your message. Swallowing difficulties can be quite common with having Fibroymalgia. We have discussed this a few times before. If you would like to see one of the discussions on the subject, please click on the link below -

fibroaction.healthunlocked....

I hope you find this helpful.

(((hug))) xxx

Libs

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Thanks as always you come to the rescue. Its hard to know when you get a symptom if it's fibro related ?

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I to have this problem but find I am constantly sort of coughing to try and clear what feels like a blockage in my throat. Thought it was just me. Now I know it is not it is quite comforting.

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Have been getting this from time to time for many years. I was told it's an anxiety problem. It's horrible, the worst thing is making a phone call and feeling like I wont be able to talk if someone answers!

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No. U cld hv oesophageal problem. I hv stricture and reflex problems. I even choke at times.

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hi Chrissy,

yes a definate profound yes, medication swallowing to food swallowing, i can choke on my own saliva and a slurp of my cup of tea, i just say its me being silly! or doing things too quickly.

The worst is sat down to eat a meal and it has come to me now that things have to be chopped a lot smaller because i have sat and tried swallowing its not like something stuck its different to me, its actually swallowing! and it does not seem something a drink will help with but i force it down.

Seems our throat is more closed is how it feels.

i have GI issues.

make sure always got a drink handy no matter where or what you are doing though.

Best wishes and careful eating xxxxx caroline

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Amitriptyline (common FM med) drys the throat and also relaxes the muscle at the top of the stomach. Acid reflux coming back up past that muscle can cause discomfort in the throat, and also nerves (which can bring on more reflux.) maybe that is something to consider?

XGlenys

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yes its like i have forgot how to swallow and then the panic kicks in. then i try to calm myself down then swallow. its a nightmare.

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REPOST, for others to see, hope this is helpful -

LibertyZ ADMIN 2 days agoEdit | Delete

Hello there Chrissy, thanks for your message. Swallowing difficulties can be quite common with having Fibroymalgia. We have discussed this a few times before. If you would like to see one of the discussions on the subject, please click on the link below -

fibroaction.healthunlocked....

I hope you find this helpful.

(((hug))) xxx

Libs

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Hi. I've had swallowing 'issues' for years. Haven't been told it's Fibro realated tho. Do have Generalised Anxiety Disorder and been told this is an anxiety related disorder called Globus Syndrome (or Globus Hystericus to give it it's full name!) It's more common than people realise and can range from mild - where it feels like you have a lump or something in your throat and you can have a little troubling swallowing, to extreme where you can't swallow anything at all (for which I was hospitalised once! very frightening) If I have a build up of stressors I can sometimes feel it snowballing and it can take me up to an hour to eat a meal. My GP gives me diazepam for when I need it.

So no, I don't think you're weird or going mad or whatever! Take good care xx

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I have this problem and the more I try to swallow the more I panic, quite horrible :(

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Please, please go see your General Practitioner and mention this uncommon sideeffect to him/her. My ex-husband had this same problem and the outcome was not good.

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