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Swallowing, speech and choking

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Shirl

For many years, I've had throat problems due to MS. At times, the swallowing mechanism reaches up and grabs food before I've thoroughly chewed it. At other times, a small seed or nut is lodged in my throat, leaving the sensation it is still there even when the choking coughs have dislodged it. All this has caused me much embarrassment as food is often splattered around by the coughs. Not a pretty sight.

 

And now... last Sunday, I was in bed, lolling after a nice cup of tea. No sensation of choking or lodged er… tea! But, of its own accord (pun intended) my throat closed. Thus I could neither breathe or speak. It felt like many minutes, lasted seconds. I thumped DH just so he would know distress was present. Then I reached for a glass of water, and happily my throat allowed the sip through, followed by many thankful swallows.

 

My throat has tightened to various degrees since Sunday so I await a chat with a GP this afternoon.

 

It's just another one of those things that are sent to try us... 



Shirley  "one day at a time" - it's all anyone can do"

 

This year, my husband is raising funds for MS Trust with a 
Pete's No Beard Or Hair Cuts 2019 (Colour in December) Challenge for MS Trust

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@Shirl , it's called Dysphagia, a common MS problem.

There's some details here :- https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/swallowing

 

:moonieman: 


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John aka Stumbler (as I do fall over!)

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1 hour ago, Stumbler said:

@Shirl , it's called Dysphagia, a common MS problem.

There's some details here :- https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/swallowing

 

:moonieman: 

 

Really kind of you to remind me, John. My main query (just spoken to GP) was Could it be related to flu jab the day before? Apparently not.

 

I've agreed to keep a symptom diary and call if throat closes again. It was the worst incident yet and I've had problems with swallowing/speech for over 20 years. 

 

Sometimes, even though we become used to a symptom, know how to manage it, a particular occurrence bops us on the nose and says, Hey you, remember me?

 

Really glad to be pointed in the right direction, @Stumbler



Shirley  "one day at a time" - it's all anyone can do"

 

This year, my husband is raising funds for MS Trust with a 
Pete's No Beard Or Hair Cuts 2019 (Colour in December) Challenge for MS Trust

Thank you all

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@Shirl , MS is the gift that just keeps on giving. :banghead:

 

:moonieman: 

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John aka Stumbler (as I do fall over!)

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The trouble swallowing and throat contraction was quite worrying when I first got it .

 

At another time I rang the nhs about it and the Dr I spoke  to was quite concerned as we spoke he said he got alarm bells when I'd said can't swallow and trouble breathing.

 

He said he saw ms on my notes and that 'rang his alarm bell , i guess he thought mylin sheath to throat had gone !

 

Oh well at least I know name for it , another one I can't pronounce 😂

 

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2 hours ago, WobblyGreg said:

Oh well at least I know name for it , another one I can't pronounce 😂

This might help with getting your tongue around dysphagia - click the word, Greg.

 

 



Shirley  "one day at a time" - it's all anyone can do"

 

This year, my husband is raising funds for MS Trust with a 
Pete's No Beard Or Hair Cuts 2019 (Colour in December) Challenge for MS Trust

Thank you all

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