Difficulty Swallowing Food

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Kensie, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Kensie

    Kensie New Member

    Has anyone experienced difficulty swallowing food? I'm not sure if this could be a side effect of effexor.
  2. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    Sometimes I have. Sometimes it gets 'caught' really badly where I actually think I'm going to suffocate. Very scary. My mouth fills with saliva and I can spit out about a cup full or more in the sink. I don't know what it is - I chew well. I have to massage my throat, hold my head way up so my neck is straight. I hate it. No clue if it has anything to do w/fibro - never really thought so.
  3. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    Sometimes thryoid problems can cause difficulty in swallowing. I had that before I was diagnosed with low thyroid levels.


  4. cordy250

    cordy250 Member

    Early on in my battle with fibro I used to have scary bouts with dysphagia and required esophageal dillatations. It seems to have gotten easier and I haven't required any procedures for many years, but I have to take very small bites of food, I often feel that I will choke and I can't take big pills.

    Never took effexor, but if one of the side effects is dry mouth, that can make swallowing difficult.
  5. minkanyrose

    minkanyrose New Member

    my doc said it is part of fibro having to do with muscle spasms ans contraction scary
  6. Waynesrhythm

    Waynesrhythm Member

    Hi Kensie,

    Welcome to this message board. This board has a lot to offer and I hope you can find some answers here for yourself as many of us have.

    RE: Swallowing difficulties.

    I had some swallowing difficulties that seemed to get progressively worse. About two years ago I had a non-symptomatic infected root canaled tooth extracted.

    Not only did it significantly improve my almost constant nausea, but it also almost completely eliminated my swallowing problems. As I read your post, I realize I haven't had difficulty swallowing for a good number of months at least.

    Another point -- I recently did some research on the 12 cranial nerves exiting the brainstem. Some of these nerves have a direct influence on oral functions, including swallowing. Any of these many functions can become impaired by a compressed or compromised cranial nerve.

    Last year, I had a unique <a href=http://www.immunesupport.com/chat/forums/message.cfm?id=1120581&B=FM#1120581/">Atlas alignment procedure</a> done that I feel released a great deal of compression on my vagus nerve (one of the 12 cranial nerves). I think it's possible that it also reduced pressure on some of the other nerves that are associated with swallowing.

    Best to you,

    [This Message was Edited on 09/10/2008]
  7. RatsWife

    RatsWife New Member

    I, too, have noticed difficulty in swallowing. It's been getting progressively worse. Until the last year or two, I've been able to take multiple pills, even large ones, at one time with only a swallow of water.

    My mouth and throat both feel like they don't "hear" me or something. When it's bad a bit of throat massaging and light hysteria prevent me from outright choking but it's not a laughing matter.

    So much so that I'm addressing this and other things I've noticed that aren't responding properly with a neurosurgeon who did my cervical fusion a number of years ago. After the surgery everything returned to normal. Now gradually I'm losing all I re-gained with additional losses this go-round.

    My reluctance at addressing these issues stems from concern that the original spinal surgery is what started my overall decline in health and lead me to the Halls of Fibromyalgia. We shall see...

    To stay safe though, I'd make sure my healthcare providers AND pharmacists knew about the concerns and symptoms you're having. I took a BP med once that caused my tongue and throat to swell, the pharmacist knew immediately about there being a tiny, tiny amount of sulpha in the compound. They gave me another med that didn't cause any problems for me.

    Good luck and good health!
  8. celeste1226

    celeste1226 New Member

    I have notice the same thing. I am having problems swallowing. I have never had this problem before. I do not drink anything when i eat. And now I have to. Its hard because i had a gastric bypass 7 years ago and that is one thing i am not supposed to do is drink when i eat. But seems like i cant swallow otherwise.

    Just letting you know your not alone.

  9. kel78

    kel78 Member

    Yes! I have a terrible time eating because my swallowing muscles don't seem to work as they should. The muscles will swallow without my intent when I'm totally unprepared, which is very scary since the food is not ready to be swallowed yet. And then, when I want to swallow, I either can't get the muscles to obey or the food (or pills) don't move down my esophagus and seem to get stuck. Some of the problem may be exacerbated by the anxiety I feel when eating or swallowing pills because of the tough time I have, but the swallowing problem definitely came BEFORE the anxiety.

    I've had extensive testing done by GI specialists (including one where I had to have a tube down my throat all the way to my stomach for 24 hours - yuck!) and they did diagnose esophageal spasms - which is what I imagine causes the swallowing difficulty. I assume it's just another muscle spasm from the fibro!

  10. kd2

    kd2 New Member

    i was having problems swallowing also but after i started getting b-12 shots monthly & then taking iron tablets daily,nomore problems.now i am having prblems with some of my front teeth peeling.(like your finger nails)what causes that ?
  11. erinwilburn

    erinwilburn New Member

    I have had the same prob for a long time and finally went to the ER after a very scary night. They did x-rays and could see the swelling. I then had a cat scan and they found that the small nodules at the base of my tounge where swollen. so after a visit to the Ear/nose/throat Dr I found out that it is a side effect of acid reflux. I don't get heart burn or the normal reflux feeling but after a month on meds it has become so much better. My mom has the same prob and FM. ENT said it is very comon with FM.
  12. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle New Member

    I had difficulty swallowing several years ago that turned out to be a benign tumour on one of my parathyroid glands (hyperparathyroidism). It was corrected by surgery.
  13. SkeptikSharon

    SkeptikSharon New Member

    Hi Kensie,

    I do have some problems with swallowing, but am a bit unsure as to how to describe them. It feels like my gag reflex is really strong, and especially when I am swallowing pills, I seem to have a tendency to almost choke on them. Same with drinking. It seems like kind of often, there will be times when I go to swallow a drink of something, and its like I can’t swallow and instead end up choking on it and spitting it out all over the place. Not fun. With eating, I don’t so much end up choking, as much as I have this feeling that I can’t swallow the food. I end up chewing and chewing and chewing and have to take really small bites to avoid that gag reflex or whatever is going on. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the nausea I feel almost 100% of the time or with the TMJ or something else. Its very aggravating though.

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