Dysphagia. Anyone have it?

I have Dysphagia and was wondering how many of you have it? I also use cough drops to help me swallow when I have trouble. It's usually after I eat, but sometimes I wake up having trouble swallowing. Anyone use cough drops or hard candy for it? It works for awhile for me.

Sabrina:'

I have the same issue. I have been having trouble swallowing and can't always get things down. I am sticking to soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, ice cream. These things seem to be easier to swallow.

I have this

Dysphagia

I will go to swallow and sometimes I get overflow of what should of went down my throat spraying out my nose in a cough, sneeze, swallow...it's happened alot with liquids I never knew it had a name ...it's so weird especially if I try to hurry up and swallow.. one time I was in the drive thru at taco bell I was chewing up a hard peppermint candy and trying to get it down before I got to the pick up window, it sprayed out of my nose across the entire windshield LOL..THEN I GET The hiccups lol

I eat a lot of soups, and soft foods I suck on peppermint candy constantly, I drink slowly too

When I drink something too it dribbles out of my mouth, like I can't swallow. I eat food carefully and slow down.

I gag on yogurt and applesauce. ..I think it's a texture thing, I can drink smoothies though

Hello, this is my first entry. I also have this problem. I have peppermints all over my house. I drink water while I’m eating so I can swallow. I go thru a whole bottle or more to take my meds each time. Do any of you hsve brain slumping?

I have trouble with things going down the wrong way. Especially when I eat something with liquid in the bite. I avoid vinaigrette dressing because it happens often with that and creamy dressing is easier to control. When I swallow pills that then feel like they didn’t go down, I eat a couple crackers and drink more water and that seems to push them the rest of the way to the stomach.

I had wondered if anyone else was having any problem swallowing. That is what seems to prompt the cough that prompts the headache. It sounds like some of you have also tried to stick with soft foods. I was not familiar with the term Dysphagia. I'm sure I don't really understand what it is. Also am surprised how many mentioned using preventative migraine medication. Does that prevent the intensity of the headache? I use cough drops at night, but does the candy mints do the same thing?

Thanks for so much good information. I am still pretty much unfamiliar with this condition and keep wondering if it is going to get worse and worse. Can anyone give me some thoughts on that?

My best wishes for comfort and relief for each and every one.

For migraines, I take a low dose of a beta blocker every day and keep Rizatriptan on hand to knock it out if a headache does sneak through.

Swallowing causes coughing and then a short term headache.. I stick with soft peppermints.. Usually I have trouble over drinks anything from tea to water.. sodas are about out of the question..

I too have dysphagia, drinks pour out my nose instead of going down my throat.Food gets stuck ,feels like I have a rock lodged in my oesophagus at times.

I'm interested to know if anyone else have problems with their fingernails. An E,D Registrar asked to look at my nails after she'd read my file,she said the really thin nails are part of the dysphagia as the nutrients from our food doesn't reach our extremities which causes the nails to become thin,have ridges that split easily and they are sharp like a razor blade.I'm always cutting myself with my fingernails.

Thanks to everyone for sharing. It really helps to know we are not alone with this strange diagnosis. I had never heard of Chiari until an MRI, expecting it might uncover a sinus problem, turned it up. The information many of you have shared about swallowing answers that concern. Thanks again to everyone for sharing your information.

My son has the same thing it used to only be with liquid. He had a decompression surgery a month ago and since then his swallowing has become much worse he seems to have trouble with food now. And his random coughing has increased. We have been told since he symptoms have become worse he will need to have a fusion surgery the doctors found after his surgery that he also has a basliar invagination.

I had to have my esophagus stretched every twelve weeks because of it. It was a nightmare. Thankfully it is better.

Linda did u have a procedure to help with the swolling

Hi Sabrina,I had dysphagia really badly before decompression surgery 2yrs ago,still have problems with solid foods and have problems with drinks unless they are hot,smoothies and ice cream tend to sit in my throat and won't go down.I did have a slight stretch done but Specialist said it was not my oesophagus that was the problem,it just wasn't getting the messages from my brain.Am interested to know if you have a problem with your fingernails, mine went really thin and sharp even though they are soft,they also have ridges that run from the cuticle to the end of the nail,I was told by a Dr in Emergency on one of my trips with Aspirational pneumonia that it was caused by the dysphagia as it caused a lack of nutrition getting to your extremities.They haven't gotten any better since the surgery.Also I can still only eat very small meals,if I try to eat more then foods tend to get stuck.I also found sucking hard candy helped with stopping the coughing reflex. Regards, Vicki.


I do have very thin nails with ridges through them and wondered why.


Vicki McGowan said:

Hi Sabrina,I had dysphagia really badly before decompression surgery 2yrs ago,still have problems with solid foods and have problems with drinks unless they are hot,smoothies and ice cream tend to sit in my throat and won't go down.I did have a slight stretch done but Specialist said it was not my oesophagus that was the problem,it just wasn't getting the messages from my brain.Am interested to know if you have a problem with your fingernails, mine went really thin and sharp even though they are soft,they also have ridges that run from the cuticle to the end of the nail,I was told by a Dr in Emergency on one of my trips with Aspirational pneumonia that it was caused by the dysphagia as it caused a lack of nutrition getting to your extremities.They haven't gotten any better since the surgery.Also I can still only eat very small meals,if I try to eat more then foods tend to get stuck.I also found sucking hard candy helped with stopping the coughing reflex. Regards, Vicki.


Sorry to hear about your son going through that. I had my surgery in '98 and didn't have a lot of problems up until 4 years ago. I had a really good surgeon.
luvmychu said:

My son has the same thing it used to only be with liquid. He had a decompression surgery a month ago and since then his swallowing has become much worse he seems to have trouble with food now. And his random coughing has increased. We have been told since he symptoms have become worse he will need to have a fusion surgery the doctors found after his surgery that he also has a basliar invagination.

I have this problem seriously. This was my first symptom eight years ago. I failed swallow study tests as it shows food is going into my lungs. Please go to an ENT and get checked out. This is VERY serious. I am on a pured diet and am hopimg after surgery, my swallowing will come back with PT assistance.