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Difficulty Swallowing/Dry Mouth

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 9, 2006
  • 06:01 AM

:o Hello, I have been having difficulty swallowing pills lately, getting stuck in my throat but not to the point of getting choked. They sit there in my esophagus and melt causing a terrible sore throat. I have also had alot of burning of my eyes and stopped eating certain things that seem to get caught in my throat, dry things. I drink alot of water and have to drink after every bite of food to get it down. My doctor is testing me for Sjogren's Syndrome. I am also very tired and feeling the need to fall asleep alot. I have a history of GERD, allergies, fibromyalgia and Cervical Spondylosis. I can drink liquids okay but since having 2 pills stuck back there and enduring this pain on two occasions in the past week, I am afraid of taking anymore. Anyone else had this problem and diagnosed with Sjogren's or SLE? Thanks.

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  • Sjogrens was ruled out by blood tests. Anyone hear of having a problem with dry foods and dry pills getting stuck on the back of the tongue or throat? I have learned to take pills with food now once it is pre-moistened and ready to swallow if that helps someone else out there. Chew the food up, pop in the pill and swallow.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 7, 2006
    • 04:20 AM
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  • I am having the same problem with pills. I take about 12 a day and it is getting increasing more difficult to swallow them. I've even tried taking a drink of water and holding it in my mouth and then squeezing the pill in through my lips. The pills are not making my throat sore but they are partially dissolving before I can actually get them swallowed and the taste is absolutely nauseating !!!:eek: This just started with me about 2 weeks ago and I'm not really sure what the solution is. I used to take Evoxac without much benefit but I think I will try it again.I seem to be at my worst right now, hoarse voice, dry mouth/throat, trouble swallowing, and difficulty talking.Sjogrens was ruled out for me also with blood tests. BUT, that does not mean you don't have it. I have all the symptoms and my doctor treats me as if I do have it. If you check on the web or in books you will see where it can take 5 - 10 years for your bloodwork to come back positive. So you can have it but still test negative.If you find something that works for you, please let me know!!Cindy
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 8, 2006
    • 03:39 PM
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  • I have had trouble swallowing pills since I can remember. Crushing, splitting, mixing with juice or water. Nothing seemed to work, and I had a horrible gag reflex. The pill just gets caught at the top of my throat and I couldn't get it down. It dissolves there (if I don't spit it out) and leaves a horrible taste in my mouth. I am sure it is reinforcing my mind for the next time not to make it easier.I found something that finally made it easy. Maybe it will help you too. It’s called Spray n Swallow at http://www.spraynswallow.comI liked the wintergreen. I am really happy I can swallow pills now, because I am so embarrased from asking if a medication comes in a liquid form. And when it does – oh my it tastes bad.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 24, 2006
    • 01:58 PM
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  • As a speech pathologist dealing with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)frequently, I have often found that placing pills in a big spoonful of applesauce, jello, or pudding and then swallowing altogether sometimes helps! TBRH, SLP
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
    • 04:31 PM
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  • Sjogrens was ruled out by blood tests. Anyone hear of having a problem with dry foods and dry pills getting stuck on the back of the tongue or throat? I have learned to take pills with food now once it is pre-moistened and ready to swallow if that helps someone else out there. Chew the food up, pop in the pill and swallow.happened with me i had a fear of eating for about 3 days i said screw it and just ate i choked no n then......and even after choking i still kept eating i think this is a anxiety issue after choking pre to this in which happened to me its a fear in your mindi do have dry mouth / throat but im fine now
    nirvanafan4ever 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • if im correct you choked on something well not even choked on it but you regurgitated it do to that reflex???? am i correct....or you semi regurgitated it..... tryed to get it out very fast
    nirvanafan4ever 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have had trouble swallowing pills since I can remember. Crushing, splitting, mixing with juice or water. Nothing seemed to work, and I had a horrible gag reflex. The pill just gets caught at the top of my throat and I couldn't get it down. It dissolves there (if I don't spit it out) and leaves a horrible taste in my mouth. I am sure it is reinforcing my mind for the next time not to make it easier.I found something that finally made it easy. Maybe it will help you too. It’s called Spray n Swallow at http://www.spraynswallow.comI liked the wintergreen. I am really happy I can swallow pills now, because I am so embarrased from asking if a medication comes in a liquid form. And when it does – oh my it tastes bad.I have bad dry mouth too, and Spray n Swallow is a great recommendation. I like the idea of taking pills with jello or pudding, but I'm so worried I will choke....Also, when I'm out in the world and want something for my dry mouth that lasts longer than a spray, I just started using something called Salese. They are soft lozenges, which is weird because I want to chew them, but they were actually really good for my dry mouth because they last for over an hour. I got it here: http://www.drymouthsalese.comI hope everyone's dry mouth is better....
    christineintampa 1 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 07:06 AM
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  • Sharon, the GERDS, food lingering in the lower esophagus, body pain, allergies, dry eyes, and fatigue all sound like me. I suffered with 24 years of these autoimmune symptoms before I was finally diagnosed with CREST scleroderma this spring. Burning, aching hands and/or feet also go along with it. My fingers have swelled slightly but still otherwise look normal. I have no skin hardening. Please ask your doc for a test of your antinuclear antibodies (ANA). If that is positive, insist he order a test of your anticentromere and SCL-70 antibodies, even if the staining pattern of the ANA is other than anticentromere or antinuclolar.My ANA pattern is usually homogeneous or speckled, rather than anticentromere, but my anticentromere B antibody test nevertheless turned out 230, where over 99 is considered abnormal. Don't let your doc's refusal to do an anticentromere B test, because of a homogeneous or speckled pattern delay diagnosis as it did for me!
    DaisyDo 13 Replies Flag this Response
  • :o Hello, I have been having difficulty swallowing pills lately, getting stuck in my throat but not to the point of getting choked. They sit there in my esophagus and melt causing a terrible sore throat. I have also had alot of burning of my eyes and stopped eating certain things that seem to get caught in my throat, dry things. I drink alot of water and have to drink after every bite of food to get it down. My doctor is testing me for Sjogren's Syndrome. I am also very tired and feeling the need to fall asleep alot. I have a history of GERD, allergies, fibromyalgia and Cervical Spondylosis. I can drink liquids okay but since having 2 pills stuck back there and enduring this pain on two occasions in the past week, I am afraid of taking anymore. Anyone else had this problem and diagnosed with Sjogren's or SLE? Thanks.Hi, I have been slowly having trouble swallowing since last November. This last couple of weeks I have also had a very dry mouth/throat, then also my nose and eyes (running all day and bloodshot). Then I was passing water a lot at the same time. My dr tested for diabetes but normal. Now food gets stuck at the back when I eat anything and won't go down. I take 11 tablets a day and am having increasing difficulty swallowing them. I am living on jelly, soup and mash potato/veg at the moment. Very depressing. Had endoscopy a month ago and saw dr yest. - have hiatus hernia but nothing else to show up. He thinks it is my connective tissue disease - was diagnosed with sle in 1992. I'm feeling a little desperate at the moment too! Alison
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2010
    • 09:39 AM
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  • I am going to give you the same advice I gave Sharon, above. Get tested for SCL-70 and especially anticentromere B. This last time my ANA was totally negative for the first time ever, and yet the anticentromere B test was off-the-chart high. I am now going to a scleroderma specialist, despite having no skin hardening, and he has revised my diagnosis to "undifferentiated connective tissue disease with features of scleroderma." He is a researcher, and the rather archaic ACR criteria for diagnosis of scleroderma, set up to govern selection of patients for research, does not acknowledge milder forms of disease, such as CREST syndrome. These antibodies have in me caused liver inflammation, narrowing of the esophagus creating difficulty swallowing pills, gastric reflux, and sleep apnea. Most recently discovered was stage 2 heart dysfunction - a stiffening of the heart muscle which causes difficulty in relaxation and refilling of the heart between beats. I also have developed the triphasic color changes of Raynaud's in my feet, am having neuropathic symtoms in my hands and feet, finger swelling, and have lost almost all the hair on my arms and legs. All of these things can go along with scleroderma. Anyone who has dysphagia should be seen by a scleroderma specialist who can do the proper testing to see if you have the SCL-70 or anticentromere B antibodies, for dysphagia is one of the very first symptoms of scleroderma, even without skin hardening.
    DaisyDo 13 Replies
    • February 26, 2010
    • 10:14 PM
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  • I had a bout with T4 Squamous Cell Carcinoma in 2007. It took out my right sinus cavity, my right cheek bone, my right upper palate, and my right upper jaw bone with 6 teeth. Into radiation therapy I discovered a lump in my neck. The cancer spread to my left side neck lymph nodes. I had a second surgery to remove those and to biopsy my left side neck lymph nodes. Today, March 2010 I am in recovery.As a result of chemo and radiation therapy I have permanent chronic dry mouth.I drink Isosource for all my meals supplemented with soups from a local restaurant.I tried all types of chemicals to relieve the dry mouth however they prove ineffective over the long term and when exercising, speaking, and sleeping.I even imported stuff from Germany because at the time it wasn't available in the U.S. I tried it all with no results that I can celebrate victory.Increased air flow occurs when exercising, speaking, and sleeping thereby expediting the drying of the mouth tissues. My mouth parts adhere to each other if not attended to.I resolved my dry mouth by developing and using the XEROS DRY MOUTH PUMP. It squirts a programmed amount of water into my mouth via small tubing and a comfortable sponge applicator situated between my lower lip or cheek and teeth.I had the unit evaluated by surgeons, ENT specialists. It is well received.It is very effective. It is portable. I can now freely work outside and exercise without carrying and sipping from a bottle of water. At night I set the unit on the night stand and wake up each morning with a wet mouth.I cannot solicit dry mouth solutions on this forum because of their policy.But you can contact me, google Al Toman or google dry mouth pump and look for XEROS and I will help you with your dry mouth if you are seriously interested.I helped myself and I know I can help you too~!Best of Luck!
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  • The suggestion of swallowing pills with applesauce is a lifesaver. My mother taught me about it when I was younger and suffered an illness that caused me to have to take anywhere between 7 and 20 pills a day. I had never been able to swallow pills, even when my life depended on it (literally depended on it). When I tried the applesauce trick, it went down nice and easily. Yes you can still feel it usually, but you can't taste it or have it stuck in the back since applesauce is so wet. Not to mention, when it comes to the horse pills (trust me, I have some HUGE pills) it is almost impossible to swallow them without applesauce. I always have a couple jars in the cabinet, never know when you will be given a pill that is way too large.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2010
    • 10:13 PM
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  • You can check saliwell.com for a great solution with no side effects. It will bring your saliva back.Hope you are well.
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