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Sudden Onset of Swallowing Problems - 1 month and counting

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  • Posted By: bathtub2007
  • July 6, 2012
  • 01:35 AM

Hello all, maybe someone can shed some light on a few things. I am 22 year old male, who went to gym regularly and was feeling great until the following happened.

On April 28th, I woke up and hear a loud pop/crack in my neck and my left shoulder/neck immediately went rigid. For the next six days I was instructed to take flexeril which seemed to help and most of the stiffness and pain went away.

During the next month, the pain and stiffness came and went but only in minor spurts with nothing serious.

On May 31, I took a trip to Texas and during the plane ride, severe turbulence ensued and was thrown around in my seat. By the time we landed, the shoulder pain was back and the stiffness had returned.

On June 1, around 10:30am my swallowing problems started. I was unable to swallow anything other than milk. My own saliva was extremely hard to swallow.

For the next week, while in Texas, I remained at pain level 8-9 in my shoulder, with extreme stiffness and the inability to swallow.

I came back from the trip and saw my primary care physician who said it was nothing more than acid reflux and began taking Dexliant.

I was not convinced and went to an ENT who said everything looked normal, and in his report (not mentioned directly to me) thinks I need to see a shrink.

I then switched medical groups to get a second opinion from an Orthopedist. He ordered an MRI of my shoulder, neck and brain and a CT scan of my neck. He also performed an EMG/Neuro conductivity test all of which came up normal other than a small protrusion at the C5-6 level.

Afterwards he basically diagnosed me with cervical distonia and ordered physical therapy and put me on 30mg/day baclofen.

I have now moved to the east coast for school and the problems still continue.

Current medications:
--60mg Dexilant/day
--20mg Baclofen/day (weeing off)
--3 x 60mg Sudafed/day

Current symptoms:
--Severe numbness and tingling in my left side of my shoulder, neck, face and arm...with sometimes radiating to the right that only comes on at night time.
--Irritation around the top of my esophagus when swallowing solid foods, things get stuck and make me cough. Liquids are mostly ok.
--Pain in my left bicep/tricep area throughout the entire day.
--Nasal congestion only in my left nostril.
--Left side of neck does not aid in swallowing at all, using right side almost exclusively.

Medical history:
--Allergies to everything they tested me for, been on injections for 3 years.
--TMJ that seemed to be solved until this injury occurred, now worse than ever.
--Mild/Moderate sleep apnea.
--Asthma that tends to come and go every few years.
--History of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and rapid weight gain two years ago.

It has been two months of neck/shoulder tightness & pain and a month of having swallowing issues. I have lost 34 pounds now and can really not handle this anymore as school is starting soon and really need a definitive answers as to what is going on.

Please, any help would be great. Thanks.

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