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Arthritis In Throat????

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  • Posted By: debi2005
  • October 29, 2006
  • 11:23 PM

Is it possible to have arthritis affect the throat? my friend has difficulty swallowing and pain in throat which his doctor says may be caused by arthritis.

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  • We have no ideaAlthough a relative said "Yeah, sure"
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 23, 2006
    • 08:25 PM
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  • hi Debbi-I keyed in "swallowing difficulty pain throat" and alot of threads came up but this one was pretty informative:The swallowing tract extends from the mouth to the stomach. The act of swallowing normally occurs in three phases. In the first phase, food or liquid is contained in the mouth by the tongue and palate (oral cavity). This phase is the only one we can control. The second phase of swallowing begins when the brain makes the decision to swallow. At this point, a complex series of reflexes begin. The food is thrust from the oral cavity into the throat (pharynx). At the same time, two other events occur: A muscular valve at the bottom of the pharynx opens, allowing food to enter the swallowing tube (esophagus), and other muscles close the airway (trachea) to prevent food from entering the airways. This second phase of swallowing takes less than half a second. The third phase of swallowing begins when food enters the esophagus. The esophagus, which is about nine inches long, is a muscular tube that produces waves of coordinated contractions (peristalsis). As the esophagus contracts, a muscular valve at the end of the esophagus opens and food is propelled into the stomach. The third phase of swallowing takes six to eight seconds to complete. Thus, swallowing is a very complex act, requiring the normal function of the brain, several nerves and muscles, and two muscular valves, as well as an open, unconstricted esophagus. A wide range of diseases can impair swallowing, including:Disturbances of the brain, such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease). Oral or pharynx muscle dysfunction (such as from a stroke). Loss of sphincter muscle relaxation (termed "achalasia"). Esophageal narrowing (such as from acid reflux or tumors
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 10, 2006
    • 04:25 AM
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  • Yes, I have problems with it from time to time.From a medical journal: "The cricoarytenoid joint (CJ) is an interesting site of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) involvement. This is the joint between the cricoid and arytenoid cartilages in the back wall of the larynx. The CJs are rotated by the vibration of vocal cords, thus changing the tone of voice. In RA cases, CJ involvement of 17–70% has been reported. However, obstruction of the upper respiratory system is a rarely seen complication of RA."
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