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Swallowing difficulty and lost voice/Nobody seems to know or care

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  • Posted By: Madmel
  • January 5, 2010
  • 11:34 PM

I'm writing on my mother's behalf, she is an 80 yr old woman who recently lost her voice and seems to slur the strained words she does get out, she also has difficulty swalling, water mainly, she tends to choke to the point where I think she might choke to death, it's quite scary to watch. Her GP dismisses it as 'old age' which I can't accept seeing as it's come on quite suddenly and even so, doesnt she need some sort of treatment? She's had a nose, throat and ear specialist look down her throat with a camera and found that she had some irritation/inflamation around her voicebox which he said was probably caused by reflux and ordered her to take antacids which she did take and was already taking, this didnt help at all. She had the barum swallow test done as well and that didnt come back with anything either.
We're at our witts end with no help from doctors and dont know what o who to turn to next. Has anyone been through this before and can shed some light? Any feedback would be great as we're desperate, Thanks.

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