Difficulty In Swallowing

It is a symptom where patient has a hard time ingesting solids or liquids he tries to eat or drink. In medical terms, it is called dysphagia. The reason may be simple to complex. The person may choke on his food often.

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Can my difficulty in swallowing and left jaw muscle spasm be due to ALS?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had three EMGs in the last 17 months. The doctors say I do not have ALS, but I have new symptoms that correlate with the disease. I was told the last EMG (the other two) were normal, but on the report where the t9 paraspinal was tested, the Poly, Amp, Duration, Recruitment, and Ac...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and would explain that with three normal EMGs (electromyography), we can exclude ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). I would like to know more about your symptoms and complaints. There are some specific EMG criteria for ALS that a n...  Read Full »

Can the cause for my itchy and burning throat with trouble swallowing be due to a food allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old female. Since yesterday, I am experiencing itching and burning sensations in my throat and mouth. I took the tablet Claritin, and it helped for a short duration. After the drug, I developed small, red, itchy bumps inside my mouth. I went to the ER, and they gave...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your history and pictures seem to be allergic pharyngitis (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Allergic pharyngitis is the inflammation of the back of the throat that usually causes throat discomfort, throat itching, and difficulty in sw...  Read Full »

Are my dry mouth and difficulty in swallowing signs of cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having issues with dry mouth and foods getting stuck on the base of the tongue and back of the mouth. A swallow study was done, and they found a "filling defect," but it was said to be air. I also have Crohn's disease. What are the differential diagnoses? Could this be cancer?...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would not say that air pockets are very common in barium swallow but rarely can be seen. I would like to know the following; 1) Has endoscopy been performed? 2) Do you have a problem swallowing solids or liquids? 3) Any weight loss? 4) Any blood in vo...  Read Full »

Why do I have a fever and finding it hard to swallow?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 38-year-old female with a weight of 68 kilograms and a height of five feet four inches. While swallowing, I have pain in my throat. I think that my tonsils are swollen with a white strip-like substance on the surface. My lymph node on the neck is also swollen. I am taking Parace...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. According to the statement, you are suffering from fever with swelling of tonsils and lymph nodes in the neck with the pain while swallowing. Severe types of infections can cause white spots on the tonsils. It can be a bacterial or viral o...  Read Full »

What are the signs and symptoms of ALS?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old male, and I am having a bunch of unexplained neurological symptoms lately. I have constant urine leakage when walking around and brain fog and confusion, but the most recent symptoms are the ones that make me the most worried. I have had stiffness or weakness in my ...  Read Full »


Dr. Upendra K Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, do not worry. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) neither causes urinary incontinence nor causes confusion, and your age is not compatible with ALS. I want to answer your questions: EMG (electromyography) could be wrong, but EMG should never be analyzed...  Read Full »

How to treat swallowing problems after a throat injury?

Query: Hi doctor, I got hit by a ball in my throat yesterday, and today it is uncomfortable to swallow and move my head in certain places. I have not applied ice or done anything because it has worsened throughout the day, and I thought it would go away. I am a female and have never got any other throat i...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is absolutely nothing to worry. Blunt trauma over the neck can result in soft tissue inflammation of the underlying structures, which could be why trouble or painful swallowing is present. It would take atleast two weeks for this inflammation to subside, and thing...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms due to infection of the salivary gland?

Query: Hi doctor, I think that I have an infection of the salivary gland or sialadenitis. I noticed it initially three years back. Then I consulted a doctor and took some medicines. After few months, it reoccured again. I visited a dentist and he gave me some medicines. I took Clindamycin 300 mg and Met...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly upload an image showing the area of pus discharge. Stop searching online. You do not have a salivary gland infection. You have been taking medication for a long time and still, you are not getting proper treatment. Frequent pus formation can lead to bone loss or ...  Read Full »

Is difficulty in swallowing a sign of Parkinson's disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 53 years old. I have early-stage PD. I also have some swallowing issues. Three days ago, I swallowed or inhaled a large number of sesame seeds. Many coughed up. I went to the emergency room. The X-ray showed up nothing. I have slight burning in the chest but no pain. I am on th...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from the early stage of PD. I think you mean Parkinson's disease by using PD. Am I right? Difficulty in swallowing is known as dysphagia that may occur in any sta...  Read Full »

Why is the uvula towards the left side after cleft palate surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, Our baby is 2 years 3 months old. She had a soft cleft palate. The doctor operated her and closed the soft cleft palate. Now, we can see that her uvula is a little bit on the left side in the mouth and not at the center. We are worried about this. She already went with this surgery in ...  Read Full »


Dr. Alok Rathi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Having uvula at one side is not at all a big issue. But, you should know a few things. Children with cleft lip or palate are usually operated at a very small age, usually at six months is the first surgery done, and this depends on the extent of deformity child has. All ...  Read Full »

What can cause the feeling of a lump in the throat with some swallowing problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sensation of a lump in my throat with occasional nausea and difficulty in swallowing. I am having this issue for three months.   Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send a picture of your throat. Please mention whether you have reflux in the form of a burning sensation in the chest or stomach. Please mention whether you have a bitter taste in your throat while waking up in the morning. I need to see your reports of the inves...  Read Full »

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