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    Question New Choking and Swallowing issues.

    I don’t understand what’s going on but Ive been choking a lot lately and swallowing my own saliva down the wrong pipe. What the heck is going on.
    "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

    -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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    I don't know but when I was hurt 10 years ago my swallowing was still normal. Over the last 6 years it has gotten progressively more problematic. I often gag on my pills. I swallow wrong. I have to focus now to do it right. I am 68

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    I am a 64 year old complete paraplegic, and have had similar problems in recent times, along with a bit of gastric reflux. I put it down to the fact that I'm sitting all the time, so food and drink take a bit longer to get to my stomach. Could just be an age related problem too?

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    I don?t understand what?s going on but Ive been choking a lot lately and swallowing my own saliva down the wrong pipe. What the heck is going on.
    Looking at your profile and previous posts, being C5/C6 and injured in the year of 1982 two thing came to mind from my conversations with my pulmonologists.

    After 36 plus years of being injured you must have had muscle atrophy in the abdomen, chest area and in the neck area which are a big concern with breathing and swallowing.

    Next is weight gain. Have you gain a large amount of weight since your injury? Weight gain affects breathing while sitting and supine.

    You are having problems with "fluid going down the wrong pipe" syndrome especially saliva which has bacteria from your gums in it. If it gets in your lungs you can develop bacteria pneumonia which can lead to an empyema which you do not want.

    Please take this matter seriously. This is something you don't want to mess around with.

    I would see a highly rated pulmonologist that deals with nuromuscular diseases and spinal cord injury patients and get a thorough examine from pulmonologist.

    Find a pulmonologist at a larger hospital or clinic and get breathing tests done before or after visit. Usually I get my breathing test done before I see my pulmonologist so pulmonologist can see the results. They are very simple.

    Have you had a chest X-ray to see if you are having a build up of fluid in your pleural cavity causing pneumothorax which will cause breathing problems and shortness of breath?

    Demand a barium swallow test to see if your are in the beginning stage of developing aspiration pneumonia and a chest X-ray to begin with.

    This is what happened to me that I wrote here at CareCure:

    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...eural-effusion

    Do not see a physiatrist. They are useless.

    I hope this helps. Please take this matter seriously and seek a good pulmonologist.


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    I was having trouble regurgitating and choking on food. Turns out I had Zenker's Diverticulum, caused by hardware in the front of my throat from my surgery 10 years prior. Can you get an endoscopy or barium swallow test by an ENT specialist?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenker%27s_diverticulum

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    Thanks everyone.

    I had a weird case of pneumonia a few months ago. Which I though was a UTI because of fever & chills. If they didn’t x-ray my chest we probably would not have discovered it. Also I just started using a sleep apnea mask at night in May. I’m wondering if there’s any correlation? Even though my sleep apnea doctor says no. I am also trying to lose weight.
    "Some people say that, the longer you go the better it gets the more you get used to it, I'm actually finding the opposite is true."

    -Christopher Reeve on his Paralysis

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    Swallowing eval. is done by a Speech Pathologist. ENT or PCP can order. Probably need to see an ENT anyway with this issue.
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