Dysphagia: Difficulty swallowing. Usually indicative of a problem with the mechanisms controlling the movement of the mouth, throat, and/or esophagus. It is common in people with MS, can become a permanent manifestation of the disease, or be associated with a temporary relapse.
It's been 2 weeks now, and after a choking-during-dinner episode, I thought I just had food stuck in my throat. It would pass in a couple days, I told myself.
But it hasn't, and it's getting worse.
It's a odd sensation. I can swallow, but I can't. Like my esophagus just won't allow food to move down it easily.
There could very well be something stuck in there, but there also might not. And these sensations I am feeling could be right-on-par nervous system damage.
Today I finally got the ball rolling and now have a series of appointments.
I start with a fluoroscopy next week, to watch the mechanics of how I actually swallow (on x-ray, which is actually pretty cool). I am waiting for an endoscopy to take a physical look down my esophagus as well.
But there's a wait for that. So if you, or anyone you know, is an ENT specialist, I am your new best friend. I pay in wine and (sometimes) useful parenting tips... Ha!
It's a frustrating process. Something is definitely not right. But is it my MS? It's highly likely, but who knows.
I'm kinda just hoping I wake up tomorrow and feel normal.
Not too much to ask, right?