I was reading an article this evening that I found interesting enough to post here, to read it: Click for Article
. I was researching swallowing issues or dysphagia, as it's a symptom of MS I get on occasionally and it's one that I experienced this afternoon while eating a sandwich. I took a bite and tried to swallow as normal and suddenly felt like I was choking and had to cough hard for a bit to clear it out, all the while my nose was running as I gasped for air. I also get the drinking something (and it goes down the wrong pipe) way too often but that's nothing compared to when food is involved of course. This swallowing food issue happened to me before, I was only officially diagnosed with MS, in late July of this year but the swallowing issues every so often have occurred. For the most part food wise it's eating rice (on many occasions wild rice oddly enough) and the best way I can describe it is I feel like I am suffocating, it burns, nose runs and I end of throwing up the rice and some rice would even come back out my nasal passages. My eyes would water too and I wouldn't feel fine until I burped, thats when I would know it was okay and it was over. This only happens on occasion thankfully, but when it happened today with a sandwich and not rice that seemed strange and so this article was interesting to me. I too, on all these occasions felt a genuine panic for my life and I felt like I was gasping for air as the article describes.
Here's a key part of the article -
The reasons swallowing problems arise are complex because swallowing itself is complex.
“There are 17 components that work together during the two-second period in which swallowing occurs,” says Martin B. Brodsky, PhD, assistant professor and speech-language pathologist in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Of the 12 cranial nerves in the brain, Dr. Brodsky says, half are devoted to swallowing, and these 6 cranial nerves control upward of 30 pairs of muscles.
In a properly executed swallow, the airway is closed tightly before the swallow is initiated and food or liquid enters the throat. Once the swallow is complete, and the food or beverage is gone, the airway opens back up.
Swallowing issues related to multiple sclerosis are usually due to problems in the timing, or coordination, of a swallow or to weakness in the muscles used to swallow.
Just curious what others think of this article and if they too have had these kinds of swallowing issues along with the panic that the episodes cause.