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Question: Difficulty Swallowing

 lomopo - Wed Jul 25, 2007 6:50 pm

I am a 35 yr. old female with a history of Hasimoto's Thyroiditis (diagnosed 16 yrs. ago), Mitral Valve Prolapse and IBS. Current medications include Synthroid, Toprol XL and Yasmin. I have difficulty swallowing as well as other syptoms which include: dry mouth, dry eyes, frequent mouth ulcers, chronic sore throat, fequent headaches, metallic taste in my mouth (sometimes), white tongue (sometimes), achy joints, feeling as thought I am short of breath and fatigue. I have seen many different specialists and had many tests which include:Barium swallow, modified barium swallow, endoscopy, lip biopsy and laryngoscope. All results have been negative. I am currently seeing a rhuematologist and am waiting for blood results. My previous blood work showed elevated ANA 1:640 speckled and 1:320 centromere. I was tested for Sjogren's but of course that was negative. The difficulty swallowing is more of a hesitation at the onset of swallowing. I can swallow, but sometimes I have to concentrate and remind myself in that moment that I can. I have lost about 14 lbs. from not being able to eat at times. This has been going on so long that I wonder if anyone will ever figure it out. I have no family history of anything remarkable. My mother has OA and fibromyalgia. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:53 pm

User avatar Hi Lomopo,

With your history of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, seeing the rheumatologist is definitely the right thing to do. Another thought would be to be tested for heavy metal toxicity (such as an elevated lead or mercury level). These tend to give a metallic taste in the mouth.

Best wishes. I hope you are able to find an answer soon.

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