I’ve been having intermittent problems swallowing for the past few years and I am unsure as to whether this is MS related, or something else. Before my CIS diagnosis I hadn’t even considered the swallowing related, but now that I’m having a relapse or something, I am finding myself over analysing everything and wondering if it’s a new symptom.
Over the past few years I have periods where I struggle swallowing food like meat and bread. Sandwiches are next to impossible for me to eat. When I eat I chew the food like normal then find the food is stuck halfway down my throat. It’s not blocking my airways, and it’s not gone down the wrong tube, it’s just sitting halfway down and not budging. Even drinking doesn’t shift it, and the liquid just sits on top of the blockage. I have to get up and walk around for the food to dislodge, or raising my hands in the air helps sometimes too.
As I said this doesn’t happen all the time, I think the last time it happened was in November 2015, I remember as I was away for work and in a lunch meeting. It’s been happening again this past couple of weeks.
I read swallowing issues can occur with MS, but my GP said that those types of issues are when food / drink goes down the wrong tube when swallowing, which isn’t happening for me. Am I over thinking things or does my issue sound MS related?