Anybody out there is Ank-Spond land have this problem?
The latest problems I have developed are choking and coughing (hard and for a long time) while eating & while sleeping (wakes me up of course). A "swallowing test" revealed that the muscles in my tongue, throat and epiglottis are not working in sync and are also "weak." The study further revealed that I have a "lazy esophagus" with food requiring more 30 seconds or more to work its way down to the stomach. The choking I have been experiencing is from food getting into my air way. The coughing is caused by getting food into both my air way and pushed up into my sinuses. While the doctors and speech language pathologist (specializes in things like this) are going "hmmmmm" and try to figure out what's causing this, I am having to eat bites no larger than 1 teaspoon in size, chew it to a pulp, and chase bite with a swallow of water. I am to wait a while between bites. When I swallow, I have been instructed to hold my head a little forward & lower than normal, which I am told will help protect the airway when I swallow. No talking during meals, and have to keep my head facing straight ahead when swallowing, and have "concentrate" while swallowing. It takes me about 90 minutes to eat an apple, a few corn chips and a 2-4 oz. piece of meat. It's working, no choking or coughing when I follow these instructions. But I am not able to fit the 4-5 "small meals" into the day, so a "calorie deficit" is a side effect. Having food allergies to dairy, eggs, & host of others keeps me from creating high-calorie meals, too. Bummer!
I ain't got to where I'm going, but I'm past where I've been.