Difficulty swallowing when you have fibromyalgia could be related to the presence of myofascial pain syndrome and myofascial trigger points, or it could be related to something else entirely.
The best thing to do is determine the source of dysphagia, a fancy word for swallowing troubles. There could be medication related, nerve related or structural problem. GERD is also present in some FM patients and over the long run can contribute to dysphagia.
Before treatment suggestions can be made, you must understand the root cause, because treatment will be driven by those results. In the meantime, if fluids are difficult to swallow, drink beverages at room temperature. Cut solid foods into manageable pieces and chew thoroughly.
Report the problem right away to your doctor, because people with swallowing difficulties are more likely to have an obstruction or aspirate unwanted foods and liquids into the lungs.
All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press and are not meant to replace medical advice. http://www.thesethree.com
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