Difficulty swallowing can be a symptom of bigger health problems. The problem can be anything from cancer to acid reflux and becomes more common as we grow older but there is help.
Swallowing difficulties affect as many as 10 million Americans, which can be due to neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or Lou Gehrig's or lifestyle issues such as smoking or drinking.
Alcohol or sometimes tumors or just plain acid reflux all of which gets worse as we get older. A special video of the vocal cords begins the diagnostic process because that's where most problems show up. If it's acid reflux anti-acid medications can help, as can simply drinking more water and changing lifestyle.
Treatment for swallowing problems or Dysphgia as its called depends of course on the cause and the diagnostic process can include everything from nasal scope to x-rays while swallowing barium. The trick is going to a center that specializes to Dysphagia.
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