Dysphagia

Dysphagia, trouble swallowing, is a frequent complication in all forms of Myositis. Symptoms can include the inability to start the swallowing process, pain, an excessive amount of saliva, persistent coughing or choking while swallowing, frequent heartburn, overnight coughing, feeling like something is stuck in the throat or chest, and taking much longer than normal to finish a meal.

While Myositis medications may relieve or diminish dysphagia symptoms, some patients may need additional therapy such as speech therapy, esophageal dilation, cricopharyngeal myotomy, external electrical stimulation therapy, and in rare cases, feeding tubes.

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Dysphagia & Thickened Liquids

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