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I'm sorry to hear about this
I am going to ask you a few questions to try to help, okay?
Do you have any medical conditions or take any medication?
but I'm taking zantac for this and benadryl(no help)
When did this start?
3 weeks ago
1 week ago for the perceived speech problem
Have you had any tests?
throat problem feels better when I eat
went to an ENT and he said i'm a hypochondriac
Did he examine your throat?
thinks i have unrelated sleep apnea
Okay, these symptoms may be due to an irritated nerve, which may be from abnormal electrolytes in your blood
I would advise drinking fluid rich in electrolytes for the next 3 weeks
bulbar als is a long shot?
That should help, but if it persists beyond that, then I would recommend a blood test called a complete metabolic profile
Bulbar what? Please specify
This does not sound like ALS
even bulbar onset?
gatorade will help?
It is unlikely bulbar onset ALS
Gatorade should help if it is from electrolytes
because of my ability to eat and drink?
I don't understand your last question, please clarify
is that why Bulbar onset isnt likely?
If you can eat and drink without difficulty then it is not likely bulbar onset ALS
where do I get electrolytes?
They are present in gatorade, or supplements your doctor can prescribe
people who have early Bulbar symptoms have difficulty eating?
I didnt know
Yes, they do
Is there anything else I can help answer on this topic
Or anything I can help clarify?
any over the counters I could use...can't see a doctor this week
The best over the counter source of electrolytes is gatorade
There are supplements you can get over the counter as well
I'll give it a try
It's possible that this swallowing problem started out of the blue because of a lack of electrolytes?
Yes, that is correct
Is there anything else I can help clarify?
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when I chew on something, plastic or gum or food, the symptoms go away
Okay, I'm not sure what you are asking in your last reply, can you re-phrase it in the form of a question?
What causes my symptoms to subside when I'm chewing something?
That is likely from the nerve irritation, which may subside when you chew
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