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Dr. Brims, U.S. Licensed Physician
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I have a numbness in throat/lump type feeling making me think

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I have a numbness in throat/lump type feeling making me think about swallowing my own saliva....eating and drinking isn't a problem at all. I also think I'm having trouble with my speech(slight lisp forming, but no one else says they hear it) Might be in my head or anxiety over the swallowing
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 1 year ago.

Dr Brims :

Hello, welcome to the site! My name is Dr Brims and I will try to assist you with your medical question, and any medical information you seek

Dr Brims :

I'm sorry to hear about this

Dr Brims :

I am going to ask you a few questions to try to help, okay?

Customer :

okay

Customer :

?

Dr Brims :

Do you have any medical conditions or take any medication?

Dr Brims :

Hello?

Customer :

I don't

Customer :

but I'm taking zantac for this and benadryl(no help)

Dr Brims :

When did this start?

Customer :

3 weeks ago

Customer :

1 week ago for the perceived speech problem

Dr Brims :

Have you had any tests?

Customer :

throat problem feels better when I eat

Customer :

went to an ENT and he said i'm a hypochondriac

Dr Brims :

Did he examine your throat?

Customer :

yes

Customer :

found nothing

Customer :

thinks i have unrelated sleep apnea

Dr Brims :

Okay, these symptoms may be due to an irritated nerve, which may be from abnormal electrolytes in your blood

Dr Brims :

I would advise drinking fluid rich in electrolytes for the next 3 weeks

Customer :

bulbar als is a long shot?

Dr Brims :

That should help, but if it persists beyond that, then I would recommend a blood test called a complete metabolic profile

Dr Brims :

Bulbar what? Please specify

Customer :

ALS?

Dr Brims :

This does not sound like ALS

Customer :

even bulbar onset?

Customer :

gatorade will help?

Dr Brims :

It is unlikely bulbar onset ALS

Dr Brims :

Gatorade should help if it is from electrolytes

Customer :

because of my ability to eat and drink?

Dr Brims :

I don't understand your last question, please clarify

Customer :

is that why Bulbar onset isnt likely?

Dr Brims :

If you can eat and drink without difficulty then it is not likely bulbar onset ALS

Customer :

okay

Customer :

where do I get electrolytes?

Dr Brims :

They are present in gatorade, or supplements your doctor can prescribe

Customer :

people who have early Bulbar symptoms have difficulty eating?

Customer :

I didnt know

Customer :

okay

Dr Brims :

Yes, they do

Dr Brims :

Is there anything else I can help answer on this topic

Dr Brims :

Or anything I can help clarify?

Customer :

any over the counters I could use...can't see a doctor this week

Dr Brims :

The best over the counter source of electrolytes is gatorade

Dr Brims :

There are supplements you can get over the counter as well

Customer :

I'll give it a try

Dr Brims :

ok

Customer :

It's possible that this swallowing problem started out of the blue because of a lack of electrolytes?

Dr Brims :

Yes, that is correct

Dr Brims :

Is there anything else I can help clarify?

Dr Brims :

BTW,you may click a rating button to end the session if you have no other questions

Customer :

when I chew on something, plastic or gum or food, the symptoms go away

Customer :

okay

Dr Brims :

Okay, I'm not sure what you are asking in your last reply, can you re-phrase it in the form of a question?

Customer :

What causes my symptoms to subside when I'm chewing something?

Dr Brims :

That is likely from the nerve irritation, which may subside when you chew

Dr Brims :

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If you can see my replies, please respond

Dr Brims :

I do not want to exit the chat session while you are still here

Customer :

sorry...internet is terrible

Dr Brims :

no problem

Dr Brims :

Please remember to click a rating button to end the session if you have no other questions

Customer :

okay

Dr Brims :

hello?

Dr Brims :

Another possible cause could be

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