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Why does my daughter swallow involuntarily when she is eating?

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Why does my daughter swallow involuntarily when she is eating? She has had this condition for several years now. She is on Resperadol and used to take Zyprexa, don't know if this is related to the problem. She says she swallows when she is not ready, and starts chocking, very frightening .
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 3 years ago.


What is her age?

Is she having heartburn,nausea?

Constant throat irritation and clearing?

Pain during swallowing?

Any investigations so far?

Have you seen her to a gastroenterologist?



Customer: replied 3 years ago.
My daughter is 43. She has no stomach problems, or throat irritation.She has not seen any specialist, only commented to her regular Doctor. Her concern is, she never knows when this is going to happen, and it causes her anxiety, and fear when eating. She often says she feels like she's going to chock.
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 3 years ago.


Thanks for providing more information.

Firstly trouble swallowing is listed side effect of Zyprexa.

And hypersalivation is listed side effect of Risperidone and this excessive saliva can sometimes interfere with swallowing and can cause choking sensation.

Other possible cause may include globus pharyngeus resulting in something stucking sensation in back of throat.

It can be caused due to excessive air swallow,anxiety,acid reflux,circopharyngeal spasm.

So it's good to discuss her symptoms with her doctor again and if required OTC Prilosec can be tried.

Hydrate herself with plenty of fluids.

A referral to gastroenterologist should be considered as well.

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