Magnus about the swallowing difficulties: “My partner thought I was hypochondriac”

Magnus has always been something of a hypochondriac, so when food started to get stuck in his throat and his swallowing difficulties began, his thoughts turned to cancer. He hardly thought that the solution to his problems would be a little plastic training device.

It was in the beginning of 2013 that real estate agent Magnus began to find it difficult to swallow. The worst was red meat, ruccola salad, and Parma ham.

– I thought that rocket salad and Parma ham would be the death of me, says Magnus.

My social life became severely cramped.

His social life became severely cramped; Magnus lived for all occasions where food was involved.  Living became a stressful circle and even life at home was not without complications.

She thought I was a hypochondriac, as usual.

– My partner became upset when I googled for a diagnosis and ended up looking at pages about cancer. She thought I was a hypochondriac, as usual.

Her advice – in the beginning a little unsympathetic – was ‘talk less and chew more’, but the situation escalated.

The help was closer than I thought

One day Magnus came home from work ravenous as usual after having hardly eaten anything during the day. After dinner with his brother and mother, came the turning point.

–  My mother insisted that I must get help.

And help was closer than Magnus had thought.  His close relation, Mary Hägg, doctor of medicine and dentist specialising in orofacial medicine at Hudiksvall hospital, had a solution.

–   She discovered that I had a Hiatus hernia and that I needed to train up my inner musculature with a neuromuscular training device called IQoro.

Open about his swallowing difficulties to help others

The training showed a result after just a few weeks.

–   I’m not saying I was a star student, even if I did train according to the instructions in the beginning.

For that reason, Magnus’ swallowing problems are not completely gone yet.

–   But they are so much better. Nowadays I simply perform maintenance training when I feel the symptoms.

There is help at hand.

He has been open about his swallowing difficulties, which has caused those around him to say that they can identify with the symptoms, or have a relative that is affected.

–   But there is help at hand, says Magnus, who nowadays enjoys both rocket salad and Parma ham.