As long as she can remember, Malin has suffered from heartburn and acidic reflux (LPR). She also suffered from a constant lump in the throat and has had difficulties in swallowing solids.
– And I have always found it difficult to swallow tablets, she says.
At the age of 28, the problem began to become successively worse until it was acute. As well as the chronic sensation of a lump in the throat and frothy saliva, there came a dead-end one evening when Marlene tried to swallow.
– I panicked. The food stuck in my throat and I was forced to visit the A&E at the local hospital.
Her visit to the emergency ward ended in her being prescribed a decongestant medicine to thin her phlegm, which had no effect at all.
At the hospital, the doctor shone a light in her throat and saw that it was very phlegmy, but otherwise nothing was strange. The doctor prescribed a decongestant medicine.
– One wants to trust the healthcare professionals, so I started to take the medicine.
The doctor wasn’t able to explain what I was suffering from
It turned out that Malin had to visit the acute ward again, a couple of weeks later. From there she was referred to several specialist doctors who carried out a range of different examinations, but none could explain what she was suffering from.
He said sharply, that I should understand that they couldn’t treat me for something they couldn’t see.
– The worst comment I heard was when a doctor was inserting a tube into me through my nose. He said sharply, that I should understand that they couldn’t treat me for something they couldn’t see, says Malin.
The general advice was that she should sleep with her head raised, think carefully about what she ate, and not stress herself unnecessarily.
– Nobody took me seriously, and I almost began to believe that I was imagining it, says mother Malin, as she lifts her 11-month-old son Ludvig.
A turning point
After many rounds of referalls she eventually met Mary Hägg, a doctor of medicine and dentist specialising in orofacial medicine and Head of Department at the Speech and Swallowing Centre at Hudiksvalls hospital. That was the turning point.
For the first time, someone was listening to me.
– For the first time, I felt that someone was listening to me. The personnel there understood what my problem was, and could give me a sensible explanation of the cause. Above all, they had a treatment method to offer. It was an incredible feeling.
After a thorough examination, it was decided that Malin was suffering from Hiatus hernia and it was this that was the reason behind her mechanical swallowing difficulties.
– I was prescribed a neuromuscular training device that I was to train with for 3 x 10 seconds, three times a day, before mealtimes.
Lump in the throat feeling disappeared
After just three months, Malin could notice successive improvement, and after three more months, she was free of all symptoms.
– The feeling of the lump in the throat, the acidic reflux, and the frothy saliva disappeared, and I could eat solid food again. Nor did I have any trouble swallowing the headache tablets that I needed.
What a relief!
The biggest win was to be able to forget the fear that something would get stuck in my throat. It was an enormous relief.
My pregnancy led me to train with IQoro again
Almost one year later, Malin became a mother to her son, Ludvig. The pregnancy went well, except that she began to feel heartburn again, which can be fairly common during pregnancy.
The traing helped immediately.
– I took out my IQoro again and it helped immediately. I feel really happy and grateful that I came across this treatment method. Think what resources could have been saved if I had had a referral to this immediately!
Now we know who to turn to
The only dark cloud on my horizon at the moment is that my son Ludvig also has some swallowing difficulties. I can hear how he struggles with chewing. Porridge and the like are okay, but it’s more difficult with solid consistencies.
Children can have delayed maturing of the digestive tract.
According to the researcher Mary Hägg, it is not uncommon that children can have delayed maturing of the digestive tract, something that usually rights itself around the one year mark.
– If the problem remains, we know where to turn, says Malin.