People who have difficulty swallowing food can have different symptoms that they experience differently. For some, it may feel like something is stuck in your throat or chest. Others feel they have a tight throat and their food gets stuck, or comes back up into their mouth again. Some feel that their oesophagus hurts when swallowing, they get pain in their chest or feel full quickly when they eat. Also common is soreness or even pain and a feeling of swelling when touching the skin at the sides of the throat or behind the ear. These may be symptoms of a hiatus hernia. With a hiatus hernia, it is harder to swallow solid and drier textures like rice, chicken or meat, while liquids work smoothly. If you also have trouble swallowing liquids, there may be a neurological cause.
All symptoms have a negative impact on the quality of life of those who suffer. Meals, which are usually pleasant moments, will be a struggle. The problems can come and go, and over time may occur more frequently or constantly. If you have swallowing difficulties it is important to contact your gp to find out the reason behind the problems and rule out any illnesses.
The most common cause of having difficulty swallowing (oesophageal intermittent dysphagia) is a hiatus hernia.
This means that the diaphragm muscle keeping the stomach in the right place has been weakened. If part of the stomach slides up into the chest cavity, through the diaphragm, the oesophagus folds up, meaning that pieces of food stick more easily on the way down. The body solves the issue of food getting stuck in an oesophageal fold by coughing it up or vomiting it up, often along with frothy phlegm.
If the oesophagus is folded, the upper oesophageal sphincter cannot open properly and obstructs the food heading down to the stomach. The lump or narrowing of the throat you may feel is the upper oesophageal sphincter which does not open. This is also the reason that firmer textures stick in the throat, while liquid usually gets past anyway. A mouthful of food can also be swallowed wrongly so that it gets stuck in your throat. In the best case scenario you cough and bring up the food – otherwise there is the risk that food or drink enters the airways, known as quiet aspiration.
It is best to get started with treatment as soon as possible, so that the hiatus hernia does not get any worse. The IQoro throat trainer works the musculature that has been weakened throughout the entire swallowing process. Research shows that you can get rid of your swallowing problems through the neuromuscular treatment that IQoro provides. Train for 90 seconds a day and you will get a natural, effective and easy treatment without side effects.
IQoro is a neuromuscular training device. It allows you to strengthen the muscles that you can’t usually train - at least not by consciously controlling these muscles. The instructions to activate these ‘involuntary’ muscles come only from autonomic brain signals. That’s what IQoro stimulates.
All it takes is 90 seconds exercise per day. IQoro uses the body’s natural nerve pathways to activate the muscles from the face, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus and down to the diaphragm where your hernia is situated.
Your injured muscle in the diaphragm is strengthened, and gradually your symptoms will disappear as you address their cause. Some maintenance training will be required after your symptoms have gone to keep your original symptoms at bay.
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IQoro naturally strengthens the musculature from the face, oral cavity, upper airways, esophagus down to the diaphragm and stomach without any side-effects.
Malin’s swallowing difficulties became a torment
Malin Wallin, a 25 year old has always been slim but has never had a problem with eating. Until her last year in high school that is, when - without any warning - she began to be affected by a persistent feeling of having a lump in the throat and trouble with swallowing. It would take several years before she would be helped by a new treatment method in the form of a neuromuscular exercise device and regime from IQoro.
It is a very modest young lady that turns up to the interview to tell us about her tough years with swallowing difficulties, difficulties that of course have caused anxiety, worry and social isolation at many shared mealtimes.
- For many years it has been a torment to eat in the company of others. I carried with me a constant fear of having something stick in my throat, and I avoided mealtimes with colleagues or friends, says Malin, who now works as a childcarer...
Niklas’ feelings of constant queasiness are gone
Niklas had dieted with the LCHF method and lost weight, but he was afflicted by a reflux problem (LPR) when he went back to an ordinary diet.
Food leaked up from his stomach at night giving a feeling of queasiness and an irritating, persistent, dry cough. After he had researched the problem, Nicholas concluded that he was suffering from dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties.
– It was always gurgly in my throat and the swallowing difficulties came more intense, says Nicolas.
In the end, he sought professional help and underwent a gastroscopy, but nothing abnormal was to be seen.
– It was frustrating! Sometimes I couldn’t even sleep at night because it felt as though the remains of my food were still in my esophagus, and were leaking up into my throat.
Reviewed by: Dr. Mary Hägg, Doctor of Medicine, Post-doctoral researcher at Uppsala University specialising in orofacial medicine, Head of Department at the Speech and Swallowing Centre: Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic at Hudiksvall Hospital, Sweden. Registered Dentist. October 2018.