To start with Rolf and I used to sneak around and not let our friends and relatives see our IQoros, but when our exercising produced results, we began to tell others about it. I took mine with me one day to my job as a pre-school teacher, and Rolf took his to his lawyers’ practice. Today IQoro is a part of our lives together, and everybody knows that we exercise before mealtimes.
For me, the problem began when my chronic cough, sometimes dry and sometimes phlegmy, developed into a reflux problem. In the end, it was like living with a meat grinder in reverse gear in my diaphragm. Just about every day my food decided to come up again and I just had to rush to the toilet and stand there with open mouth whilst it all ran out again. Terrible!
My family got used to this being a part of my everyday, and in front of the children in my pre-school where I work, I learned how to smuggle my regurgitated food away in a pile of kitchen tissue.
But one day at lunch it came to a dead stop. I was frightened, and overcome with feelings of panic and angst, and thought that I would never eat and drink normally again. I had reached rock bottom.
The doctor that I visited said that I was suffering from Hiatus hernia, but there was nothing for it, but to start with antacid medicines.
However, I’d already read several articles about something called IQoro, a neuromuscular training device claimed to help with persistent cough, swallowing difficulties, heartburn and reflux. I had nothing to lose but my money, so I ordered one. Without a doubt, that was the turning point.
After a few weeks’ consistent exercise, three times per day before mealtimes, I could feel a real difference. The daily nightmare of standing over the toilet, faded from my life. Today, I can’t even remember when that last happened.
Berith Sjöberg, Pre-school teacher, Stockholm
Maja Wennerlund, 65 y.o. Piano teacher
“For the whole of my adult life I have had problems with my stomach mucus, heartburn, LPR, and excessive saliva production. I have also suffered from an intense, stabbing pain under my rib cage. Night-times have been the worst. Sometimes the pain has been so unbearable that I thought I was having a heart attack.
When I had a gastroscopy 20 years ago, they found that I had a build-up of scar tissue that suggested earlier stomach ulcers. Now, looking back, I realise that’s it is very likely that I also had a Hiatus hernia, something that does not always show up in an ordinary gastroscopy. I have always had a lust for living and liked to be active, but this has limited my life.
By chance I stumbled over an advertisement for the IQoro neuromuscular training device. I remember thinking: Can something this simple really help me? But I had nothing to lose, so I rang MYoroface and within four days I had the product in my hand. I followed the instruction manual meticulously. It felt like magic! After just a few weeks something had happened and I stopped taking the Losec antacid medicine, which I had been prescribed for decades.
I didn’t dare tell anyone: it was all just so unlikely. But in the end, I couldn’t keep it to myself and I told my mother who suffers from the same problem, and she bought one too.
I trained consistently with IQoro for three months and have only had pain once since then. My problem is now eradicated and I am much fitter and more mobile than before. The absolute biggest win, is that I no longer live with the same fear of whether I can eat or not; although I still think about it. I haven’t dropped my IQoro, instead I still train with it sometimes, although in all honesty it’s not much more than a comfort blanket for me now.
It is fantastic to have an aid which has no side effects. To others with the same problem, I can only say: ’Try IQoro, it really makes a difference!”
Our daughter suffered unnecessarily
“Looking back I realise that Klara had had swallowing difficulties for a very long time. She often complained of a having a lump in her throat as if something were stuck there. In the beginning, I didn’t think much about it, just reasoned that she needed a longer time to eat her meals than others. When the problem didn’t go away as she grew up, rather it got worse, it was obvious that something was wrong. Klara began to feel worse and worse, was constipated and started to have a pain on one side under her ribcage.
In 2012, after countless trips to the healthcare system she was diagnosed as gluten intolerant: ‘celiaki’. That was a relief! At last we had an enemy to fight. But the reality was something else.
Despite the fact that Klara kept to a gluten free diet, the problems continued. It was enormously frustrating. The doctors had no response, just a poor diagnosis that meant nothing at all. When the problem began to affect her great passion, skiing, it was tough for us to stand by and watch her suffer.
Because I work with Medtech and have been a researcher myself I’m used to looking for information. Often I have been sleepless and searched the net for facts. I knew that something was wrong. The question was what?
One day, my meeting with Mary Hägg many years before popped up in my brain. We had met at work and I remember Mary had talked about how she researched the subject of swallowing difficulties, so I made contact with her again. From my description of Klara’s condition, Mary suspected - with the reservation that she’d never met the patient – that Klara was suffering from mechanical swallowing difficulties. After our conversation I obstinately nagged my way to a swallowing x-ray at the hospital, which indeed showed Klara had delayed swallowing reflexes. We ordered an IQoro® immediately.
To start with Klara she was sceptical and only trained sporadically, but when in any case she began to notice small improvements she got behind the program and trained properly. Nowadays, a little more than half year later, the pain in her digestive tract has reduced significantly and swallowing is easier.
In addition, Klara’s high volume snoring is gone, which is a relief for a young girl that often sleeps over with other years at various ski camps. Our daughter has now started at skiing high school in Lycksele in Sweden and is doing what she loves most. She’s considerably happier and more at harmony with her world overall. But the fear of choking on something stuck in her throat will take some while before it fades.
Despite the fact that the healthcare system - after many attempts – now agrees that Klara has a delay in her swallowing reflex, she has not been offered any help for her difficulties. Despite the fact that th her health is decidedly improved after training with IQoro®, they continue to question its effectiveness. That’s outrageous, I think!
So if I as a mother can help somebody else in the same situation I want to do it. There are many that are suffering. Thanks to my profession I know how important it is to address problems like this. If we hadn’t found this research-based treatment ourselves, Klara would not be where she is today.”
Mother, Pernilla Abrahamsson, Sweden.
Now I can concentrate on my skiing
“I have always eaten slowly and had trouble swallowing larger pieces. When I was younger I didn’t think much about it, although I suppose that my parents did. It was later when I felt continuous pain in my stomach, pain under my ribs and greater swallowing difficulties that it became hard work. The problem took away my strength, I withdrew into myself, and was not happy.
We went to many doctors, but that was wasted time I think. The doctors didn’t understand and sometimes I was been told that it was stressrelated. It seems to be so easy to blame some other problem in school, problems at home or that one trains too much, when doctors can’t find the reason for a problem.
Of course there have been times when I too have thought that it was all in my head, but I have had very good support from my family. When my mother first bought an IQoro® I was sceptical. How could something like that help? Nobody had ever mentioned it to me before. However when I began to feel that it became easier to swallow and I began to train as I should, three times before each meal, three times per day.
Now the pain in my stomach is almost gone, the feeling of a lump in my throat is less and I don’t snore at all any more. I can do more and I’m happier. Now I can concentrate on my skiing. I’m very happy here at my skiing high school in Lycksele, Sweden and dream of being great in competitions one day.”
Klara Abrahamsson, 16 år
“My quality of life has improved hugely, thanks to exercising with IQoro®.
Now I can sit in the company of others and eat without worrying about food becoming stuck in my throat, feeling a blockage, that it can’t be dislodged and that perhaps I will have to leave the table.
And IQoro® is easy to carry with you in your pocket or your bag. The advantage with the treatment is that it can be carried out wherever I find myself at the time, and takes only a short while to carry out. It’s important for me as well that the exercising has not had any negative side effects.”
Ulla Harrysson, Edsbyn, mechanical dysfunction in the esophagus.
Swallowing difficulties – common but invisible
Malin is a woman who has suffered for many years from a chronic feeling of a lump in the throat, acidic reflux (LPR), and difficulties in swallowing solids. One day, the situation suddenly became acute, when the food she was trying to swallow became stuck in her throat. Her visit to the emergency ward ended in her being prescribed a decongestant medicine to thin her phlegm, which had no effect at all.
Today Malin has no symptoms, thanks to the IQoro® neuromuscular treatment method.
Malin Hylander from Ljusdal has suffered from heartburn and acidic reflux (LPR) for as long as she can remember.
– 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.
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.
I felt offended
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.
– 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.
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, 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 three sessions per day of 30 seconds each, 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. The biggest win was to be able to forget the fear that something would get stuck in my throat. It was an enormous relief.
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.
– 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! 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.
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.
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.
The holiday was ruined
She tells us that the problem began somewhere in the beginning of 2010 when she was in her last year of high school. The situation worsened for every day that passed. The effect was even greater when she and her best friend went on a long planned trip as students to Malta as a reward after three years of study. Reward it wasn’t, instead the trip turned into a catastrophe.
- The problem hit me with its full force. When I tried to eat, I could not swallow. The only thing I lived on for a week were bananas and tomatosoup. Malin rang home and cried and, of course, her parents were very worried. Neither she herself, nor her parents had ever heard of people that couldn’t eat. Inexorably, everybody’s thoughts turned to eating disorders, but Malin loved food and really wanted to eat. She just couldn’t.
- It was a long week on Malta. It wasn’t easy for my friend either, which I can see. How could she be able to understand something that I couldn’t even understand myself?” remembers Malin. Things went so far that Malin was dishonest and pretended to have fun when they were both out partying.
The holiday is not a pleasant memory to think back on. On her return she began a tour around many healthcare institutions. The already thin Malin went down from 54 kg to 47 kg, too little for a girl of 170 cm in height, but nobody could help her.
- I became socially handicapped. If I did dare to go out to a restaurant I made sure to find a table that was concealed. It felt as though everybody was staring at me, an ordinary mealtime could take almost two hours, she says.
Trying to order her thoughts was not easy. Malin felt that the problem was physical, but when they couldn’t find any solution she began to think that the problem must be in her head. She found a therapist and began CBT treatment.
- It helped a little to talk about the difficulties, at the same time that it felt muddled. For even if I doubted myself it was still obvious that the problem was actually in my throat.
Earlier the same year, in the middle of all these difficulties, she met and fell in love with Pontus.
- Strange that he was interested in me then. He really didn’t get to see the best of me, laughs Malin.
But the boyfriend, who is training as a physiotherapist, became a real support. And it was also he that found the solution.
- It was he that saw how tough it was for me, and he believed in me.
The openminded Pontus began to Google around on the net. He didn’t believe that Malin could be alone in having this problem, and he was right of course. Randomly, one day when he was reading a sports page an advert flashed up about a new treatment method for swallowing difficulties. For him, the method sounded both logical and trustworthy. Pontus acted immediately and bought a neuromuscular training device IQoro® for his girlfriend.
- Already after just a couple of weeks I noticed that something was beginning to happen, and within a pretty short time I succeeded in halving the duration of my mealtimes to 45 minutes, says Malin.
Dreaming about yoga and bed
Training with IQoro® has meant a lot for Malin.
-I still have bit to go, but nowadays I have a concrete aid to work with. It’s not in my head, as people believed, but now I hear that it can possibly be caused by a hiatus hernia.
Today Malin has put on weight again and can eat a normal portion, even if it still takes a little longer than it would for others. As her strength returns, so do her dreams of starting again with training passes at the gym, and yoga.
- I haven’t had the strength for it before, but now I want to start. And then I should like to sing more, up until now it’s only been at home, says Malin who will continue to train with her IQoro® device.
Ulla got help with both her snoring and her swallowing problems.
After a somewhat tortuous journey filled with diverse sickness problems, Ulla is enjoying her regained quality of life. The neuromuscular training device IQoro® lies behind much of this improvement.
As well as being born with a problem with her urinary tracts which has made life somewhat complicated, Ulla also has a Hiatus hernia. The hernia brought with it a chronic sensation of a lump in the throat, and swallowing difficulties that led to her having food stuck in her throat innumerable times. To complete the picture Ulla snored violently, at least if we believe her husband.
– Because I am a loud snorer it has not always been easy for him to sleep at my side, says Ulla.
Ulla says that her daughter, who is a general practitioner, at first suggested that she have a rucksack with a ball in it when she went to bed. This would prevent Ulla from sleeping on her back
– But my husband said that that would hardly help, since I snored just as much on my side as I did on my back!
Since a little more than a year ago however, Ulla’s constant sensation of a lump in the throat and swallowing difficulties have gone, and the snoring has reduced remarkably. The secret is a neuromuscular training device IQoro® that she has trained with diligently according to the prescribed exercise regime.
– In fact, this has been something of a secret! Only my husband has known that I train with it. To be honest, it felt ridiculous to believe that an ostensibly so-simple plastic device as this should have such great effect both on my Hiatus hernia and my snoring.
As with many others, it was an advertisement that roused Ulla´s interest.
– I am always open to new ideas and I thought that if I could at least get some help in my struggles, it would be worth a lot. Something like this could hardly worsen my problems, so I ordered one right away.
Just about immediately Ulla began to notice a result. It didn’t take many weeks before the lump feeling in the throat reduced, as did the swallowing difficulties - soon to disappear completely. The snoring and sleep apnoea improved as well.
– According to my husband, I snore only minimally nowadays, and the suspensions of breathing that frightened him are gone.
To succeed in curing two problems after so many years is of immeasurable value for Ulla.
– I still have problems with my urinary tracts, but after a number of operations, I also see a brighter future on that front.
Together this all means that she can now feel rested, manage to train and is markedly happier.
– Before I was not able to bend down after a meal without my food coming up again. Now I can potter around the garden after any meal, says Ulla. And adds with pride, that as a bonus she has even got rid of the double chin that she had before!
Niklas’ feelings of constant queasiness are gone
Niklas had dieted with the LCH 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.
The frequency of times Niklas was struck by worrying, panic-stricken bouts of queasiness and sleeplessness, became ever more common. In the absence of a solution, Niklas began to experiment with medicines and other solutions himself: some of which helped for a time. He raised the head of his bed - which was an improvement and prevented food coming up as it had.
His troubles were so severe though, that Niklas still felt limited in his everyday life.
– It was when I sat and read an article on the web, that an advertisement for IQoro® popped up. Normally, I would never click on such an advert, but there was something here that caught my interest.
– I seldom buy new products that are sold over the net, but the company’s website sounded business-like, and the fact that there was a lot of research behind the product gave a feeling of security.
To start with, Niklas thought that the neuromuscular training device was a bit expensive, but felt it would be worth every penny if it could help. Despite all the information on the company’s website, he chose to first mail them a description of his problems.
– I got a telephone call the same afternoon, and they spent 45 minutes listening to me and my questions. The way they engaged with me, and their account of how I could be helped, sounded trustworthy. For me, the decisive point in my purchasing decision was the fact that the device was approved by the Swedish medical authorities (läkemedelsverket).
Two days later, Niclas began to exercise with his IQoro® and, even if he has not diligently followed the recommended training regime of three pulls, three times per day, and he is still only in the middle of his treatment period, he has already noticed a dramatic improvement.
– I have not woken up one single time because food has leaked up into my throat. The feeling of queasiness is eradicated, and the chronic sensation of lump and phlegm in my throat have reduced. Overall, I find it far easier to swallow. My scepticism has been blown away. In all honesty, this is the easiest training regime I have ever had. Less than two minutes a day? Everyone can manage that!
My wife thought I was imagining it
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 ruccola and Parma ham would be the death of me, says Magnus.
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.
– My partner became upset when I sat and hunted via Google 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. 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.
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.
– But they are so much better. Nowadays I simply perform maintenance training when I feel the symptoms.
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 ruccola salad and Parma ham.