Difficulty Swallowing

  • By retrograndma

    I’ve had a running 24-7 migraines for the last 4-5 weeks. Seems like this last week, they’ve gotten progressively worse. This morning, i started having difficulty swallowing during migraines. My throat feels odd, as if it were a little swollen. Swallowing feels forced and mechanical. Anyone else experience this?

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi retrograndma,

    I’m sorry you are having a rough time right now. I’ve not heard this symptom before nor experienced it, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Hopefully others will be along shortly to share their story with you.

    Seeing as this migraine pain has lasted so long, it would be a good idea to contact your doctor and see how he can help you break this current cycle. When migraine pain lasts longer than 72 hours it increases our risk of status migrainous and stroke. Let me share this information on this with you;

    Will you keep me posted on how you are feeling?

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  • By retrograndma

    Hi Nancy,

    Thank you for that link. I’d spent a lot of time reading the forums and posts yesterday, and had run across that page (I think it was you who’d shared it with someone else). So I’m also worried about uninterrupted migraines that go on and on.

    I’d gone to the ER this past Saturday morning and the neurology resident said that he suspected I was having temporal lobe seizures in addition to the migraines. So it makes me wonder if my swallowing strangeness is related?

    Today my swallowing seems okay or normal. Actually, I just swallowed and it still feels stiff. So when I talk to the neurologist I will mention that.

    I saw my primary care this morning. They gave me a shot of Toradol. That brought the migraine back down to a four or five. They also prescribed propranolol 80 mg for me to take daily.

    Apparently someone in the ER did not send in an order for the EEG. It’s on my paperwork, but didn’t get sent to the EEG Clinic. They have an opening tomorrow, so they are going to try to have my primary care doctor order the EEG.

    I have an MRI next Wednesday. And I got my name on the cancellation list for the migraine specialist. The Toradol worked enough that I can function today, which is fantastic. It’s progress, and I’ll take it.

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  • By caramarie

    i sometimes experience this difficulty swallowing with migraines also, I unfortunately can’t say what the symptom means but you’re not the only one.

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  • By Cat mom of two

    Hello fellow migraine sufferers,

    I have had migraines for at least 20+ years. The past two years have been rough. I had finally, or so I thought, found topamax to help with the migraines. Suddenly, out of the blue, topamax stopped working. I’ve been trying a few more meds, still with no luck. I’ve also had some new symptoms too. My “typical” migraine symptoms are the “off” feeling & yawning a lot a day or two prior to the aura symptoms. With the aura, I get the wiggly lines, sparkles of light & I can’t see certain parts in my field of vision. Next starts the pain in the left eye socket as it moves to in between my eyes. Next , the pain goes up the top of my head, then around ears & temple region where it settles for a few days.
    This current migraine has been on & off (mostly on!) since December 13, 2018. I’ve missed 4 days of work so far. My new symptoms include insane nausea, intermittent difficulty in swallowing, complete weakness on a few days and arm weakness/strength that’s not continuous. I have been in contact with the covering migraine specialist that I see. They are aware of my new symptoms. We have decided to increase Depakote another 250 mg, which has helped a little… it makes life bearable. I am still having the nausea but luckily have a script of Zofran on hand.

    So, Retrograndma, you are not alone with the swallowing difficulty. So, hang in there, I’ll see what my doc has to say when I talk to him this week.

    Toddles for now,

    Cat mom of two!

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