Swallowing solid foods, diabetic complication


(Juvenile1knoxville) #1

Does anyone have or know about swallowing problems due to diabetes?...a problem with solid foods occasionally moving slowly down the esophagus?


(sarahslp) #2

I treat swallowing probelms in kids at work, but it's been a while since I treated adults... I'm thinking that nerve damage could slow the movements of the esophagus (the same way T1's can have stomach emptying delays). Was a diagnosis given and by whom? An x-ray swallow study can diagnose this kind of problem. But, watch out, the goop they make you drink for the study definitely has carbs! As a speech pathologist, I usually provide treatment for problems "higher up" in the system -- I think a GI dr. would provide treatment suggestions even if s/he didn't perform the x-ray study.

Hope this helps ... send me a message if you have questions.