Thyroid Problems

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Difficulty Swallowing

Dysphagia is a symptom (sometimes considered as a condition), and the word refers to a difficulty in swallowing. It is not the same as other conditions like odynophagia (painful swallowing) and globus (a feeling of a lump in one's throat).

Medical Causes

A number of different conditions can lead to dysphagia in a patient. One of them is thyroid problems, particularly hypothyroidism. Some other medical reasons that can lead to this difficulty in swallowing are mentioned on this page. Please keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive.

Multiple sclerosis

Also known as MS, this is an inflammatory disorder. In it, damage occurs to the myelin sheaths, and a number of different medical symptoms can show up, including many different neurological ones. Younger adults are those in whom the disease most frequently begins. Women are affected more commonly than are men. Overall, its rate of occurrence is estimated to be between 20 and 1500 per million individuals. At this time, there is no known cure for cases of MS, however treatment may be given with aims such as preventing future flare-ups, restoring function when an episode has occurred, and avoiding disability.

Myasthenia gravis

This condition, known as MG for short, is autoimmune in nature. It is also a type of neurological disease. The classic sign of MG is fatigability. During times of activity, muscles become weak, but after rest their status becomes better. The eye muscles are often the first to be involved in noticed symptoms, although slurred speech can be the initial symptom, as can dysphagia. Myasthenia gravis is also associated with certain other autoimmune conditions, including Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which are thyroid problems.


This condition is where the throat or pharynx has inflammation. It is the most frequent medical reason for a person to have a sore throat. Aside from difficulty swallowing, other symptoms can occur, including pain, fever, and coughing. Somewhere between 40 and 80 percent of cases are thought to be brought on by viral infections, while the rest are due to issues such as infections of fungus or bacteria, as well as irritants.

Read about other medical signs that appear in hypothyroidism, or look into general symptoms of thyroid problems. You can also return to the home page to browse other details on thyroid problems.