The Tongue Feels Stiff With Prolonged Difficulty Swallowing?
Hello, I am 21 years old. For the past 5 months I have felt that my tongue has changed abnormally. My tongue is stiff, so it is difficult to speak, even when the tongue becomes stiff, I cannot pronounce sentences clearly even I cannot move my tongue as I wish. Now I can only talk intensely for about five minutes, and then suddenly my tongue is stiff and cannot be moved, besides that my face is also stiff, and I feel my jaw is very tired just from talking. And the worst, I had difficulty swallowing food and even drinks, when I drink I have to be really careful and slow to swallow water because if I drink as usual the water I drink does not go down my throat but goes up to my nose until my nose is filled with water and finally difficulty breathing, I feel like my tongue is not helping to swallow food or drinks. Likewise with food, if I don’t swallow with my heart my heart will choke. Even I also eat with a bite of a small spoon, because if I eat with a bribe that normal people usually, my tongue immediately stiffened and could not help to swallow food that has been chewed. Previously I did not have any history of illness. Now I really find it difficult to speak intensely because when I speak too I feel between my throat and the tip of my tongue there is air. Sometimes also the food that I swallow, goes back up. Explanation please
Hello Tia, thanks for the question.
Based on the collection of symptoms you describe, it can be said that you have dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), difficulty speaking, and the possibility of partial paralysis of facial muscles. These symptoms are most likely caused by problems with innervation.
In the brain there are 12 pairs of cranial nerves whose function is to supply the head, face and neck. In certain conditions, these nerves can experience interference. Disorders can occur in the center of the brain, or on nerve endings in the face, head, and neck. Disorders can be in the form of nerve damage due to inflammation, nerve damage due to infection, nerve injury, or tumor growth. Symptoms that are felt depend on the nerves that are affected. In your case, it is likely that the nerves that regulate the facial muscles, tongue, and throat are experiencing problems.
Here are examples of some conditions that you might experience:
Bell's palsy Multiple sclerosis Cranial nerve injury A mass in the brain that presses on the nerve, can be a tumor, abscess, or bacterial tissue infection, fungi, or parasites Stroke Nasopharyngeal, esophageal, laryngeal tumors. Miasthenia gravis Nerve damage due to the effects of certain drugs, or the effects of certain chemicals. You should immediately check yourself with a neurologist for a more intensive examination. The doctor may require additional examinations such as CT or MRI scans. Doctors may also make referrals to specialist doctors in other fields. In the meantime, the actions you take are right. Eat with small bites, if necessary choose the type of food that is easily swallowed. Drink slowly, help with a straw if necessary. Try to keep your intake of food and drinks to a normal amount. If you experience shortness of breath, worsening symptoms, paralysis of other limbs, contact your doctor immediately.
Thus our explanation, I hope you benefit. Regards.