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in january of this year, developed trouble initiating the swallow of solid food. trouble hasn't gone away. once the food goes back, it goes down no problem. liquids are no problem, either. also, last september, developed a buzzing sensation in one foot. gradually, developed a feeling of numbness in both feet and ankles, though mostly while lying down; once i was up and around, the sensation pretty much worked itself out. saw three primary care doctors for the swallowing, describing in detail what was going on. they never seemed to be listening closely. first one prescribed nexium and recommended that i see a therapist. second one prescribed an anti-anxiety medicine and also recommended i see a therapist. third and current one wanted to prescribe an anti-depressant, but i refused, saying not until all physical frontiers had been explored. reluctantly, he referred me to an ent, who found nothing wrong structurally but recommended a modified barium swallow. that, too, found nothing wrong structurally but noted a slight hesitation in the initiation of the swallow. (imagine that.) current doctor then calls me at work, believe it or not, and says, "so when you say you have trouble swallowing, you're referring to the initiation of the swallow," as though he hadn't heard a word of what i'd said in previous visits. he then recommended an mri. i had it done last saturday. doctor called today to say, all results are not quite in, yet, but there does seem to be evidence of demyelination in frontal lobe and possible cervical spine. hit me like a punch to the gut. "may i talk with you a few more minutes?" i said. he said he was on his way out the door and would talk with me tomorrow. suddenly feel as though i'm living in the twilight zone. quite alarmed. wife, two young sons, barely getting by. does anyone have any advice? thanks.

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