- Jul 25, 2007
- Learn about ALS
I am hoping someone can help me out with some information. I have an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN with Dr Sorenson on Jan 28. I have a new symptom that has developed in the past 2 weeks. It is getting increasingly hard for me to chew food. My lower jaw gets fatigued and it seems like my tongue has a tough time moving the food around in my mouth. I have found myself staying away from food that requires allot of chewing, for instance, salads with fresh vegtables, steak, fried chicken, anything that requires chewing. I also can no longer eat popcorn, nuts, or chips, not only are they hard to chew but hard to swallow, they do not want to go down without drinking lots of fluids. I have had 2 swallow studies done as well as a nerve conduction test on my tongue and throat. Both show that I have weakening in my tongue and throat. I believe that I am having BUlbar symptoms. Can anyone out there who has Bulbar onset explain to me how it first started? How did it progress, was it rapid in nature or did it go slowly? ANy information would be extremely helpful.