Our expert says:
Lyn, the two main things we have to look it is an obstruction in the throat and a neurological/muscle disorder. The obstruction might be due to an enlarged thyroid, growths and even chronic infection/inflammation. An ENT surgeon should be able to sort it out for you. Then comes the more scary part – the neurological/muscle disorders. This includes disorders like Myasthenia gravis and MS. Your specialist physician will have to do tests (yes’ I know they’re costly) and one by one eliminate the possible causes. I know you’re getting frustrated with the whole thing but believe me, you won’t get the high standard of service you get in SA anywhere else in the world especially if you don’t have a medical aid.
If you don’t like the specialist physician you’re with at the moment ask your GP to refer you to someone different or go to one of the academic hospitals. Good luck.
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