I don't have any real trouble swallowing pills, and I do it several times a day. But when I try to swallow a pill without food or water in my mouth, it is a bit tricky. We're not talking about huge horse pills either, just regular, relatively small pills. I can swallow a whole raw oyster, which is the size of hundreds of pills combined, but a single little capsule or tablet is too much for me to consume without food or water?
It feels like I am struggling to convince my tongue and throat to cooperate with me, and they don't trust my judgment in choosing what I should and shouldn't swallow.
What is going on here? Is there some sort of physiological explanation for this?
Note: I am fully aware that my tongue and throat don't have minds of their own, and are incapable of trusting or mistrusting me. I am merely trying to explain what it feels like.