Chronic Dysphagia

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Chronic dysphagia is trouble swallowing. It occurs when you have trouble moving food or liquid down your esophagus to your stomach. It may occur when you eat, drink, or any time you try to swallow.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider (PHP) or specialist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Diet changes:

Diet changes may reduce choking problems. Your PHP may show you how to thicken liquids or soften foods to make them easier to swallow.

Swallowing therapy:

Swallowing therapy can teach you different ways of swallowing by using different head and body positions. You may be taught exercises to strengthen the muscles that help you swallow.

Contact your PHP if:

  • You lose weight without trying.

  • Your signs and symptoms get worse, or you have new signs or symptoms.

  • You have signs or symptoms of dehydration, such as increased thirst, dark yellow urine, or little or no urine.

  • You get colds often.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You cannot eat or drink liquids at all.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You have shortness of breath.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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