i had a stroke 5 years ago and a tia one year ago. as a result of these incidents i have difficulty swallowing. i choke on everything and cant swallow pills i have a fear of aspirating. can any one help with a suggestion about dealing with this
Hi lillolady! I'm glad to see you marked this conversational as I have no direct answer for you. I don't see you too often so I look forward to any help I can give you or you, me. When my husband had his 3rd (and last) cervical surgery, they had to cut part of the nerve in his throat. He too had trouble with swallowing and sometimes thought he swallowed everything only to find himself choking about 30 seconds later. He's better now, but what they did in the hospital was give him one of those suction tubes to help clear his mouth. They use them in the dentists office too. Maybe a healthcare products supplier or a prescription from your doctor can help you get an aspirator home unit. Try to see if they have a large enough tube you can use for bits of food and not just liquids. If it ever gets clogged, just fill a glass of water and put the tube in there to suck any debris through. I don't believe they are difficult to maintain or empty. Having one by your side should help ease some fears you have about choking. Also be sure to chew as best you can, small bites of food with sips of water. Also check with your doc about giving you meds in a different form. Some may come in liquid or supposities. I hope you are feeling a little better and all my best to you!
you need to have a swallow evaluation done by a ear , nose and throat doctor, this will determine any underlying causes for your dysphagia. there are treatments and throat exercises that are taught by quailfied speech therapists. they have helped thousands of people in your situation. the danger of not treating the dysphagia can lead to pneumonia or choking to death. since you can swallow a little, your case, with therapy may be the answer for a full recovery. as a dysphagia patient myself, trust me , there is help out there.
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