Do you have trouble swallowing?

@allknowing (61966)
India
August 15, 2017 10:27pm CST
Difficulty in swallowing is mostly seen among seniors and this is a serious issue that needs handling. If the food or liquid gets into the larynx instead of the esophagus choking is what one will experience. I was interested in this as my neighbour has partial paralysis and his speech and swallowing is impaired. The following link has thrown up some suggestions
Why do seniors have trouble swallowing? It’s called dysphagia and is dangerous because it could cause malnutrition, dehydration, or aspiration pneumonia.
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@vandana7 (62588)
• India
16 Aug
Oh dear...that is sad...at times I choke yes, and have a tendency to have hiccups...yes...I choke more than my father or anybody else I know. That is one reason I fear feeding babies. I feel they will choke like me. I am fine with playing with them but giving them water or food is scary proposition for me. If they eat and have the problem I wouldn't feel guilty but if I am feeding them, I get really really tense. Now that I know...I also have breathlessness ..frequent need to shut up...kinda ..more so now than ever before.
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@allknowing (61966)
• India
17 Aug
Babies are safe once they burp. Do take care. There is therapy available.
@ilocosboy (34344)
• Philippines
16 Aug
I think this is very helpful to seniors, I'm not yet in senior year so I have no problem in swallowing.
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@JustBhem (31733)
• Davao, Philippines
16 Aug
I sometimes have a hard time maybe because of sore throats of too many sweets.
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@AmbiePam (48191)
• United States
16 Aug
At the end of my mom's dementia she totally forgot how to swallow. It's something I take for granted.
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@allknowing (61966)
• India
16 Aug
You take it for granted but that is serious!
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@allknowing (61966)
• India
17 Aug
@AmbiePam My neighbour is suffering. He cannot swallow at all and the physiotherapist is giving him speech therapy.
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@drannhh (15088)
• United States
16 Aug
My elderly friend likes to eat peanuts when watching Netflix movies at home, and this mindless eating gets him in trouble. He should just pause the movie until his snack is safely swallowed. I tell him that is why he has a remote!
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@allknowing (61966)
• India
17 Aug
There are throat exercises for this.
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@bluesa (13430)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
16 Aug
Sometimes when I eat too fast or have a cold then I have trouble swallowing. I did not know about dysphagia, I will have to keep an eye on my parents.
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@SIMPLYD (78118)
• Philippines
17 Aug
The 84-year-old sister of my mother-in-law says she has difficulty in swallowing so she only eats little. In a little while, she's hungry again and would eat some again.