I think I'm developing a condition called dysphagia - swallowing disorders. It's apparently fairly common with PD, and can contribute

I think I'm developing a condition called dysphagia - swallowing disorders. It's apparently fairly common with PD, and can contribute

to development of aspirational pneumonia, the leading cause of that-which-I-try-not-to-dwell-upon. My questions 1) Anyone know if there is a treatment? 2) Prevention is in this case better than a cure, so can anyone recommend ways to keep from breathing in chunks of food? I understand speech therapists sometimes have success.

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Hi . I started yoga exercises and my swallowing problems seemed to disappear. It seems that sitting up straighter and breathing properly solved my problem

posted 12 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Hello James D. I'm a former Hospice RN with PD. The dysphagia is common and I have also had episodes of the problem. The trick is to stay aware of chewing and swallowing, without becoming distracted while eating. Even knowing this there have been a few times when I drank or ate without paying attention and choked, once severely. Speech therapists can be useful particularly if there is an ongoing issue. Slow, purposeful chewing and swallowing is the key. My best wishes.

posted over 1 year ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Very definitely. See your Primary MD for a GI referral to get worked up and make sure it is from the Parkinson's. There are many other causes.
If it turns out to be from the Parkinson's, go online and look for a Speech Therapist that is trained in LSVT technique! I am a retired Gastroenterologist with Parkinson's and I had severe dysphasia early on. I saw a specially trained therapist in SF Bay Area, who, after a month of daily therapy and now visits about once s month and voice/swallowing exercises daily, she has me 80-90% better!
Please check it out!

posted 6 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

What I have been taught is that right before you swallow, pause for one second and tuck your chin to your chest. Then swallow. This technique works well for me.

posted 12 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Had swallow test.gave me 2 exercise to do.start to swallow but stop half way hold,you won't be able to breath.means your doing it right.the other one stick your tounge do the same thing as no.1hold as long as can
There is a program called big and loud.you hooked to Mach ,it gives you a line that is norm,your asked to go ahhh as loud and long as you can.it's a good program.people don't ask what near as used to .I live by myself,so I can yell as loud as long as I want this helped a lot.lm not explain it very good.it's a 3 times week for a few weeks.it's not hard.happy si ging

posted over 1 year ago
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