As Parkinson’s progresses, it can become difficult to swallow. “I recently starting choking on my own spit, and for the first time ever, I got really scared because I couldn’t get any air,” shared a young mom on MyParkinsonsTeam. Living with this challenging symptom is a hot topic among community members. Many members find relief from speech therapy. “I saw a speech therapist and it WORKED!” wrote one member. “Don't wait until it gets really bad.”
“Stay aware of chewing and swallowing, without becoming distracted while eating,” advised another. Hot beverages, milkshakes, avoiding dry or grainy foods, and drinking with a straw are recommended by many members: “Chewing gum and sucking on a candy also helps,” wrote one. Some members even share easy-to-swallow recipes that also help medications go down: “Blend potatoes, add any kind of milk, baby-food butternut squash, and a little maple syrup.” Connecting with other members on MyParkinsonsTeam can help you discover strategies to manage swallowing issues and other Parkinson’s-related challenges.
On MyParkinsonsTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with Parkinson's disease, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Difficulty swallowing is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.
Here are some conversations about difficulty swallowing:
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