• Sorry, I mean have trouble swallowing? Should proofread!!

    Asked by TracyC on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Sorry, I mean have trouble swallowing? Should proofread!!

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Tracy's Avatar

      What kind of treatment did you have? My saliva glands were badly damaged by radiation treatment causing my to be unable to eat without some kind of liquid. I have had this issue for almost 40 years. I have found some great sugar free hard candies, my new favorite are from Russel Stovers, there are some really good sprays to help as well. I don't know if this is what you are experiencing but I hope it helps, Tracy (Olson)

      almost 9 years ago
    • SteveG's Avatar

      I had 35 radiation treatments and 3 chemo treatments over 6 weeks beginning in January 31, 2011 for cancer of the base of the tongue. I lost the ability to swallow half way through February and of course had a feeding tube. I began swallowing therapy mid April, flunked a modified barium swallow test in early June 2011 and then passed another in early August 2011. In August 2011 I was on a "baby food" diet and had the tube removed September 28, 2011. I only lost about ten pounds but was putting eight ounces of Scandishake in my tube every three hours. My therapist said patients might be able to get their swallowing back sooner if they saw a therapist before they lost their swallowing. Insurance does not pay for this but I don't think it costs much. Don't wait till you are unable to swallow to use the tube. It is going to save your life. Stick with your exercises. I wake up with a dry mouth a few times every night and eat slower than everybody but I eat everything.

      over 8 years ago
    • krbrowndog's Avatar

      I didn't have any trouble swallowing when I first recovered from surgery, radiation and etc, but lately I have been. It seems that when I am eating I have to (get a run at it) to get my throat muscles to respond. If I take a drink it seems help me swallow, but solid food is very difficult. I wish I could tell you what to do about it, but if you find out, pass your answer on to me please.

      over 8 years ago

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