• Throat stretching

    Asked by wldflwrgoddess on Thursday, November 14, 2019

    Throat stretching

    It's harder and harder for my friend to swallow, and he is reluctant to go back and have a swallow test because he is fearful. It's been over 5 years since neck dissection, chemo and radiation and it seems like things keep popping up. His radiologist gave him a clean bill of health 6 months ago.
    Prior to radiation he had many teeth removed because he knew that radiation could harm the the teeth. Now the remaining teeth are breaking and have to be removed. He is having a very difficult time swallowing he pills for pain.

    Any suggestions that I can give him to have his throat scoped again without sounding like I'm nagging?

    Thank you

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      The first thing is to convince him that yes it needs to be done, there will be a big improvement in swallowing. I had it done and it helped my swallowing. As for the teeth, I had every one of mine taken out because they were falling apart. After they are out and dentures are in eating is much easier, so he will want to get help for swallowing by having a stretching. It's an easy process, you are asleep, you don't feel a thing, just a little soreness for a couple of days after it's done. I still have trouble swallowing, but I've learned to deal with what I have now, and still, it's better than it was before.

      Our best to him.

      21 days ago
    • cards7up's Avatar

      It will be the best thing he can do for himself. The sooner he gets it done and they decide if it can be stretched or not, he could be feeling much better. I have a friend who's daughter has to go have it done once a year and it's no problem.

      21 days ago
    • Richardc's Avatar

      I’ve had mine stretched a couple times. I’m out for the procedure, usually tied into an endoscopy. As Greg stated, I’m out and worth getting performed.

      19 days ago

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