What does it mean when you can't swallow?
Warning signs for dysphagia include: painful swallowing, the feeling that food is stuck in the throat, extra effort and time needed to swallow, a “gurgly” voice after drinking, unintended weight loss, recurrent urinary tract infections and fear of eating. Left untreated, dysphagia can lead to malnutrition, dehydration and aspiration pneumonia.
If you have questions, there is a simple screening tool that has been developed by doctors and speech therapists that can help determine whether you need seek care and intervention. For a free copy of the screening tool, please contact me at: Laura@dysphagiasupplies.com.