Dysphagia refers to a difficulty in swallowing. Lots of people are unaware of having Dysphagia.
It is usually caused by nerve or muscle problems and can be painful at time. It is more common in older people and babies. There is a wide range of conditions which can cause swallowing problems. Here is a list of Neurological problems.
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Loss of Sphincter muscle relaxation
- Esophageal narrowing
The severity of dysphagia can vary. When mild, it can be a feeling of food just taking longer to swallow and be painless. When it’s severe, liquid and solids do not pass at all down the oesophagus and may cause you to vomit.
If you do feel any of those feeling, you must monitor it and see your family doctor for diagnosis.
What test could be recommended?
Endoscopy (Thin and flexible telescope to look into the upper part of your gut)
Barium Swallow (this test helps to see more clearly X-ray pictures of the oesophagus)
What is the treatment for dysphagia?
The treatment depends on the cause. Speech-Language Pathology assessment and treatment can be very useful, especially when treating patients who have had strokes, dementia or who have other causes for their dysphagia.
Our Speech Therapists can help you with assessment and treatment. Please contact us to make an appointment. Our Therapists can help children and adults.