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Old 06-21-2005, 09:29 PM   #1
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Need Some Exercises For Tongue & Swallowing

I'm trying to help out a friend, would you recommend some exercises for chewing, swallowing, and tongue. Apparantly, she's even choking on water, she claims she is either drinking very fast or somehow it goes through "the wrong pipe." Food has become somewhat of an anxiety issue now. Sometimes the food is pushed back on its own and not chewed completely....What can help her out?

 
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Re: Need Some Exercises For Tongue & Swallowing

Swallowing problems (dysphagia) really should be checked out by a physician. There are many disorders of the esophagus that can cause your friend's symptoms. The fact that she regurgitates food and not only has problems with solids but also liquids now, definitely points to this area.

Definitely see a doctor.

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Re: Need Some Exercises For Tongue & Swallowing

It is NOT a normal thing to have this happen, she needs to have a Dr. check it out. A neurological issue could be at fault.

 
Old 06-23-2005, 09:41 AM   #4
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Re: Need Some Exercises For Tongue & Swallowing

Yes she should definitely see a doctor, it sounds like her epiglottis isn't functioning properly which could be a muscular or nerve innervation problem.

 
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Re: Need Some Exercises For Tongue & Swallowing

Esophagus spasms can cause this. See a doctor immediately, she could aspirate (think that is what it is called when food goes into lungs).

 
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Re: Need Some Exercises For Tongue & Swallowing

Hi, thanks for the replies. Actually I blew everything out of proportion...it's only when she eats meat. They gave her some exercises to do, however the doc said it's more psychological than anything. She has no discomfort in the throat area. I guess she has to chew her food well. Thanks.

 
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Re: Need Some Exercises For Tongue & Swallowing

Hope,
I found your last post interesting. My husband has this thing sometimes when he eats meat where he feels like it's "stuck" somewhere between his esophogus and stomach. It looks painful and I think it scares him when it happens. He thinks it just happens when he eats too fast or doesn't chew the meat well enough. It probably is psycological, he says it's scary even though he knows he's not "choking", I guess it feels like that.

 
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Re: Need Some Exercises For Tongue & Swallowing

Hi Kinsey61,

That is very interesting. How does your husband deal with this? Yes I think it is quite a scare to not breathe for some seconds b/c of this. Needless to say, I think we need to eat slowly...no matter how long we take! I think it's all about stregthening the tongue b/c the tongue is the strongest muscle of the body! So by exercising the tongue & chewing slowly, this should help I think....

 
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Re: Need Some Exercises For Tongue & Swallowing

Kinsey61,
If your husband will drink a hot drink along with his meal, the esophagus will not spasm and food will travel on down.

 
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