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Re: inability to swallow after stroke

Re: inability to swallow after stroke

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Posted by Michelle on January 30, 2000 at 22:09:25:

In Reply to: inability to swallow after stroke posted by Cindy on January 20, 2000 at 00:26:14:

: Hello,
: I have a family member who recently had a "moderate" stroke and currently cannot swallow. He just entered into an intensive rehab program. I would like to hear from others who have had inability to swallow and how the recovery progressed. Thank you for any information on this subject.

My mothers significant other had a stroke on 10/31/1998. His stroke was severe (brainstem) and the doctors didn't think that he would make it and said if he did, he probably wouldn't ever swallow again. He didn't swallow, probably for 3-4 months. He choked alot on his saliva and had to suction it all out, as he was coughing it up. It took months of work with the therapist to retrain his muscles to swallow, and not all of them work as they did before. He is able to eat most anything now (at first it was just pudding and soft,thick foods), but still has to pay attention when he eats because he no longer has his gag reflex. We are all truelly amazed at his progress and I wish for you the same with your family member.




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