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    Old 11-06-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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    Swallowing in stroke survivor

    my father suffered a stroke almost 2 months ago and his left side of the body has no sense. He remembers everything and been physiotherapy everyday. he is 67. He is not able to swallow food but can chew. When they feed him orally , he coughs and everything comes back. Docs are doing the barium test to find out the problem. I was wondering how long would it take to get the swallowing functions back and the exercises to improve those muscles. He has lost weight and food is through the nose tube.

    Please do let me know..

     
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    Old 11-07-2013, 09:36 AM   #2
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    Re: Swallowing in stroke survivor

    If you search using the words: swallowing exercises for stroke patients you will get lots of links to browse thru.

     
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    Re: Swallowing in stroke survivor

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    my father suffered a stroke almost 2 months ago and his left side of the body has no sense. He remembers everything and been physiotherapy everyday. he is 67. He is not able to swallow food but can chew. When they feed him orally , he coughs and everything comes back. Docs are doing the barium test to find out the problem. I was wondering how long would it take to get the swallowing functions back and the exercises to improve those muscles. He has lost weight and food is through the nose tube.

    Please do let me know..
    I could not swallow for months, it took the help of a speech therapist and some treatments with muscle shock therapy plus, I never gave up and kept trying to swallow on my on. Pineapple nectar and yogurt were my start.

    It has been almost 7 months since my stroke and I can swallow most foods, some still give me trouble.

     
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    Old 11-08-2013, 06:13 AM   #4
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    Re: Swallowing in stroke survivor

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    I could not swallow for months, it took the help of a speech therapist and some treatments with muscle shock therapy plus, I never gave up and kept trying to swallow on my on. Pineapple nectar and yogurt were my start.

    It has been almost 7 months since my stroke and I can swallow most foods, some still give me trouble.
    Thank you very much for your reply. It is really helpful. Glad to know your swallowing functions are returning to normal slowly.

    My dad has a tracheo tube and a feeding tube through the nose as he is unable to swallow. Docs say his nerves have become very weak so they are not pushing the food down. They want to wait for 2 weeks and then insert a PEG tube. It is really difficult to see him going through all this pain. He has become weak and has to do physio regularly. He is tired most of the time. Do you recommend any protein drinks like breakfast essentials etc.. He is on blood thinners medicine so vitamin K is not allowed in his diet.

    Thank you so much..

     
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    Re: Swallowing in stroke survivor

    I used to buy Ensure Plus which has more in it for those who are actually not eating reg food, BUT, discovered that Walmart has their own brand Equate Plus, which is the same kinda thing, but quite a bit cheaper.

     
    Old 11-10-2013, 01:56 PM   #6
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    Thank you very much for your reply. It is really helpful. Glad to know your swallowing functions are returning to normal slowly.

    My dad has a tracheo tube and a feeding tube through the nose as he is unable to swallow. Docs say his nerves have become very weak so they are not pushing the food down. They want to wait for 2 weeks and then insert a PEG tube. It is really difficult to see him going through all this pain. He has become weak and has to do physio regularly. He is tired most of the time. Do you recommend any protein drinks like breakfast essentials etc.. He is on blood thinners medicine so vitamin K is not allowed in his diet.

    Thank you so much..
    If he is NPO, make certain that he is being properly hydrated, I almost had kidney failure twicw while I relied on the PEG tube for nutrition and hydration... (signs to look for are his request for water, dry/peeling lips, thick mucas in mouth...


    Once he has a PEG tube make sure the nurses show you (and leave one with you) how to use a piston syringe.

     
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