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Re: inability to swallow after stroke

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Posted by Leslie on June 08, 2000 at 12:02:59:

In Reply to: Re: inability to swallow after stroke posted by Michelle on January 30, 2000 at 22:09:25:

: : 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.

My step father (54 years old) had a severe brainstem stroke the day before Easter this year (2000). The doctors gave hime a 10% chance of surviving. He did survive! He was unable to breathe on his own, swallow, and was paralized from the jaw down. At this point (6-8-2000) he is off the respirator, no oxygen needed and is breathing on his own. He is moving all limbs and able to sit up in a wheel chair. He still is not swallowing. There was no reflexes working in the throat in the beginnning, but now there is some movement. Encouraging news yesterday, he took 5 steps using one hand on the parallel bars! It still hasn't been 2 months so we are still hopeful the swallowing will come. You can't always listen to what the doctors say. According to them he would have been dead already. Now they are saying there is hope he may recover from this stroke completely!

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