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DrinkofWtr
08-20-2008, 11:36 AM
Hi Everybody:

Just a quick update on my last Dr. Appt. Got back the results of the esofogram. I was told I have a small hernia. But Dr. is still evaluating my results. Says I may have a muscle problem which is causing difficulty in swallowing. He said there are a couple of ways to go with this. He didn't have time to discuss them at the last appointment. I was supposed to see him today, but had to cancel due to other commitments. I am also still waiting on the results of the skin biopsy. Well let you all know when I hear more.

Saysusie
08-21-2008, 12:22 AM
Hi DrinkofWater;
There is a wide range of treatments for persons who have problems swallowing (due to the fact that there are many disorders or reasons that cause the problem). Some of the treatments are as simple as changing the your head or body position when you are trying to swallow, or changing the kinds of foods that you eat. Others involve learning new ways to swallow. Some procedures exercise the muscles that are not working properly.
Swallowing problems (aka: Dysphagia; Impaired swallowing) often happens because of other conditions, including Nervous system disorders (such as Parkinson's disease) and cerebral palsy, problems with your esophagus (including gastroesophageal reflux disease- GERD), Stroke, Head or spinal cord injury, Cancer of the head, neck, or esophagus.
Treatment falls into three categories:
1. Medical Management: A doctor may suggest surgery, a change in medications, or a way of getting nutrition that does not depend on swallowing.
2. Meal Routines: A specialist may suggest changes to the way a person eats, or to the way food is prepared and served. At meals, changes can be made to:
Body and head positions
The speed of eating
The amount of food served
Food preparation
3. Rehabilitation: A specialist may suggest exercises to strengthen the muscles in the throat or provide training in different ways of swallowing. Before treatment begins, it is important to know the exact cause of your swallowing problem. That may be accomplished at your next appointment. Please let us know how it goes.

Peace and Blessings
Saysusie