MANAGING EATING PROBLEMS AFTER A STROKE

MANAGING EATING PROBLEMS AFTER A STROKE

Managing eating problems after a sroke is a common swallowing issue. If not distinguished and overseen, it can prompt poor nourishment, pneumonia, and disability.

Aspiration is a typical issue for individuals with dysphagia. It usually occurs when a foreign object lodges into your airways and your lungs. Typically, aspiration causes a fierce cough, however, a stroke can lessen that sensation. For this situation, you may not realize you’re aspirating.

In the clinic of your physician, you are screened on whether you have dysphagia or not. If you have an issue with swallowing safely, you may not be permitted to eat until a specialist assesses how well:

  • Your muscles in your mouth move
  • You can swallow
  • Your larynx functions with your present condition

The specialist may prescribe that you change what you eat and drink. That is because a few foods are difficult to bite and thin fluids are regularly difficult to accept. The specialist will decide when it’s safe to eat commonly typical foods.

Sufficient nourishment is fundamental. If it is still not safe or permissible for you to swallow, you will be put on a feeding tube to meet your dietary requirements.

SYMPTOMS

Signs can include any of the following while eating or drinking:

  • Coughing or throat clearing
  • A wet or gurgly sounding voice
  • Needing extra liquid to wash down solid foods
  • Food sticking in your throat
  • Liquid coming “back up” through your nose or mouth
  • Needing more effort to swallow
  • Extra swallows needed to clear a mouthful
  • Trouble chewing
  • Needing more time to complete a meal

DIAGNOSIS

Diagnosis is usually done using your medical history and immediate physical examination following a stroke. Typically this is done in a medical clinic or a hospital. When you exhibit the signs and symptoms of dysphagia, the doctor will rule out other causes and will proceed in giving you a diagnosis of dysphagia.

TREATMENT

A myriad of swallowing exercises are employed to hasten the recovery of individuals afflicted with dysphagia following a stroke. Other swallowing exercises are intended to fortify the pharynx, the cavity behind the nose and mouth that interfaces them to the esophagus.

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