i have been dealing with slowly progressing dementia symptoms for over 20 years now. New symptoms are always traumatic.
… in past week have noticed unpredictable problems swallowing. Not at any specific time of day, etc.
First it was SOMETIMES when swallowing pills, then sometimes when swallowing just a hot or cold drink with nothing added.
In my case, the drink is not “stuck” in the throat, instead, i am unable to trigger the muscles to begin a “swallow” routine.
For ME right NOW, swallow problems happen when i am trying to do something else at the same time.
A few moments ago i got up from sitting position and realized urgent need to go to the bathroom, but i was also trying to swallow the drink that was already in my mouth.
Trying to hold the pee in … while swallowing … did not work so well.
So my husband told me that i am functioning better than 80% of the population;
he said “Dont be so hard on yourself. You are trying to do 3 things at one time.
1) Walk to bathroom
2) Hold in the pee
3) swallow the drink in my mouth.
— He thinks i am doing exceptionally well, because most people cannot walk to the bathroom and hold the pee in, let alone do something else at the same time. ((LOL))
*** in the future, i will try to make sure i am not trying to do anything else (at the same time) BEFORE i put the drink in my mouth.
Difficulty in swallowing is called “Dysphagia” >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysphagia .
VeryWellHealth mentions on DysphaGia and DysphaSia (impaired Language) ; “Both of these conditions are caused by neurological damage to the brain that comes from an injury or a stroke. Both dysphagia and dysphasia are treated by speech therapists and both have to do with a person’s ability to control muscles in the mouth and throat. >> https://www.verywellhealth.com/first-aid-phraseology-dysphagia-vs-dysphasia-1298200 . i realize that may be a bit too generalized, but here is a Link with much more detail >> https://gi.org/topics/dysphagia/ .
… you might also want to check the “Swallowing” section of my favorite Links for strategies, alphabetically by symptoms at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/about/d-info/links-sx-strategies/ .
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