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Jim, Volunteer Mentor (@jimhd)

Swallowing problems

Digestive Health | Last Active: Mar 11, 2017 | Replies (9)

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@jimhd Hi Jim: Because of a paralyzed vocal cord, I’ve had swallowing problems off and on for several years. When I’m having a difficult day with things “going down the wrong pipe” so to speak, I’ve developed a few tricks. One thing I’ve done is to hold my breath when drinking – sounds odd I know but it helps me, I’ve heard this method discussed at seminars for ALS (I don’t have ALS but this is a common problem with ALS patients). Also eating as slow as possible is always a good. Teresa

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Thanks, Teresa. I’ve had to remember to stop breathing when I drink, but I don’t always think to do it. Then, I choke and often get hiccups.

Jim

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