Swallowing disorders can cause a range of physical and emotional symptoms in adults. The good news is that treatments are available to help you overcome your symptoms and regain your quality of life. If you’re experiencing a swallowing disorder, ask your doctor to refer you to the Heart Burn & Swallowing Disorders Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for help. If you have a swallowing disorder, here are the answers to some common questions that will help you understand your condition.
What Are Swallowing Disorders?
Swallowing disorders impact sufferers’ ability to chew and swallow food. They can occur during any of the three phases of the swallowing process. Some disorders happen in the oral phase, which involves chewing, sucking, and moving food into the throat. Others occur during the pharyngeal phase, during which food is squeezed down the throat while the airway is closed to prevent aspiration. Swallowing disorders may also occur during the esophageal phase, when food is squeezed from the esophagus into the stomach.
What Are the Symptoms?
All types of swallowing disorders cause similar symptoms. Coughing during or immediately after eating or drinking or a gurgling sound during eating or drinking can be signs, as can food leaking from the mouth. People with swallowing disorders may need extra time to chew or to try to swallow. Because of the difficulties with swallowing, adults with these disorders are often underweight and malnourished. They may also suffer from social anxieties and self-esteem issues linked to their difficulties with eating.
How Are Swallowing Disorders Treated?
Treatments for swallowing disorders vary depending on the type of disorder and the severity of the symptoms. In most cases, a speech pathologist can treat swallowing disorders by helping sufferers improve muscle movement and develop strategies to improve their swallowing.
The Heart Burn & Swallowing Disorders Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you beat your swallowing disorder. Our hospital provides a comprehensive range of healthcare services to meet all of your medical needs. Find out more by calling us at (888) 741-5119.