Posted 29 May 2013 - 11:23 AM
I am not a human being trying to have a spiritual experience; I am a spiritual being having a (sometimes difficult) human experience.
Posted 29 May 2013 - 06:34 PM
I wish you the best.
University of Rhode Island
Posted 30 May 2013 - 01:28 PM
It is hard for me to provide advice with such little information. But here are some thoughts. First, you mentioned that you were diagnosed with slow esophageal motility. I hope you are seeing a GI specialist, who can advise you about this problem. I like to think of this problem as “The clogged drain problem.” In other words, even if you have a strong tongue and can swallow efficiently, the food is getting backed up, much like a sink with a clogged drain.
There are some resistance exercises, that Dr. Mahler mentioned, that could possibly improve your tongue strength. But you must be under the care of a speech pathologist that specializes in swallowing. Your speech pathologist could design a program to hopefully improve tongue strength and to assist you to learn how to properly position your food after it’s chewed and avoid unsafe behaviors like kicking your head back while swallowing. There are various exercises such as “tongue push-ups” , effortful swallowing, and expiratory muscle strength training – but they must be taught and your performance should be monitored by a SLP.
Finally, try to eat your meals during the middle of your medication cycles versus at other times. This could possibly maximize your swallowing and you might find that at this time you have better oral control, particularly with your tongue.
I hope these ideas are helpful. Above all, I urge you to seek guidance from a GI specialist and a Speech Pathologist who specializes in swallowing problems.
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