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Swallowing Problems

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My older sister (age 80) has Parkinson's, as do I. She is starting to have serious problems with swallowing food and has lost a lot of weight. She says it's very scary when "the food doesn't want to go on down." Is this something she will just have to live with, or do you have any suggestions to improve? Many thanks.

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Definitely see a speech and swallowing therapist and get a swallowing study.  There are exercises, techniques, and diets that can help.

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I asked her daughter & she said "We had swallow test done twice. It seems to happen now when she is going thru a bad spell & she has to wait until meds work. They went in to widen the area down her throat." Any comment?

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Waiting for meds to work may suggest that one possibility is to take the Parkinson medications at closer timing intervals and another possibility may be a Duopa pump.

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