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Swallowing Exercises?

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I have a problem with aspirating fluid and having trouble swallowing pills. Are the swallowing exercises worth the effort? I assume so, but thought I would ask.

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Swallowing exercises absolutely were worth it for me, I improved so much that I was able to cut my thickened liquid use by half and have been able to enjoy some foods I was convinced I would never be able to eat again. A good SLP will be able to both help you strengthen your swallow and help you find work arounds to remaining issues. The first time I dipped a crunchy graham cracker into applesauce and ate it I cried, because I had previously believed I would never be able to enjoy the flavors of a smores again. Now I know I can dip a smores in something like pudding and still enjoy the experience. If swallowing is in anyway effecting your life l would say find an experienced SLP as soon as possible. 

Summary- in my opinion swallowing exercise are very helpful and a good SLP is worth their weight in gold

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FF, thanks for the reply. I have been using exercises I found online, but it seems to me that this is just so important to quality of life. I guess I will get my neuro to refer me to a SLP. I recently finished the BIG movement therapy program at the same place that has SLPs, so I guess that's the place. Thanks again. Bill.

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I Googled swallowing exercises and go a lot of them. I just picked one that looked to be legit and that had the same stuff I had read in other Google hits. Good luck.

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