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I have a variety of health issues, one being that I have hypotonia (low muscle tone). Over the last decade or so, I have had increasing problems with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). This sometimes leads to choking. Majority of the time I can quickly cough or swallow but sometimes, like tonight, I try to clear the throat and the food just stays there. I have to quickly get myself over a desk or table and bang myself on the back while trying to cough. This time it only lasted about 10 sec. A few weeks ago, it lasted at least 30 seconds or maybe more, the most terrifying 30 seconds of my life.
I'm so scared of this happening again but possibly losing consciousness if I can't dislodge the food in time. I've seen a speech path who said I had really weak swallowing muscles, so she gave me some exercises on a trial. The exercises only tired out the muscles more and the choking increased so she said that is all I can do.
I've googled but most info relates to babies choking but not adults. I'm a single Mum so have no adult present if can't recover from the choking. I'm at the very beginning of my dietetic studies so I'm still yet to learn about diet modifications relating to this but maybe I should ask one of my lecturers for their advice? But in the meantime, is there anyone out there that experiences the same problem - or even has older children with it? If so, what or who helped you or your child?
Thanks for reading