How To Deal With Not Being Able To Swallow In Stroke Sufferers?

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I want to ask, my dad can’t swallow at all, it’s been almost 3 months, at the beginning of the story my dad was dizzy and weak, suddenly his tension went up and was rushed to the hospital, when he got to the hospital, the doctor said that my dad had a stroke and had to stay in SU room, after a week of being treated in the SU room finally moved to the normal room, after being allowed to go home we took her for treatment in Malaysia, because it has been almost a month of staying in the hospital and has not recovered. Already taken abroad is the same, never recovered, completely unable to swallow even a speck of saliva cannot swallow. After that we only took my father for outpatient treatment, while getting massage, and acupuncture therapy. We have done everything doctor, but it doesn’t get better, is there any other solution, doctor? Please help, we are desperate to see my father’s condition that is not getting better.

1 Answer:

Hi Winda,


Of course, Winda and her family are very sad, seeing Papa's condition, who can't swallow because of a stroke.


Stroke itself occurs due to disruption of blood intake to the brain, either due to blockage of a blood vessel (ischemic stroke) or due to a broken blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). Both cause disruption of blood supply to the brain, which causes cells in the brain to not get oxygen and die. These dead cells in the brain can cause disruption in the organs they regulate. In Papa Winda's case, it was about the part of the brain that controls the swallowing muscles. Swallowing disorders are called dysphagia.


Dysphagia can occur in up to 65% of stroke patients. Dysphagia in most patients improves, although a minority of cases can be permanent. The therapy commonly used is swallowing therapy performed by therapists / physiotherapy. Typically tongue, lip, throat and mouth exercises are performed to help relax and strengthen muscles. For example, by rotating the head, chin tucking, etc. Speech therapy can also help strengthen the muscles for swallowing.


Of course Papa Winda's doctors at home and abroad have tried their best. If you can't swallow at all, nutrition is usually given through a tube. The results are very varied, usually stroke recovery progresses quickly in the first 3-6 months, after which the development will be slower. Don't be discouraged, keep doing routine medication to prevent further attacks, and occupational training / therapy. Of course, everything is not instantaneous, it needs repetitive exercises, and disciplined medication. Follow the therapist's way of feeding / nutrition. Care is needed because patients with dysphagia are prone to aspiration, which is a foreign object entering the lungs. Aspiration pneumonia can be life threatening.


You can read more about dysphagia at: Dysphagia


Hopefully this is useful,

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