Dysphagia; Impaired swallowing
Eat slowly, and chew food thoroughly. If a person suddenly shows signs of choking and difficulty breathing, food could be blocking the main airway (trachea). The Heimlich maneuver should be performed immediately.
You may have an easier time swallowing liquids or pureed foods than solids. Avoid very cold or very hot foods if you notice that they worsen the problem.
Call your health care provider if
Call your doctor right away if:
You cough or have a fever or shortness of breath
You are losing weight
Your swallowing problems are getting worse
Call your health care provider if the problem continues, even if the symptoms come and go.
Tell your doctor about any other symptoms you may have including:
Sour taste in mouth
Vomiting, especially if it contains blood
Difficulty swallowing solids or fluids is referred to as dysphagia. It is common in late stage Alzheimer's and other late stage dementias. Swallowing is an amazingly complex function and there are many points at which damage to the brain and muscle wasting or weakness can cause major problems.
The brain sends a message from its swallowing center, which is located in one cerebral hemisphere. The message is food, drink, saliva, needs to be swallowed. Problem number one- Alzheimer's and many other types of degenerative neurological disorders, cause brain damage and the message might be faulty or not get through at all.
As a result of the message from the brain a number of sequential muscular movements and muscle contractions get the mouth moving. The food/fluid has to be safely moved over the upper airway and into the esophagus (food tube). Second problem: The muscles may not get the message from the brain in the correct sequence. The resu...
5-HTP is an amino acid produced by the human body from the essential amino acid L-tryptophan (LT), which is found in dietary proteins. It's clinical value is in it's ability to increase production of serotonin, and it has been used clinically for more than 30 years. 5-HTP occurs naturally in two places -- the human body and the seeds of the Griffonia Simplicifolia, a West African medicinal plant. Let's see if I can simplify this a bit: Food that contains LT in the proteins -> 5-HTP -> serotonin. Why is serotonin so important? Serotonin (also called 5-hydrotryptophan) is found in the cells of the brain and intestine and in the platelets of our blood. When the walls of blood vessels are damaged, serotonin is released from the platelets to constrict the blood vessel and prevent hemorrhage. In the tissue of the intestine, it acts as a stimulant to make the smooth muscle contract. Most people are probably most familiar with serotonin as it acts in the brain...
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