Difficulty or Pain with Swallowing

Difficulty or Pain with Swallowing

Difficulty with swallowing is called dysphagia and can be caused by a variety of reasons including degenerative diseases, such as ALS, dementia, and injury. Dysphagia can lead to taking food or water into the lungs (aspiration), choking and malnutrition.

Symptoms of dysphagia include:

  • Pain when swallowing (odynophagia)
  • Being unable to swallow
  • Feeling like food is getting stuck in your throat
  • Holding food in the mouth
  • Drooling
  • Wet or gurgly voice
  • Hoarse or raspy voice, throat clearing
  • Bringing food back up (regurgitation)
  • frequent heartburn
  • Weight loss
  • Coughing, gagging or choking when swallowing

When working with clients, it is our primary goal to ensure they avoid aspiration or choking, and that they get adequate nutrition and hydration, while allowing a diet with the least restrictions. Our clinicians are trained in clinical examinations to assess for swallowing disorders (dysphagia), as well as experienced in behavioural and dietary treatment.

If you are concerned that you may have Dysphagia, see your family doctor or contact our clinic for more information.