How Do You Know If You’re Experiencing Symptoms of Swallowing Disorders?

Sometimes the symptoms of swallowing disorders can be hard to notice. We always recommend discussing your symptoms with your practicing physician, who will be able to recommend a simple modified barium swallow procedure to determine if your symptoms are consistent with swallowing disorders.

If you believe you may have dysphagia, you can have other symptoms in addition to difficulty swallowing.

It can be helpful to mention to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Heartburn
  • Choking or coughing when swallowing
  • Regurgitation
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty or pain swallowing
  • Feeling like something is lodged in the throat
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Hoarseness

Swallowing disorders can be challenging to live with if left untreated and can become life threatening if they lead to malnutrition or severe dehydration. People with swallowing disorders are more likely to skip meals or avoid liquids so as not to experience the discomfort and pain of swallowing.

At Twin City Medical Mobile, we provide diagnostics and can recommend a treatment plan to help reduce or manage symptoms. Sometimes simple diet modification can help ease symptoms, but we often recommend swallowing exercises to strengthen muscles, or simple postural modifications for eating.

If you think there is a swallowing condition, we can help. All you need is a referral from your practicing physician, and we’ll come directly to you to administer the swallow test in our state-of-the-art medical van. At TwinCity Medical Mobile, we specialize in administering modified barium swallow tests in our state-of-the-art mobile medical van at nursing homes, private care facilities, and other locations in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.