My dysphagia was going pretty well. I hadn’t experienced it in two days. Then today I got really depressed and ate a whole bunch of junk food. It’s back. Starting to think that might be a trigger.
ThanksMy sister-in-law has dysphagia, and she finds that certain foods are more irritating to her throat than others. With some foods it's an ingredient that triggers the pain (such as something acidic), and with others it's the hardness or texture (such as crusty bread). If she eats irritating, they feel like they 'stick,' and that feeling can persist and affect her ability to eat for a few days. By being very careful about what she consumes, she can reduce the discomfort. As a result of that, she's able to eat a lot more easily. Although sometimes she will eat a bit of a favorite comfort food 🍕 even though she knows it will cause her problems because it's just too tasty to resist.
There are certain foods that can trigger discomfort in people with dysphagia. On top of that, how foods are eaten can trigger dysphagia. I've seen it suggested that people take small bites (teaspoon-sized), and also to eat very slowly, taking time to chew each bite, swallow it, and give it time to go down. I've also heard that it might be helpful to be sure that you're sitting up straight while eating, and then stay upright for a little while afterward.
I haven’t been diagnosed with that but I will look into it@KaitIsTired Do you have Sjorgren's syndrome? Or just a generally dry mouth?
My Aunt had a salivary gland stone removed many years ago, but since then, can't produce enough saliva, so has to be careful what she eats, and how. Even something like a sandwich can be too dry for her, She has a glass of sparkling water on the side whenever she eats, and takes small sips while eating.