A person with dysphagia may experience difficulty swallowing food, liquid and/or saliva. Some individuals may be unable to swallow at all. Dysphagia occurs when there is a problem with any part of the swallowing process from the mouth to the stomach.
If you answer yes to any of the questions below, you may have dysphagia:
- Has your swallowing problem caused unintentional weight loss?
- Does your swallowing problem interfere with the ability to go out for meals?
- Does swallowing liquids take extra effort?
- Does swallowing solids take extra effort?
- Does swallowing pills take extra effort?
- Is swallowing is painful?
- Has the pleasure of eating been affected by your swallowing?
- When you swallow, does food stick in your throat?
- Do you cough while you are eating?
- Is swallowing is stressful?