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Can dysphagia get bad enough that I might need a feeding tube?

Can dysphagia get bad enough that I might need a feeding tube?

Unfortunately...yes: When people can't swallow enough food safely, the feeding tube are there to help make sure they get enough nutrition. They have models that can be hidden easily if the issue is privacy/embarassment. Check with a GI doctor or general surgeon to see about the options. More importantly, figure out why the swallowing is so bad by going to an ENT doctor. Some causes are treatable. ...Read more

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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty with swallowing is the sensation that food is stuck in the throat, or from the neck down to just above the abdomen ...Read more


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My new doctor will soon put me on a feeding tube due to constant dysphagia which is an injury from the botox. How will this nutrition help me?

My new doctor will soon put me on a feeding tube due to constant dysphagia which is an injury from the botox. How will this nutrition help me?

PEG: A feeding tube is placed percutanously..called a PEG tube (Percutanous Endoscopic Gastrostomy). If he feels this is necessary, which is a pretty big thing by the way, then the Botox has at least temporarily interfered with your ability to swallow solid and liquid foods without taking them into your lungs. People can die from aspiration...the nutrition is to save your life. ...Read more

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Mom 86yrs bedridden dementia dysphagia and fed with peg tube. Had a stroke 6years ago.Got mild aspiration pneumonia. On 1liter sats at 91%. Is it bad?

Mom 86yrs bedridden dementia dysphagia and fed with peg tube. Had a stroke 6years ago.Got mild aspiration pneumonia. On 1liter sats at 91%. Is it bad?

Good for 1 liter: A pao2 of 60 mm/hg is 90% spo2 so your moms pao2 is slightly less, probably 2 liters will get her to 92% which is reasonable. Normal pao2 is 75-100mm/hg. To fully saturate the rbc' you need an oxygen tension between 75 and 100% which in your moms case will not be possible. Plus, giving her too much oxygen may decrease her respiratory drive and cause her to become apneic and retain co2. ...Read more

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What is gastroparesis? And its symptoms? I've heard that some pppl have to go on a feeding tube for it, is it that bad?

What is gastroparesis? And its symptoms? I've heard that some pppl have to go on a feeding tube for it, is it that bad?

PoorStomachEmptying: Gastroparesis is a functional disorder of the stomach which causes the stomach to empty poorly. This leads to painful distention of the stomach and vomiting of undigested food. Initial rx is with medication. If this is unsuccessful, a nerve stimulator can be implanted in the stomach wall. If this fails, a feeding tube is (rarely) used to provide nutrition downstream from the stomach. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get a feeding tube or not a good idea to get a feeding tube I have not been eating neither lunch, breakfast, or supper. I work 2 jobs and i go to school, so I have no free days. I get to work at 5:30 until 7 then i got to school then

Is it a good idea to get a feeding tube or not a good idea to get a feeding tube I have not been eating neither lunch, breakfast, or supper. I work 2 jobs and i go to school, so I have no free days. I get to work at 5:30 until 7 then i got to school then

A : A feeding tube for this reason is a very unhealthy idea. As a psychiatrist, i think that if someone is electing to keep themself so busy that they can not consume three meals per day then that person's life is very unbalanced. You might benefit from counseling to help sort out your priorities. ...Read more

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Hey so I had a Mickey feeding tube when I was 6 and its been 4 years since I had it surgically sewed up l. Can I get a tattoo over the scar ?

Hey so I had a Mickey feeding tube when I was 6 and its been 4 years since I had it surgically sewed up l. Can I get a tattoo over the scar ?

Tattoo: Do you have any leakage from the site ? If so you should avoid getting a tattoo . Otherwise I think it will be ok ...Read more

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My son is 1, 32", 23lbs 4oz, eats 350-500 calories daily(10-16oz) refuses more, little energy, Possible CP, dysphagia. Beneficial to get feeing tube?

My son is 1, 32", 23lbs 4oz, eats 350-500 calories daily(10-16oz) refuses more, little energy, Possible CP, dysphagia. Beneficial to get feeing tube?

Mgt: It would be helpful to see his growth chart information, which may be uploaded to a virtual consultation. This decision is based on a number of factors, including an evaluation by nutrition and Speech/Swallowing specialists. ...Read more

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Why would someone need a feeding tube?

Why would someone  need a feeding tube?

Different Reasons: There are several different reasons. All of which have in common an inability of a person to take in proper amounts of nutrition. These can include being comatose or unable to otherwise feed oneself, as well as esophageal or swallowing problems. In addition, some people with severe dementia eventually have need of a feeding tube. ...Read more

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Will all Parkinson's patients eventually need a feeding tube?

Not usually: Usually causes gait problems, temors, dementia, etc. Swallowing and esophogeal dysmotility not common. ...Read more