Over the last several months I’ve been having problems swallowing my pills. It takes several tries to get them all down. I have to be very careful when I eat and drink. When I’m eating I have to chew a lot, swallow, and a drink of water. If I don’t food will lodge in my throat causing me to cough and choke. I’ve had my throat stretched twice and on my way to my throat. My fear is choking to death.
Difficulty swallowing, called dysphagia, can happen at any stage of Parkinson disease. Signs and symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include: difficulty swallowing certain foods or liquids.
Many people with Parkinson’s disease have a hard time swallowing because they lose control of their mouth and throat muscles. Having Parkinson’s disease, and it’s hard for you to swallow, you have a higher chance of aspiration and pneumonia.