My Dad is 81 and he has often been choking on food. he had extensive tests at the specialist- including drinking barium upside down, on his side etc and the Doctor could find nothing. He has also developed a chronic cough- after the flu last september he is still gluey and always coughing. He went to another specialist last week who said he should stop talking, take strong cough mixture and a musckle relaxant. TOday when he took the cough mix (6ml) he choked and I had to call the ambulance. THis is becoming a serious problem as we aren;t walways here to look after him if he chokes while we are out- but as no dr can say why he insists there is nothing worng!
One of the ambulance staff suggested that it could be lazy larynx or something else - that we should have a look online but the information seems to be more about babies. tthe choking thing only started 4 or 5 years ago- but started incresing in frequency. (Has the cough fatigued his larynx/ muscles? Are there some sort of exercises? WHy wd this start to happen now?)
Asked On : Tue, 16 Apr 2013