I am a larenjectomy, whose operation took place October 2012. They took all my lympnodes, 70 % of my tongue, and I am unable to open my mouth large enough for them to put implants, I lost my teeth through radiation. This stiffness is almost unbearable at times. I have steadily lost my ability to swallow, I do have a peg feed
And doubt that I will ever loose this, given my history of inability to swallow.
Is there anything that I can do to lessen the stiffness. It takes a few hours in the morning to get to where I can swallow the thinness of liquid, by end of most days I can swallow a bit better, only to end up having to go to bed and get up the next am to start this process all over again.
I have gone to a therapist, only to find they are extremely robust in there massages and end off more stiff than before. My Dr is going to try a stretch of my esophagus
He said they would be less aggressive because the last time they tried, my esophagus swoll up and closed off.
Any suggestions I could try at home at this stage
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