MS and swallowing problems

18 September 2020

Problems with swallowing may not be the most heard of MS symptom but it affects at least a third of people living with MS. 

For some people, these changes come and go, or happen during a relapse and never re-appear. But for others, they can be an ongoing issue. Any changes to swallowing can feel strange and worrying, even if they are small changes.

But however your swallowing is affected, there are things you can do to make swallowing as easy, comfortable and safe as possible.

The MS Society recommends a few tips to help with swallowing problems including: 

  • eating slowly 
  • chewing well
  • good posture

They have some techniques to help: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/about-ms/signs-and-symptoms/swallowing

Read the MS Society's techniques and information about swallowing

Jane from the Information Team also offers some tips and tricks that may help you and how others can be supportive

Janes advice on the MS Trust blog

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