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Your father is suffering from difficulty in swallowing and slurring of speech and impaired memory.
As difficulty in swallowing and slurring of speech is intermittent so i can be simply due to muscle or
nerve weakness due to age. But he needs examination by ENT specialist to get correct diagnosis. First he
can do laryngeal endoscopy to examine pharynx and voice box directly. and if required an oesophagoscopy
(upper GI scopy can be done). This oesophageus examination is for difficulty in swallowing not for
impaired memory is most likely due to alzheimer's disease(disease affect most of people after age of 80
due to atrophy of barin), it is difficult to treat, but you can get neurologist opinion.
Hope this helps,
Patient replied :
Thank you for your prompt reply.
The father was at ENT and finding the right. The doctor suggested another examination of the esophagus, and how to be, and that in order to visit a neurologist. My observations are as follows with the father: his wife died a year and 6 months, and since then he collapses both physically and mentally. As for swallowing there are sometimes more sometimes less difficulty. As for the speech sometimes speaks normally, and sometimes difficult to understand speech. Sometimes they complain that they feel tongue or lips or you can not for example. Hiss. All these symptoms are much more pronounced in the evening and in the afternoon than in the morning. Problems come to the fore after physical activity. He is in fact, a person who has learned a lot of physical work and now that is no longer the force he is still trying to work in the garden and so on.
I'm interested in whether it would be good to visit a neurologist, and whether there is a therapy that would at least alleviate the problem of swallowing and speech, as he very angry at this that they are powerless.
I can understand that your mother expired 6 months ago and your father is depressed for same. But still
we need one proper neurological examination to get correct diagnosis. Without getting correct diagnosis
it is not possible speech and swallowing, because we dont know what to treat.once every thing normal
then speech and swallowing therapy can be tried.
Hope this helps