The ear tubes are still pretty new to her. Since one's equilibrium and balance is affected mostly by the inner ear, she may be a bit off as far as her balance goes, and this will affect her pulling up to her feet and walking. Over time, this may correct itself as her body, brain and self get used to the tubes. It's a big adjustment for her developing brain to get used to something new like this. But people are extremely resilient, and I know that she'll eventually get around to doing these things that you're excited to see her do.
Treatments and drugs
By Mayo Clinic staff
Treatment for swallowing difficulties is often tailored to the particular type or cause of your swallowing disorder:
* Oropharyngeal dysphagia. For oropharyngeal dysphagia, your doctor will most likely refer you to a throat specialist or neurologist for further diagnostic testing and to a speech or swallowing specialist for therapy. Certain exercises may help coordinate your swallowing muscles or restimulate the nerves that trigger the swallowing reflex. You may also learn simple ways to place food in your mouth or to position your body and head to help you swallow successfully.
Esophageal dysphagia. For a tight esophageal sphincter (achalasia) or an esophageal stricture, your doctor may use an endoscope with a special balloon attached to gently stretch and expand the width of your esophagus or pass a flexible tube or tubes to stretch the esophagus (dilatation).
For an esophageal tumor or pharyngeal diverticula, you may need surgery to clear your esophageal path.
Difficulty swallowing associated with GERD can be treated with prescription oral medications to reduce stomach acid after a stricture is dilated. You may need to take these medications for an extended period of time.
If you have esophageal spasm but your esophagus appears normal and without GERD, you may be treated with medications to relax your esophagus and reduce discomfort.
* Severe dysphagia. If difficulty swallowing prevents you from eating and drinking enough to maintain a healthy weight and avoid dehydration, your doctor may recommend special liquid diets. In severe cases of dysphagia, you may need a feeding tube to bypass the part of your swallowing mechanism that isn't working normally.
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