pain like spasms 5 weeks since wrap

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   Posted 3/18/2011 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel pretty good for the most part since my surgery on Feb 9th...

One thing though, I am getting painful spasms every once in a while in my esohagus.... I described it to my husband as feeling almost like brain freeze but in my throat...

Please tell me this is normal healing process :-) how long should I expect it for ?


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   Posted 3/18/2011 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on your recovery so far.  Other things can cause spasms and I am wondering if your Dr. checked your Gallbladder ? 
I have not had the surgery but I know other members will be along shortly to address your concerns.
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   Posted 3/18/2011 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt I did have my gallbladder checked last year it was fine ....this pain comes right up my esophagus so I am pretty sure its surgery related,,, I just hope its normal :-)

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   Posted 3/19/2011 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
had mine done 2 days ahead of you. I also had spasms. Very painful! I had a barium swallow done today.
Everything looks good.
Eating too much and/or too quickly seems to be the problem. Told to advance diet slowly.


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   Posted 3/19/2011 1:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much Peggy...I will try to slow it down on my eating as well.... Like I said I feel pretty good otherwise and I guess its just making me move along a bit quicker than I should be doing ...thank you thank you thank you :-)

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   Posted 3/19/2011 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have had and, sometimes still do have the same symptom and it does come from eating too much and/or too quickly. I'm 7 weeks post op. It seems that some people do not have the stop valve to indicate they have eatin enough.

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   Posted 3/19/2011 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Spike that's what's happening here to I guess I have heard people can only eat a 1/4 cup of things and I can eat a whole bowl LOL I am gonna slow down for sure because those spasms hurt like heck !!! Thanks so much to all of you for responding :-)

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   Posted 3/20/2011 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I HATED the spasms!!

This took almost a year to stop happening for me. I found that I couldn't drink anything while I was eating, I had to wait until I was done eating and then take small sips.

Today, a year later, I can take small sips while I am eating. I also noticed that I have to use warm water to take my thyroid medicine or take it with my morning coffee because sometimes I will spasm. Something about cold fluids doesn't agree with my esophagus sometimes.

This will pass but I can say, after a year is when you will feel normal again.

Good luck to you.
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   Posted 3/20/2011 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi LaDawn,
Glad to hear that your healing has gone well!

I had my surgery in February 2009, and it took me a while to recall spasms, but yes indeed...I definitely had them.

For me it was when I didn't chew my food to a complete liquid, or ate something that didn't chew well. It would stick at the wrap, or have difficulty going through. I remember one time in particular, when I'd eaten a (believe it or not) cherry tomato, and thought I'd chewed it enough. OUCH!

Having a cup of tea handy is your best bet. I always try to remember to have water nearby. No ice! That day, I tried to wash things through with ice water (we were at a restaurant) and the spasms were horrible.

So yes. Spasms are common, I think (especially judging from your responses here). They don't last forever, but you need to eat very carefully to keep them at bay.

Good luck with your continued recovery!
Eat slowly, and chew, chew, chew!
Take care,

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   Posted 3/22/2011 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh my, I am not looking forward to a year of these ....if mine lasted anymore than the 15-30 seconds they do I would probably end up at the ER the pain goes strAit up to my jaw I am thinking it would be close to heart attack pain..I just had my heart check a few months ago and the cArdioligist thinks I am fine I did show a blockage but he thinks its a false positive...and this pain is new since my surgery
It seem to come on when I am hungry or my pain meds for my shoulder wear off ( iam getting surgery for that next week) I do not like it not one bit :-)
Thank you so much for the replies
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