I remember maybe Day 4 when I got tons of mucous from my esophagus that I couldn't bear to swallow, so I spit into tissues. That lasted at least a day. I'm wondering if that's what you're describing.
When you say your doctor refuses...do you mean your surgeon? If so, you can check with your PCP or GI doc. My surgeon gave me Zofran...it's a pill, but it's tiny, and you dissolve it under your tongue. My PCP gave me the suppository/Compazine (I actually liked that better as far as effectiveness, but the Zofran is good to take with you places...it's not that convenient to use a suppository when you're on the go.) I always have anti-nausea drugs handy, just in case...you could carry a couple of Zofran in your wallet always.
I truly don't understand why it's so hard to get liquid pain meds. Are they afraid that we won't measure it properly? Is anyone in the medical profession following this thread? If so, could you please answer that?
If you can crush and mix whatever you need to take in applesauce, it's not ideal, but better than nothing. They administered liquid Loritab to me in the hospital before I left. Why couldn't they have sent it home with me?
Oh well...water under the dam. I understand your fear of taking pills...it does feel uncomfortable. Why do they insist that we eat soft food (some even require liquids for up to 6 weeks) and then send us home with HUGE pain meds. If you can get relief from liquid Tylenol, go for it. Tylenol is better than Motrin, since it's easier on the stomach.
I would call your PCP. If that doesn't work, ask the GI doc who referred you to the surgeon.
Good luck! It'll get better.
Just surrender to what is...follow your recovery where it takes you. These early days are a challenge, but they will improve over time. Hang in there...be patient. Just take it a day at a time.