Bad scare trying to swallow 3 wks post nissen

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lizzard3
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   Posted 9/15/2012 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I was feeling great and I have progressed to eating more than mush but tonight I was eating chicken finally chopped blened with a few things ( somewhat like a crab cake).  I chewed and chewed and when I swallowed it felt like it got stuck.  The pain was awful and it took forever to go down.  One I am afraid i have done damage as I am sore now and two how do I know when to progess to other foods?  I also yesterday I experienced my voice change and tightness in the chest? What a journey confused

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/16/2012 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Liz-

Okay, first take a deep breath and relax. What you had happen is very common. Some types of foods with pile up at the wrap in the first sew to several months. Chicken, turkey, rice, potatoes, soft breads, etc. When this happens try your best to relax you esophagus and stomach muscles. This can help ease it through. Sit up very straight or stand up and put your chin to your chest and swallow. This will give a bit better swallow and may push it through. Yes this may be painful. I have had this many many times and have done no damage to ay of my wraps.

For me I can use small drinks of water to help it go through. If you feel like a burp is stuck in your throat try to let it out slowly. I think this is bubbles from swallowing air. If this doesn't work you can try to bring it back up. This isn't vomiting, but more like a cat with a hair ball.

Back off your diet again for a day or so to let things settle down and when you are ready to try again take even smaller bites and feel the food go down your esophagus. It won't take very long and you will be able to feel if the food goes through the wrap or not. If you don't feel it go through keep trying to swallow easily to get it by. I use water to help this, but some people feel it works better to just keep swallowing without water.

It also can help if you drink something warm before you eat to help relax the wrap area a bit. During this recovery the muscles are going to be out of wack a while until they fully heal.

Oh, almost forgot, toast does go down easily in recovery. Take your time when adding new foods. I like to wait about 30 seconds between bites to make sure it went through.

Take care,
Bill
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#3 on 8/24/11

Jonh71
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   Posted 9/16/2012 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hell lizard

This is very common, I had at least 10+ instances of this and the first time my wife called the parademics as I couldn't speak to explain what was going on. I had just swallowed food right before she called from work to check on me. It was not funny at the time but it is now.

It's very common indeed and I never damaged my wrap or throat although at the time I thought I must have wripped myself apart. They are very painful but it goes away, I used to arch my neck back and look up to try and open the throat but it never really worked. Be prepared for it to go on for some time, I had the last episode at about 12 weeks post op and that time it was bread. It does get better, just keep going your body tells you when all is good.

lizzard3
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   Posted 9/17/2012 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the suggetions and sharing your experiences. I did go back to softer foods today . 12 weeks, wow! I am really hoping to enjoy a Birthday dinner in November with a glass a wine??? I guess time will tell

Thanks again

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   Posted 9/18/2012 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lizzard3,
I also am only 3 weeks out of my fundo and I have had several instances like this. The first two weeks, I would describe as hell because even liquids went down with a pain that was so painful. I explained my issues to my doctor who took immediate blood work to be sure my lack of hydration and food wasn't affecting my overall health and then sent me for an immediate dilation of my esophagus. They had to do a "gentle" dilation as I was only two weeks post op but it has made a world of difference. I have now been able to graduate to anything that I can chew to a very soft almost liquid texture. Most liquids are going down find although I have what the doc calls "floating". Sometimes liquids tend to float in my esophagus.. this was a pre-surgery issue. This is a wonderful forum and I have been reading through all the questions and comments and my mind is so much more at ease knowing I am not alone through this difficult and sometimes troubling time. It does get easier.. Just take it day by day and don't push to hard. I was told recovery is 6 months to a year.. A long time for sure but I would imagine definitely worth the wait!

GOOD LUCK!!!
Wendy
Frustrated and hungry! (Wrapped 8-28-2012)

lizzard3
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   Posted 9/20/2012 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank Wendy,

I am back to work and I work with children/families. It is a busy job but I can adjust my day to ensure I don't over due it. BUT I am exhausted all the time. I am not sure if it is lack of food as I am really trying to increase my intake. I have lost weight and question if that is the reason. I am dragging myself through the day. Is this part of the recovery as I know on the outside I look healed but that is not the case on the inside. I am used to two to three cups of coffee a day which I have not had since the surgery. Thanks for all the input. It really is a journey that you need to have a forum like this.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/20/2012 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Liz-

It is very common to still be tired after this surgery. Remember it is major surgery and your body need calories to help heal. Unfortunately during recovery we are limited on or calorie intake thus making us tired.

Take care,
Bill
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#3 on 8/24/11

HixImxAnthony
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   Posted 10/19/2012 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello my name is Anthony/ Im 19. Recently i have had trouble burping. It feels as if when i burp it travels half way up my esophagus then make a growling sound and suddenlly disappears in my chest. I am so worried it could be esophagus cancer. I Have been smoking about a pack every 2 days since i turned 17. I Rarely have acid reflux and when i do it's not bad. I Have been up all night trying to figure what's going on with me. I know it could be GERD But what i read on GERD is it usually caused by acid reflux witch i rarely have. This not being able to burp sensation just came out of no were. Anybody on that can help me. I Will be scedueling a doctors app sometime soon.



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