Dumping generally resolves during healing. People who have stomach surgery (including gastric bypass) tend to have the problem as they recover and their system adjusts to the changes. There are dietary ways to help avoid the problem. Sweets tend to exacerbate the problem. Here's a link:
As I recall I'd get it a couple times in one week, then not again for a week or a few weeks, and it would crop up again for an episode. As my healing progressed it became more and more rare...once a month...once every two months. Sometimes it was just one day, sometimes two. I never had it for an extended time. I'm positive it was eating related. I have that sensitive stomach I told you about, and whenever my wrap got irritated it seemed to happen.
In my case I'd get the gurgling and I'd know that dumping was coming, but I didn't have to use the bathroom immediately. Also, I'd go a couple times in the morning and it wouldn't bother me again all day. For me the loud gurgling was a bigger issue than the actual dumping!(When I was at a meeting once, people were offering me their snacks, because they thought I must be starving! LOL)
As far as the pills go...no, I don't choke. They just get stuck at the wrap site and feel uncomfortable. It's very irritating to have medication sit there and melt, or scrape through my wrap. For that reason, I cut or crush large pills, empty large capsules into applesauce, go for smaller versions (for example, my allergy pills...Allegra is large, Xyzal is tiny, so I made the switch. Not a big deal.)
I've never had any choking issues with the wrap. During healing, when it's swollen, and something's not chewed well, food can get stuck and cause some spasms and discomfort. Warm tea or non-iced water works well. It's never choking. Just discomfort for a few moments. The main thing is not to panic, and to take some sips to help it through. Some people panic and try to cough it up like a cat coughs up a hairball, but unless it a huge piece of unchewed steak or something (which is a no-no during the first 8 weeks or so, and could cause problems any time...small bites and chew, chew, chew...I'm sure you've heard that more than a few times around here!)
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Good luck with your search for answers!
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Post Edited (dencha) : 11/28/2012 7:06:34 AM (GMT-7)