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   Posted 3/31/2013 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
How do I know if my wrap is too tight my swallowing seems to be getting harder not better I'm starting to worry that maybe now the swelling has gone down the wrap is too tight is there anyway of knowing this anyone jere had experience of a tight wrap I'm 10 weeks out of my op not far off three months ?

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   Posted 4/1/2013 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you are having trouble, sammy. It's still plenty early. Can you swallow liquids? Soft foods? Only hard foods like beef? Did you have trouble swallowing before the surgery?

I have a post-polio throat which causes a weak swallow. I had trouble with uncoated tablets and hard foods before surgery. When I went for one of my post-op visits I got a resident who wanted to dilate my esophagus. He even told me if I allowed him to do a scope he would dilate me even if I had refused it. I told my surgeon's nurse I wasn't coming in again for followup if I was going to have to see that guy again. So I was never contacted about further followups.

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   Posted 4/1/2013 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I am at 8 weeks as of today and I could swear I feel the same it's all of a sudden harder to eat and I feel like I am having more pain now then I was 2 weeks ago. Not really but different/ What kinds of things are you eating? Or having daily to eat? I feel like it is taking so long to heal and I feel like people on here seem to have healed so quick.

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   Posted 4/1/2013 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Never had any swallowing issues before the op it seems to be mainly hard foods sotter foods like porridge go down ok but pasta toast bread I all struggle with i am just unsure whether or not my wrap could be too tight

Tarachriso I started finding it harder a few weeks ago I'm eating a lot of pasta as I'm finding that easier to swallow than bread and toast also eating things like chocolate crisps although they don't gI've me trouble seems tO be meals I thought by ten weeks swallowing would be almost normal

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   Posted 4/2/2013 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I hear you. It is so frustrating I feel like some things really work out great and others that I think that would work doesn’t. I often wonder if it is part fear as well. To be honest I guess I was not informed about what to expect or what I would be feeling since the surgery for me was a life or death situation. But never in a million years did I think it was going to be this hard.

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   Posted 4/2/2013 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sammy,
My guess is that you're eating more challenging foods that your wrap is not yet ready to accept.  Many pastas don't chew to a liquid.  Just because you're 3 months along doesn't change the fact that you need to eat slowly and chew your food completely before swallowing.  It takes a full 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. 
Often when people move along with their recovery they begin eating more and more challenging foods, and have a little relapse in what they view as their progress.  Listen to your body.  Your wrap, when it's irritated by food that is too rough or large to be easily swallowed, can become more swollen again.
If your wrap doesn't like what you're sending down, back off a little.  Be sure to always chew your food until it is a liquid/creamy consistency before swallowing.  Sip water or tea afterward.  All of this will improve as your healing continues.  Don't try to rush things or struggle against what "is".  Relax and go with the flow.  If your wrap says "no" then believe it and eat more carefully.  It isn't forever...you will get back to eating normally again.
Hang in there!
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   Posted 4/3/2013 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Sammy, did the surgeon do a full wrap or loose wrap.  If he did the loose wrap, then it certainly could be what you are eating and how much at one time.
try eating smaller portions and more often and chew chew chew.  Also, stay away from any..... carbonated drinks.  They will cause loads of pain.
best of luck...

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   Posted 4/4/2013 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey thanks for replying guys guess I just have to wait and see where I'm at in 6 months I seem to still have up and down days where I'll be feeling nauseos one day then not so much plus I have had a couple of times where I know its where the food hasnt gone down properly and I get hiccups and its as if my body is trying to force it through or back up and it eventually goes through but I worry why is it still not going through the surgeon did say it could be too tight even though he said he did the floppy 360 wrap I still sometimes reflux water back up if I drink a big gulp. Maybe it is still swollen its hard to know

When do you go back to the surgeon after 6 months ?
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