Can't swallow after Barex

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Rob Talbert
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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 7/13/2013 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an Endoscopy and Barex procedure six weeks ago to remove Barrett's which had a small area of lo grade displacia.  After the procedure I wasn't able to swallow many foods stuff like sandwiches, hot veggies, potatoes with cheese.  I tried eating some cvold cereal once that was a bit soggy and I had the problem, but I could eat the same cereal with no milk. I could eat ice cream, soup, cold salads and hard food like chips, nuts and popcorn.  My doc suspected I had developed some scar tissue, so last week I went back in for another endoscopy.  The doc said he could see nothing amiss but dialated my esophagus to see if that would solve the problem.  I feel some better, but still experience most of the same symptoms just about any time I try to eat regular food.
Without really understanding how the esophagus functions, it almost seems like something triggers the muscles to clamp shut.  I swallow, but the food doesn't make it all the way down.  I take a few more bites and begin to feel some reflux-type pain.  I also feel pain like I need to burp but I can't.  If I drink water it just gets worse.  It is like the plumbing is plugged up.  I go to the toilet, regurgitate the last four or five swallows of food (which seems to come from my esophogus, not my stomach) and then I am able to burp, which I usually do several times.  I wait ten or fifteen minutes, and then often I can eat the same food I couldn't eat before, if I eat slowly and take very small bites. 
I am trying to figure out what causes my esophogus to constrict (my sense of what is going on) - maybe it is hot food, maybe it is the consistency of the food, being spongy or sticky or solid, maybe it is spicey food (although I don't eat much spicey food actually.)  I'm going to experiment to see if I can figure out what is triggering this.

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   Posted 7/13/2013 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, Rob.

Sorry you are having trouble swallowing. Maybe the dilation irritated your esophagus and needs time to settle. You are right to experiment, but be careful. It might be a bit soon. I'd be running this idea by the doctor. (Mine was my allergist.)

Keep a food log of what you are eating and your reactions. There are a lot of posts on keeping a food journal. Start with a teaspoonful (or tablespoon if you expect not to have a problem) of one food. Wait 20 minutes and try 2, wait, then 4, up to 16. It can be related food groups, textures, ingredients like preservatives, etc.

My food triggers are mainly sulfites and lactose. Others have very different intolerances.
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