Posted 3/11/2014 2:01 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Pat, thanks for the welcome!
Oy, I hope my insurance co doesn't back out now, after surgery! I would have to sue them! I have Aetna open Access HMO for the federal government, in Washington DC/Northern Virginia area.
Around day 3 post op I had a painful swallowing episode, but I got through it and continued to eat. No problems until about day 7, when the swallowing got worse - food getting stuck and not going thru the linx and then backing up out of the esophagus. It got worse day 9-10, which were miserable, with vomiting and regurgitation with every meal. I gave myself a break for one day, only drinking liquids, and then tried again with success. I'm day 14 now and haven't had problems, I'm being really careful to take very small bites and chew carefully and drink along with the food. Especially wine ;)
I went off my meds for the preop testing and had reflux, but not terrible like it had been in the past. I only took my protonix a few times between then and surgery, thinking if I could quit them before surgery it would be good. Then, when I talked to the hospital folks a few days before surgery, they asked me to take the protonix the day of surgery to make sure I didn't have bad reflux during surgery.
I took one also during the terrible vomitting episode because my esophagus felt so raw, I was desperate to feel better. But I'm off them again, with no reflux that I can tell!
Doc told me to eat normal foods. I want to lose 20-30 pounds so I'm trying to be good and eat healthy stuff.