Welcome to Healing Well! Glad you've joined us.
Before my Nissen surgery, I had gastritis and esophagitis several times a year. Esophagitis is very painful, and you're right about
the raw veggies, etc. They're scratching the already irritated esophagus, and causing more damage.
Stick to bland foods (no spice, acid, alcohol) and smooth foods. My go-to food during an esophagitis outbreak was egg custard. Only eat things that can be chewed to a liquid, creamy consistency. Take small bites and chew, chew, chew, chew.
It takes time and patience to heal, but you will. If you stay away from those rough and offending foods, you'll get better more quickly. Just imagine rubbing raw veggies, nuts, or popcorn kernels into a raw spot on the outside of your body. Your upper GI tissue is even more sensitive than your skin. Also, your stomach has muscles that mash food as part of the digestive process. Once those rough foods get into your stomach, the get ground against the irritated lining of your stomach (if it is irritated) as well.
One other thing. If you have good insurance, ask your doctor for a prescript
ion of Carafate suspension. It's pretty pricey. It's the best, though. If not, you can get Sulcrafate tablets (generic). You put a tablet in a shotglass or medicine cup, add a wee bit of water, stir, and throw it back like a shot.
While it doesn't coat as well as the suspension form, I confident that it will give you some relief from the pain that lingers after you swallow. Read the directions for taking it carefully.
You need to space your doses between eating and meds, so read the protocol. The Carafate/Sulcrafate coat the esophagus and stomach lining. My GI doc said that the coating lasts about
6 hours. Don't drink anything for 10 minutes after taking it, so it has a chance to adhere to your esophagus.
If you're careful and very patient, you'll heal and get back to normal. My GI doc said to wait 2 weeks after I felt perfect before introducing more challenging foods. Good luck...I know it's hard to deal with.Happy healing,
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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Post Edited (dencha) : 2/9/2014 11:34:11 AM (GMT-7)