May 26, 2005 - 5:26 pm
Here's one for you! This morning I had a radiology test on my ability (or inability) to swallow after 8 weeks since the end of my radiation. As it turns out, the upper sphincter in my esophogus is closed off and won't allow anything to pass. I was given one teaspoon of berium and told they "didn't need to see any more". It was suggested the surgeon who performed my neck disection go in and dialate the sphincter, supplemented with an electrical stimulation treatment. I told my radiation oncologist about it and was told "Oh no...it's too early to think about that, yet".
Anybody out there had this proceedure? How long was it after you finished your radiation? How well did it work? Was it a permanent fix or did you have to have it done again?
I'M READY TO EAT OR I'M AFFRAID I'M GONNA END UP IN A BELL TOWER SOMEWHERE!