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staceya
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I am feeling really discouraged about eating..sorry for the depressing title!

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Hondo
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Hey its OK we all understand, my food was just grits’ for many months even after treatment.

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pattyanny
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Hi Stacey, I hate the eating part too, but realized, after quite a while, if I ate I had energy to get out of bed! (Duh! - Hey I am a blonde! Lol!)
Soup, and carnation VHC drink was a start. Now I am eating, but you are right - it sucks!
Keep in touch! Patty

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Glenna M
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Hi Patty and Stacey,

I'm 8 months post treatment and sometimes look at eating as more of a chore instead of something pleasurable. And believe me I used to love to eat - lol

I know I have to be careful because I will lose weight if I don't keep my calorie intake the same each day. I have found that on the days I really don't feel like eating I can just drink a couple bottles of Ensure Plus and still maintain my weight. I know I shouldn't do this but sometimes I just don't feel like eating.

Take care and keep trying to eat ;-)

Glenna

Mick123
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I know how bad it is to eat but it is vital that you do. If you keep your strength up by eating, things just become a little bit easier to take and you know we sometimes have to hang our hats on the little things. I had a feeding tube through most of my treatment and even then didn't really have the desire to eat but I knew how important it was to at least get those fluids in me. Hang in there and eat what you can. It gets better. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

rozaroo
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I am going through the same thing. Down to two feeding's a day with the tube. I not hungry at all but force myself to drink shakes & try different food's. It seem's I can only get in little bit's, no apppetite. I love to cook & miss food so much However, on the bright side I do notice taste is slowly returning. I would just love to be hungry again!

vvandamme
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I hear you, I feel the same way. What a chore to even think about it.

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pattyanny
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Happy to hear you are 8 months out! Hey - so am I! Hooray!
No, I rarely enjoy eating, except, when I can, I will go have a creamy soup at a restaurant for lunch. It just takes so long to eat anything - it IS a chore! I, too am not consistent, so it's bad for the weight and energy issue. The Dr did give me a RX Megace, maybe I should go back to taking it. It brings on quite an appetite! Lol!
Thanks, and keep pressing forward Glenna!

backachedp
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What is this a appitie stimulant? I take Merinol, which is s pill made from THC. I was 190lbs and dropped to 123lbs...I do not have Cancer my Husband did...I wonder if his Dr's would Rx something to help him with his appitie..the only thing is he can't swallow anything but creamy soups and Protien Shakes..he put's hard boiled eggs in them ICKY...just watchinh that make me want to vomit, but he is still not gaining weight. I must say my Husband is a much stronger man than I ever thought...he never complains and has a whole new outlook on life now that he is Cancer Freeand he had a very positive attitude throughout the whole thing. I hate to cook, because he cannot eat any of it. I have told him about people here saying pancakes with lot's of syrup and french toast and he just won't even try...our one dog is getting very fat as Bob is feeding him the food I try and make him eat....

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staceya, no need to apologize as we've all been there and vented ourselves. Most, if not all, who go thru H&N C have problems eating and then when they can, food just doesn't taste right. Another BIG let down. It will get better tho. My last trmnt was 10/22/09 and I starting eating pretty good about the beginning of May,2010. There are still flavors that don't tates right, coffee, chocolate, peanuts, peanut butter but I'm still hoping those flavors will come back, especially coffee, I really miss that. Anyway, hang in there, it WILL get better. Take Care.
God Bless,
Debbie

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micktissue
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I'm still on the PEG :( I was saying to my daughter yesterday that I would kill for a Subway sandwich and a bag of fritos. I'd kill to be able to eat anything at this stage. I think I still have my taste because I can taste my toothpaste! I am 8 weeks out from end of treatment (EOT) and it looks like I will continue this non-eating act for a few more weekls until my throat stops hurting.

Best,

Mick

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debbiejeanne
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Mick, it took 8 mo b4 I could eat.My last trmnt was 10/22/09 and even today, I still have trouble w/the food getting stuck. I remember when I was saying just what you are saying....I would kill... Hang in there, you will be able to eat again.
God Bless,
Debbbie

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staceya
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Mick- I am about 4 weeks ahead of you..I WAS hungry until mid April, when that disappeared..due to frustration? depression? I am not sure. I am hopefully hopeful, that I will follow the path of others and things will work out..wish I had more patience..
Well off to eat a lunch of boost, followed by a dinner of boost, followed by a breakfast of....boost???
Stacey..

Fire34
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Stacey
Dont worry I am 6 months out and eating still sucks for me. I still have no taste yet and for me it is a mind over matter type thing. I also have the better half egging me on. I also still have no saliva and of course that doesn't help. I could go all day without eating as I still have no real appetite, but eat when I can.
Is it the swallowing that is the hard part? I know the first month and 1/2 for me it was and it got better a little at a time. I started out with scrambled eggs and that type of thing. I am hoping and praying things work out and they will. Keep a positive attitude and dont stop trying things.
Dave

vvandamme
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I know just what you mean. It is so difficult to eat due to no desire. I tried vegatables beleive it or not they are the best. There is no sugar and no acid to irratate my tongue. Hope this helps.

dfdb06c
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Stacey, I am 5 months out, 12-30-09 last Tx, and today is the first day I have eaten more calories than I've taken in with boost. I completely understand your lunch,dinner, and breakfast comment as I told my wife that one day. It is getting a lot better, yesterday I had brisket for the first time(I'm in Texas), not much but some. As everyone says, it will get better and I have had problems with my patience wearing thin. I've had one major meltdown over the eating issue as I felt it would never improve, but even though I'm not at 100% it has improved significantly over the last few weeks. I still will be supplementing with boost for a while but feel I am turning a corner. I ate a lot of soups to start with. I understand your frustration completely though, and hope this helps a little bit. You are not alone.
Kenny

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pattyanny
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Hey - toothpaste, Yum! Lol! Yes it is a good sign. Soon mick, you will be slurping up soups and having that Subway & fritos! I hope you have meds for that throat pain!??
You are in my prayers, as always, Patty

sportsman
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I am now a little over three years post treatment and still struggle to eat. I have been dilated four times now and another one scheduled for June. I refer to my wife that it is time to choke rather than to eat. This makes her mad but in essence that about what it is for those of us who have been maimed by radiation. This is extremely hard on your social life as you can't go out to eat with friends and family, can't go to social functions etc. It is hard to watch someone else eat and enjoy food when you know you can't do the same. I smell really well and my taste buds are still there for the most part, but without saliva and a throat that feels as though it has a lump in it all the time eating is now for entirely survival and nothing else. I lost fifty pounds during treatment and have only gained about twenty four of it back in three years. I will say that anything beats that peg tube hanging out of your gut and having to take care of all that goes with it. Maybe someday there will be some hope for us who have gone through this if we don't die before it happens. I know the teaching hospital I go to with my swallowing problems is working on saliva gland transplants now but who knows how far this is out there in the future. In the mean time let us all pray for others that will have this terrible treatment and it can be progressed so it will not be so devastating.

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fishingirl
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Hi Stacy! What I do for nutritious calories is mix banana, strawberries and blueberries with a can of Ensure in a blender. And does it ever taste good!! Give it a try:)

Cindy

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I am the same way. I am trying now to eat things. The only thing that tastes good is Apple Jacks cereal. I can eat about 1/2 a pancake, if it is soaked in butter and syrup. It just drives me crazy and I can drink all the boost and ensure I need for my calories, so I am going to ask to get the tube taken out next week. I don't have trouble like sportsman, I can swallow and the soreness is almost gone. But eating pears and cottage cheese?? Never have I eaten it before and I don't like it that much but at least it is not boost. Yea, eating sucks.

Best,
Steve

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survivor31
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hi there im four months out of treatment and feel just as you do staceya it is very hard my mind and body still craves for things I once enjoyed it is at times deppressing really when the taste is so mute I guess all can do is hang in there and hope for the best :)

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staceya
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Thanks so much! It is so helpful to hear from others point of view...
My taste has gotten so off, the other day when I was drinking (Believe it or not a boost) through a straw, I did not notice that I was eating a bit of the paper straw wrapper as well...must have tasted the same as the drink!!
Stacey

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Scambuster
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Hi Stacey, you might want to look into trying some green smoothies. As you are struggling to get enough good grits in, they are a very effective way to get a whole bunch of powerful nutrients into you with minimal effort. Vitals greens are also known as a 'super food'.

Here is one good site but I suggest you check out a few and get more information. you may go through an adjustment period when starting.

http://www.greensmoothie.com/blend/green.html

Regds
Scam

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I hear ya sista! you know that has been my constant moan, and why i sought this forum out. i never thought that i would be struggling still, this far after treatment. but have hope that you will improve even if it seems like it is taking forever. i was actually able to eat a piece of chicken the other day. i nearly cried with joy. all i can say is keep trying hun. i still have a very limited pool of food i can tolerate. eg that does not burn and that is mushy enough for me to swallow.

super well cooked oatmeal
soggy cereal in lots of milk

my one tortilla with a bit of cream cheese spread on it and one piece of thin ham or turkey-
sometimes topped with shredded cabbage and carrot (bag of cole slaw mix)

bananas
mashed potatoes
well cooked ramen noodles tossed in garlic and olive oil
avacados
potato salad with a mashed in avacado
very boiled macaroni salad with a mushed in avacado
some smoothies
sour cream
some yogurt
some cheese
pureed beans
my step moms cheesecake (not like that happens often)
pastina with butter

ice cream (in the begining when I just started to drink again, after 5 months of nothing orally, i had to get the vanilla ice cream with out the specks of real vanilla because those tiny flecks hurt my tongue so bad. i am totally serious. my friends and family thought me insane)

really mushy brocolli tops, just the very tops of the florets. have to put it in the food chopper, I add a tiny bit of olive oil and garlic

bolthouse farms fruit and protein drinks
resource boost breeze

sometimes i will try new things and put them in my chopper first. less chewing for me to do. less pain on my tongue. I reaallly need to take tiny bites and swallow tiny amounts at a time or I will choke or food will get stuck. I take one piece of elbow macaroni in my mouth at a time. I chew it to death, until complete paste. take a sip of drink, and it takes 4 to 5 tiny swallows to get that one piece of macaroni down. If I try to swallow it all at once, comes right back up, doesn't fit thru my stricture. I can get about a half cup to a cup of food down now. It takes me around an hour or a little more to eat something. My mouth and tongue really hurt by the end.

I am feeling better that I can at least eat something now. I can tell you that the 5 months I neither ate nor drank were the longest in my life.

I can't eat with people either. They want to talk, and I really need to chew and concintrate. I have a friend that is coming for a weekend that I have not seen in 22 years. He wanted to go out to dinner and I am not sure I even want to try to eat in public. He is aware of my situation and said he will follow my lead on everything whatever I want to do. I am not sure I even want to eat n front of him. :(

It's frustrating, I know. You guys hang in there. I am wondering if I will ever get rid of my PEG.

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debbiejeanne
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sweet, I'm so sorry that you are still having such trouble. I have definitely been there and still get scared to eat sometimes. I pray it will get easier for you very soon.
I'm glad your friend is coming to see you, it may be just what you need to boost your mood. It sounds like he truly cares about you so feel safe in doing what you are most comfortable with, eating out or ordering in. Most importantly, enjoy his company and laugh a little, oh what the heck, laugh a lot!! Just try to have a good time and maybe even some fun. YOU DESERVE IT!! Please let us know how it goes, we don't have to have details if you don't want to share, just whether or not you had a good time. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.
God bless you friend,
Debbie

rmkbrad
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I sit and watch the food channel and things look good but I do not have the disire to eat. Today I had two small smoothies and I was able to keep them down. That has been a problem so far, if I get up and move around to soon after tube feeding I thow it all back up. It has been almost a month since my last neck rad and almost two weeks since my last esophagus nad. This whole healing thing really sucks, pardone my french. I want food real food. I went from a strong 285 to 220 and weak as I would never had emagined. Yesterday I went to the store with my wife and I was pushing the cart, she put in two gallons of milk and two gallons of juice along with some other stuff and I was having a hard time pushing the cart though the store, just venting. Peace and eat on.

Brad

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debbiejeanne
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Brad, I am 7 months post and I am still weak. I am stronger that I was but still not like I was b4 the trmnts. I also understand your desire to eat. I remember being so envious of people who could eat. I just wanted to eat some of everything. Even now, I'm still limited to what I can eat b/c my tastebuds are messed up. But I can eat chicken and bbq ribs. You will get to this point soon also but I know while you're waiting it seems like an eternity :0( Hang it there, the time will come. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it will be soon.
Good luck and God Bless,
Debbie

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Pam M
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Stacey,

Sorry it's rough going. I finished tx mid March. I continue to be very lucky when it comes to tolerating treatment. I can eat most things, and I think my taste is almost, if not completely back. Still, I was bumming a couple of days ago over the issues I have. I also find that there are some things I can eat one day, but not another. Like Mick, though, a Subway sandwich is a daydream for me. Oh well. With plenty of water and bland sauce, I could eat the meat and lots of toppings.

On the way lucky for me front . . . I get hungry sometimes! My family acted like I was a little off when I would excitedly announce "Hey, I think I'm hungry!"

I, too, feel awkward eating with others. I have an annoying habit of putting my hand over my mouth when I'm eating (like pressing on my lips will make the pain at the back of my mouth go away), and it takes a long time to eat. Sometimes I get irritated when everyone's long finished, and I'm still plugging away at eating, even though my food's gone cold. I celebrated my birthday with three groups of people this year. After smiling and choking down a small piece of cake at celebration number one, I let the others know that cake is not on my "can do" list yet. YET.

But I'm eating. I haven't used my feeding tube for nutrition since April, don't have to supplement with liquid nutrition, and my weight loss has slowed to a crawl. I wish you all could have been as lucky as I've been when it comes to mouth and throat recovery.

Keep plugging away. And know that I don't blame you a bit for being irritated at not being able to eat much. I can eat lots of things, and still get irritated.

Do well,

Pam

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illoozions
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Hi Staceya

I am sure that many of you have tried this, but I see no mention of it in the posts. My husband is just getting started in treatments and had to have all his teeth out. He wanted a hamburger and beans but could not come close to eating this, so I cooked the hamburger and threw it all in a smoothie blender, with a little liquid. It came out with a "baby food" consistency, but the flavor was still there. I know that it sounds yucky, but it gets the job done. Once he loses his ability to taste the food it may be more of a challenge. I can at least keep him well nourished by blending high calorie foods "avocado, bananas, chicken, etc.. Threw a chicken pot pie in there with a little water to bring consistency to thin oatmeal and that worked great too.
Lynette

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Skiffin16
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Hi Lynette,

Taste does definitely help getting calories in you, but like you said more than likely in the future taste will be minimal if nothing else than just plain bad....even water tasted nasty to me.

But Roger is tough, and you can keep him focused. During that time, like I mentioned Ensure Plus or comporable will be his main source of calorie intake (or least was for me).

I could barely taste the Strawberry, but the main thing is just getting it into him and maintaining as much weight and nutrition as he can tolerate along with fluids. I tried Gator-Aid, but eventually all of the fluids just got old really. Water has always been the best thirst quincher for me, but even water tasted bad.

It's just something at that time that needs to be a mind set. Do what you have to to get the calories in you, even though they taste like crap, hurt to swallow and are just plain hard to take in.

It becomes a day to day thing, concentrate on doing what you have to, rest when you can and repeat it again the next day. Eventually you'll be on the down hill side and every day down is another day closer to finishing treatment.

That's how I dealt, but everyone is different. Knowing that Roger spent so much time in the service, I know he is tough and can handle this...he can beat the tough times.

When he makes it through and starts feeling better and regains some taste. My treat at the Red Elephant for burgers this time....

If I can help or he needs a ride or someone to sit during Chemo or treatment, let me know and I'll try to make it.

Good Luck, God Bless and Stay in Touch,
John

Michael Abrams
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Alas, I have had to use the "magic mouthwash" from time to time to get anything swallowed bigger than a dime. I had a mucoepidermoid carcinoma under my jaw taken out Feb. 1, 2010, and six weeks of radiation. So, what is my diet? In the morning I will mash up a hard boiled egg with lots of mayonnaise and maybe some pickle relish. I like to wash it down with Yoo-Hoo - OK, call it junk food but it works for me as one of the few drinks I can tolerate without burning my throat. I take my pills with a sip of Yoo-Hoo for each pill. Then, maybe later in the day, I have a bottle of cold Ensure or the off-brand from Publix which tastes the same. For dinner, I often have a whole can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup (warm) with a few plain crackers soaking in it. I will try to eat other things later, like a hot dog, but it will only go down with a lot of magic mouthwash beforehand. I am not saying to do this. Ice cream is too cold, so I let it melt a bit before I try to eat some. Our friends brought over some bean salad (sort of like three-bean salad with small beans and corn and diced tomato and onion and vinegar) and I like it a lot. Well, all of this is probably a poor diet. But it gets me by. I can't take big vitamin pills so I bought some liquid vitamin at Costco and keep it cold, like I do the magic mouthwash. I don't have much of an appetite; I often have to force myself to eat. I gargle a lot with warm salt water, brush my teeth with a post-operative toothbrush, floss and then put on my fluoride trays, as prescribed. The worst part was when I stopped cold turkey taking Oxycodone and Hydrocodone after four months. For two weeks I was in a living hell.

Mike

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altoman
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I"m three years out from my surgeries, radiation and chemo therapy and I cannot eat solid foods. I can swallow just fine. I can't get the solid foods back to my throat. I have near zero saliva which is needed to create a bolus around the food and help get the food to the back of my throat. Not gonna happen. Also, solid foods feel like sand paper (because I have no saliva).

I have to drink all my nutrition.

My diet consists of 5-6 cans of isosource each day. I made a deal with the owner of the local restaurant down the road, the Fairway near Swansboro, NC, to make me strained soups. I pick up a gallon of soup each Saturday. I do clam chowder, red pepper, and shrimp bisque. I can also do cream of broccoli and cream of mushroom.

I virtually have no taste. Everything I eat must be bland. No spices. Even olive oil burns my mouth. I eat ice cream but I cannot taste it. It tastes cold. I have to let it melt first, to warm up. I cannot do citric juices but I do V8 to get my veggies.

The GOOD part is, is that I've always been an utility eater. I ate because I had to. I don't go goo-goo gaa-gaa over food. The BAD part is, is that I've been told that drinking isosource alone for long periods of time causes other weird diseases of your internal organs. That's why I'm trying to eat 'real people' food, rather drink real people food.

Traveling is a pain. I have to ship my cans of goo to the final destination so that I have something to eat.

It was a big 'mental' step to go from the feeding tube to mouth feeding. I used to replace my own tubes because the hospitals charged too much to replace them.

I am just starting to get that 'hungry' feeling. I never really was hungry during treatment. I also gained back the 20 lbs I lost.

My worst problem today is chronic dry mouth. I tried many, many commercial products and none of them helped. Sipping water is best but carrying a bottle around is impractical and besides you can't sleep and drink water! So I developed what I call the dry mouth pump. It squirts tiny amounts of water (or anti bacteria solution) into my mouth at regular intervals even when sleeping. I no longer wake up with my mouth parts all stuck together. Sometimes I apply petroleum jelly on my lips so they won't get dry. You can read about my pump at drymouthpump.com.

In the mean time, bon appetite!

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Scambuster
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Hi Altoman,

Whoa, what a story. Sorry to hear to have not recovered your taste and saliva ++ but you sound to be very positive about getting on with things. I am curious if you have tried L-Glutamine powder, which should assist the healing and help stop the burning you get with many foods ?

Also, i posted earlier a bit about Green Smoothies. They are a great way to get loads of essential nutrition and phytonutrients into you body with minimal effort. You need to read up a bit as you have to rotate the veges to avoid over supply of some Alkaloids, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. There are plenty of web sites covering Green Smoothies.

I am about 8 months out now SCC Left Tonsil - surgery, IMRT 7 weeks 2 x day + Erbitux. Had a very rough time during treatment.

I used L-Glutamine right through treatment and still take a heaped spoon every day to help the recovery. I can tolerate all foods though I am sensitive to spicy foods and hot (Temp) foods. I am pretty much vegetarian now as all good studies I have read, clearly indicate the danger to Cancer people from eating animal proteins. I feel better now than I have in years. The green Smoothies may help you get away from the Dairy Goo you are using. i hope so anyway.

As for the spit, I started Acupuncture a few months ago and seemed to have recovered about 10-15% of my saliva. not much but makes a huge difference, even that little bit. I still need water/soup when eating and dry out badly during the night, but it's bearable and beats the alternative.

I am very interested to see if the above helps you Altoman.

All the best to you and tx for sharing your story.
Scambuster

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dennis318
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I find with no l/s larynx working it's like pushing a door open, you choke for a while, anything with a gravy, or butter base works, cream of wheat, gravy, and chicken noodle soup with half and half and butter is great. i take my pain pills an hour before and that helps alot. i took a chance today and took a hour to eat a wet burrito for lunch, ouch, but i wanted it so bad....it's trial and error and after seeing alot of the postings, i'm doing better than i thought. thank you for everyone posting. Dennis. p.s chocolate malts are standard now, and ican tolerate acid more, it doen't burn. Last radiation to throat was January 25th

j3rey
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Hi Scam
Can you tell me what the L-Glutamine does for you? I did see this on another website as well and bought some. I have not given it to my husband yet as our doctor said no supplements while having radiation. He is afraid that it may interfere with treatments. Will it help to prevent problems in the throat during radiation? Just seeking information. Thanks so much.
Jen

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Scambuster
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I have pasted in some info below, but essentially it will help heal the tissue in the mouth and throat. It also helps prevent muscle loss due the rapid weight loss many of us suffered. It is naturally occurring and from all my studies, it should not interfere with the Rads or Chemo. I found it great to swish and swallow as it stops the burning he will get from eating many foods for quite a while. During recovery, this very useful. You just mix a spoon or 2 into water, juice or even his PEG food. Apart from the anti-burn effect, you will not notice immediate effects, but it is regarded as very good to help healing and general metabolism of what food he is getting in.

Regds
SCAM

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denistd
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I am one year out of treatment, 35 rads and 3 cistplatin. One year later I believe I have an appetite now larger than before treatment, I can taste everything, no problem swallowing. Treatment was rough, I had a peg and started using it 4 weeks into my rads, and 3 weeks after rads. My weight is back and energy seems to be normal. I do suffer a little from dry mouth but it has improved 70% since last year. I was out fishing on the ocean a couple of weeks ago and had no food with me, I had plenty of water. But as the day wore on I got drier and drier. Found out that water is not the only thing to spur saliva, saliva production relies on food also. So you see, it does get better, I was miserable right after tx but noted in a diary how I felt everyday, I look at that diary now and I can see progress in my own words.

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sweetblood22
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Glad you are doing better. I keep hoping my remaining salivary gland will kick into high gear some day! A girl can dream can't she?

Lena Rose
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for your positive post. Glad you are doing well, it give my so much hope!

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