Aug 25, 2010 - 4:46 pm
I had a barium swallow today that confirmed the stricture that has completely closed off my esophagus preventing any food or liquid from entering. The good news from this is that it pretty much ruled out a mass that's causing the problem. Also I have a new speech pathologist who *wants* to help which was encouraging. She thinks she can help open this up with exercise.
Next is another endoscopy with a smaller endoscope and possibly a dilation. The test showed that the esophagus is *completely* closed. The test wasn't bad at all; I had expected it to be intolerable.
So I'm a bit discouraged by this, but I also realize this is a long road. I know about Sweetblood's experience and Joe's - anyone else have any ideas or thoughts?