Oct 19, 2012 - 4:40 pm
My dad had a total gastrectomy and partial esophagectomy at the beginning of August. He was in the hospital for ten days and then came home for a few days before he came down with pneumonia and they found a leak between his esophagus and small intestine. He was in the hospital for another 3 weeks and finally came home almost three weeks ago. He's been given the ok to drink liquids but has not been able to handle even water. He complains of intense "pressure" in his abdomen that sometimes reaches into his throat. This pressure is so painful for him that he often just lays moaning in his recliner. He had a chest exray done which came back fine. The doctors haven't been able to suggest much. He takes oxycodin for the pain but that doesn't seem to provide enough relief. Has anyone dealt with this "pressure" feeling? He also suffers from intense heartburn even though he is only getting nutrition through his feeding tube.