May 18, 2013 - 2:58 pm
Hello, I am new to the board.
I am currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment for a head/neck malignancy. This has resulted in dry mouth and some lost of taste. I taste sweet things the best and they go down the easiest.
The major problem I have is that it is difficult for me to eat anything other than sweets (ice cream, chocolates, etc.) and even they are hard to get down at times. Even water tastes funny to me - it has a thick, soapy quality to it. My doctor says my taste buds and salivary function are currently around 10-15% of what they should be.
I get hungry and I have an appetite. Foods sound appealing, and they look appealing. But when I go to eat them I usually cannot. I take one bite and I feel nauseous. I have tried all my favorite foods - chinese takeout, burgers, mexican food. The only foods in this category (savory foods) that I have had any success with are chinese fried shrimp dipped in sweet and sour sauce. It's the sweet sauce that helps them go down. Some foods such as plain fruits and steamed vegetables go down okay, but I need to get more protein and I'm getting tired of ice cream.
This is a big problem, of course, because the doctors don't want me to lose any more weight and it is important to stay well-nourished during treatment. I have tried taking antinausea medication prescribed for me, drinking lots of water, even lemon water, before and while I am eating. But it still difficult.
Any suggestions to make eating easier under these circumstances would be appreciated. Thank you.