Nov 19, 2013 - 8:28 pm
Fiance did modified barium swallow study two weeks ago and it went well. We were very scared his swallowing muscles would not work but they did....fluids went down the wrong way but only once the therapist was pleased. His throat was severely damaged by the radiation and there are some disfunctions at the moment but with time and therapy he should be able to swallow normally again.
Since he started therapy he has been having upset stomache and throwing up everyday. The therapist gave him some apple sauce last week and he threw that up....she believes it was caused by the drive to her office and told him to try at home and he threw up on days when he did not travel. We think it might be the swallowing....she told him to decrease the spitting and swallow the phlegm maybe the stomache is not accustomed to him swallowing the phlegm and it gets upset? Did anyone experience this when they started swallowing again? She is trying to figure out why his stomache is getting upset, because its preventing him from completing his exercises. He starts therapy, gets sick and throws up and she has to stop.
Also, he got his cisplatin and 5-FU 4 weeks ago and he got so sick he told us he's not doing it again and he rather die....the doctors were able to talk him into it and he got hooked up yesterday (thank God). The 5-FU will run for 5 days....he is already having the side effects; constipation, stomache cramps, bowel discomfort, heartburn, sore mouth and general weakness. His doctor told us this round would have been easy because radiation is over but its been just as bad, just different symptoms.
He takes pepcid, tums, miralax, senokot, morphine, gas X and nothing seems to help....is there anything to ease the pain or does he have to suffer for the couple days? Did anything help with the side effects of the 5-FU....I really do not want him to break down and start thinking like he wants to give up because he has another round of treatment.
Appreciate any advice