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9 weeks out of surgery and still nausaus

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Hi i had 2/3 of my esophagus removed and most of my stomach drs say they got it all but i still have an appoint ment on wed with chemo dr. Sometimes hardtime getting food down choked a couple days a go all this normal i have been afarid to go on the net for bad news.

Donna70's picture
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Hi Billy,
I don't know what type of esophagectomy you had but most of us had nausea and vomiting for quite awhile after surgery. At least I did, I had the full 3 incision surgery and threw up for at least 5 months after surgery and coughed quite a bit. I am sure others will also come on and give you advice. Talk to your dr. About the choking be careful and eat the small amounts and stay away from foods that are too hard and easy to choke on. Also, if you choke and start coughing a lot you may have gotten some liquid or food in your lungs so you should ask your dr about signs of what they call aspiration, esp. a fever after a choking episode, you need to call the drs. Eat soft foods, small amounts and have your liquids at another time not when you have your meal. You can get thru this, it is a lot to adjust to, but as you see on this board there are many here who have walked this path. And don't be afraid to come on here, people here have much valuable info for you. Welcome to the board!! take care,

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thank you for your response. I try to eat small meals but i need a bottle of water by my side because sometime the food just wont go down. The last time i talked to the dr he said they will have to streach it but it is too new and he wont touch it yet. I went through the liquid coming back into my lungs deal. They took the top of my stomach off and made a tube out of it. The dr said i would not produce stomace acid but they have me on protonix and maalox as needed

captdave's picture
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They may have clipped the vargas (not sure of spelling) nerves in the stomach during your surgery which control the proton pumps which produce the acid. It would be good to know if this is why your surgeon says you wont produce acid or for some other reason.


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I had Ivor Lewis surgery for my EC and for a number of months post surgery I had difficulty swallowing from time to time. I also had some nausea and abdominal pain after eating. It took me a while to learn what foods worked and what foods to avoid. It also took me a while to learn how much food I could eat without causing discomfort.

My rules for eating include:

1. Eat small meals and eat about every two hours
2. Avoid sugar, greasy foods, fat, and foods with sauces
3. The main element of a meal (i.e. meat) should be no larger than the palm of my hand
4. Cut my food into small pieces and chew, chew, chew
- I put my fork down between bites to avoid eating too fast
5. Drink very little with meals
6. Avoid carbonated beverages
7. Sit down and relax for at least 30 minutes after eating

It does get better after a number of months but initially you have to be patient

Best Regards,

Paul Adams
Grand Blanc, Michigan

DX 10/22/2009 T2N1M0 Stage IIB
12/03/2009 Ivor Lewis
2/8 through 6/14/2010 Adjuvant Chemo Cisplatin, Epirubicin, 5 FU
Two year survivor

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

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Hi Billyd,

Your story sounds similar to mine. 1/3 of my esophagus was removed. Not to sound discouraging but I've had a VERY rough 4 years since surgery and needed another surgery to correct my excessive vomiting. Here's the direct link to my "about me" page which explains my journey:



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Hey Billy,
This sounds quite normal as Rob had the Ivor Lewis and he was feeling sick a lot of the time afterwards. Things did seem to settle down, but this horrible beast takes a lot of patience and some of the side effects of surgery are a bit upsetting.
I hope you will be feeling well again soon.
Prayers and hugs for you.

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