Reflux Post Esophagectomy

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Reflux Post Esophagectomy

by Suejane on Thu May 05, 2005 12:00 AM

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My husband recently had an esophagectomy for cancer removal. He does not have the dumping sydrome, but has an increase in bouts of violent reflux.(4 this week). He sleeps in a recliner, but being almost upright, does not seem to help. Is there anyone of you that has had this problem and could gives us suggestions. We have been told there is no surgical solution. thank you

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by Jane_c_6 on Mon May 09, 2005 12:00 AM

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I have not had the amount of reflux your husband has apparently had, but I have found that I can't eat 2-4 hours prior to bed, and not to eat a lot. My surgery was in August, 2004, and at first I had to sleep sitting in my recliner, but now can sleep in bed. Often I will sleep on several pillows to raise my upper body. For some reason, also, I have found when I have reflux, it is when I am sleeping on my left side. Good Luck !!

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by Suejane on Mon May 09, 2005 12:00 AM

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Thank you for your suggestions. He does not eat after 4 or 5pm. He slept on an 11in. wedge for a few weeks, but the reflux worsened after a while. He does not want to try it again, but I am hoping he will at some point. He had an appt. with his surgeon on Wed. He explained why is having the bile reflux....they enlarged the opening below his stomach, so the stomach could empty easier. The bile is flowing back into the stomach and into his esophagus. He will have another scope on the 20th to see if there is anything that can be done. Did you lose a lot of weight? He has lost 30 lbs. He doesn't have a good appetite and of course, eats small meals. I guess not eating after 4 or 5 contributes also to the lose. I am glad you are doing well. I wish you the best. thanks. j

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by Razor on Thu May 12, 2005 12:00 AM

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Try a tablespoon of vinegar. Kevin Trudeau has said on TVs' Closer Look, reflux similar to heartburn is due to a lack of stomach acids to digest ones food and a tablespoon of vinegar will do the trick and it has for the people I've mentioned this to. Good Luck always, Ray

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by Jane_c_6 on Tue May 17, 2005 12:00 AM

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Yes, I have lost almost 60 lbs...I needed to lose, so that is not a problem, in fact, has turned out well, since I am now off all high blood pressure and diabetes medicine !! I was getting concerned that I could not stop the weight loss, but I have leveled out, and haven't lost any in the past two months. I had the total esophagus and 1/3 of my stomach removed, and the rest of the stomach pulled up to reform my "new esophagus"...so no longer have a valve which is what normally would keep reflux from coming back up. Sounds like your husband had a different surgery, if they did something between the stomach and intestines ? I am corresponding with a woman who had this surgery 15 years ago, and it takes a very long time for the body to adjust ! it is amazing what they can do, tho...

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by Jane_c_6 on Wed May 18, 2005 12:00 AM

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I also meant to add that the woman I am corresponding with who had the surgery 15 years ago says that she takes acidophilus capsules with some foods that she has found cause a problem for her and/or at times at night a liquid antiacid. One of the things I have learned is that there are foods I have to stay away from, but this is an ongoing process for me now. Maybe some foods cause more of a problem for your husband than other foods. This is a very trying time, in having to learn what we can and can't eat !! (Trying, and at times scary-- I have just recently had the nerve to eat out in a restaurant)

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by Possum on Sun May 06, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 5/18/2005 Jane c wrote:

I also meant to add that the woman I am corresponding with who had the surgery 15 years ago says that she takes acidophilus capsules with some foods that she has found cause a problem for her and/or at times at night a liquid antiacid. One of the things I have learned is that there are foods I have to stay away from, but this is an ongoing process for me now. Maybe some foods cause more of a problem for your husband than other foods. This is a very trying time, in having to learn what we can and can't eat !! (Trying, and at times scary-- I have just recently had the nerve to eat out in a restaurant)

Hello Jane.....I found your letter very helpful.  My operation was just  on 12 months ago and like most people with this operation I am having severe reflux problems.  I am slowly working thru these issues with diet and sleeping positions, it has taken a while for me to realise that this is going to be a long journey.  Speaking of journeys how are you now?  

 

 

 

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by Susanpaul on Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:00 AM

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How are you doing now?  My husband is having to decide if he wants to do this surgery due to his Barrett's and he is very concerned about the side effects and quality of life.  Thank you.
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