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Weight Loss

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Weight Loss

by A_H on Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:00 AM

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My Father-in-law had an esophageal resection one year ago. They removed about 7 cm of his esophagus, pulled his stomach up thru his diaphragm, and reattached it there. Since then, he has lost about 100 lbs. He did have chemo and radiation, but this ended before Christmas. He continues with the weight loss. He has a lot of phlegm, nausea, belching, dry heaves and can only eat a very small amount at a time or he throws up. He is unable to tolerate Ensure (or the like) because it gives him diarrhea.He has low blood pressure, a rapid pulse,(dehydrated?) and the doctor now is checking his blood work to see if he needs a blood transfusion. He is terribly weak, and says he has absolutely no joy left in life. Why is this going on one year later? Shouldn't he be improving? Shouldn't he be able to tolerate eating better? I sure hope someone out there can help us! Thank you!

Weight Loss

by Jane_c_6 on Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:00 AM

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I had basically the same surgery Aug 2004, and have lost almost 60 lb. I had it to lose, and have finally leveled out when my "input" matched my "outgo" in calories ! I was on medicine for diabetes prior to the cancer, and due to the weight loss, am now off of all medicine. I also have problems with keeping my blood sugar level up, so make sure I always have some candy nearby. After the surgery, I am now lactose intolerant, and if I eat any dairy products have a real problem with diarrhea and gas. Ensure is milk based, and I had a huge problem with this when a diatitian gave me some right after surgery to try to build up my protein intake. Many of the things out there to help stop losing weight, or to help with protein are milk-based, so this may be what is causing some of your father-in-law's problems. At first I was not able to eat more than about a cup of food at a time..now it has gone up to about 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups at a time. Yes, this all takes a long time, is very tiring to go thru, and there are days that you don't feel like much...but it is such major surgery that it is amazing that we make it thru at all !! good luck to your father-in-law !
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