returning to "normal" after esophagectomy

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returning to "normal" after esophagectomy

by DanBlack on Tue Dec 17, 2013 05:07 PM

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I am almost 60, had my esophogectomy 13 months ago.  Used to be 150, got down to 130 pre-surgery, am about 142 now. I'm a marathoner/triathlete.  Recovery has been steady until the last few weeks.  I seem to be in a new phase, could be work related, could be due to marathon stepup (marathon on January 26, 2014).

PLEASE, if there are any esophagectomy survivors out there who have information about athletic recovery, respond.  Am also curious about just how long it is before the "new" normal is reached in terms of weight, diet, etc.  Do the hiccoughs ever stop?

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by siutis12 on Thu May 10, 2018 06:31 PM

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Are you still alive??? I'm an athlete in north Texas with stage 3 esophageal cancer.  Going through chemotherapy and radiation.  My last solid meal was March 2, 2018. I have a feeding tube but I am a super fast metabolizer and my body requires solid food . I'm a 56 powerlifter and bodybuilder.  I've lost 40 pounds of my precious muscle mass. 

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by aboyce22 on Thu May 10, 2018 11:22 PM

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Interesting questions. I wasn't a marathoner, but very athletic, bicycling, running, swimming, doubles volleyball. Biggest adjustment to me was loss of "wind." Could not run 20 steps at first and still, two years after esophagectomy, get winded walking more than two flights of stairs. Weight went from 156 to as low as 126. Hated eating for months and now just back to 141 and still not crazy about forcing myself to eat. In the past couple weeks have been able to do some more pushups, situps, walking a little faster. Might have turned a corner, but is it worth it at age 63 to try to get it back? I'll let you know if I ever figure it out.

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by hoosiertim on Fri Jun 29, 2018 03:39 PM

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Hi. I was diagnosed February 2012 Stage 3 C. Went from 227 to 180 in 2 years. Slowly started moving back up after introducing more and different types of food. Now steady at 200-205. Feel great!!! I forced everything down I was told not to eat. My strength returned by doing this. I am 70 years old now. I did not softball my recovery. I stay very active. I got mad at this desease and told myself I was going to win out.  

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by siutis12 on Wed Jul 25, 2018 07:34 AM

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I had a complete response no evidence of cancer.  I'm glad I refused the brutal life changing surgery to remove my esophagus and reconstruct my digestive system.  I have transferred my care to MD Anderson and they have me under the watch and wait protocol doing an endoscopy and PET every three months.  

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