Feeding tube indigestion

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Feeding tube indigestion

by dstan on Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:40 AM

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My husband has completed 35 radiation treatments for tonsil cancer Nov. 30. It is hard dealing with all the side effects but the most concerning at this point is the indigestion caused by the feeding tube. THe first time it occurred the dietician recommended slowing down the feedings, reducing the amount of water and taking a gas-x tablet. This worked for 2 weeks and then the indigestion came back. Gas-x tablets did not help. Any suggestions? Is this common?

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by Sdurnell on Sun Dec 04, 2016 07:29 AM

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I had a number of problems with my feeds, and I discovered that there are several things you can do to fix them.  Slower feedings were one, and changing the method of feeding is another.  If you are doing bolus feeding you can switch to a feed bag and pole.  This can deliver feeds by drip, which is sometimes better tolerated.  I couldn't do that either, so I got a pump.  And because I was on for a long time and was traveling and getting on with life, eventually I got a backpack pump.  Then I could do feeds anywhere.

The formula (or other nutrition) you use for tube feeding can also make a difference.  There are almost countless therapeutic formulas out there available for feeding tubes.  I didn't tolerate my first one well, so eventually got it switched to one that was much better.  You can talk to his dietitian about this.

There are also medications that can help with nausea.  I found ondansetron to work pretty well.

Best of luck to both of you.

Susan

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by Mickthedig on Wed Dec 21, 2016 09:53 PM

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I had trouble with the feeding tube, I got indigestion and felt sick all the time. I stopped it by having a Real Food Blends pureed meal as my first meal of the day. The salmon one was good. This helped me, I think the ensure type foods are not very good for you. My cancer was tonsil cancer, good luck and keep eating

  

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by PopPop on Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:48 PM

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dstan, 

As Susan mentioned, there are several ways to feed using the PEG Tube. As stated, the Pole and Bag, set to drip. A pump. The Syringe,which I used after trying the Pole method just once, it took too long in my opinion. 

I gravity fed using the Syringe as a funnel. I could control the flow of my nutrition (Nutren1.5 unflavored) by raising or lowering the syringe height in relationship to the PEG location in my stomach. I would do one can per 10-15 minutes and always did 2 cans each time. 

I found that I had to sit on a rigid chair and sit up straight. I also used the nutrition at room temperatures. Even when I flushed the PEG tube, I used room temperature water so I wouldn't shock my stomach. After doing a feeding, I would take a walk. 

A half a teaspoon of Baking Soda and 4 ozs of water makes a good antacid which works great for me.

My Best to Both of You and Everyone Here

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by wild2inca on Fri Feb 17, 2017 07:24 PM

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dstan,

Are you still dealing with this?  I did as well, and was really good about sitting up after "my feeding" to prevent the gurd that was happening, but often to no avail.  I took Pepsid, I would grind them up, mix with water and push through my tube.  I was doing 2 at least 1/2 hour before feeding, that seemed to help a lot.  I did talk to my Dr about this and he did prescribe liquid Pepsid, actually its Famotidine, and can be mixed my most any pharmacy.  It really helped quell the indigestion issues.  Hope that helps.

William

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