Full Update after my Surgery for Achalasia

09 Jan

Well, yesterday I saw the doctor for my follow up appointment. Unfortunately, he told me I could come back to work today. 😉 No, in truth, the only reason he let me come back was because I have a desk job, otherwise I’d have been off longer.

He said it looked like everything was going well. The fact that food isn’t getting stuck like before proves that. They didn’t get all the twisted part of my esophagus out because that would have taken too much, but they got enough to help for now–including taking care of the constriction.

Of course, there was nothing they could do to get the muscle function back in my esophagus, but I knew that going into the surgery—which is why I will have to have the entire thing removed eventually and a new one built out of my stomach. It’s still hard to swallow at times because of this, but again, there’s nothing that can be done.

I’m on a restricted diet for two more weeks then I can slowly start trying other foods. It will just be hit and miss to see what I can and can’t swallow. Only lost about twelve pounds through all this. I still need to lose about sixty more—in case I didn’t mention it before, I’m one of the few people with achalasia that is overweight and not malnourished.

I’ll be on some medications for a while and then I can see if I can stop them or if I may need them for the rest of my life. It’s a slow process. I’m still a little sore at the incisions and inside my chest, but that’s to be expected.

I think that covers everything. If anyone has any questions or comments about the disease and its treatment—with me, yourself, someone you know, or just in general—please ask or share. I can obviously only comment on my experience with treatment, though.


Posted by on January 9, 2013 in General


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6 responses to “Full Update after my Surgery for Achalasia

  1. Kathryn R. Blake

    January 10, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Lorraine, thanks for sharing with us. Take care of yourself. From what I can tell Achalasia is a very unusual condition, and anytime you mess around with the digestive system everything else seems to go a little out of whack, too. I’m sure you’ll be glad to get back into the swing of things, though a little more time off probably wouldn’t have hurt, either. All the best to you.

    • Lorraine Pearl

      January 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Kathryn. Yeah, it’s a rare disease that’s really strange. And on top of that, I have type 2 diabetes, so I’m all out of whack. At least I have that controlled with my diet. I am feeling better getting back to work, though. I was starting to get really bored being stuck in the house.

  2. ESS @H50BAMF

    January 10, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I’m very happy that you are improving and on course for healing. You’ve been on my mind.
    {{{BIG HUGS}}}

    • Lorraine Pearl

      January 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Hey ESS. Thanks. It means a lot to me to know you’re thinking about me. You guys have been so amazing. I’m glad I found you all–and it was your site that did it. {{{BIG HUGS BACK AT YOU}}}

      Now, is it Monday yet because I can’t wait much longer for a new episode of Five-0? Too many more days, I don’t think I can make it. 😉

      • ESS @H50BAMF

        January 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

        Hang on babe!! Just take a few perks at the new pics released from the IPD and try to let them tide you over. Only 3 more sleeps!!

        • Lorraine Pearl

          January 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

          Oh, that’s right. I forgot about those pics. I didn’t get to check out your site yet today, but when I got on Facebook this morning I saw those. I figured you’d have them up. Headed over there now…

          Looks like you have a lot of goodies for us today. Yay!!! This will definitely help tide me over. 😀 You’re the best.


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