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Esophageal Cancer: Anyone else?

Esophageal Cancer | Last Active: Nov 8 5:15pm | Replies (42)

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Hi @puprluvr, I wanted to check in and see how you are doing after your surgery. If you're feeling up to it, it would be great to hear from you. How are you doing?

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Hi Colleen,

Thx for asking! I am one month and 4 days post surgery and have been home since April 22. I’m on a feeding tube and am gradually weening off from 7 cartons and am now down to 2 per day. I’m also on a regular diet and am trying to eat 6 small meals per day. I’m only down 6lbs from my admission weight to the hospital but eating when I’m not hungry is going to be very challenging going forward. I’ve had no issues with dumping syndrome only some spasms in my new esophagus and a little rapid heartbeat for a short time.

I have had an unproductive cough since surgery and have been reading this is a common symptom with EC surgery which some say should go away within a month to longer. I am walking daily 1-1 1/2 miles per day plus doing flexibility exercises daily and strength training with bands 3 days per week per instruction from St. Mary’s Respiratory therapy program.

I am still fatigued but do take my daily nap. I’m sleeping better @ night(not on pain meds)now that I have no pain in my right shoulder area.

Check up coming up in a couple of weeks to have the feeding tube removed, some testing and hopefully I am on the slow road to recovery. I’ll remain hopeful and thankful for how far I’ve come.