Yes dumping syndrome is a big deal–did you hear about that as part of your surgery pre or post work? I was told that I could have a very limited amount of food at any one time. Usually about 1/2 to 1 cup of food/liquid— I found out very quickly that limit was very accurate. You can eat slower and spread out the time you eat, but be really careful about overloading – it is miserable. "Dumping" will happen one of two ways, from my experience: vomiting or diarrhea. I have "perfected" my eating to a point where I will literally stop eating with one bite left; and will only eat half of any meal out–get the doggie bag and put half in it before you start. Short of the vomiting, I have found that if on the edge of a dumping episode, I will go lay down and that relieves some of the pressure-does not work every time, but it has helped with some cases. Best scenario: do not ever "over-eat". Although several years since my surgeries, I still get caught with a bad eating episode; just this past week I ate, literally!, one too many tortilla chips- I could feel go all the way down, and it felt like it lodged against something, and was poking my gut; sorry if too graphic. Became nauseated, congested, gut pain…for one chip!!??!!
Live and learn– best to learn early as there is no going back.
best to you, faithann64