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Hiccups with esophageal cancer

Esophageal Cancer | Last Active: May 16 8:47am | Replies (11)

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My husband can't eat or drink anything without being in extreme pain. The movement of food or liquid down his esophagus causes a severe spasm which causes him to cough, choke, gag and vomit. It's all so painful. The Magic Mouthwash helps a lityle but, instead of using it before he eats, he has to use it to take his meds. Then, once taken, he has to wait 4 hrs to take the next dose. He has lost 14 lbs so far. Beginning tomorrow he will get IV hydration Mon-Fri. A feeding tube is being considered. Has anyone else experienced terrible pain when trying to eat or drink?

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I know this post is about a year old, but I wanted to agree about the steroids being the culprit, at least for my husband. They'd start before he even finished chemo, couldn't eat or drink much because he'd be just constantly hiccuping. Then the vomiting, etc. This continues til Sunday evening. He has great Mondays and Tuesdays, but then chemo again Wednesday. The dr had been having him take 2 dexamethasone pills over the day before chemo, plus whatever is in the actual chemo. He said no extra pills this time and reduced the steroids in the chemo. We got home around 3:00, no hiccups yet.