Esophageal motility disorder - don’t know what to eat

Posted by Cam @tryingtofindanswers, Dec 2, 2018

Hi I’m a 39 year old woman and I’ve got ineffective esophageal motility disorder, with spasms. My manometry showed 90% failed swallows. I can eat certain things like liquid drinks, smoothies, puréed soups and some solid foods like meltable solids such as shortbread cookies, cheetoh puffs, crackers,frozen yogurt, yogurt and basically anything you can give a baby. My doctors have told me there’s nothing they can do for me, that I’ve got to learn to deal and a nutritionist won’t be helpful. Ugh. They’ve been zero help. All they did was put me on Omeprazole and say it won’t get better and just hope it doesn’t get worse. So I’m looking for food ideas from others with this issue. I think from googling on my own I’ve realized maybe I can do mechanical soft, but I’m scared as when this began my swallow reflex would stop when something solid would get stuck and I don’t want to go backwards since I have to work full time and maintain my energy. I’ve been suffering with this for two years and lost a violent amount Of weight at first, so much so that my gall bladder went bad and had it removed in June. Ugh. It’s so hard “living” like this and these food holidays don’t help. Ugh. I’m tired of feeding my body liquid sugar and junk food because it goes down easy. I wish I could just bake a chicken breast and some broccoli. I’ve tried pureeing my food but I wanna vomit with puréed meat. Ugh. Any assistance with ideas for more solid/soft food that goes down for those with esophageal motility disorders would be beyond appreciated. Thank you.

I feel your pain. I, too, have a swallowing disorder, though they don't know why. I have Laryngospasms and benign multinodule (5) goiter on my thyroid. Lost my gall bladder years ago. Have mesh implants from 5 lb. Messenteric abdominal cyst removal and ventral hernia that followed and have had a nissen fundoplication and a toupet fundoplication… which is to connect my esphogus and my stomach. Last surgeries at the end of 2016. Now deal with worse dysphagia, dumping syndrome and positonal pains. Now have intestines pushing up into chest area.
For the 3 years I have been on a semi solid diet. Mostly the things you mentioned… Nilla wafers dissolve in your mouth and are easy to swallow. Also just found liquid greens… veggies. Not too bad. But sometimes I choke on air… so food isn't always the enemy. I, too, struggle to find some more items to eat again, but slowly realizing I may be stuck with what I have found. Swallowing pizza is impossible. I have lost around 97 lbs. and am in need of more nourishment but protein drinks make me ill, too. It sucks. I hate my food life. I hurt all over. Being skinny is NOT fun. It hurts. I walk through the grocery store like a zombie… no, no, no… I cant swallow that or digest that. BUT… There is a new product I tried… though it tastes not great, yucky actually, but you might like it… it is good for you totally. It's called Huel. A powder. Nutritionally complete food. 500 calories per cup. Jazz it up and drink it or use powder in your pudding or soups. And the meats I do eat… I cut into teeny tiny portions and then chew the heck out of them. Puree… agreed… barf! I am rooting for you! Post if you find something good… I will try it too! I am 57 & female, by the way. My thoughts are with you. I didn't get much sympathy or help from my surgeons, either. Learned most on internet unfortunately.


If you have problems with a narrowing of the esophagus you might find this discussion by Mayo Dr. Magnus Halland interesting.

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