Acid Reflux after Esophagectomy

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Acid Reflux after Esophagectomy

by Lefty515 on Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:27 AM

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I have a reclining bed, and I'm one year out from my esophagectomy. I was stage 3, and underwent 5 rounds of chemo, and 28 radiation treatments. Since surgery August 2014, I've had 4 clean CT scans. Every so often while sleeping the acid finds it's way up to my throat and BURNS ! It's my wakeup call. It's happended about a dozen times since surgery. The burning seems to get worse with each incident. My question, is there any long term damage to the back of my throat with each incident ? Sometimes I get a strong coughing spell that I need to take hydrocodone that shuts down the cough. I worry that the acid is causing damage to my throat. Thank You and God bless everyone who is fighting this disease.    

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by steveb50 on Fri Aug 14, 2015 01:35 PM

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On Aug 14, 2015 10:27 AM Lefty515 wrote:

I have a reclining bed, and I'm one year out from my esophagectomy. I was stage 3, and underwent 5 rounds of chemo, and 28 radiation treatments. Since surgery August 2014, I've had 4 clean CT scans. Every so often while sleeping the acid finds it's way up to my throat and BURNS ! It's my wakeup call. It's happended about a dozen times since surgery. The burning seems to get worse with each incident. My question, is there any long term damage to the back of my throat with each incident ? Sometimes I get a strong coughing spell that I need to take hydrocodone that shuts down the cough. I worry that the acid is causing damage to my throat. Thank You and God bless everyone who is fighting this disease.    

Hi Lefty,

My husband is 3.5 yrs post-esophagectomy. He has been taking 40mg of nexium daily at dinner time for about ten years. He had a cough for a while and we wondered if it was silent reflux(a cough is the only symptom)so he added a 20 mg prilosec for a couple weeks and the cough went away.

I have read in previous post that people have eaten popcorn at bed time to control reflux. I imagine it is not made with fat.

Steve's Dr. is concerned about his long term use of nexium and is going to change it to 150mg ranitadine(generic zantac). That is worrisome because he took that before nexium and at that time it wasn't effective.

Have you reported your symptoms to your gastro doc? The acid will damage your new esophagus and throat. Google silent reflux to inform yourself and doc on the symptoms.

Best to you,

Tracy B.

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by eberhav on Fri Aug 21, 2015 02:24 AM

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My husband had his esophagectomy in Nov 2013. Since he has suffered horrible acid reflux with aspiration into his lungs. This would happen at least 2 x a week. He got so weak and lost so much weight. I was devastated. He had beat cancer but his reflux was going to kill him. One day I sat down and did nothing but read about this condition. I came across one post from a man who said that it was in fact his empty stomach that gave him the reflux and that he ate every 4-5 hours, even during the night. This puzzled me as everything we were told was to go to bed on an empty stomach and sleep elevated. I figured we had nothing to loose. I then researched the best food to keep a stomach calm. I discovered that apples are the best thing and so we began, 4 months ago, with 1/2 an apple at about 8:30 pm and the other half at about 3:00 am. He then has breakfast no later than 7:30 am. The change has been amazing. He has not had an attack in 4 months and has gained 25 lbs. It is worth a try to those of you that are suffering with this. We do not believe that an empty stomach prevents the problem but in fact causes it. Just our experience and opinion.

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by Schwenk on Wed Sep 09, 2015 07:07 PM

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Wow...I can't believe eating before and during the night actually helps with the acid reflux?  Especially some with acid like apples.  If anyone else eats or drinks before bedtime i would love to hear from you as I have the same type of problem.

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by eberhav on Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:53 PM

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Apples are from the ginger family so it makes sense that it is good for the stomach. That totally surprised me.

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by Debbiecappa on Thu Sep 10, 2015 01:57 AM

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I have had all kinds iPod problems with this acid reflux I had my esophgectomy three years ago ,still having problems. I know a guy fifteen years out, has a problem sometimes too. I was stage two and I still sleep in recliner. I do take nexium twice a day. And sometimes a Prilosec in between the burning is just awful. Sometimes ,I cough so much and all u digested food comes up. It's hard but at least I'm alive. I try to have some vanilla ice cream I do seem to do better. I never sleep all night either. And I know inaspirate sometimes. But I know what the alternative would have been. Good luck. Hope this helped a little.

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by Aoife on Thu Sep 10, 2015 05:43 AM

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I also eat a bit during the night - am an 8 year 11 month survivor at this stage and mother to a 4 and 5 year old.  I sleep with 3 pillows but that is the extent of it.  There are certain foods that I can not eat in the evening but it is hit and miss.

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by Schwenk on Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:02 PM

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Thanks Aoife for the kind reply.  I'm 70 and had Ivor-Lewis in March of this year (6 months ago).  Had stage 2 at the junction of stomach and esophagus.  No cancer found now, did not get you of esophagus or in lymth nodes...I've always been a stomach sleeper and it's very difficult to just sleep every night on my back in one position.  I have a craftmatic bed that will incline to about 30 degrees, but have dealt with regergation about 4 times in 6 months.(3 times of these in last 4 weeks)  No eating or drinking for at least 2-3 hours before betime (no water either) and doesn't seem to help...I hear about sliced apples and popcorn before bed time but a little afraid to try....I understand everyone is different.  My friend Juan sleeps on his stomach now with 3 -4 pillows and doing well after one year...any thoughts or advise to help me get to where you are would greatly be appreciated....thanks so much

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by DidleySquat on Mon Sep 17, 2018 04:37 PM

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Thanks to your post we tried eating an apple before bed. Your tip worked like a miracle as my wife hasn’t had acid reflux since she started the apple therapy three weeks ago! My wife had an esophagectomy two and a half months ago and suffered reflux every night until I read this post. God Bless You!

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by Mike2595 on Thu Sep 20, 2018 03:12 PM

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The reflux you are geting is not from food. It is bile. Thick yellow bile. It burns way worse than food reflux. Google "stomach bile" to see what it is.

Apples do work to settle and sooth the stomach. They also are a big help for "dumping syndrom".

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