Appetite Return - (When?)

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Appetite Return - (When?)

by snowbabi218 on Tue Dec 01, 2015 03:44 PM

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My husband went through six weeks of chemo and radiation treatments over Summer '15.  In Oct '15 he had the surgery to remove esophogus & tumor and some lymph nodes.  He is now seven weeks post surgery.  Has no appetite to eat and no taste buds for anything.  Everything is Blah!!!!  I have tried making him all kinds of food that I thought he might like and help him to gain weight back.  He still experiences dry heaves sometimes after eating and it can be an hour or so after.  I've read about eating hi protein foods which I have tried.  Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions in good calorie foods so he can gain some weight and strength back.  Thanks for any help.

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by Chuckso145 on Tue Dec 01, 2015 05:24 PM

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I'm on the same timeline as your husband. I had chemo and radiation from June to August. Then surgery on Sept 28th. They took 2/3's of my esophagus and 1/3 of my stomach. 19 lymph nodes were removed as well. It's slowly getting easier to eat. I can only eat 3 times a day, and small portions. I also avoid liquids immediately before , during and after eating. When I drink while eating , I get sick. I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast, and went to the gym an hour later. I just ate a sausage mcmuffin from McDonald's for lunch. It's 450 calories, not very healthy but it's got the calories , fat, and protein that I need. I've stopped losing weight since I started eating high calorie small meals and stopped drinking when I eat. No need for Health food right now, he needs calories fat and protein for energy. Exercise or walking is key as well. Get him moving!

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by snowbabi218 on Tue Dec 01, 2015 07:37 PM

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Thanks for your comment Chuckso145 and advice.  My husband is 65 and not ready to retire yet.  He has been walking, some days a little more but most days very little.  He does eat a small bowl of cereal in the morning and seems to do ok.  I know he forces himself to eat.  I will mention to him about the sausage mcmuffin due to the high calories.  He does eat very small meals and will try two snacks a day.  He tried deviled egg (1/2) and said it was ok.  Most times it is the taste that he does not have too.  He is not fond of Ensure or any of the drinks. He will drink a milkshake I make him now and again.  He is tired of feeling not hungry and tends to just sit around.  He wants to go back to work but that's not possible until he gets some strength back.  I am looking forward to better days ahead.  He loved to eat before all this happened.

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by joensteph on Tue Dec 01, 2015 08:16 PM

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It takes time for that to come back for sure.  Friday will be 7 months since my husbands surgery and it took him a good 4 months to have a good appetite again but don't lose hope.  He is up almost 30 pounds since his surgery.  It does get easier!!

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by snowbabi218 on Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:43 PM

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Thank you for your help joensteph.  I keep hearing that it takes a while sometimes like 18 months.  I am happy to hear that your husband is doing good after 4 months.  It has been just extremely hard on me too since I don't want to eat what he cannot.  He saw the Oncologist today and he prescribed him meds to increase his appetite.  We'll see how that goes.

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by Aoife on Wed Dec 02, 2015 06:40 AM

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I had my son just before I was a 4 year survivor and my daughter before I was a 5 year survivor.  I had chemo then ta total oesophagectomy.  The first year was the toughest but I am my weight before it all happened a few years now.  I turned a 9 year survivor in October and 41 earlier in the year.

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by snowbabi218 on Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:31 PM

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On Dec 02, 2015 6:40 AM Aoife wrote:

I had my son just before I was a 4 year survivor and my daughter before I was a 5 year survivor.  I had chemo then ta total oesophagectomy.  The first year was the toughest but I am my weight before it all happened a few years now.  I turned a 9 year survivor in October and 41 earlier in the year.

Thank you for leaving me a note Aoife.  Very happy to know that weight is back to normal for you.  I hope that works for my husband as well.  Nice to hear there are many success stories when sometimes things look so gloomy.  God Bless.

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by mgloughran on Thu Dec 03, 2015 06:31 PM

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Hi, I am 18 months out from Esophagectomy after chemo and radiation for Stage 3 EC.  Went from 190 lbs. to a low of 118 lbs. and did not have an appetite for about 9 months.  If your husband's experience is anything like mine, his appetite will return slowly but surely beginning after the new year and he will feel a little bit better each day.  BTW, my weight is now up to 152 lbs.  Best wishes to both of you.

Matt

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by snowbabi218 on Thu Dec 03, 2015 07:30 PM

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On Dec 03, 2015 6:31 PM mgloughran wrote:

Hi, I am 18 months out from Esophagectomy after chemo and radiation for Stage 3 EC.  Went from 190 lbs. to a low of 118 lbs. and did not have an appetite for about 9 months.  If your husband's experience is anything like mine, his appetite will return slowly but surely beginning after the new year and he will feel a little bit better each day.  BTW, my weight is now up to 152 lbs.  Best wishes to both of you.

Matt

Hi Matt,

Thanks for your response.  That is great news to know for sure he will be able to eat and not have all the complications he is experiencing.  He went to the doctor today and they removed his feeding tube.  He is looking forward to returning to work but that may start out slow too.  Good to know his appetite is just a few steps away.  I cannot wait.....it has been a long six months between the chemo, radiation and surgery.  We wish you well also. 

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by trudy103 on Fri Dec 04, 2015 02:11 PM

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On Dec 03, 2015 7:30 PM snowbabi218 wrote:

On Dec 03, 2015 6:31 PM mgloughran wrote:

Hi, I am 18 months out from Esophagectomy after chemo and radiation for Stage 3 EC.  Went from 190 lbs. to a low of 118 lbs. and did not have an appetite for about 9 months.  If your husband's experience is anything like mine, his appetite will return slowly but surely beginning after the new year and he will feel a little bit better each day.  BTW, my weight is now up to 152 lbs.  Best wishes to both of you.

Matt

Hi Matt,

Thanks for your response.  That is great news to know for sure he will be able to eat and not have all the complications he is experiencing.  He went to the doctor today and they removed his feeding tube.  He is looking forward to returning to work but that may start out slow too.  Good to know his appetite is just a few steps away.  I cannot wait.....it has been a long six months between the chemo, radiation and surgery.  We wish you well also. 

Good morning, snowbabi,

My husband's surgery took place 7/2014, and his only dumping episode occurred when he still had his feeding tube and was also eating by mouth. His physician told him to suspend the tube feed, and eat only by mouth. A few days later, the feeding tube was removed completely and he never had another dumping episode.

Similar to your husband, my husband's taste buds were inactive. Nothing tasted as before, and he had to force himself to eat five small meals a day and grazed throughout the entire day. But he regained most of his weight, and gradually his taste returned. However, it is amusing to us that he desires foods that he only tolerated prior to surgery. I'm always amazed when he asks for something he didn't care for before his surgery!

Hang in there. It will get better. Just remember, small meals and graze throughout the day. Also, some people become lactose intolerant and have problems with high fats. You and your husband will find a new normal. 

Wishing you both the best,

Trudy

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