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  • Fnixon has replied to a post on the message board

    I think the posting you want to read is about 20 posts down from here. It is called "A new pillow that really helped", dated Oct. 23, 2018. I use a six inch wedge pillow and I am good with it.

    December 20 at 7:30 PM view post
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      This last one for me wasn't too bad. The thing is there are people who have never had EC and struggle with this problem. So I don't know if in my case it would happened even if I had never had EC and the surgery. All in all I have a pretty normal and happy life.

      December 06 at 6:37 PM view post
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        I am four years post surgery. In the first year I had two incidents at night, about two days apart. Last week I had another at night. I was lucky to wake up promptly so there wasn't too much burning. I am hoping that it doesn't happen for another four years or more!

        December 06 at 3:30 PM view post
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          There are meal replacement drinks such as Boost and Ensure. I used Ensure for a while before surgery. At the time there were two versions, one with half the calories of the other. the higher calory drink was a bit overwhelming. If you try them, they have programs that you can sign up to, to get discounts on the product.  

          December 06 at 3:26 PM view post
          • Fnixon has replied to a post on the message board

            I was diagnosed with EC just above the junction in 2014. While waiting for the outcome of my first biopsy, I was told that for sure I had Barretts. Barretts is a condition that is thought to be precancerous and will eventually become cancerous. They usually have local procedures to treat Barretts.

            November 08 at 7:10 PM view post
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              I had my surgery in August of 2014 and I live a perfectly normal healthy life. I am now 69 years old. The only changes are that I take one acid pill a day and I sleep on a six inch wedge pillow. Somehow I think there is too much variance between outcomes of the surgery. I would recommend it from my perspective.

              October 21 at 10:06 PM view post
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                I am very sorry to hear about your husband's condition. It sounds like he is very ill to me. I don't think it is possible to sleep with eyes open with a normal functioning brain. That is just my opinion but I am not a medical person. I am sure that all our members here would say that our thoughts are with you at this time.

                October 21 at 9:56 PM view post
                • Fnixon has replied to a post on the message board

                  I had chemo and radiation before my esophagectomy in 2014. I didn't suffer bad side effects and I now live a normal life, eating anything I want. They told me after surgery that chemo was available but they didn't think there would be a benefit to having it.

                  August 24 at 11:52 PM view post
                  • Fnixon has replied to a post on the message board

                    I must say that the range of outcomes after surgery is huge. As outlined above I have been living a normal life post surgery. I sleep on a horizontal bed using a six inch wedge pillow. I take one acid pill a day and otherwise I am not impacted. I also didn't experience pain, only some discomfort while my muscles healed from the abdominal incision. I don't think long term survival is realistic without surgery and the ...

                    July 15 at 11:25 PM view post
                    • Fnixon has replied to a post on the message board

                      Normally they don't offer surgery unless they believe that the patient has a good chance of a total success. I was 65 when I had the surgery and I enjoy a normal life with no complications or problems. I get the impression that I am more fortunate than most. I am four years out now and so far things are clear. In my operation the bottom 2/3 of my esophagus was removed along with 1/3 of my stomach. I would not turn do...

                      July 14 at 1:33 AM view post
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