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I thought I’d share the latest on my achalasia story. Yesterday, I had a balloon dilatation!
Initially I didn’t want this and was looking more to surgery however when I spoke with my consultant last week he told me that the waiting list was 4-5months for surgery but that dilatation could happen within the week and that if successful, it may prevent the need for surgery although he did also point out that for some it was not long lasting. After some time I finally very nervously agreed to the dilatation, having had a bad experience with my first endoscopy.
I felt that the wait for surgery was too long as I have now lost 4 stone due to the disease and also I need to add, partly due to the 5 day liquid diet before the procedure!
I’ve got to say that it was not a pleasant experience and the heavy sedation promised was definitely not what I would have classed as heavy - I was hoping to feel nothing but need to say it didn’t quite work out like that, although it may be different for anyone having this procedure elsewhere,
The contrast swallow I then had later in the day showed that liquid was getting through all be it slowly, hopefully this will improve over the next few days
Today, I have slight pain & discomfort behind my breastbone and am still on a liquid diet with soft foods gradually being introduced over the next few days but it’s amazing to feel cold water etc. arrive in my stomach.
I do hope that it works and am trying to be positive.
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