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I thought I'd share my experiences, they may be useful to someone.
I was diagnosed with Achalasia in 1997 when I was 30 and had the laparoscopic Heller Myotomy (keyhole surgery to relieve the muscle tension).
The operation wasn't as bad as I expected and the recovery went well.
The main point is that it relieved 90% of my symptoms, so for anyone given the opportunity ... TAKE IT. I've recovered the weight I lost and can go out for meals now without embarassing myself, my wife and people around me.
Since then I have been experimenting to find the best way of dealing with the remaining symptoms.
Discomfort when eating ..... for me 2 things help .... drink cold liquid before eating and eat carefully, consciously and a little slower than normal.
Pain in the night .... for me again 2 things help ..... take ibuprofen and drink really cold (ice cold if possible) water.
Now, there's one other point which, for me, is the biggest of all.
I try to avoid root vegetables and by far the worst of all ..... potato ..... and especially in the form of chips.
I can guarantee that if I eat chips, I will almost certainly have problems swallowing the meal. And I will, with absolute certainty, suffer in the night at some point in the few days (maybe up to 4) after eating.
The more potato I eat the more frequent the symptoms occur and last.
If I detox from potato then, after about a week I rarely get the symptoms.
Has anyone else found similar triggers with such a profound effects?
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