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I have problems swallowing both food and water. At the moment I eat normally, can manage solid foods and use lots of water to get it down. I could never eat without water. My doctor has given me a few weeks to think about what treatment I want, and listed the usual options, balloon stretch, Botox, surgery, etc. I'm not sure what to choose.
Botox is not something I would consider, however the other treatments seem ok. He mentioned that he thinks that I would benefit most from surgery, as it has been caught early and the procedure doesn't work as well on later stage patients. I'm a little apprehensive as I am not sure if my symptoms will get worse. As it stands I have had this for as long as I can remember, and I'm 26 now. I had a little trouble with nausea and acid reflux last year, but it seems to have stopped on it's own. I'm struggling with all kinds of food, but my main problem is with foods like chocolate, ice cream, smoothies, and fruit. I will often not be able to wash it down with water, and usually puke it up after feeling like I need to burp for up to an hour. If I allow myself to burp the food comes with it. If I lean forward after eating my last meal falls out on the floor.
I would really love to hear how other people got treated, how well it worked for them, and also any advice for managing the symptoms.
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