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Hi !! I'm Gwen !!!
My first experience with Oesophageal Achalasia was in 1970, I was 15. No doctors could tell us what was the cause of my vomiting every meal ,having to stand up to eat, drinking gallons of water or milk to try to keep something on my stomach. i vomited every meal ,everyday for 5 years before someone realized my problem. i was told I had some type of spasm that caused this condition. They tried dilatation first. Worked for little while. I had major surgery in 1975 which lasted until 2010. I began to notice my food was getting stuck every now and then, i have had 4 or 5 dilatations, barium swallows, and endoscopy since the achalasias return. I had Botox this year and it lasted a month. They are trying to find surgeon that excepts my insurance to do new procedure(inserting stint). When I first got this i lost lots of weight from 145 to 85 lbs. My Mom was so afraid for me. Now I am overweight by 30lbs. I have suffered this pain and agony a long time and I have gotten food stuck that I almost couldnt move. That is life-threatening !! This is a very uncomfortable illness. It causes heartburn,acid reflux and bloating. I don't know whats next, but I use my Nutri Bullet for most of my food. I pray we all find a procedure that will work. I am not looking forward to another major surgery eventhough the procedure will be much simpler now then it was in 1975. I have a very large scar,but I Thank GOD I am alive . Best Wishes to you all ! Please keep me up to date on any suggestions, new procedures or medications & I will do the same!!!
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