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Ive just turned 23 and was recently diagnosed with Achalasia after suffering for almost a year with severe reflux and the sensation of food being stuck in my throat. It first started near enough around this time last year when I was drinking a fizzy drink and all of a sudden It felt like a had an air bubble trapped in my oesophagus that wouldn't pop or go us or down and I ended up throwing up all down myself in public. From that incident, the list of foods and drink that I was able to keep down dwendled to nothing (no exaggeration) and the GPs kept brushing me off with Antacids and anti sickness medication despite me expressing to them what my symptoms were. I went from 13st (around 75-78kg) to currently 7st (47kg) and I'm currently in hospital, only receiving the diagnosis because of a pneumonia I've developed from me breathing in the reflux and it going into my lung. There are now talks of me having that final test before having the POEM surgery and then the POEM surgery in the next several weeks or so.
What I would like to know is what am I to expect after all the surgery in regards to pain, possibe pitfalls and eating wise? I know I should be thankful to be able to eat anything after the procedure from at the moment keeping doing very little, but it's hard to swallow (no pun intended) this diagnosis after living 21 year never having an issue with food. Will I be able to, (obviously after full recovery) eat virtually anything again?
Thank you for taking your time to read my question,
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