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    Procedure or Surgery (CT scan): Dr.s saw something on my CT scan & admitted me to the hospital. What it is is since I cannot swallow, all the mucus is gathering at my vocal cords & it showed up on the CT scan. Overnight stay for nothing & no formula either. Released, went home & promptly passed out in the floor. Just needed to eat. I am also now full blown osteoporosis. yeah!

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    Side Effects (Dumping syndrome): I didn't know. When they fed the formula in the hospital, I almost immediately had to go to the bathroom. They eventually sent me to a nutrionist who gave me a recipe to make my own "formula" at home. It did not work to well. I went from 115 lbs to 68 lbs in 6 months. Then I fell & broke my hip. Ortho doc said it was because I no meat on my bones. Ankles swelled up real bad. NP Ashley told me it was because I wasn't getting enough protein. Gave my self aspiration pneumonia. back in the hospital again. The antibiotics were giving me diahrrea & I already was down to 68lbs. Finally got a formula I can tolerate. Also a feeding machine (a Joey). HAHA. that is my husbands name. It is helping some. I have a long road to go.

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    Side Effects (Too many to count): 1st go round was lack of taste. took about 6 months for that to come back. Some hair loss at nape. 2nd X OH BOY! I had a temporary stoma. Didn't like that at all. It was removed before I left the hospital. Scars everywhere. I have 1 scar from my hip to my knee where they took a strip of meat to put in my throat. A have a scar from almost ear to ear from the surgery itself. They broke my jaw so now I cannot open my mouth very wide. Lymphodema under my neck also

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Was able to work for the 1st week, then I started foaming at the mouth like a rabid animal. Also nightly gag fest. Thick saliva.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Surgery went fine, but they did not tell I would never eat again. That was glossed over. I wish they had given me worse case scenario so I would have been better prepared. Also they placed a stoma on top of a blood clot. Kept coughing up blood clots.