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    Stomach pain after eating

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      doglover

      As a nurse and a patient myself, Tell your doctor about the pain. You should be seeing a post surgical dietition that is familar and recommended by the surgeon. Portions is important. You should not eat more than a cup total of combined food only. No liquids with meals. Only inbetween. Test what you can and cannot tolerate. I can't due coffee anymore. I can't due raw broccoli and caullflower. I can do tomatoes and cucumbers. Can't do greasy food. Can't do bacon. Do well with fish, chicken, and some steak if chewed very well. You have to learn to eat slowly and chew your food up completely!!! Very important for digestion. Sit up for two hrs. after any meal. The upright position aides in digestion. Doglover

      almost 5 years ago
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      BoiseB

      My stomach did not tolerate any raw food for several years. I steamed salads for a long time. I hadn't thought about greasy foods because I was never able to do greasy foods. One thing I found important is to relax during meals. I was never able to do that before. But I have found that watching something light on TV. (I chose to watch the food channel) Now I watch something light on Netflix or YouTube while I eat. Or you might listen to music. I found these distractions very beneficial to digestion. By the way Dog Lover has a good suggestion about seeing a nutritionist. After both my cancers I saw a oncological nutritionist every three months for a year. My PCP refers me to a nutritionist once a year.

      almost 5 years ago
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      Jenvivace

      I am assuming you mean stomach ache and bloating kind of pain. If you have serious pain definitely talk to your doctor.

      Like you, (in my initial surgery) I lost half my stomach. Now three years later, I had a recurrence in a nearby lymph node and lost the rest of it because of margins. So I understand what you are most likely dealing with.

      I had a lot of pain and bloating after eating too. Mine lasted about 6-8 months. What I found really helped was taking a digestive enzyme and probiotic pills. I was told it takes a while for your body to reconnect all its parts and heal itself. You also have to trial and error figure out what your new system can digest easily. I still can't digest dairy except butter and even feel oogy if I take a lactase pill. I also can't do a lot of greens (kale, spinach etc). I couldn't tolerate sugar for a long time, now I can eat small pieces of sugary things without getting a major stomach ache or making myself nauseous. I can't weigh in on meat as I am pescatarian (eat a fish and vegetarian diet), but I find dense fish like ahi (tuna) to be harder to digest.... meat might be the same way.

      Anyway, I recommend going to a natural grocery store like Whole Foods and buying probiotics and digestive enzymes. My digestion turned around quickly once I began taking those and my stomach aches and bloating faded away.

      almost 5 years ago
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    Side Effects (Pain): Still learning what foods I can eat. Get a stomach ache everytime I eat. Doc said this will take a year to stop.

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      BILLY22

      Do u have SA with solid and liquid foods?

      After u ate that fish did your stomach hurt? Well u should have shared it with your friends.

      During my first year it was a learning curve on what I could or could not eat, u know what I am talking about it would go thru u(dumping/diarrhea) .Eventually you will smooth out and eat anything u want or we hope so.

      I must admit I didn't have any stomach aches and now I can eat any thing I want to in 3 meals a day.

      Hope things work out for you but make sure Dr. knows about your problem each time u c him.

      Sounds like u might be getting ahead of your new life style or process of eating also.

      I was T3N1M0 and had (diag 11-2002 age 65)MIE Esophagectomy going on 14 years ago.

      A 79 year old Survivor, now u can join the club.

      .

      almost 5 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Docs said I breezed through surgery and recovery. Age, health and positive state of mind helped make it easier.

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      Cool. One would think the other aspects of recovery will also respond positively to your good health, age and positive state of mind. You sound like someone who is not going to take this "lying down" or in any other position. My money's on you.

      almost 5 years ago
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    Radiation (External radiation ): I would get very tired in the afternoon. Eating at times felt like swallowing razor blades

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy)