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    How to get back to eating after surgery?

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      JaneA

      Perhaps he has developed an unconscious fear of eating - like he's not comfortable with eating because of hurting the surgical area.

      I had to have a permanent colostomy because of my rectal cancer. It took a lot of courage plus the fear of losing weight to gain the courage to try to eat "normal foods" again. I've found that getting our spouse to do something that good for them is like leading a horse to water - you can't "make" 'em drink. Will he drink homemade milkshakes? That would be a step in the right direction of eating regular foods again.

      28 days ago
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      I can understand his situation. I am on my fourth diagnosis, this one will require a laryngectomy and a feeding tube for at least a month they say. I have had swallowing issues and choking problems for years after my radical neck dissection and tonsillectomy for the malignant tonsil back in 2009. I did not have a feeding tube then, I refused it, but I also choked on some things. The lack of appetite is hard on us too. I used the nutrition shakes too, didn't like them so we added ice cream. My wife made mashed potatoes and gravy for me because I could and still now can swallow them without much trouble. Try to get him to take small amounts of something that he likes several times a day, hourly if you can. It will add up by the end of the day. I wish you both the best.

      28 days ago
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      In hospital after my stem cell transplant, I had zero appetite and zero desire to eat. Doctor prescribed Marinol, a synthetic THC, which is a well-known appetite stimulant. Once my appetite was "jump-started" I no longer needed the Marinol. I took it for less than one week.

      28 days ago
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    Side Effects (Weight loss): How do I get my husband to try to eat? He started out at 157 pounds and is now down to 113 pounds. We go to the doctor in a couple days and I'm go to push to get a feeding tube. Does anyone have any advice?

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      I do not how to get you husband to eat except this. Since surgery I will never be able to eat again. Between surgery & radiation there is too much damage to my throat. I am permanently on a feeding tube. That being said. 1) If he gets a feeding tube watch out for "dumping syndrome". Sometimes the formula or food will empty too fast into the intestine causing for me anyway nauseau & diarrhea. I dropped down to 68lbs. 2) Ask for a product called Liquacel. It is 90 calories per ounce & mostly protein. It should help him gain pounds back more rapidly. 3) There is a feeding machine called a Joey so he can take the food in more slowly if he does get dumping syndrome or it may just work for him better. Other than that I can only suggest tempting him with some soft foods that he may favor. I hope all goes well for him.

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    Decision Point (retire or try to return to work by the end of June)

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    Side Effects (Mouth sores): His mouth is still so sore and his tongue feels huge. He is having a hard time getting enough in him to maintain his weight.

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    Side Effects (Pain): My husband has been in pain since the surgery in August. He is at a constant three at all times. He doesn't sleep much all; a couple hours at a time day and night.