I found this group when researching laproscopic Heller Myotomy. I am a suffer of achalasia and have had it since the early 90s. In 1995 I had a balloon dilation and was ok for a few years after that then it returned but not so bad. I mean I had really good days and really bad days. Im 39 years old.
In the past 7 months or so my achalasia has really been bad. Im regurgitating my food nearly every night and not just what I ate for dinner…lunch comes up too. I have alot of chest pain and can sometimes not even drink a glass of water without severe issues or vomiting first.
About a month ago I had an endoscopy and my gastroenterologist said that my esophagus was huge and spread out, not really a tube at all anymore. she made an appointment for me to meet with a surgeon which I did. My surgery is scheduled for October 15th and I wish it could be sooner. I have a few questions though. For those of you who have had this done, are you feeling much better since?
I mean to say that I know it does not help with the contractions of the esophagial muscle so does food still get stuck? Also, are there pain med prescriptions when you are released from the hospital, or just while in the hospital? Will I be able to drink water the day after the surgery? What foods are ok to eat in the first month. I feel as if Im starving lately and dont really eat well as Im afraid of what might happen that night. I cant wait to be able to eat what I want assuming that is the case.
Anyway, thanks and its great knowing there are others out there.