Well, finally took the plunge and had the op. I was end stage Achalasia. My hospital stay was a little frustrating as my pain management was not what I was promised it would be and I can honestly say my whole stay was characterized by pain and nothing else. The Pain Team at St Thomas' was very meddlesome and sometimes contradictory and left me unimpressed and I told them as much. Who I cannot fault though is my consultant Mr Gossage. The op presented him with a few complications as it was initially forecast for 3 hours but ended up lasting 6! And then to complicate matters further I also had a neck leak which healed itself after a week. But he has been supportive throughout and a source of encouragement.
Anyways I have been experiencing moderate pain like I have a tight band with the tightness more on the right hand side where the second incision and drain tubes were/are. I also have unbelievable shortness of breath. At my recent review I was told I will need a dilatation which I am having 01/12/14. The stricture is so bad even tablets get jammed and I have vomited a few times when I have failed to swallow whatever it was that was jammed. I have lost 10kgs and have been prescribed a nutritional drink to have in between meals. The severe pain I was experiencing from the reflux is now history and I am so grateful for that as that was causing me a lot of trauma and grief and sleepless nights. I also suffer from phlegm after every meal and if not properly brought up I have ended up vomiting too.
I am taking one day at a time.