Thank you Alan M for answering my questions and your most helpful suggestions concerning dumping and pointing me to the CORE web site. However, I have read this article before and although it does contain helpful tips the trouble is that it is focused upon the stomach; not the oesophagus. It starts off by stating: " The name Dumping has been given to a collection of symptoms that occur after a meal in patients who have undergone certain operations upon the stomach." Note: there is no mention of the oesophagus. The article then goes on to talk about the surgical removal of most or all of the of the stomach (gastrectomy) nearly always involving the removal of the valve at the bottom of the stomach (the pylorus). Plus another operation called a gastroenterostomy where the surgeon needs to by-pass the valve by making a communication between the stomach and the part of the intestine beyond the valve. And a third group of patients may have had an operation to cut the vagus nerves to their stomach (vagotomy). But, as I recall, the words oesophagus or the operation oesophagectomy and the post operational implications for such patients are never mentioned in the CORE website and that's what I think is really specifically required. I have no medical knowledge whatsoever, but surely the post operational condition, difficulties and challenges for patients who have had entirely different operations must also be very different?
The article that I need would be called "The Oesophagus for Dummies and how to live without one" but unfortunately there is no such publication. When I was an engineer I wrote handbooks about understanding process control systems, how they worked and trouble shooting of problems. It seems to me that the human digestive tract is also a process control system that although very complicated could be described in layman's terms, complete with diagrams, as an aid to better understanding by patients of their condition, resulting in a more rapid recovery post surgery.
Even nearly a year after my operation I still suffer frequent periods of tiredness and malaise that I know from experience will pass within an hour or so, but it slows my life down. If I had more detailed knowledge then I may be able to prevent these attacks from occurring in the first place and even if they did I would know what to do about them. At the moment I do not know much about these things and that's not because I haven't experimented or tried to find out. For example: do I take glucose at the onset of one of these attacks, that I know from experience are often connected with sugar? But isn't that going to add to the problem? A drunk taking a drink to steady his nerves? Or do I drink water? Or do I take an indigestion pill? I have tried all these things and still cannot tell which is the right thing to do. So I need more knowledge and information and I know for a fact that there are many just like me.
Does anyone know the answer? If so as someone who could produce a competent layman's handbook or leaflet, complete with diagrams, I volunteer to work with that person free of any charge to jointly produce such a badly needed handbook. We could simply call it “A layman’s guide to the Esophagus.”