Hi everybody, I'm new to this community. I'm 34 years, had Achalasia since childhood, went through numbers of treatments, including Hellers myotomy and finally esophagectomy with colon interposition in january 2007. Had some complications after ectomy, and had to stay in hospital for eight weeks. I had a slow recovery and couldn't swallow at all the first month after ectomy.
However, things improved slowley, but I'm still far from a normal life. I still get dumping everyday, even from "good" food. I can't put on weight, so I'm still underweight. But my main concern now is this:
I have a lot of throat issues since ectomy. I can swallow, but it hurts after I have eaten. And I have a lot of phlegm in my throat. Actually, if I open my mouth you could sometimes see phlegm hanging down like a thread in the back om my throat. (Sorry for getting gross)... Is that a sign of some kind of infection or what?
Sometimes it's so hard to swallow I almost fear eating. Feels like my throat muscles need to work so hard to get things down. I've told my doctors this, but last xray and scope (in 2010) showed no narrowing. They said it looked fine.
I also feel difficulties breathing because of this, since the muscles in the throat is partly the same for breathing and swallowing.
Is this normal long term side effects from ectomy? Why is it hard to swallow and breath? I don't really understand the mecanisms.