Choking more often

6 on November 6, 2019

It’s been about 8 weeks since my surgery date and I’ve been eating regular foods.  I’m choking more often since I had surgery. Is this normal? Does it eventually go away?

 
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0 on November 7, 2019

That wasn’t my experience, LAT.  You really do have to eat slowly and chew your food carefully.  It’s annoying at first, but you’ll eventually adapt to it.  Try eating warm soupy foods.  The heat will relax your throat and the texture will go down easy. Just do that to see if the choking still happens.  If so, you might need to call the doctor.  You shouldn’t make a habit of eating slider foods like soups though.  It’s a slippery slope for gaining the weight back and your body needs to learn to digest all types of food textures too. 

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0 on November 12, 2019

Dysphagia (a medical term for difficulty in swallowing) is common after surgery, but I am not sure if it still relates to choking. The narrowing of the gastric sleeve often causes this, and so can underlying medical conditions. I agree with @BeyondObesity that you’re better off with slider foods.

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0 on November 12, 2019

I have it sometimes, but it only happens when I don’t chew well enough. I am still, even a year post-op training myself to chew enough. Sometimes I think I’ve chewed enough but there are still some bigger chunks. If you don’t choke on your drinks, it means that you just didn’t chew it enough. It needs to be nearly liquified (sorry, that is gross).

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0 6 days ago

Well, I have only heard of symptoms like sweating, lightheadedness, upper abdominal fullness, nausea and diarrhea (among others) but not of choking. You may want to review your choice of food because soupy foods are the best. If it persists, please consult a physician.

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1 3 days ago

Thanks for the support guys.  Unfortunately, it hasn’t gotten better and it’s really freaking me out since I live alone.  So, I made an appointment just to see if anything is wrong. I go back next  week. 

2 days ago

Good luck, LAT!    Can you start having meals with someone else around?  I know you live alone, but surely friends and family will be willing to have you over or meet at your place while you’re afraid of choking.  I hope you’ll keep us updated.

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