Choking more often

Updated on December 6, 2019 in Post-Operation Surgery Questions & Answers
12 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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3 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).

on November 20, 2019
If you don’t choke on your drinks, it means that you just didn’t chew it enough. From Winnie2point0

That’s good to know.  I’ll  tuck that bit of information away for when I have my gastric sleeve procedure.  I bet it takes ages to eat if you have to chew that thoroughly.  

 

on December 3, 2019

Winnie2point0 you were so right.  I had my check up and everything is okay.  They had me eat three times while they watched and I’m eating way too fast.  My problem is that I get to talking and forget that I need to chew longer. I’m a little embarrassed that I overreacted like I did, but I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry.

on December 6, 2019

This is also a thing I have, eating too fast. Even after chewing very well, I need to take a minute before I take my next bite, because my food just takes a bit longer to go down. Glad you were able to sort it out LAT!

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0 on November 14, 2019

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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4 on November 17, 2019

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. 

on November 18, 2019

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.

on November 20, 2019

Eating too fast. Imagine a balloon filled with water (the kind u get that make balloon animals). A Stomach is going to contract (sphincters) on esophageal tract. U have 1 oz pouch that ur now full stomach is trying to digest. But, now there are 2-4 bites above the pouch. The sphyincters squeeze, and the mucous lining in the esophagus goes UP. Eventually to ur throat getting that 2-4 bites, OUT of u.

on November 20, 2019

It also, could be gall bladder related, if you still have one, but that’s included with pain and fever, inability to keep water down.

You need to chew 32 times on right cheek and left cheek before swallowing. It should be paste like.

on December 3, 2019

I was afraid it was something bad like that and it had me really worried.  Thankfully, I’m just eating too fast.  I really appreciate the help and concern!  

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