I know that the surgeon's preach NO POP...but get this. It shocked me. I called my surgeon's office and talked to one of the surgery nurses and was telling her about how I kept getting blockages now matter how slow I ate and how much I chewed, that only smooth or super soft stuff and fluids would go along with me fine. She said, if I feel a blockage, to take a small sip of Diet Coke, that it'll help disolve whatever is stuck and help it through! I tried it the other night, just bought a pack of 8 ounce cans...I crack it open, take a couple small sips, just enough to give me relief, and give the rest to my son who thinks it's a huge treat to get pop that we don't give him often. It works real well. The first sip I took I ended up vomiting up, but I think that was cuz I attempted to take the sip while I was in between it all. I waited a few more minutes after that and tried a couple more small sips and within a short time my pain ended. I don't know if it'll always work, but at least now I have an option that seems to work all right. Hopefully after the dilitation this won't be quite a frequent issue for me. I got tons of air in the stomach, which I expected, but it's easier getting the air bubbles up then it is to feel that blockage and be in massive pain for however long it takes to get through. I don't always drink pop...actually, I never do. I know it's a no-no post op and no matter if I crave it, I won't have it. I just refuse. Anyhow, the only exception I make is those couple of sips with my blockages and it helps me. If you can tolerate the air bubbles/burping that can come as a result, then maybe consider trying this if you get the painful blockages. I know mine about make me fall over from the pain. LOL...or so it feels like. Just thought I throw in the tip the surgeon's office gave me. I was floored when she suggested the pop cuz of how they preach no pop. But it works at least. Beats the pain!
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