So, right now I am smack in the middle of experiencing my first episode of food getting stuck in my pouch, or somewhere along my line of where food travels.
Let me get a couple things straight:
- This is my fault, I ate chicken way too early, at least 2 weeks too early.
- I ate in the car on the run, so I wasn’t paying attention.
So, don’t feel sorry for me.
Why am I eating chicken already?
Well, these are only excuses, but I have been on the run a lot lately and have tempted fate by going through the Chick-fil-a drive through and getting a kids meal of chicken nuggets. This isn’t the first time. The first time I was really paying attention to every bite, since I knew I was being bad I was really making sure I took very small bites and chewed every bit very thoroughly. But this time I wasn’t so careful and now I am paying for it big time.
This time I had a meeting that went long and then rushed back through the Chick-fil-a drive through. Ordered the same thing, but this time in a blindness of ridiculous confidence I flat out wasn’t paying attention and found myself taking bigger bites, chewing faster, and not waiting for 5+ minutes between bites. Now I am paying the price.
What does it feel like to have food stuck after gastric bypass surgery?
Luckily for me it doesn’t really hurt. It is just really annoying. Basically it seems this piece of chicken is lodged in the same spot and just wont move.
As I sit her for the last 5 hours it has been a continuous routine of my saliva slowly building up behind my little piece of chicken. Then as I slowly feel more and more uncomfortable I get up, walk to the bathroom and throw up my build up of saliva into the sink. Sometimes it all comes up in one shot, sometimes I have to heave and hoe a few times. But, each time a small pile of saliva is at the bottom of the sink.
The first few times there were some small pieces of food. But, the vast majority of the last 5 hours has only been saliva. Throw up, blow my nose, feel better, back to work, wait 15 minutes, feeling uncomfortable, back to the bathroom and repeat.
I thought I could wait this out. So, far after 5 hours there is no improvement. In fact, as I am writing this my time is ticking. I can feel the build up. Here I go again……
What to do to dislodge the stuck food?
So, far I have taken the “wait it out” technique. It has not worked, the chicken is winning.
I have taken to Google to try to find some answers. This is what I found:
- use meat tenderizer
- use papaya enzyme
- drink warm water or tea
- go walk around
- jump up and down
- go see your doctor
So, it is not the greatest list of ideas. I have sifted through forum and blog posts on this subject. I have read about some extreme cases of pain and for some people it lasted days and day. Lets hope that is not me.
Drink Warm Water or Tea
Since I don’t have meat tenderizer or papaya extract, I am going to start with drinking small sips of warm tea. Logically that makes sense…warm water might break it down.
I have now had 3-4 sips of warm water and still no luck. Just made my feeling of being full of liquids come on quicker. So, this might take a while. In the meantime, I gotta run to the bathroom again….
Goodbye round 1 of warm tea…time to start round 2. For some reason warm tea makes sense to me. Cold water would just make the chicken harder. The warm liquid should soften the chicken up, and the tea may have some properties to break it down a little. Actually, I was right, according to Tipnut.com, tea contains natural tenderizers, called tannins. So, maybe this will work after all.
I just got a home delivery of papaya enzymes. But, for the sake of a complete blog post I am going to continue to try to see if this warm tea idea will work. So, even though I want to pop some of these papaya enzymes right now, for my readers I am going to continue to suffer and see this warm tea idea through.
Well, I just went through round 3 and round 4 of sipping tea and then throwing up. Instead of the customary 15 minutes for the saliva to build up, it only takes 5 minutes of sipping tea before I am running for the bathroom. I’ll do this for a few more rounds before I give up and try the papaya enzyme route.
I can’t take it anymore. The added liquid to my system is making me throw up more often now. The combination of tea and more frequent vomiting has caused me to give up on this dream of having warm tea break down this food stuck in my chest. I am moving on to the papaya enzyme tactic for relief.
Papaya Enzyme for Food Stuck After Gastric Bypass Relief
So, I hit the wall with my warm tea plan and now have quickly moved on to trying these papaya enzyme supplements. I got a home delivery of these Chewable Super Papaya Enzyme Plus supplements from a good friend. Well, after suffering for the last 6 hours I finally popped 4 of these chewable tablets and I have to say within minutes I feel better. I am not saying these have worked yet, but the prospects are good. Now, I will have to wait the customary 15 minutes and I will see if I have to run the bathroom.
Papaya’s contain a raw enzyme called Papain, which is supposed to aid in digestion of food. The papain enzyme assists in breaking down food in your stomach, our in our cases, the pouch. Papain is also said to reduce acid reflux, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal issues.
Apparently, papaya enzyme’s are also supposed to reduce the risk of colon cancer by binding to toxins that could turn cancerous.
Anyway, it has now been 30 minutes since I took the papaya enzyme and I am happy to say I am better. It seems the papaya enzyme has broken down the chicken and has processed further down my digestive system. My saliva is not building up and I no longer have the feeling of discomfort or throwing up.
I can confidently say that the answer to food being stuck after gastric bypass surgery can successfully be relieved by taking a papaya enzyme supplement.