Stomach cancer

A support group for anyone affected by stomach cancer, including adenocarcinoma and GISTs (gastrointestinal stromal tumours) to come together, share experiences, and ask questions.

Gastrectomy

BeaS
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What is expected following a total gastrectomy ..  I had surgery on the 18/4/18.  I get hot flushes and sweats .  Also I get stomach ache whenever I eat 

rdsm47
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Hi bea

My huband still gets stomach ache when he eats he had op Aug 2017 .l wonder whether your sweating & hot flushes is anything to do with the dumping syndrome that most people experience at times Things seem to get better as you find which foods suit you best & what to avoid.

Hope you are progressing well.

Best wishes

AntD78
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Hi BeaS,

I also had both symptoms following my total gastrectomy but I was able to manage them quite quickly by keeping a food and drink diary. I would record everything I ate/drank and the symptom I had. 

I also realised I was eating and drinking far too quickly and the portions where too large.  I have a plate, which is the size of a tea saucer, I use this plate for every meal I have.

Hope this little bit of information helps

Best wishes.

ShimmeringUnicorn
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Hi and welcome.

If you search gastrectomy on that s site you will find lots of advocate and experiences from those of us who had total or partial stomach  removal.

Did you have a dietician as part of your health team?

Initially, lots of small protein rich snacks is what to aim for, and stick with 6 small meals a day for a while. Keeping hydrated is important but tricky initially as you need to avoid drinking with your food and for 30 mins before and after eating..Fluid is essential for bowel function.

It sounds like you ate describing dumping syndrome which is where food eaten is hitting your system quickly...as I now no longer sits in your stomach for a while.  Search dumping syndrome for note info. There are two types, one just after eating and one a while afterwards. Can be scary until you know what is happening...racing heart etc.  I find not going for the usual chocolate fix when hungry helps as it's better to have something in your system before something sugary if you can't resist it.

Stomach ache may be things still settling or maybe the type and amount of food at one meal. 

Pop back and tell us how you are getting on.

Take care

BeaS
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Hi. Thanks. 

I had dietitian as part of my health team.   This morning I had weetabix for breakfast.   The pain was excruciating I had to give up.    I am diabetic so I don't have sugary stuff apart from pro cal shots.   I will search dumping syndrome.    I don't feel hungry but the dietitian advised I should eat every 3hours. 

BeaS
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Hi AntD78

I will start to keep a food and drink diary.   Thanks 

BeaS
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Thanks 

AntD78
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Hi BeaS,

If your in pain eating, I would speak to your specialist nurse and dietician again. 


I am now having 1and 1/2 weetabix as part of my breakfast and I am eating small things most of the day. A typical day for me includes, weetabix, Full fat yogurts, 2 pints of full fat milk per day, popcorn, dark chocolate, full fat yoghurts again, cheese and crackers, portion of fish, custard, chicken and mash, more custard or ice cream.  It seems a lot wrote down but I eat about every 3 hours and have a desert an hour after lunch and dinner.  


Hope you get to the bottom of your issues


AntD