Reflux and choking

Many people experience reflux following surgery for stomach cancer. This can cause heartburn, nausea, and discomfort in your chest. Taking medicines to reduce stomach acid may improve these symptoms.

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How to relieve reflux and choking

  • Limit spicy foods, fatty foods, fizzy drinks, alcohol and citrus fruits to prevent reflux.
  • Take small sips of liquid to reduce coughing or choking.
  • Chew foods well, eat slowly, and avoid talking while eating.
  • To help food digest, sit up straight when eating and for at least another 30 minutes.
  • Consider eating your main meal earlier in the day and having a small snack in the evening.
  • Avoid bending over too far.
  • Keep your chest higher than your abdomen when sleeping by using extra pillows or a foam wedge. Try to avoid lying on your left side, as reflux is often worse in this position.
  • Don’t overexert yourself, as this can cause reflux.
  • See your doctor if solid foods cause coughing or get stuck.

This information was last reviewed in September 2017
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