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.