WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Esophageal stricture is a narrowing of your esophagus. Inflammation or damage to your esophagus may cause scar tissue that leads to narrowing.
- Medicines may be given to decrease stomach acid.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your PHP or gastroenterologist as directed:
You may need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
You may not be able to eat solid foods for a period of time. You may be allowed to drink water, broth, apple juice, or lemon-lime soft drinks. You may also suck on ice chips or eat gelatin. As you improve, you may be given soft foods to eat or thickened liquids to drink. You may return to eating normal foods as your swallowing gets better. Ask for more information about the type of foods you should eat.
Rest as needed:
Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.
Contact your PHP or gastroenterologist if:
- You have a fever.
- You are vomiting and cannot keep any food or liquids down.
- You feel very full and cannot burp or vomit.
- You have pain that does not decrease even after you take medicine.
- Your symptoms get worse.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have severe chest pain and sudden trouble breathing.
- Your bowel movements are black, bloody, or tarry-looking.
- Your vomit looks like coffee grounds or has blood in it.
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