My father has been diagnosed fairly recently with Barrett's Esophagus
. In addition, he's been undergoing multiple tooth transplants, which so far involve the removal and replacement of all his front teeth. Basically a double whammy of shitty issues.
He's been seeing the necessary doctors for the former and dentists for the latter, but he's also been having this recurring problem that we so far are unable to determine if it's a result of one or both symptoms, or a combination of the two. Every few days or so of the week, he's unable to properly swallow certain kinds of foods. He used to be the type who would eat burgers, steaks, and all sorts of meats. These days, he's lucky if he can keep down spaghetti and rice.
The way he describes it is that there's a "blockage" that keeps the food from entering his throat, causing him to gag it back out. This seems to happen purely randomly, and as far as I can tell, he has the easiest time with fried seafood and chicken. Panko Shrimp and Fish is something he's able to eat most of the time, as is fried chicken and certain lasagna.
But there are days where he can't even eat these "safe" foods. About the only thing he's been able to consume with no problem is liquids, namely red wine.
When describing this issue to his dentist, the dentist is unable to come up with a cause for this. If it turns out that the Bearrett's Esophagus is the leading cause, all I know is that he's been taking omeprazole once a day.
I've decided to try and do my own research, as I've grown concerned with his eating woes. I would like to stress that my father is a bit of a "relic", as in that he never wants to talk about his issue and doesn't try to research possible treatments or tips, instead choosing to "tough it out". Frankly I despise his way of thinking, especially in this current era where people can look up answers
to just about every ailment.
But I won't claim for certain that he's doing everything he's supposed to...that's why I'm coming to you for advice. If you know of any kinds of treatments, examinations, foods, or anything at all
that may help, I would love to read about it.
If you have any other questions, just ask, even though I know full well it's going to be a process to get an answer out of him.