"Do you know the composition of the protein shakes? There are many posts on the Internet relating to alleged protein shake allergies. Are you allergic to dairy products? To soy products?
It seems to me that the doctor should be on top of this if you have already had this reaction before. Maybe a different type of protein would work better.
What does your doctor say?"
They are Ensure which is mostly corn syrup and whey protein. I also tried Body Fortress Super Advanced but that is also mostly whey protein and low sugar. I have the same reaction to both although it seems worse with the Ensure.
My wife just ran out to CVS (local pharmacy) and got a vegan based protein shake mix but it tastes so disgusting I want to vomit. So, she went back out and got Nestle ProNourish "for people with digestive sensitivities." It's gluten free, has no corn syrup, no sugar alcohols, and "is suitable for lactose intolerance." I am not lactose intolerant. These are still made with "milk protein concentrate" which is just a moniker for whey. They are our last option except for kefir which my wife touts and drinks on a regular basis.
The recurring problem only happened yesterday afternoon as yesterday was Day 1 of three days of the doctor's prescribed 4 shakes a day prior to surgery. I did not have a chance to call his office. My wife will be calling them this morning to explain what is happening and ask if kefir may be substituted if I continue to have an adverse reaction to the ProNourish.
Tomorrow, all I am supposed to do is have "clear liquids" and four of these protein shakes. I'm not sure what this could possibly mean besides water. I am on a low sodium diet due to edema and cardiovascular issues so it certainly can't mean broth which is nothing but salt water from a nutritional standpoint anyway. I'm hoping that I can have the kefir if everything else has failed, since I understand that having nourishment pre-surgery is quite important to avoid complications and for speedy recovery.
Wife 4/17 Dx age 45
5/17 - Lap left hemi
5 x 4 x 1 cm
T3 N2b M1a
Stage IV A
lymph nodes: 9 of 54
8/17 Sub-total colectomy
2nd tumor 5.5 cm width T1 N0
CEA: 1.4 Pre-op; 2.1 2 days Post-op
Lynch no; KRAS wild
Immunohistochemsistry: Normal expression of MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2
Tumor DNA variants: MTOR, APC, TP53