Hello again to all
Gosh just realized I haven't been on since January so I thought it was time to update everyone on my progress. For those who wish the background, the original thread is here;
(mods if you feel that this should be an update posting in the original thread, instead of a new thread, feel free to move)
No PPI's of any type since the procedure and am doing fine. Able to eat just about anything with no problems as long as I don't gorge myself. The times I do, I have some pressure and a "too full" feeling much like you get when you overdo it. So I guess that's normal. The key is to eat smaller portions slower. LOL it's the same thing my DR told me back in Oct after the procedure. You HAVE to follow that post-op diet closely and learn how to eat smaller and slower if you want long term success. I can't stress that enough.
I've had two incidents that I would explain as reflux type symptoms with burning and minor pain. Both passed quickly with out taking anything. I chalk it up to a "normal" heartburn incident that I would get from time to time way back when before I suffered with GERD. I had two fairly painful episodes about 12 weeks post op, caused I think by my 4 year old Daughter getting me right below the diaphram by the top of the stomach by the surgery area. Very painful and I think I was still tender from the procedure. Decided to wait a couple of days and see if it felt better and didn't call the DR (probably should have just to be safe). In retrospect I know I should have called the DR just in case. I mean, I could have pulled a staple out from horsing around. I was lucky, but my advice is don't be dumb like I was. If you have pain, call the DR period! BE SAFE, NOT SORRY!
My weight at time of procedure was around 228. I dropped down to a low of 187 (a whopping 41 pounds) . It's surprising how much you drop when you can't eat solids. I'm back up to around 195 to 197 depending so I've gained back an average of 10 pounds, which my DR says is about the normal amount of weight gain when you go back on solids. So hold off on those new clothes till your weight goes back up and stabilizes. Then get those new "skinny" clothes LOL.
I can't even begin to tell you how much better I feel since having the esophX done. The lack of GERD symptoms conbined with the weight loss has given me a new lease on life. Which BTW was the main reason I decided to have it done to begin with. Now I can actually bend over without feeling like my stomach contents are going to come back out on me. I'm sure the weight loss has alot to do with that too as my waist size went from a 43/44 down to a 36/38. Still using the wedge at night for sleep but don't really need it. I use it just from habit now. I've gotten used to it after all these years.
One thing I can say having GERD was that any type of moderate exercise would aggravate the GERD horribly and I found myself suffering. Now I've taken up cycling again after over 35 years and am enjoying the exercise. I find it to be an excellent time to get away by myself and let the daily stress float away. So far all I can say is that I feel "NORMAL" again for the first time in over 15 or 20 years.
Once again, no regrets on my end. If you're considering the procedure, I can say first hand that it has worked better than I could have hoped for so far for me.
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