Joe1619: Being fairly symptom-free is relatively new for me. I was still taking a lot of medication through March (6 months after surgery). My heartburn was much worse than it had been before surgery until I switched to Prevacid and got acupuncture and took Chinese herbs. Before that, say, weeks 4 - 28, it was total hell (80 mgs of Omeprazole wasn't touching it. Apples alleviated the immediate burning, but it came back as soon as I ate something else). It's true, as you say, that my stomach must have stretched because I can eat more than I used to and feel hunger more strongly. That's probably the reason why I'm starting to eat too fast at times. Overall, I'm happy that I had the surgery done, but recovery sure took longer than I expected. Best wishes with yours, Allyh.