I found out the hard way that Muscle Milk is not a milk-free product. The label says so but the back of it lists the milk products it contains and there is a disclosure to people with milk allergies that it does contain milk products. I was unable to drink it for those reasons.
As my GERD/Reflux began to get worse prior to my August 1, 2011 NF surgery to correct the reflux, I developed a serious intolerance for milk and milk products which I still have to this day. I hope it goes away eventually but am not going to push testing the idea any time soon.
My surgery went well with no complications etc but my recovery has also been very long and drawn out. I'm trying to be patient and I'm counting my forward momentum in inches instead of miles as many people on the forum are blessed enough to be able to do but at the beginning of week 6 I have been able to see some improvement with my ability to eat more than soft or liquid foods and I was beginning to think I'd never eat again.
Not much tastes good to me yet even after 6 weeks but I'm sure that will improve with time as well. I had gotten so paranoid about
eating anything before my surgery that food and I are still not best of friends at this point. Even water doesn't taste good to me at this point but I drink it because I know I need it and I have lost over 30 lbs.
I know how you feel about
the limited amount of liquids or soft/frozen foods you can partake of at this point because I went through the same thing. People kept teasing me about
getting to enjoy ice cream and pudding etc but I wasn't amused. I just had to tough it out until I could take things in that were not all of a soft consistency.
I think one of my biggest problems was becoming so weak due to my limited food intake that I just couldn't bounce back as quickly as I should have. I do think it can be less pleasant and a longer recovery when your dietary intake is more limited. But it can be done because I'm here to prove it.
I can only say I understand from experience a little about
how you feel and I wish you the best. It may take some people such as you and me a little or maybe even a lot longer to get better but we will get there.
Don't give up. It won't help a thing.
PS - I have also had bile diarrhea most days after a gall bladder removal many years ago and continued to have diarrhea after my NF surgery until the last three days when my stomach/intestines seem to have decided to improve and be more firm in the elimination of waste. I don't know if it will last but I am happy with it now. Also I am happy with using Rice Milk in my cooking and on cereal etc. It's not a bad substitute.
Post Edited (halloweenbaby) : 9/6/2011 2:50:49 PM (GMT-6)