Hi Ashley, here is one more answer to you...from Finland
First: Happy new year Ashley & the other readers too!
You have done so good work with your new lifestyle changes and BMI. Again congratulations!!! (I'm a looser, I'm in the same level as before, gosh)
You said nowadays you are suffering from bloating. I'm not an expert of veggie-diet, but could it be possible that there is some veggies, spices or liquids that is the reason for your new bloating problem?
I think every country has their own rules, who is that one they are going to set to NF op. Your doctor will say that to you, if your symptoms are so serious kind that this just "must to do" that op. Every time in Finland this is surgeon, who make this decision, case by case, who is that one they are going to op.
In your case try to get a new meet with your doc to get a new GI-doc visit to f ex impedance test or the other tests.
If you have no trust to your doc or GI doc, it is possible to change the doc. Just say that, when you next time want a new meet with your doc (or GI doc).
Everything is so much easier if you just have a chance to go to the private doc. If you just have money, go to the private doc, then you know the difference...sad to say that, but this is true!
Hoping all the best for you! When is your next date with your doc?
PS. Now I (almost) know where you live, when you posted the pic of Finland's Independence day with the flag! Sometimes I visit the same Viikki-Prisma, which was one pic in your foto-album
Paraesophageal hernia repair & "floppy Nissen"
(assisted by the robot)
on March 10th 2011.