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   Posted 2/25/2012 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,


After reading the forums here for months, I’ve deceided to go for the NF on April 5th.  I’d like to thank everyone for the comments you have made on the fourms which has helped me to decide on getting the surgery.  I've put the surgery off for a very long time, but I think it's time to move foward and get 'er done. I have a few questions and would greatly appreciate any responses. 


Once the healing process is over, will you ever be back to normal?  By normal, I mean can you go about your normal life with normal eating habits? 


Examples:  Can I ever have carbonated drinks again or is it just short term that you can’t have them?


Will I ever be able to eat bread and steak?


Will your body feel normal after six months – one year?  The way you felt before the surgery, but without the heartburn?


Thank you so much





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   Posted 2/25/2012 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi SL,
Welcome to Healing Well.  Glad our posts were helpful!  yeah Yes, you will be able to eat bread and steak once your healing has progressed.  You will have to always eat more slowly, and chew your food more carefully. 
As far as soda goes, I do think many people go back to drinking it, although perhaps with more moderation.  I'm not a soda drinker, so I'm not a good one to ask.  I do drink beer on occasion, and that carbonation doesn't bother me.
Once your body has had a chance to heal completely, you'll feel pretty darn normal.  There may be one or two little quirks you notice, but overall it's not big deal.
If you've suffered from GERD, you'll find any little inconvenience very unimportant, and you'll truly appreciate being GERD free.
Good luck with your surgery!

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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 2/25/2012 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Saleen! I think it's really different for everyone. I was able to eat everything I normally eat by one month and my surgeon encouraged this. I don't eat meat or drink soda but I had sparkling water without a problem. I've eaten bread and lots of raw veggies, no problem. I feel completely normal now, and have for a long time. I could burp from day 1. I had surgery on Dec 13. I am still careful about lifting anything heavy. I've never felt heartburn or reflux, even before surgery. Everyone is not as fortunate as I've been but maybe you will be lucky.

Wishing you the best,

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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 2/26/2012 4:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much Denise and Starry. You have both been so helpful. I do like to have my sodas and a few beers now and then so I'm hoping I can still have some of both. I will have no problems living without steak, but bread is another story. The only issue I'd have is Heartburn and have been on all PPI's and lots of Zantac for the last ten years. My Endo's have shown inconclusive for Barrett’s. I travel a lot for my job and I know that I’ll have to give the traveling up for a while after the surgery.

Thanks again,

I'll keep you posted as I get closer to have my surgery.

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