One month post op - need food ideas

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   Posted 2/27/2012 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

I am one month post op today! The wrap seems to be healing well though I did have a set back last week with anxiety and panic attacks. I am now taking zoloft again after being off of it for a year (I think I can feel it starting to work so that is helping) and klonopin as needed for anxiety. I took xanax for a few days but that made me feel terrible. I have taken the klonopin once or twice during the day but mostly I have been taking it at night to help me get to sleep. All of the anxiety really set me back last week from a food stand point. I was super nauseous along with a host of other anxiety symptoms so I didn't eat very well at all. I am so exhausted from the sleepless nights, panic attacks, and lack of food.

I am feeling more calm and the zoloft is starting to take effect but it can make you a bit nauseous as well. I am making a concerted effort to eat more foods though. Right now I am pretty much eating the early things, eggs, soup, applesauce, pasta, pureed fruits and veggies, crackers, toast, and a little tuna. I feel like I am able to eat more at a time now though but I am afraid to push things but I need more calories.

What things did you try next??

Also, I have noticed some chest pain, sort of breastbone area but off to the left a bit (roughly the same area where I had pain from reflux) but the pain feels slightly different now (obviously they did a lot of moving things around in there). Did any of you have this sort of pain after eating. I was having a lot of pains the other day all over my stomach and in my chest but when I got up and moved around it got better so I am assuming that this is just gas???

I had my heart checked out when I first dealt with anxiety about 6 years ago and I am only 37 so I doubt it is heart related but I thought I would get your opinions.

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   Posted 2/27/2012 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi amanster,
Have you seen this?
I just used trial and error and some educated guesses as to what I ate.  If something I tried didn't chew to a liquid, I just didn't swallow it, and would try something else.  Really, so many things work out just fine if you chew, chew, chew and take small bites. 
Just use common sense...I used to eat out a fair amount throughout my recovery, and really just took it slow and was careful with my choices.  I still eat slowly and chew my food carefully.  I'm always the last one finished...It's a necessity after a Nissen at least in my case.
Happy eating!

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   Posted 2/28/2012 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 1 month post op today too. I still have pain swallowing certain solid foods. Liquids go down easier than before, but even a bit of bread can give a hard time. Sometimes, the pain is really bad. It is in my chest, where the esofagus is. As if the food cannot go down and the opening is really small to pass into the stomach (which is probably the case). After some time, the food goes down easier , but I cannot enjoy food yet.

Had no alcohol yet, neither any chocolate. On the other hand, there is no pain anymore when I inhale deeply. I used to have that during the first couple of weeks after surgery. Cannot burp too which is really bad.

I think I am getting better though, but at slow rates.

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