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   Posted 4/2/2012 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
So I am a 45yr old man and I have had GERD for 20years. Aciphex/nexium everyday and totally happy to be off it. I am a manager so I travel and do a lot of office work.
I would love to hear from someone that has had the surgery and without issue been able to eat a Subway sandwich, drink a pint(s) of ale or eat a steak......how long did it take before you felt completely normal again?
For me the first week was absolute hell for those considering the surgery. I was in the hospital 2 days but probably could have spent one more day in the hospital. I was in a lot of pain and by day 6 of the first week I went back in and got stronger pain meds. Day 7 I turned the corner and finally felt better.
My advice is take it easy and expect to sleep and rest when you get home, you need at least 6-7 days to regroup before feeling somewhat reasonable again....I doubted my decision during this time. I was horribly bloated and miserable during this time.
By the end of week two I had quite a bit of tenderness in my stomach region and oftentimes its hard to stand up straight. I feel the stomach and wrap tugging when I move. I can't lift anything and
I am aeager to begin exercising again.
Meals- Okay now the good part I didn't eat much anything solid the first 10 days. Starting day 14 I recommend mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and egg drop soup. Day 18 I am eating things like tunafish, cereal, eggs, spagehetti and keeping it reasonable. I've also been drinking coffee and I feel really good. I have not had any issue with food getting stuck.....I'm craving a carne asada burrito or some pizza. I cannot burp at all, I eat less and I sleep about 10X better than I use to. I now weigh 208lbs down from 223 day of surgery.

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   Posted 4/2/2012 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi greyham,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrap Club! yeah yeah yeah You are so right that the first couple of weeks are extremely challenging.  You're not alone in thinking the surgery was a mistake.  It's a common feeling.
I can tell you that I had my surgery three years ago, and can really eat absolutely anything I want.  (I do have a sensitive stomach, but that's a different issue altogether.)
Yes, you'll be able to eat a Subway sandwich, and drink many pints of ale!  I just went to a steakhouse on Saturday and enjoyed steak and mushrooms.  That said, after surgery I was warned away from steak and bread by my surgeon.  He turned me loose to eat "anything that could be chewed to a liquid", but no steak, sandwiches, or bread.  (Toasted bread works just fine!)
I have trouble pinpointing exactly when I started eating totally normally. I can tell you that we went on vacation at the 4 month mark and I was eating whatever I wanted at restaurants.
You'll always need to eat more slowly and chew your food more carefully.
I don't know if you saw this in the Resources section, but just in case, here's a good post-Nissen food guide:
This recovery takes 6 months for the majority of healing and a full year for the rest. I found that I continued to make some improvement even past the year mark.  As you go through the healing process you'll gradually see improvements. 
If you can surrender to your recovery and just follow it where it leads, your recovery will be much easier.  Struggling against it and wishing it would go faster will just lead you to frustration.  Go with the flow.  It is what it is!
This forum is a great place for you to get support and information.  I'm glad you've found us!
Very best wishes,
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 4/3/2012 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for sharing your story on recovery.  I am in the beginning stages of having been diagnosed and now meeting with surgeons to disucss my options.

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   Posted 4/3/2012 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lilred,
Glad you stopped by.  There are a lot of resources and information here on the forum.  Be sure to start a thread of your own once you get an idea of what you're going to do.  That way you can ask your questions and post your experiences.
Good luck with your visit to the surgeon!
Best wishes,
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