If you're getting pain when you eat, back off what you're eating and go to an earlier stage for a while. Stick with soft foods and be sure that whatever you eat is fully and carefully chewed before swallowing.
Keep room temperature water or tea nearby when you eat, as it eases the esophagus muscles and helps with swallowing. It's likely that food you're eating is getting held up at the wrap site and is irritating the esophagus. Be sure to sip water or tea after eating to ensure that what you're eating makes it into your stomach. It's likely that there is still some wrap swelling, and this will subside as you heal.
You've just had major surgery and your upper GI tract has been revised. Your outsides don't show it, but your insides have been through a LOT.
You can't rush this surgery. Your healing will take its own sweet time. If you can relax into your recovery and accept it, you'll do much better. It sounds as if you were given the surgery and set loose to fend for yourself without much support.
This forum is a great place to get information and encouragement from others who've been through the recovery you're experiencing. (I had the surgery in February 2009.)
The loose stools is very common at your stage of the recovery. It will gradually resolve as you heal. It takes a full six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest (mostly the body adjusting to the changes).
Listen to your body. If what you're eating is causing pain, take it easy for a couple weeks until you feel better. After you're better for a week or so, gradually introduce foods back into your diet. Eat very slowly, and chew thoroughly. Stay away from tough meats and untoasted bread. Toasted bread chews nicely to a liquid.
Don't swallow anything that can't be chewed completely until it's a smooth creamy liquid consistency. You're healing and you don't want to irritate your wrap. If something doesn't chew completely, don't swallow it.
If you have a slow cooker (Crock Pot) try cooking some meat and veggies in that. After hours and hours things will be soft and tasty!
Be sure to ask any questions that come to mind. There are many here who know just what you're going through. Glad you've joined us!
Hang in there!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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