Hi Ida Mae,
I'll try to answer some of your questions:
Will this get better in time?
Absolutely! The amount you can eat will increase gradually as you heal and the stomach swelling goes down. At this early stage of your recovery you get pain after overeating, but this won't always be the case. Really, you don't have to worry that you will continue to lose weight. Once you're healed and can eat normally again, you'll gain that weight right back. Until then, be careful with your portions. You've discovered the sad truth about overeating during the early post-op days.
I had this surgery so I would be able to eat all the foods I gave up for 5 yrs. with GERD. After about 1 year will I be able to eat more than I can tolerate now? I went to the web sites that recommended what we could eat. One had a list of all the foods not to eat and they were all the ones I did not eat before having the surgery.
Yes, you'll be able to tolerate normal amounts of food long before a year. Definitely after year one...don't worry. It'll happen! Just hang in there.
The post-op food lists are limited to foods that don't cause gas and are easy to chew thoroughly to a liquid. During this post-op healing stage you'll want to eat very carefully, but once you're fully healed you'll be eating all those foods you've been craving.
There's one caveat to that, though. If your stomach is sensitive or reactive there may be foods you'll always have to avoid. (That's my case, so coffee is an infrequent treat.) If you just had GERD, then you'll very likely be able to enjoy any of those "no-no" foods you've had to avoid. That said, you may find you still have a trigger food here or there that may give you a little heartburn occasionally, but it will be nothing like what it used to be. You'll be like all those normal people who you've envied for their ability to eat whatever they want. They get heartburn, too, you know! The normal kind, though!
One other problem came up yesterday after lunch. I got the worse pain EVER under my left rib cavity.
At 2 months post-op you're likely to still have some gas issues, which should be the culprit. Also, it was my experience that the left rib incision area was by far the most painful. The surgeon said that it was where most of the surgical manipulation occurred. Who knows? I could be that, too.
I have some sucralfate left from before surgery. Wondering if this might help as I am getting acid reflux from time to time. I have moderate Gastritis.
I'm a big fan of sucralfate. I still keep it in the house and use it fairly regularly because of my touchy stomach. It won't really help acid reflux, but it will definitely help if you have any residual gastritis or your wrap is irritated. I use the suspension form, but if you take the pill and put it in a shotglass or medicine cup with a little water, then stir it up, it'll be easy to swallow and will also coat the wrap as it goes down. Just "throw it back" like a shot (not that I know anything about shots! Really.)
I had the surgery so I could get off the meds. I see where you recommend it during the healing process. Once you heal can you just stop taking them?
I understand your reluctance to taking meds, since it's the reason most of us have the surgery! Still, taking it during the healing stage doesn't mean you'll take it forever! Going off will be totally different because you now have a wrap holding that acid rebound down!
If you want to try Zantac instead, I'm sure that would be fine. You don't need as much now, since you're just taking it for healing and comfort purposes. I think you'll need more than the OTC 75 mg. though. Maybe a double dose? Just see what works for you. If it makes you more comfortable as you heal, it's worth the effort!
Every day you're a day closer to being healed! If you can just surrender to the path your recovery is taking and go with the flow you'll do just fine. I know it's hard to wait and to trust that things will get back to normal, but they will!
Hang in there, and HAPPY HEALING!
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.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 5/23/2012 6:04:11 PM (GMT-6)