Some post-op Nissen questions

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1039smooth
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   Posted 1/3/2014 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, everyone. Firstly, thanks a million for all the past help you've provided me. I just have a few more questions.

Just to catch you up, I had the lapNissen in August and recovery was very slow for me. I've learned it can take six months to a year to really get totally better. Perhaps I'm just being impatient. Anyway, I got back to eating maybe in late October or early November. I had a loss in my family on November 20. I physically felt a regression because of the stress that put me under and didn't eat for maybe a couple weeks after that. Then eating got easier again. I've lost around 40 pounds from the surgery and gained maybe 10-15 back. It seems the things I can eat aren't the best for me. Crispy and crunchy things are best. At times, I feel I have overdone it. After all that time, I was just so excited to eat. I can't put the food away like I used to, but I've eaten past full a few times. I've read where I don't want to stretch out my stomach, but I probably have. My surgeon didn't give me amounts to eat, but just said to eat until I'm full. I fill up very fast now. The things I used to avoid for the most part like chocolate and mint are now somewhat staples in my diet. I was also told I didn't have to avoid those things anymore. I've continued to avoid carbonated drinks and alcohol all together even though I really want to drink. My surgeon's assistant told me to take the alcohol slow at first, but I've avoided it all together.

This time of year, I can't tell reflux from a sore throat because it's so cold. I fear I may be having some reflux. My surgeon tells me we all have a little reflux anyway. Do any other folks here that are in the wrap family have some issues with reflux? I also sometimes have painful esophageal spasms. That didn't happen prior to surgery. Some good has come of my wrap. I lost all that weight and was able to get off my blood pressure medicine, so I wanted to add some good news. Bowel movements are pretty regular.

I could also use some tips on regaining my strength. I'm basically a dormant couch potato right now.

Any advice would be great. I know folks are busy. Thank you. I'm holding off another endoscopy for now.

1039smooth
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   Posted 1/3/2014 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, and I CAN burp most of the time. I also meant to say sometimes I'm able to eat just like it's old times. Sometimes I get that stuck feeling, but it USUALLY passes fast enough. When that feeling goes away, has the food really become 'unstuck'?

opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/4/2014 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
smooth-

when you feel it come unstuck it really did unstick and pass through the wrap.

I was laid up and not able to eat or drink for over 5 months when my esophagus tore. I lost a lot of muscle. It has been a long battle to get my legs back. I did a lot of stairs and would carry jugs or buckets of water to heal build them back up. I couldn't climb the trees last year to set tree stands, but this year I can hike with my 30lb pack and climb without too much trouble.

Walking at a quick pace on uneven ground also helped a lot at first. It's a lot harder to get it back than it is to loose it.

Take care,
Bill
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1039smooth
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   Posted 1/5/2014 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks as always, Bill.

I'm glad to hear it actually passes through. I usually have a mild stomach ache daily. It's not too bad, but is kind of a nuisance. The sore throat is a little concerning and if it is reflux, I wouldn't know what to do from there. I suppose being back on PPIs wouldn't be the end of the world if that's what it comes to. Perhaps I should eat less. I've gotten to where I'm eating quicker and then I'm really full. My bites aren't always small.

I feel some strength coming back. I'm struggling less with my lunch cooler and things like that. Thanks for the tips.
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