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.