Welcome to the Healing Well
Don't worry for a moment. It's very common to start having discomfort after introducing more normal foods into your diet.
Many people come to the forum with a very similar concern for the same reason. The esophagus is a dumb organ that interprets all pain as reflux. Even people who've had a pretty smooth recovery can have symptoms when they start eating more normally.
The coughing might irritate things further, but you don't have to worry that it's harmed your wrap. Let me tell you my story. I have asthma and had a severe lung infection before, during, and after my surgery. I coughed continually and extremely forcefully. Of course I worried that I'd damage my wrap, but didn't have a choice...I had to cough. I'm now 5 years post op and doing fine.
The pain near the stitches might be caused by the coughing...you might have pulled the muscle tissue/diaphragm. Still, I'm sure it will get feeling better and not cause any long-term problems for you.
Be sure to continue to take small bites and chew, chew, chew your food thoroughly. There is a barrier where an loose LES used to be. It takes more effort to get food/drink through and into your stomach. From now on you'll always have to eat more slowly and chew more thoroughly. It's a small price to pay for living without the symptoms caused by reflux.
It takes a full six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. I noticed improvement into the second year!
Hang in there...you'll get there!Happy healing,
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma"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.”