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It sounds as if things are going well for you. It is a challenging recovery in the first couple of weeks, but gradually it begins to improve with time. I'm five and a half years post op, and have never looked back! In my case it was reflux causing my lungs/asthma to be uncontrollable. The surgery was a real godsend.
If you can get up and walk, it will help the shoulder pain. Walk, walk, walk, and it should really make a difference. I found the more I walked, the less pain I had, and visa versa. Unfortunately, pain meds didn't really help with the shoulder pain in my case.
During the next two to three weeks, your wrap will become increasingly more swollen, so don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better. The reason you feel full very quickly is that the top of your stomach is swollen, and it's the part that reports fullness to your brain. The brain interprets the swelling as fullness.
Listen to your body, and eat accordingly. As you said, small bites and chew, chew, chew. Wait in between swallows to allow the food to get into your stomach before taking another bite. A sip of water or warm tea will be helpful. No iced drinks ro straws. Warm tea is very helpful, as it relaxes the esophagus.
It sounds like you've got a great attitude. If you can surrender to your recovery and follow its lead, you'll do fine. It's those people who get frustrated and try to rush things that have a rough time. You can't rush this recovery, no matter how hard you'd like to try. Give your body permission to heal in its own sweet time, and trust that it will. It takes six months to a year for full healing, and I even found improvements into the second year. Bill, a moderator on the forum, says it's a marathon, not a sprint, and that is so true!
Hang in there! It gets better. I don't know if you've seen my early recovery journal, but just in case you missed it, here's the link: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443 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.”