totally agree, with what Sharonz said. I am 2 years out, and still with certain foods, can have some trouble. as an added bonus, after this op, I developed esophageal spasm, which is treatable with meds. and I never, have anything cold to drink, while eating. as for the meds, take them. I needed help getting thru this. I was a very healthy, athletic person before. I was blessed with this. this is a tough recovery. I don't think, anyone walks away clean from this. so take what you need. and try not to, let it steal your life. good luck.