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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

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Well everyone, I had my nissen fundo on august 11th(7 days ago) and I feel GREAT!! My doctor is amazing! When I woke up in recovery, my nurses were amazing and I felt slight discomfort, but nothing major. They took me to my room a short time later, I was in the hospital for about 29 hours. I have to say, this surgery turned out to be the best thing I ever did for myself. I havent had any reflux since I woke up 7 days ago. I also breathe deeply for the first time in 10 years! I cant wait to run again, I should be able to breathe just fine while I exercise now, I can't believe it! My hospital stay was nice. Yes it was quite painful, but my pain has completely gone away now. I pain in my stomach, because of my incisions, and also in my chest, because of the surgery itself. The most pain that I had was when I breathed in deeply. My chest and ribs hurt pretty badly for the first few days, but my doctor said this was to be expected. I must say, the IV sure is nice, it gets the medicine to your blood in no time :-) Although, I found myself getting up to use the restroom about every 20-25 minutes, because of it. In the hospital, my diet consisted of popsicles (which were a lifesaver!!!), grits, pudding and soup. I was released on Friday afternoon, and kept that same diet until I saw my doctor about 5 hours ago. I've lost 11 lbs! I cant imagine putting any of that weight back on, because I have no appetite. And I dont just mean Im not hungry. I mean - I literally do not know what it feels like to feel hungry. I just eat a little every few hours b/c I know I need some nutrients in my body. It is the strangest thing. But, Im getting married in December, so losing a few more pounds is fine with me! I wasn't overweight to begin with, but now Im skinny! Its definitely a nice perk ;) Another thing is that I can't burp. I was told about this, but sometimes it can be quite painful. I feel the burp coming in my stomach, but then it gets to my chest and wont come out. Sometimes it is an intense paini :( But I know it will get better. I saw my doctor today and he told me that the surgery went fantastic, which he was please about, since Im so young. He really wanted it to go well. He said Im recovering nicely. He said I can drive now (yey!), and I can start introducing food slowly into my diet. But, he wants me to stay away from bread and meat for another couple weeks. I also can't work out for 3 more weeks. This of course drives me insane because I am a harcore cyclist. I really miss it, but I don't want to risk injuring myself. So, my surgery was only 7 days ago. I havent had pain meds in 4 days, Im losing weight and I feel better than I have in 10 years!! This surgery was a lifesaver for me!! SO glad I did it!!! Very worth it!!

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