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Losing weight too quickly can be hazardous to your health

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I thought it was quite reasonable to have lost 34 lbs. over a 9 month period. Not according to the general surgeon who's taking out my gallbladder on May 18th. In his opinion, that's a rapid weight loss, and as he put it, it's "probably the reason the gallbladder went bad."

I have gallstones and sludge. The pain I've had has been minimal (fortunately), and the nausea has become more consistent. Not complaining, just stating the facts.

As of now what's expected is a laparoscopic surgery - four small puncture marks in my stomach. Since I bore no children, I don't have any stretch marks of any kind on my stomach. Now, 34 lbs. lighter, I'm going to have puncture marks on my stomach. Hmmm.... not happy about that.

I'm expected to be out of work for a couple weeks... a mini vacation. I can handle that. I haven't asked the doctor how long before I can work out. I'm not looking forward to not being able to exercise. That's what keeps my adrenalin going. It's one of my major sources of relief.

I'm going out dancing Friday night -- cha cha, bop, line dancing. It's a first Friday event. I'm already looking forward to the first Friday in June so I can do it again -- with the doctor's permission of course.

Between now and the 18th, I'll be pumping up the exercise in hopes of losing yet a few more pounds to sustain me while I'm laying around not moving. Wish me luck on that. I've not yet met my short-term weight loss goal for the 5% spring challenge, and I only have 9 more days to reach it.

If rapid weight loss causes gallbladder issues, I'm going to give my gallbladder a run for its money in the next few days. Hahahaha!!! (Don't try this at home children. It's hazardous to your health.
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  • GOLDENGLORY
    The reason why many gall bladders go bad is from extremely low fat diets. The bile sits in the gall bladder and crystallizes when its not flushed by eating fats. There are ways of flushing your gall bladder out but it can be kind of disgusting since it requires basically drinking healthy fat like olive oil. I lost mine a few years ago. It had become infected and was one of the worst my doctor had ever seen. I ended up in the hospital for a week. If I knew then what I know now, I might have been able to avoid surgery. Anyway, good luck with your surgery.
    1658 days ago
  • JAZZEJR
    I'm not a doctor, but 34 lbs lost in a year doesn't sound fast enough to destroy a gallbladder. Anyway, stay upbeat about getting it fixed. I had laparospic surgery a zillion years ago to tie my tubes after having my kids. I still have no stomach stretch marks and never could see those little marks much that the surgery made. Not a big deal. Don't sweat it. Get some rest, and you probably won't feel like eating much afterward, so YOU'LL LOSE MORE WEIGHT!!! :)
    1661 days ago
  • MAESTRAPLANK1
    I am wearing a tee shirt with bling...in rhinestones ...it says Let's Dance! You dance! I had a hysterectomy in 1989...a few years back...LOL! I saturated the full incision with vitamin E oil three times a day, drank a lot of water, and feed my body very healthy food...the incision scar is barely visible. You will feed your body good food and take care of it because it is your temple! I am so proud of you with your accomplishments.

    I can't help but notice your definition...you have muscles. I am almost 67 years old and after working out in my yard...planting plants. scrubbing cement and driveway with a metal brush...and using my kettlebells,,,I have definition in my arms for the first time in my life. WooHoo! You will be burning calories from your toned muscular frame...a true plus for resistance training!

    If my gall bladder goes bad,,,it will have to come out. I will consider it a badge of courage and weight loss! I enjoyed this blog! emoticon
    1670 days ago
  • MANDIMOM1
    If he is right, why don't the gallbladders of every single person who has had WLS go bad. Plus, 34 pounds in nine months is about a pound a week, as dieticians recommend. From my understanding it is eating too many fatty foods over a long period of time that makes gallbladders go bad.

    You are right, the laparoscopic gall bladder surgery is not too bad, Taken care of lots of patients who had this and they are feeling okay after a few days. Good luck to you! Be well.
    1675 days ago
  • DEBBYFROMMT
    Funny! OK docs don't know everything. And whose to say your gallbladder wasn't doing well anyway? And 34 pounds in 9 months is not too fast!
    1676 days ago
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