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9/6/16 7:54 P

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Has anyone had trouble with their tongue feeling hairy... 5 days post up still pretty sore. High hopes

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6/26/16 1:13 P

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No, they haven't gotten stuck. My Surgeon told me that as long as the pills were smaller than the size of my thumbnail I could swallow them. I take chewable vitamins and most supplements but am taking my anxiety meds as normal.

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6/26/16 12:06 A

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Thx for your reply JW. Do you have any problem swallowing the pills? Do they get stuck or anything?

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6/25/16 9:12 P

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Hi Cowgirl, I am a week out from my surgery and my anxiety meds are working for me as usual. I don't use the same meds as you, but I also worried about how they would work post surgery.

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6/25/16 10:10 A

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Hi. First time poster here. I am scheduled to have VGS surgery and am worried about my anxiety meds not working after surgery. I would love to be thin for once in my life, but my sanity is not something I'm willing to trade. Has anyone on anxiety meds like Effexor for panic disorder had this surgery? If so, what were your results? I'm getting very nervous just thinking about going back to dibilitating panic episodes. Thanks for any advice.

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I'm 8 days out of surgery and about 20 lbs lighter. Yes - you are reading right, I've lost 19lbs for 8 days! I have struggled with obesity ALL of my life, and being able to lose weight has been my greatest dream. My husband met me as a chubby girl, and over the years I gained more, especially after 2 pregnancies. I was 278 at my highest. In 2012/2013 I found Sparkpeople and managed to change a lot in my daily habits and nutrition and lost 44lbs. Then cancer happened, and my thyroid was removed. After losing my thyroid all hell broke loose on my efforts to lose weight. Fast forward to this year, I was bouncing between 242 and 260lbs unable to find anything good enough to keep me going down. Simply got tired of being fat. This was not an easy decision for me. My husband was very ANTI surgery, as a matter of fact, I was anti-surgery myself for the most part. In January this year I went to hear about the sleeve (for a second time, attended an info seminar last year to) and decided to give dieting and exercise one more try. I told my family that I want to get this done. I literally forced my husband and two teenage children to switch to low-carb lifestyle. In 3 months (March-May) my husband lost 37 lbs, my older son 33 lbs, my younger son 17 lbs. I was very disciplined and exercised, but only lost like 13lbs. And they wouldn't keep steady. I'd go up and down +/- 5lbs at a time. Then I told my husband that this is really ONE thing that I badly want to do for MYSELF. That it means a lot to me. That if he really cares he should stand by my side. I said, "I'm doing this! With or without your support. But it would be so much easier if I have you by my side, just like always". I have a pretty awesome husband. I don't know which button switched in his head, but from that moment on he stopped nagging and has been supportive and encouraging.
Doing this is not easy. It's not just the surgery itself, the physical pain...it's so much more. Just today, I struggled with the fact that there's so much food around me and I can't have ANY of it (yet). But in the end, I know it's going to be worth it all! If you want to do it - do it!

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6/18/16 2:51 P

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Hello, I am new to this site and read your post regarding the sleeve. I just celebrated my 1st surgerversary and only wish I had done it sooner. Like yours, my husband was not on board with my decision. I started at 345 lbs and am now 222 lbs and still losing. My husband is very proud of me. lol, I hope you're able to get the surgery. It is truly a magnificent tool .



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6/13/16 8:36 P

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I accidently posted a post under a new topic...it says Sucrolose...I would love any suggestions.

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I am in the same range and 69 years old. Anybody had surgery at a "Low" BMI (but still obese)/

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5/30/16 3:33 A

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A friend at work had VSG surgery a few months ago & has lost 80 lbs and has not had any issues, so she introduced me to the local surgery center that did her procedure.

My health insurance has approved the procedure, I have met with the nutritionist, the exercise/fitness specialist & had the EKG/REE/Body comp testing done. My psych eval is scheduled for June 20th. I was excited to be moving forward on this, but my husband is VERY anti-surgery. He feels I can do the weight loss all on my own . . . I haven't been successful keeping weight off in the past, so I don't know what he thinks has changed . . . .has anyone had their spouse/significant other be against your decision? How did you handle it?

I was hoping to schedule the surgery for Sept or Oct, but I don't want it to cause a rift between my husband and I. When I tell him that I think I really need this tool he doesn't believe me.

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5/24/16 11:53 P

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Tina:

I also worry about weight gain. I have seen it happen time and again. What I am doing to hopefully and prayerfully stop this from happening is to develop other things to do - hobbies, etc. - so I am not mindlessly eating.

In the past, it was my habit to munch on anything while watching TV. I got rid of my TV!! That is not going to happen if you have a family but I am single so...

I also don't keep those things in the house that are a problem for me. I am just 4 months post op so still in the baby stages yet. I do want you to know that I have an issue when I go to the grocery store though. I still want the chips and cookies, etc.

What I have to keep reminding myself is to STAY AWAY from the chip and cookie aisles in the store. Believe me when I say - your family does NOT need those things either. Or very rarely. Now is the time to also go with the program set up by your doctors and nutritionist. Change the way you view food NOW.

I had only a month and a half before my surgery (I was self pay so didn't have to jump through the hoops for insurance) and I was not prepared as much as I would like to have been. I would like to have changed a lot of habits in the months preceding my surgery. For an example, (since you have a family) is to serve ONLY nutritious foods - protein, salads, veggies. Then occasionally treat the family to a fresh fruit compote (bunch of fruits mixed together).

When things like cookies (for an example) are not on the everyday menu, they become really special when you do serve them.

It is all a mindset and that, unfortunately, is the hardest thing to change.

When I have to purchase things in family sized quantities, I immediately break the packaging down to single serving sizes. When I cook, I reduce all recipes to single or at the most, 2 servings and freeze one serving. This also helps me to curb how much I eat at any given time. That being said, I cannot even eat a full serving of food even at this time.

Some friends and I went out this evening for dinner. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings (it was their 1/2 off Tuesday). I ordered 4 wings ($2.80) celery and bleu cheese dip ($0.50) and a glass of water. I brought 2 wings and some celery home! All for just $3.30 plus a tip. I was full!

Ok, so enough from me. You might also check into the Facebook group called Bariatric Eating Support. It is very insightful but be aware that the Admins can be pretty forceful when someone asks a question about a particular food. They might come back with "you can NEVER eat that again!" type of response. But, the insight I am gaining from monitoring that group is how to get back on track if I do happen to fall off the wagon at some future date.

I wish I had had this surgery 30 years ago but who knows...???

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5/24/16 2:59 P

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Hello so glad to have found this forum. I'm having sleeve surgery in September. I'm working with the doctor and nutritionist but I'm not consistent with my program. Life, work, family etc always seems to get in the way. My biggest concern is having the procedure lose weight only to gain it back again. There's some fear there. Can anyone provide insight into this and how'd you overcome it. Thanks!

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5/23/16 10:14 P

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Just so you know, I am just 4 months post-op - surgery on 1/19/16. I have lost 50 pounds since surgery.

High weight = 267
Surgery weight = 239
Current weight = 189

3XL top down to XL or Large depending on style, manufacturer, etc.
22 pants down to 16.

I am SO pleased with my success. I have people already not recognizing me from a distance. Up close, I look very much the same but without the double chin!

My 3 year old granddaughter said, "Damma, you have a lap!" She is so sweet.



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Leal536... thank you so much for your response. I am at 10 lbs lost but thought I would have lost more. I will stick to the diet more. Thank you!

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At 2 weeks post-op, I had lost 10 pounds. I do recall that I was hungry but then I was only on liquids at that point.

Follow your dr's plan for eating. It is so important for the healing of your stomach. If I was still hungry, I drank a bit more water and/or protein drink. I did not take in any foods until I was 3 weeks out. Then it was pureed foods like mashed potatoes occasionally, applesauce, etc.



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Hello, just to gauge how much weight did everyone lose 1.5 weeks into it? I just had surgery and am finding myself to still be hungry :( so eating little things like mashed potatoes....

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I had my VSG on 1/19/16. My highest weight was 267. I did go on Atkins for a couple of weeks starting 12/1/15 then on the prescribed weight loss plan from my surgery center. My surgery weight was 239. Since 12/1/15, I have lost 75 pounds. Since surgery, 47 pounds. And I am continuing to lose weight.

I am 5'1'' so this is significant. I went from a size 24/26 (3XXX) top to size 20 (XL) top and size 22 pants to size 16.

I wish I had had this surgery years ago. If only someone (my Dr.?) had told me about it back then.

I am so pleased with my progress and pray you also have great success. Since you are scheduled this month, relax and do what the Drs. tell you to do.



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5/3/16 10:08 A

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That is awesome Vontrice! I was just approved for my surgery on 4/30 /16 and my date of surgery has been scheduled for 5/24/16. I am so excited!!

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Hello everyone. I'm Vontrice, and I'm new to the group. I had VSG surgery on 06/10/2015 and it was the best decision that I've ever made! I would do it all over again and wouldn't think twice about it! I wish everyone success in your endeavors! emoticon



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1/5/16 8:29 A

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I was told by my Dr. I didn't need to worry about dieting before surgery, but I had lost 62 pounds on my own without being asked. He did not weigh me, he went with the weight of my other Dr. that has seen me every month. My sleeve Dr. is more concerned with my over all health than just my weight. The only reason they really want you to lose weight is because of your liver. I have had to have a very long list of test to be done before surgery. The only reason I had to show where I was on a diet was due to insurance. My Dr.'s all agree I really need this but the only reason it has taken so long is to get approved by insurance. I have health issues, but I also qualify due to weight. I only have two more hoops to jump through before I can have surgery.

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Not in Federal Way but in Olympia WA. I am having VSG on January 19, 2016. I am pre-op dieting and have lost 11 pounds but now with Christmas, it is a struggle to stay away from the carbs! I am really trying as I want to lose another 10+ pounds before surgery. Feel free to PM me anytime.

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11/7/15 3:51 P

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my parents were very non-supportive in the beginning, my mom has totally come around but my dad's a major jerk about it, my mom thinks it's out of fear but idk... but my advice to you is if you want this for yourself and know it's your best option screw what anyone has to say. your health is your responsibility and if you are ready to take this step then don't let anyone hold you back :)

I'm only 1.5 weeks out from surgery but i have no regrets despite some complications... you've got this :) and if you ever need to chat feel free to pm me.

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There is a sparkteam "gastric sleevers" for people in various stages of VSG. It has been extremely helpful in getting me through the Pre op stages and has loads of advice and support. I will have my surgery on Monday nov 9.


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I had the sleeve in July of 2013 and for the first 18 months I felt no hunger and was able to lose 80 pounds. I went from a size 24W to a regular size 12. It has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

But I put on 6 pounds this summer and it scares the crap out of me! I fell off the exercise wagon and stopped journaling my food. I am living proof that the surgery is just a tool!! I would like to get the 6 off by my three year check up (I have time!), as I will be mortified to have gone through all this and gain any of it back!

Six pounds may not seem like much-- but it is scary to me since I went so long losing and maintaining. It is like BAM -- am I screwing up??

I am back to journaling and thinking of getting a fit bit. I am still taking all my supplements and work each day to get that damn water in. Back in 2013, I couldn't find any message boards for the VSG on Sparkpeople. I am happy to find you all here.

I will turn to you for motivation to keep on keeping on and support you back!

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How did everything go?

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Finally met with the doctor who will perform my gastric sleeve! I am over the moon excited. I've been wanting this surgery for so long. My hubby was anti-surgery at first but now is on board. I've had several friends undergo the procedure, another had the bypass and another other had the lap band. Except for the lap band patient everyone else is doing well! The gastric bypass patient is six years post surgery and looks fabulous!

The doctor gave me a check list of things to get done and I had everything done with 48 hours. I faxed all my paperwork back to the doctor with a note that said, "I'm not playing!"

I've watched doctors perform the surgery on YouTube, went prepared with a list of questions for my doc, and insisted that everybody who even thinks about looking at me from now till post surgery be in my insurance plans' network.

Just four monthly meetings with a nutritionist and consult with psychologist and we're able to submit to my insurance.

I'm so ready.

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10/17/15 1:12 A

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Is there anyone in federal way wa here?

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My surgery date in November 10

I'm excited and nervous! Finding in doing ok with liquid...some days I have a small salad. But I hate the scale still... im scared the sleeve will not help me lose weight for good. I'm supposed to be losing weight pre op to shrink my liver etc. .but I can't seem to get the scale to move. I'm walking using my fitbit..averaging about 10k.

Has anyone else experienced this?



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Don't let the negative Nelly's stop you, if this is really what you want. If you have done all your research on your choice of Dr and having your surgery in Mexico then do it. I really, really wanted the surgery after my husband had his done. His was done at our local hospital. He lost 90 lbs. Got off of his high blood pressure meds, no longer had COPD, no longer uses a CPAP machine. He can walk and be more active now. He has mowed yards all summer long. His diabetes meds have been cut way back. Only you can make this decision. What has your Dr. said to you? Is anyone going with you to Mexico for the surgery? This surgery is life changing but for the good.



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10/14/15 12:09 P

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Did anyone deal with lack of support from friends and family? My mother is worried about the whole Mexico part and post op care. My friends are telling me I don't need it, and that they're worried about me. That is honestly making my decision unbearable even though I was feeling excited and happy about my choice just yesterday.

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10/14/15 11:21 A

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Hi , my follow ups are with my primary care Dr. She will do all my lab work to make sure all my levels are where they should be. Gosh, my BMI was like 42 but I would think that it should still work for you also. My starting weight was 252 and surgery weight was 238.8. I still have about 60 lbs to lose myself. Are you on the pre op diet now. My Dr. wanted me to lose 12 lbs. before surgery, which I did. I had no problems what so ever. Your going to do great. :)



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So, my bmi is 32, I still have 80-100lbs to lose. Is this still a good option, or will my weightloss be insignificant with the sleeve?

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Thank you for your response and support! I have concerns about receiving post op care. Did you have follow ups through the service you went through?

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Hi, I had the sleeve done in Mexico also, with Dr. Alvarez of Endobariatrics. It was the best thing I have done for myself. Your fears are valid. I was scared to death but my husband was with me and I had the best care in the world. Better than some hospitals in the states. You will be ok. I am 3 months post op on the 16th and have lost 51.4 lbs. You can do this. We are all here for you. Any questions, just ask! :) Congratulations on your decision.





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Hi, I am a 26 year old female, 245lbs, 6'0. I dont have any severe medical concerns at this time. I am scheduled for the sleeve surgery tomorrow in Juarez Mexico. My mom is not supportive, which is making me have doubts. I have done research, I have wanted this for over a year, and lost 40lbs on my own, but I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it. I'm scared life post surgery, though if finally be thinner and healthier, won't make me happy. I'm also worried I won't lose enough weight and it won't be worth it. Is that a irrational fear? Help!

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I had it done August 3 at Lowell general. My I s is Harvard pilgrim. It took me 3 months to do all the preop testing and classes and to lose the weight they needed. Once all of that was done, I met with my surgeon, and he ok 's it, they then submitted it to my Ins.company . I was give a surgery date tentative of my approval - took my ins. Co. 2 weeks to give the ok and my surgery was the next week.
Hope that answers some of your questions

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Hello everyone
I wanted to know if any in the ma area that has had the sleeve can let me know the process I have completed all my classes just doing my sleep Apnea test today. With the NHP health insurance

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I have been on pre op liquid for 20 days and have one more to go. I feel like my liver had better be the size of a darn grape by now. BTW I have found that if you have a really tough craving just sniffing the food for about ten minutes makes you feel satisfied. Good luck!



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It is totally manageable - you will get very bored soon though. But persevere and finish the pre-op. It's to your own benefit that your liver reduces as much as possible before your surgery.

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Made it through day one of the pre-op. So far, today has been much easier. I don't really feel hungry at all.



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My surgery is scheduled for 09/28/15. Today is the first day of my pre-op diet. I've been hungry all day but it should get better after a few days. I'm really excited but also nervous.



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I too was sleeved on 9-9 just got home yesterday 9-11. I am on liquid also. i have been experiencing bad headaches thinking it is from not having caffeine or not getting enough water intake, I don't feel hungry or thirsty. but doing go other then not like sleeping on my back.

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I just had my Gastric Sleeve Surgery a few days ago 9/9/15. On full liquid diet for now. I had to do a two week liver shrinking diet before surgery and that was hard to get through but I made it and only cheated slightly. Liver was fine day of surgery. So hospital stay was good except lots of pain in stomach and I had a drain put in for fluid which hurt so bad when they took that tube out of my stomach. So came home 9/10/15 and have been taking it easy, trying to get my recommended fluid and protein which is harder that I thought as I am not hungry or thirsty at all. Certain things like taking my vitamins hurt and cramp me up after I take them but I was sent home with cramping medicine and it does help. Getting in and out of bed is hard because I am so sore and I have to sleep on my back which is hard for me since I normally sleep on my side or stomach so not getting all my rest in that I should. Hopefully soreness will go away soon. Also trying to walk more each day. Hope everyone that is getting ready to go through with this does well.

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Hi Everyone!

My surgery date is scheduled for 10/16/2015. I am excited and nervous!

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At my stage 3 class Monday someone else mentioned they had a rash that went to almost a full body rash - they said they were to it was one if two things, the body stress reaction to surgery giving her hives or sometimes it can be the start of shingles. -
Glad he is starting to feel better.

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9/10/15 7:24 A

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My husband is 3 weeks out of surgery. The first two were textbook perfect. This last week has been different. He came home from work with a swollen foot - started swelling between the time he got in the car and arrived home. After taking his work clothes off I noticed red bumps under his arms.

Those turned into large red bumps (size of dollar coin or bigger) in his mid section - both front and back. The next day he went to ER and they prescribed him IV benadryl. Said it was hives. He had them so bad they got so big they merged into one another and he had it all over stomach, back, arms, legs.

He's still taking the pill form benadryl, has gone through 3 bottles of benadryl topical gel, cream and spray. Today, one week and one day after initial break out it looks pretty much back to normal. A few red spots here and there.

As far as eating goes - he is done with pureed foods and on soft foods now. Still does not have any kind of appetite. But is eating peaches, chili, grits, eggs, and has regular BM.

Anyone else heard of the hives? His bariatric surgeon does not think it's related to the surgery. The ER doc says he may never figure out what triggered it.

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9/9/15 6:38 P

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So ready and nervous all in one. Headed for psyh and body comp next week. Havent told anyone about my surgery, except boyfriend, and he is so supportive. Really just feel its none of their business. Gonna tell work it's a hernia surgery. I am also gonna make a list of all my physical problems and hope they all dissapear. Any advise would be greatly appriciated. My biggest fear is the post op. Not sure why. Think its because im so used to eating so much and I will go to eating practically nothing and I already get bad headaches when i dont eat. Ok enough rambbling. Love to hear comments. O and im 5'4 205 lbs.

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9/6/15 8:31 P

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And for susc123, the discomfort your describing may be from drinking too fast and /or to much. I still can only manage 4oz of liquid for a meal OR 1/4 cup of either Yogurt, ricotta cheese, refried beans etc. Take it slow.

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9/6/15 8:26 P

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I'm just 4 weeks out from gastric sleeve. I recommend trying Unjury chocolate slendor with fairlife milk... Good taste and protein.

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9/6/15 8:36 A

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Your surgeon should have given you a complete diet before and after the surgery. If you have only had the surgery on the 31st, you are probably on a liquid restricted diet for the first week or two, then you graduate to a pureed diet, then soft foods, then small portions of regular foods.

Try different protein drinks to find one you can tolerate. I know the prepared drinks are more convenient, but I think the ones you make yourself are better tasting. You can put flavorings in them. My husband likes the mocha (chocolate protein powder and espresso powder) the best. I like lattes. Vanilla and espresso powder. Also pina colado is good - chocolate/mint is yummy, chicken soup protein powder is good as well. And you can put unflavored protein powder in everything. Pink lemonade (crystal lite), milk, whatever you are allowed to drink. Or soup. It goes great in soups or even broths.

Tell your doctor about your chest and side pain right away.


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9/5/15 6:05 P

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I got surgery monday the 31 i hate the portein drinks and i feel always hungrey and i have chest and side pain. Can someone tell me what to be eating..

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9/2/15 7:42 A

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Hi Nedyak -

I would imagine there would be some. But the question you need to ask yourself is whether the health risks of begin morbidly overweight outweigh the problem of loose skin.

I talked to a lady who had had the gastric sleeve surgery 4 years ago a few weeks ago. She told me she wore compression garments as she was recovering and that helped with some. And surgery is always an option as well.

Check out Amazon - they have a ton of compression items in all sizes for reasonable amounts.

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Hello,

I've been attending the meetings but still undecided if I would proceed with the gsleeve surgery. I am 34, 277 (1st weigh in) now at 266, still need 20lbs more before surgery(should I decide to proceed ). My worries is the lose skin. How much will there be after all of the weight lost?

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8/30/15 8:26 A

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I am sorry you are having so many problems Mrs. Wrath. My husband's recovery has been totally the opposite. I just want people to know there are some very good results. He has graduated to pureed food, and eats squash, mashed potatoes and tuna fish. Also watermelon. And scrambled eggs. He does not have a problem getting about 4 oz (1/2 cup) down. But he's never hungry. So far I have to tell him what his calorie count and protein count is or he would probably never think about eating. That's the worst part of his operation so far.

He drinks Propel water (water with vitamins and minerals) and sips all day long. He's lost almost 50 pounds now 2 weeks post op (that includes the trying to eat less the month before the diet and the 2 week pre op liquid diet). Still no pain meds. His energy has not returned to full status, but he is still only 2 weeks out so will report that later.

I am a total fan so far.

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8/30/15 8:07 A

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I am almost 1 month out - the first 2 weeks were pure hell for me. I was so dehydrated that between the blood transfusions I needed and all the Iv's it turned out I had gained 25- yes that's correct gained 25 lbs of fluid. My legs feet and hands were so swollen it took 2 weeks to leave my body!
I had such issuses trying to find a protein shake I could drink, everyone my husband brought home for me to try would make me gag- or vomit.
Now I am drinking carnation breakfast shame sugar free 13 gr protein and using fairlife milk 9 gr protien - it better and I am now able to drink 8 oz in an hr.
I am doing ok on soft foods- re fried beans, chicken, fish and cottage cheese.
I have noticed my taste buds have changed so much that the taste of yogurt or even bananas even makes me gag.
Does anyone else find getting more than 3 tbs of food in an hr a miracle!?!
Any tricks for getting the vitimins down other than cutting them up? I feel like they get stuck in my throat.
And does anyone else feel like there stamina is still miles away?
I use to workout everyday before I had surgery, now to walk a mile feels like I walked 10!!

I have a physical job -standing and walking and lifting stuff 8 hrs a day- and by hr 6 at wrk, I feel like I hit a brick wall.

I am also a " secret sleever" if that's a term- I have not told anyone I had this surgery - some people know I had surgery, I tell them hernia surgery, since my dr had to fix one. Only my husband 2 daughters and 1 friend who is also having the sleeve know .

Anyways with all that said - would I change having surgery - no. This is what I need
I was 304 day of surgery and today am at 277.
Thanks for listening

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy crap, what a ride!"


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