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Extremely frustrated and considering weight loss surgery...

Thursday, June 20, 2019

On the fence about getting bariatric surgery or not. But tired of not losing the weight or of losing it and then gaining it back.
Gave up on Noom pretty quick and nothing else works. Sparkpeople is great for accountability and support but I just always overeat.This is due mainly to a medication that I take for my schizophrenia, an antipsychotic that causes an increase in appetite and cravings for fat and sugar.
So stuck right now:(

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    emoticon Its a big decision and I've got a couple of friends who have had the surgery and success. It still takes a lot of diligence and they've both gained some weight back, but not all and they are both happy that they did it.
    30 days ago
    Make sure you research all the doctors you can find in your area!!! emoticon Praying that you make the right decision!!! emoticon
    30 days ago
    sorry to hear you are so frustrated. i think it something so many of us can relate to. hope you find what works best for you in your scenario.
    31 days ago
    Michelle, I can feel and hear your frustration. Surgery may be an option but maybe not the solution. If medication is causing you to regain what you have lost, I don’t believe surgery will be a long term solution. If that single factor of your medication hasn’t changed not sure how surgery will ultimately work. It is probably something to be asked of your doctor. Michelle, I know you are doing all the right things to be healthy, that is very positive. Whatever, you decide I will support you. Just know I am very proud of all that you do to have a healthy life.
    32 days ago
    If that's what you want, do it. Just do research and make sure it's right thing for you.
    33 days ago
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    Sparkpeople has once again came to my rescue! Thank you all for commenting on my blog. The answers are mixed so I am going to respond here to each one of you. Thanks again. I feel the love! emoticon

    ANNARRUE I really don't binge, I just eat all day. I think about it all the time but eat one thing healthy then one thing fattening like the quesadilla I just ate lol

    MYKDSRDRVNME2 Thanks! I probably will and God bless you and all of you!

    BARBIEIAMNOT True but that's why I would have the gastric bypass because it causes metabolic changes which is what I have been researching. Can't change my meds as I have in the past and tried every one and it's been since 2008 that I have been diagnosed and med changes lead me to suicidal thoughts. Scary!

    MILLER-S We're both fighting the good fight! At least we are not alone:)

    1CRAZYDOG I love how your comments are often pragmatic! But can't change the meds as mentioned above.

    SIEGRID Hugs back! Thank you so much for your comment! Can't change the meds though. Surgery seems like the only choice right now...

    Great support here as usual. I absolutely love SP!!!!!!!!!
    33 days ago
    I have read a lot of sound advice here. From what I have heard, the surgery alone will not help you lose weight, you will have to for want of a better word diet anyway. I suggest you sit down with your doctors and have a serious conversation about your medication. I used to be on medication for depression, but I stopped because of the side effects. They didn’t make me eat, but they did make me shake, I started to act and talk like someone suffering from Dementia and others........you have to do what is right for you(((((HUGS)))))
    33 days ago
    Well, you've gotten both sides of the coin as far as pro and cons. The one thing I'd ask is, can your medication maybe be switched up for something that has less affect on appetite? Just asking.

    33 days ago
    I understand what you're saying about medication and overeating. When I finally got help for my severe OCD and major depression many years ago, I was on medications that made me ravenous. I was eating everything in sight and not even realizing I was gaining. I gained 100 lbs. in one year. It was great to feel better mentally, but it was hard physically. Still, I needed the medicine so I kept taking it. It saved my life and sanity. I've been struggling with my weight ever since. I wish I had answers for you. It does help a little when I track everything I eat because it shows me what I can and can't do without. Take care and good luck with your decision of whether or not to have bariatric surgery.
    33 days ago
    before so you can do it again without surgery. Don't give up!
    33 days ago
    Surgery will not help you in the long run if you don't tackle your overeating issues first. That would be like burning your money. If your meds are causing you to overeat, tell your doctor & have them adjust it. You said yourself, you've lost weigh..
    33 days ago
    If you believe it will help I say go for it. God bless you!
    33 days ago
    If you think this surgery will help you, then do it. But just remember that your diet will be restricted for life. And if you overeat after surgery-even years later you can stretch your stomach to hold more food. Then you will be back in the same boat. I have the same issue as you. Gain-lose. Lose--gain. I've come to the conclusion that I need to rethink why I over eat. And if I choose to over eat to make a conscious decision to do so. Not just over eat without thinking of how badly I want the food or not. Sometimes I go over the calorie limit. But when I think about it, I seem to have more control.
    33 days ago
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