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Regina2

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Hi I had my surgery on 4/4.  I had complications - my esophagus was perforated during surgery resulting in a second surgery you the next day to have a stent inserted into my esophagus so it could heal and a third surgery 5 1/2 weeks later to have the stent removed.  While the stent was in eating was a challenge and I threw up or heaved for weeks so I kinds missed the stages of purée and soft mostly i don't remember because of all the meds but lost almost 40 lbs. It was pretty miserable and I am still having some issues because of the perforation, that coupled with missing food I am weepy and feel sorry for myself way to much!  I read how people are so glad to have had wls and it was the best decision and I hope to feel that way soon.  I have gotten a little better with missing food but then I have a bad days with the health problems because of the surgery and it brings me down and I wonder what in the world I have done to myself.  Since the stent was removed and I actually began eating I have lost about 7 lbs in a month.  One problem I am having in particular is constipation! Yikes I think my body forgot how to poop!  I am adding benefiber but I have to add a laxative at least every other night.  Any advice on this particular issue would be appreciated! So that's my basic story, I have been reading forums and it does help but this is the first time I wrote about my journey.




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Hi Regina! So sorry to hear about your troubles! That's a lot to go through. I'm hoping each day gets better and better for you. As for constipation, funny enough, I've had luck with parsnip chips. They are low carb and can be found with potato chips at Trader Joe's and other stores. Something about the fiber and oil combination gets things moving. Other people like Miralax and Smooth Move tea.

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I'm so sorry to hear you're having a rough road so far - no wonder you're feeling sorry for yourself! I hope the perforation stops causing you trouble soon. Then you can start enjoying the changes that your body is experiencing. Right now your body is probably just freaking out a little and trying to heal itself.

Miralax and Smooth Move for me. Now at 4 months out, things have been better with just a cup of black tea for breakfast, but I've got Miralax and Smooth Move on hand in case.

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@Regina2 What a saga! So sorry for you. I was a very regular fella before surgery but have to work hard at it now (almost 3 months post surgery). @Trish1967 posted on this topic recently and if you follow her back there are a fair number of posting in her recent thread. (search "Constipation post op" and you'll see it).

Fiber am trying to eat fiber every day either as psyllium or chia seeds. My experience is that chia may be the better of the two but it has a fair number of calories in the usual 3 tablespoon dose (150), and so far as I can tell psyllium does not. Laxative docusate (like metamucil) work for a lot of people. I am taking docusate (you can buy a ton at Costco for not too much money). In other threads you'll see discussions of the merits or risks of senna, which can work but can lead to dependence to have stools. cereals/supplements @LeeC recommended Barlean's cereal in @Trish1967's recent thread.  Bob's Red Mill high fiber cereal has 10 grams of fiber, 8 insoluble which is what you want for constipation, per 1/4 cup (150 calories). I eat Wheatabix and organic shredded wheat some mornings. 

At my stage I can also eat beans for dinner which as things go are pretty high in fiber. Some people have trouble with gas, but I have used a probiotic (Culturelle, lactobacillus GG) and have had not one gas pain since surgery. 

I'm most successful when my breakfast is a protein shake with chia or high fiber cereal, any liquids in late morning/lunch/afternoon are accompanied by psyllium capsules, and dinner includes some beans or roasted asparagus or something else with fiber. The health benefits of a high-fiber diet as so well established that I try to maximize fiber in my diet rather than take some drug or pill that will flog my intestines. 

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Thanks for the advice, definitely going to get some smooth move.

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So sorry to hear you went through all that with your surgery! I still think - eventually - you will get to a place where the trouble was worth it. 

I don't have much to add to the the constipation discussion, except to note that its super common after surgeries. Be careful with adding too much fiber without enough liquid, as it can worsen the problem. Stool softeners are a better long-term go to than laxatives, once you get moving again. If you're feeling like its "there" but you just can't get it to move, enemas are also super useful, although many people shy away from them. 

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