happy78

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About happy78

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Connecticut
  • Age
    35

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  • Surgeon
    Aranow
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-07
  • Surgery Date
    06/11/2014
  • Surgery Type
    Revision

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  1. Hair loss! please help!

    I am coming up on 3 months. No hair loss yet but I am going to buy hair extensions. There is no way I am going to go to work with a bald spot. It's expensive but I am saving up.
  2. I have read various threads on gallbladder surgery but I have missed a lot of work with these gallbladder attacks so my surgeon wants it out on Monday. I am only 7 or so weeks out from my surgery and my gallbladder is already messed up!! Ugh! Anyway, I am an attorney and cannot afford to miss more work. I am slammed with work. For those who have had it, do you think it is reasonable to return to work Thursday? I don't have any trials or anything major so I will just be sitting. Am I out of my mind?
  3. No guilt here.......

    That looks really good. On another note, what do you use on your hair? I am approaching the hair loss phase soon and your hair looks really good - did you lose a lot of hair? What do you do?
  4. I am so irritated. So my weight loss surgeon is about an hour away. I chose him because I felt he was the best in the State and I am happy with my decision. I had revision from lap band to RNY 7 weeks ago. Anyway, on Monday at 1:30 am I woke up with a pretty intense pain that started under my right breastbone/rib area and went all the way to the back of my right shoulder. The pain intensified throughout the day. It seemed to be classic symptoms of gallbladder problems. I couldn't get down to my surgeon so I went to my PCP. They found I had a fever of 102.4 and was pretty bad off and immediately sent me to the emergency room. I had to go to an ER separate from my surgeon because the pain was so bad there was no way I was making that hour drive. The pain was only getting worse. So after a million tests and sitting there for 9 hours, they said I had gallstones but my gallbladder did not appear inflamed and they felt I had Costochondritis (an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum) — a junction known as the costosternal joint. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.) Given my surgery and the fact that I out of nowhere now have gallstones, I am not satisfied. I feel that was a "we don't know what is wrong so we will say you have X." How do they know one of the gallstones hadn't gotten into a bile duct? They did tests but not for that - more general tests. Does your gallbladder have to be inflamed to have an attack? I now have to see my surgeon on Tuesday but the last thing I need is gallbladder issues. I already had enough post-surgical complications and can't keep going to the doctor. I missed a lot of work this week because of this. What has your experience been with gallstones? Do you have to have an inflamed gallbladder to get an attack?
  5. Eating and not feeling full

    I am 7 weeks out and have only felt "full" twice - which was weird because I had eaten the same thing three days in a row, everything measured. Who knows. I wish I felt full. I never feel hungry per se, but I also never feel satisfied if that makes sense.
  6. A Little Advice on Foods and Nausea

    I don't have nausea with food per se, but I had nausea for literally 5 weeks straight after my surgery - it would not go away. I am 6 weeks out now and it's finally pretty much gone. I think it's just your body adjusting to the changes. At least that is what I told myself for 5 weeks and luckily I think that is what is was!
  7. Nausea, When will it end?

    I am 5 1/2 weeks out and have had chronic nausea since the surgery. It is just now finally easing up. I still get waives of nausea but it's not nearly as bad as it was. I honestly couldn't function those first few weeks and thought I would be dealing with it for the rest of my life. My doctor said give it about 6 weeks and he was right, it finally is starting to disappear. If you can take medication for it that might help. All the prescription drugs interacted with a medication I take so I couldn't take anything which was really hard.
  8. I can't live like this anymore!

    Thanks for your thoughts. I cannot take any prescription anti-nausea medications. I take a medication for anxiety and the combination causes heart irregularities. I can use a scopolamine patch but that doesn't do much. I quit the estrogen after 3 days as it did nothing. I cannot take oral contraceptives - they make me incredibly sick. I am also highly prone to motion sickness and had hyperemesis throughout both my pregnancies (I had morning sickness for 9 months). I have the Mirena IUD which is localized so it doesn't make me sick. I think the nausea is easing up a bit. My doctor had me get a cat scan yesterday along with blood work to rule out any medical causes - so I will find out next week what those results were. I am assuming nothing bad came up in the cat scan because they didn't call me. I think the hormonal flood of estrogen has probably been in part what is causing a lot of this given my severe reaction to estrogen based birth control pills, my morning sickness issues, and in part my motion sickness problems. My doctor thinks by week 6 I will be feeling more like my old self. Nausea is absolutely the worst though! I am ready to move on from this!
  9. Feeling so blah!

    I am a month out too and I have only lost about 20 - it's hard when you read about these big losses people experience in the first few weeks, and you don't lose that much. I am just going to follow the diet exactly as it is put before me and hope it comes off. I agree it is frustrating. I am one of those people who wants everything now - waiting is hard. So this is definitely an exercise in patience.
  10. I had to have the lap band out and then revision to RNY - it took about 4 1/2 hours.
  11. I am three weeks post op today. I went home from the hospital on a Saturday and was doing great, but the following Thursday I woke up to the worst nausea I have ever experienced. This resulted in an ER visit the following day. Since then, I am chronically nauseated. I have read every single post on nausea, and I am starting to freak out that I might be sick forever (I keep reading about PICC lines and malnutrition). I am struggling beyond struggling with my protein - it makes me gag - (guess that is why the nausea creates a vicious cycle!). I get about 64 ounces of water a day -- I sip constantly. The protein is a different issue. The nausea is chronic. It just won't go away. I can't get it to stop. The surgeon is seeing me again tomorrow but doesn't really have any answers. Do you think my vagus nerve could have been damaged and I now have gatroparesis? My other thought is a little weird. I cannot take oral contraceptives - they all make me sicker than a dog - I spent 6 months sick like I am now until my doctor finally realized it was the hormones. So I am wondering - if my body is letting out estrogen reserves in fat cells and that is in my blood stream, could the hormones be making me sick? I do feel like I have morning sickness. I begged my surgeon to let me try a low dose estrogen pill but I have only had it for a day so no marked improvement but I am desperate. I can't play with my kids, I don't think I am going to go to a fourth of July symphony event I paid $120 for because I feel so bad - this is ruining my life. I feel like the surgery has ruined my life in the last few weeks. I am half venting and half hoping to hear from people who had this with positive outcomes. I am terrified I am going to be chronically sick for the rest of my life (I have read some horror stories - I need to stay away from the internet). Anyone know what could be causing this? It doesn't stop so I can't get ahead of it. Anti-nausea meds do not work - I have tried them all. I am on prevacid twice a day. Now an estrogen pill. I need advice or thoughts or hope......
  12. I am two weeks out. I know the surgery can be an emotional roller coaster but is it normal to get mad really easily one minute and crying the next? I can't control this at all and I feel bad for my husband because I keep yelling at him. I have an anxiety disorder that I take medication for and I am worried perhaps it's not be absorbed, causing my extreme mood swings, but on that same note I am reading stories of people who suffered this post-surgery. Anyone experience any of this?
  13. I had a revision because I developed achalasia due to the band and if the band was filled at all I would wake up chocking on stomach acid. Since my revision I have woken up at 4am sharp every morning coughing with stomach acid in my throat. My doctor said if the acid doesn't improve I am probably going to have to have some sort of GERD surgery but with a thoracic surgeon because of the procedures I have already had. Has anyone else had to have a thoracic surgeon do Gerd surgery on them? To the best of my knowledge the surgeon goes in and wraps the top part of the stomach around the lower part of the esophagus and sews it in place. The thought of this scares me. I only have a pouch - do they use my old stomach? This is a mess but I cannot wake up chocking on acid every morning!
  14. Iron Question

    I am two weeks out from my surgery. I know I need to ask my doctor which I will do, but when can we start taking an iron supplement? I ask because pre-surgery my ferritin levels were 8, and my pcp wants me on 3 60mg iron pills a day. Granted It was 8 a year ago and the iron supplements didn't budge the number. It's never going to go up with this malabsorption.
  15. You sound like me. I had surgery June 11th so we are about at the same point. I can barely move. I am so sick to my stomach. I am sticking to clear liquids at the moment or I throw up and I have already ended up in the ER once. I just want to give up too. I guess we just need to hang in there the best we can. But this is really hard.