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#1 jenny003

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 04:44 AM

so I was wondering how severe is the stomach virus after GBP? is it the same intense awful pain and yuck that you felt before the surgery, or is less or more now?

Im terrified of getting it and just wanted to hear what others have experienced to help prepare me just a little! Thanks!
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 03:08 PM

I am almost 3 years post-op and have NOT had a stomach/flu bug since surgery. Not sure if it's all the added vitamins or what...just hoping I didn't jinx myself saying this!
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 07:33 PM

I had the flu two weeks ago and I will honestly tell you that it was the flu lol not any worse not any better just made me sick as heck and miserable.

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Posted 30 October 2010 - 12:04 AM

I just picked my daughter up from a friend's house and she has a stomach virus. So I am interested in the answer to this question as well. I'm 4 weeks post op Monday. I just pray that I do not get this!

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 05:21 AM

I am sure this is not what anyone wants to hear, but I just got out of the hospital because of a stomach virus. I was hospitalized for 3 nights because of it. It somehow got into my system, affected my stomach AND intestines. So not only was I sick as heck, nauseous etc- but I had a stabbing pain in my gut that had me rolled up in a ball practically in tears.

whether or not it affected me this way because of my bypass, im not sure. But ive never had anything like that happen to me before...

everyones body is different though, this is just my experiance- so I guess you will only find out how yours reacts when you actually get one.
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Posted 01 November 2010 - 03:49 PM

I am sure this is not what anyone wants to hear, but I just got out of the hospital because of a stomach virus. I was hospitalized for 3 nights because of it. It somehow got into my system, affected my stomach AND intestines. So not only was I sick as heck, nauseous etc- but I had a stabbing pain in my gut that had me rolled up in a ball practically in tears.

whether or not it affected me this way because of my bypass, im not sure. But ive never had anything like that happen to me before...

everyones body is different though, this is just my experiance- so I guess you will only find out how yours reacts when you actually get one.


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Posted 01 November 2010 - 04:35 PM

My husband has it now. I bet he had not missed 3 days of work in 5 years and he stayed home today. He has not been able to sit up all day. I pray that I do not get this.

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 05:03 PM

You know, along the same lines, I am terrified of food poisoning now. Because once it's down, and has made me sick, I can't puke it back up. So I inspect my food like crazy, and am careful to watch what I get when I eat out.
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 04:44 PM

I am so terrified of getting sick with this, Im scared of the pain, not the puking persay but the pain!

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 05:27 PM

I had a bad stomach virus at about a year out.

It wasn't any worse because of my WLS. The pain is low in the intestines.

Imodium was my friend - that and stopping all dairy products until it cleared up.

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 09:15 AM

I have a worse time with illnesses now as I can't eat or drink enough to stay hydrated and fed during an illness...and the medicines don't work the same to treat the symptoms. I suffer more, though it seems I recover very quickly....
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 10:40 AM

I have a worse time with illnesses now as I can't eat or drink enough to stay hydrated and fed during an illness...and the medicines don't work the same to treat the symptoms. I suffer more, though it seems I recover very quickly....


Marie,

I've just posted about the efficacy of meds post gastric bypass.

I'll post it again here:

It's worth mentioning that for some, a gastric bypass can impact the efficacy of medications.

I was lucky to have a doc who was aware of this as a possibility when I was having a problem getting the "normal" period of pain relief from Percocet.

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The solubility of a drug, surface area for absorption, and blood flow to the gastrointestinal tract influence oral absorption and bioavailability. Drug solubility and surface area for absorption are affected by gastric bypass procedures. Drugs in aqueous solution are more rapidly absorbed than those in oily solutions, suspensions, or solid form.15 When medications are given as tablets, the times to disintegration and dissolution of the tablet affect absorption. In early drug trials, these factors are accounted and adjusted for to ensure adequate absorption in patients with unaltered gastrointestinal tracts. However, reductions in the amount of functioning gastrointestinal tract after gastric bypass surgery lead to decreased time to drug absorption and reduced drug bioavailability.

The solubility of drugs is affected by pH. Drugs that are more soluble at an acidic pH are absorbed in the stomach, and those soluble in al kaline environments are absorbed in the small intestine. In addition, some drugs depend on the enzymes in the small intestine to aid in their absorption. In patients who have had gastric bypass surgery, the small pouch located at the top of the stomach produces much less hydrochloric acid than the stomach previously did, possibly decreasing the absorption of medications dependent on acidic environments for solubility or absorption.

By bypassing major portions of the small intestine, Roux-en-Y bypass procedures drastically reduce the surface area for absorption. Villi and microvilli give the small intestine a much greater surface area than the large intestine.16 Thus, bypassing of the duodenum and jejenum represents a large loss of surface area for absorption. These changes may warrant manipulation in drug route or dose to ensure adequate delivery. Drugs with long absorptive phases that remain in the intestine for extended periods are likely to exhibit decreased bioavailability in patients who have undergone this procedure. Therefore, products with prolonged dissolution times, such as extended-release formulations, should be avoided in this population.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 06:09 AM

Marie,

I've just posted about the efficacy of meds post gastric bypass.

I'll post it again here:


I know all about that...it's been a nightmare for my docs trying to keep me on the right schedule of medicines/supplements and the right form..I easily can overdose on the routine regimen of medications.....and with 2 major GI bleeds, I have to be on PPIs forever now... but the insurances won't pay for the more soluble kinds of medications...the scheduling of food vs supplements vs medicine takes all day!
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Posted 07 November 2010 - 02:13 PM

I actually had a bacteria infection 2 days after I came home from the hospital, just 4 days post op. It was awful; I couldnt keep anything in and it caused bad cramping in my very sensitive new stomach and of course it was impossible to stay hydrated. As if that wasnt bad enough, my Dr. put me on the nastiest antibiotic possible. Although they helped in a matter of a few days, it made my mouth taste like sulfur and I was constantly nauseated. This all for someone who rarely even got a common cold. Its all past now and I feel so much better.
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