watfam4

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About watfam4

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Robert Liem
  • Hospital
    J.F.K. Medical Center
  • Start Weight
    470
  • Current Weight
    225
  • Goal Weight
    225
  • Surgery Date
    06/08/2005

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  1. watfam4

    Too MUCH Protein?

    Yes, gout is not uncommon for people who are loosing weight rapidly. When your burning lots of fat one of the side effects is increased uric acid levels in your blood, which can cause gout and can also kidney stones. My uric acid levels ran a little high pre-op, so post-op I had trouble with both. I was put on Allopurinol to keep my uric acid levels down and given Colchicine for flare-ups of gout. FWIW, the Colchicine works pretty quickly at relieving the pain (for me 5 or 6 hours), but it can have the unfortunate side effect of diarrhea if you take too much. The number one thing you can do is to increase your fluid intake to keep your system flushed.
  2. watfam4

    What Vitamins Can You Take Together?

    Unfortunate but true. And since vitamins for RNY patients is a niche market, there is not a lot of funding (if any) available from the pharmaceuticals to support this type of research .
  3. watfam4

    What Vitamins Can You Take Together?

    Thanks. I had not seen that article. I found it interesting that the absorption level changed in the presence of different foods types. Which in a normal stomach would make sense. On this we have a little advantage as the pouch does not really lend to allowing our foods (or vitamins) to mingle for very long.
  4. watfam4

    What Vitamins Can You Take Together?

    There's really not a lot of easy to find info on this (some animal studies and what-not). The claim that Calcium Citrate helps with Iron absorption actually popped up in a patent application made by Bayer (without any real research to back it up of course). But I did see that Calcium and Iron had to be in direct contact in the presence of stomach acid. Which leads me to believe that the 2 hour guideline is based on how long the vitamins can stay in a normal stomach.
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    how you do you deal with sip sip sip....

    Same here. Even after my weight loss, I still sweat a lot when I work out. So it's important that I get my fluids replaced. If I had to sip, it would take forever to get in what I need.
  6. watfam4

    hands tingling please help?

    Too much B6 can also cause numbness/tingling.
  7. watfam4

    Let the trash talking begin- Season 2

    Eh. The Big 12 has always been about Texas, so I say let them have it. The new Big 10+ is going to rock. IMO the new conference will be on a level to complete with the SEC dominance.
  8. watfam4

    Dang..The BIG D...... Word

    I am also 5 years out and recently had my worst dental appt EVER. I had 6 small cavities. In my case I am pretty convinced that this is related to me letting my Vitamin D levels get to low. My D levels dipped into the 20s last year, which messed up my ability to absorb calcium causing my parathyroid to go hyperactive (which causes calcium leaching). My levels are now up in the 30s (borderlined), and I have heard that there was a study that suggest that our D levels should be in the 80s for optimal calcium absorption. So my goal is to get my levels to at least double what they are now. Hopefully this will help with future dental visits. FWIW, I am currently taking 50,000IU of D3 daily (from vitalady). I have been taking this amount for almost 3 months and my levels have only increased about 10 ng/mL. Which tells me that I will need to be on this dosage for a while.
  9. watfam4

    Secondary Parahyperthiroidism....

    Thanks for the update. I'm still status quo. The pain/stiffness/cramping in my hands and feet may be getting a little better (or I'm just getting better at managing it). I just got back my latest blood work, and my vitamin D is still a little low (it's come up some since February). My Iron is also running a little low (not sure if it's related). But I'm still hopeful that getting my D levels up will help. Just an FYI on the NSAID (mobic). It really does not matter how the medication is absorbed, the side effects are still the same. NSAIDs work by inhibiting a chemical process that reduces inflammation, but unfortunately the same process also reduces the mucus layer protecting the lining of our stomach/pouch (google COX-1 inhibitors for more info). Since you already have ulcers, you'll want to be very careful with this. FWIW, I had a small ulcer last year and took carafate for a couple of weeks.
  10. watfam4

    Size of yer...um...yeah.

    The reduction of the padding over the pubis bone (mons pubis) is the same for everyone. On the guys it is more "revealing". On the ladies it makes things "shallower". My wife also lost about 40 lbs over the last year. So, of course, now I'm REALLY thinkin' that I am all that.
  11. watfam4

    Do I Look Unhealthy?

    Ditto! Some of this could be genuine worry as well. We do lose weight at a rate much faster than any normal diet. We are very restricted on what we can eat during the first year post-op. And we do end up with a lot of extra skin in the first couple of years (before it has a chance to catch up with the weight lose). Your sister may need some reassurance that this is all part of the normal process for post-ops.
  12. watfam4

    Size of yer...um...yeah.

    Yeah we know, but it's nice to dream.
  13. watfam4

    Vitamins after surgery

    They're sold by Bariatric Advantage here http://www.bariatricadvantage.com/catalog/categoryHandler?cat=Bariatric%20Advantage%20:%20Calcium%20:%20Chewy%20Bites%20:%20Citrate&expand=1 I really like these. The lemon flavor reminds me of a Starburst. The only problem I had with these was the sugar alcohols made me a little gassy.