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About Racewalker48

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  • Birthday 01/30/1966

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  • Location
    Sandy Springs, GA


  • Surgeon
    Miguel del Mazo
  • Hospital
    Atlanta Medical Center
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  1. Has your dermatologist spoken to you about the condition Hydradenitis Suppurativa? What you describe sounds a little like it.
  2. I would suggest you see a dermatologist about your condition. I don't know if skin issues improve after WLS.
  3. ridgetop01, I am doing okay so far, this is my second knee replacement (first on was in March 2014). The second is more painful that the first, and I have 2 bulging discs in my back, so I have not been able to progress my knee therapy as quickly as I would have liked. So i am in therapy for both my back and my knee and the back therapy is helping. You really have to advocate for yourself when it comes to pain management, and one cannot assume that all health care professionals understand the needs of a GBP patient, especially when it comes to pain management. Good luck to you.
  4. I just had my knee replaced 3 weeks ago. I was given oxycodone. I take stool softeners twice a day and 3 Dulcolax tablets at bedtime, along with some fiber and continuing to keep my fluids at 64oz or more. So far, I have been able to keep constipation at bay. Pain control is needed to allow you to successfully rehab, but you do need to work hard to manage constipation. It can be managed. You can try other non-NSAID non opiate meds if they work, but the level of pain post joint replacement is such that narcotic pain meds are most often prescribed.
  5. I had a knee replacement 5 weeks after my RNY. I successfully used Percocet after my bypass, and used oxycodone tablets after my knee replacement.
  6. If you work closely with your surgeon and PCP, they can monitor your blood pressure and glucose and modify your medications as you lose weight. There is no guarantee that you will get off medications completely, but both conditions should improve as you lose weight if you are following your plan, and perhaps you will need less medication or no medication at all.
  7. FYI, Nexium (esomeprazole) and omeprazole (Prilosec) are in the same drug class, proton pump inhibitors. They work the same way and have the same risks and side effects. One is OTC, the other is prescription only.
  8. Strength training 2X per week, cardio 2-3 times per week. I just had knee replacement surgery, and plan to ramp up the cardio once my knee is healed.
  9. Let's see, you have lost 108lbs in a little less than a year, and you are 8lbs away from your goal............... I would say that you have been successful! Congratulations!
  10. I think you should follow your surgeon's plan.
  11. Sounds like you need to express your concerns to your doctor........
  12. I stayed one night in the hospital. During the first week after surgery, I was exhausted. I had some pain, but well controlled by meds. I had minimal nausea. It was the fatigue that got me. I made myself walk around the house, and it helped with the pain and helped prevent blood clots.
  13. Silverhead, it is likely that the hospital will not discharge you unless you have a pre-arranged ride home, so please be prepared to have someone pick you up. My hospital told me that they do not discharge anyone to walk, take a cab or bus home. I had surgery in Feb 2014 and went home alone. I did just fine, and my boyfriend came by the next day to check on me and bring me flowers and sugar free popsicles! It can't hurt to have someone check on you. I also had a friend send me texts to make sure I was okay. I took too long once to respond to one of her texts and she was prepared to come to my house immediately in case I had fallen or was unconscious.
  14. I avoid popcorn, only because it's a trigger food for me to overeat and I will become the Cookie Monster if I eat it.
  15. I eat them occasionally when I am on the go and need to stay on my eating schedule. I like the taste, but would rather eat natural food.