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    Dr. Norbert Richardson
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  1. I didn't think of it that way. My surgeon actually prescribed them because of the risk of ulcers.... I wonder if protocol has changed?
  2. I'm 3+ years post op and have done really well, up until a couple of days ago. Something does not feel right. I feel fullness, and perhaps some burning in the area around my pouch (my surgeon told me that is located just behind the lowest section of my ribcage). Feels like heartburn, gas.. stomach ache, maybe muscle soreness. eating isn't terrible, but certainly not pleasant. I don't recall eating anything unusual.. nor do I recall anything "acute" happening. Also, some nausea, but no throwing up. I don't feel as if it an "emergency situation" requiring an ER visit. However, I do feel as if it is something I should observe for a few days, and if it doesn't resolve itself, I will call my surgeon. In the meantime, I'm not sure how to handle it. I don't know if I should completely fast, to give my stomach time to rest, or if I should continue eating as normal? or a modified diet? I also don't know if I should just completely rest, or continue with normal activity? or, if I should continue trying to take over the counter things to try to relieve it? I regularly take omniprazole (it's like nexium.. daily acid reducer).over the last 24 hours, I tried a couple tums, a single tylenol (in case it is muscular)... and I just took some mylanta on an empty stomach.. yuck! So far, I haven't seen any improvement, but also, things aren't getting any worse. Heating pad has worked a little bit, and laying in a specific position has eased the discomfort a little... I'm not here looking for a diagnosis, or cure... (that I will go to my surgeon for, if necessary).. but I am looking for some "best practice" insight for what you do when your pouch is not feeling well.
  3. Ok... this is all great info. I think I will give myself an hour to get the prep down.... Then just try to drink as much water as I can.
  4. Hi GAviv!! Thanks for the answer. Just as an aside... I hope that everything came out ok. I know that you have a long history of issues. I hope they got to the bottom of it.
  5. I've just turned 50, and so on thursday, I"m having my first colonoscopy. I told the doctor's office about my RNY, hoping that they would adjust the prep for me, but they did not. So, I am very worried about getting everything down. I'm supposed to use Suprep. Basically, 6 ounces of Supper, added to 10 ounces of water. I'm supposed to gulp it down, and then drink 32 oz of water within the hour following. So, I've been keeping track of how much I can drink, and drinking as much as I can, and I can only drink 8-10 ounces an hour. At that rate, it will take me 4 hours to drink all of the required. Then, I have to repeat this a second time. This is going to be a problem! I'm wondering if anyone has taken the Suprep and only added 1/2 the amount of water. That would cut out quite a bit, and help me get the Supper down faster. Also, I've heard that the Suprep is HORRIBLE. My husband just did his this week, and could barely get it down without vomiting. Any tips to get it down without getting sick?
  6. if it continues... or gets worse.. I will really have no choice but to go get checked out....
  7. I don't think it's from eating too much. I've never eaten more than an ounce of dense protein at a time. I just can't get it down Can't do tuna, at all... Or fish of any kind. I made salmon last night... marinated it for hours... slightly undercooked it to keep it moist... (it tasted awesome!!) 2-3 bites, and my stomach started not feeling well.... 20 minutes later I vomited it up. It seems like it has to be something to do with the lining of the pouch not being able to tolerate the feeling of the protein on it.
  8. I'm officially 2 years out, and I still throw up... 3-4 times a week. usually after eating dense protein. I'm ok with hamburger... but that's about it. I've actually resorted to eating mostly eggs, protein pudding, yogurt... cottage cheese... whole wheat pasta... fruit, veggies.. cheese, protein bars. No matter how much I chew dense protein, I still throw up. I had some ham salad today (basically that is ground into mush) and I ate about 2 TBLS and threw it up. Usually when I throw up... I only throw up a very small amount.. certainly not the full meal. So I know that the majority is going through my system, so I am getting nutritional benefit. And, so, it doesn't seem like it is getting stuck. But it is really unpleasant. I barely get an ounce down. Eating something starchy, like a TBLS of potatoes, helps buffer, and I seem to do better. Do you think I just have greater sensitivity? I'm getting frustrated. Help...
  9. Can you swim, or do water aerobics? or even gentle yoga? (chair yoga)? I'm just thinking that the warm water may be good.. and slow stretching will keep the joints lubricated. this may not be possible for you to do. But, just a thought..
  10. So, as usual.. y'all are right!!! I went ahead and slowed down, and shortened my stride a bit, and voila! I made it through the workout and lived to tell! I have 4 runs behind me, and doing well!!
  11. In my opinion? no. at 700-800 calories, a woman your size will lose weight. You are just in a plateau. Some people sail through this whole process and never hit a plateau, losing 20 pounds a week the entire time. Others hit plateaus on regular basis. I started with a 6 week plateau. I seriously lost NOTHING for the first 6 weeks. who knows why. I know, first hand, how frustrating it can be. I cried and cried on a daily basis, thinking I went through this extreme measure to lose weight, and it didn't work for me. I literally sunk into a really bad depression. It was awful!! But, I eventually started losing, and am within about 20 pounds of my goal weight. (you and I are very close to the same size. I was 252 pounds when I started, at 5'1") Just try to have faith and patience. Follow the plan.. try to get your water and walks in... it will happen. I promise you!
  12. Hi sweetie... I was one of those that could still barely eat at that stage. My guess was that I had much more swelling than the average person. So, the reverse may be possible with you.. perhaps you didn't have as much swelling as most do. Regardless, I don't think it is unusual for a healed pouch to hold a full cup. I think it depends on what you are eating. For example, tonight I had a chicken leg, and sauerkraut. I ate the chicken leg, and about a forkful of sauerkraut. I was definitely full. However, I can eat a 1 egg omelet stuffed with meat, veggies and cheese. (probably a cup or more) with no problem. In fact, often times I'll have a small handful of cold grapes afterwards. So, look at the types of food you are eating. And just take comfort in the fact that you can eat more of some foods. I did have a question though.. did your doctor give you a post surgery eating plan? i.e... only liquids for 2 weeks.. then soft foods like yogurt, watered down cream of wheat, etc. If your doctor didn't, that could be why you can eat a little more now. I would definitely try tracking everything using one of the online nutrition calculators. I would go as far as just eating the way you have been right now. and logging that for a few days to see how many calories you are actually eating. Then, if you feel like you need to cut back.. then do so... Good luck..
  13. Anyone use exercise bands to tone? I have a complete set. (door attachment. 5 or 6 bands of different strengths, grips, etc.. ) Has anyone used this for shaping up, and have you had any success? recommendations for good exercises? This is the set I have... https://www.amazon.com/Black-Mountain-Products-Resistance-Exercise/dp/7245456313/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484336881&sr=8-1&keywords=black+mountain+products+resistance+band+set
  14. btw.. cheesehead, I went to Kohl's yesterday, and they didn't have any swimsuits in yet...
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