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  1. With the erosion, I think I would ask about adding Carafate, which coats the ulcerated area and protects it from acid. Especially since you're still having symptoms. Yikes, that sounds dreadful!
  2. RLQ pain first thought is always appendix but all the tests you've had would rule that out. Ovaries sometimes can be the source of lower abdominal pain but you would think an MRI would identify any sort of cyst or torsion. Perhaps adhesions from previous surgery? It's good you are getting a good thorough workup and I hope they figure it out soon.
  3. I'm not sure what your concern is? The two drugs are both used to treat opioid addiction, to manage withdrawal symptoms; both contain buprenorphine, but the suboxone also has naloxone, which reverses opiates/opioids. Naloxone is not absorbed sublingually and is only there (in the Suboxone) to prevent users from injecting the drug in which case it would knock all the buprenorphine (and any other opioid they had taken) off the opiate receptors and send the person into immediate withdrawal. So, when used sublingually, the two drugs are the same thing and the Naloxone is basically inert. It has no bioavailability unless it's dissolved and injected. Buprenorphine is an opioid, but it's a partial opioid agonist, so it doesn't cause the euphoria and respiratory depression that other opioid and opiates do. I remember when it first came out for use in the hospital as alternative to morphine for post-surgical pain management...seems like that was mid- to late 80's or so. Interesting that it now has a whole new life as an addiction treatment.
  4. I'm sorry it's scary, but wow it is so amazing on the other side! I am approaching my 5 year surgical anniversary and I have never regretted it. In fact it changed my life in ways I never even dreamed it could. The beginning can be rough, but oh baby is it ever worth it!! Congratulations on the beginning of your new healthy life!
  5. msmarymac

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    I am so very sorry. You have had nothing but trouble from the beginning and have experienced every possible complication and then some I think. Whatever they figure out as a solution, my hope for you is that it will bring you relief from pain and the ability to move on with your life. If you haven't already, I think you would benefit from seeing a therapist. Having a mental health professional to talk through this with may be your best option for learning to cope with this hand you've been dealt. Positive thoughts and prayers continuing for you and your little guy.
  6. Welcome! Congratulations on beginning the journey to your new healthy life! It is glorious!
  7. I'm not a guy, or over 60 but I'm gonna reply anyway I think the answer lies in the origin of the dysfunction. If is related to obesity itself, then absolutely your sex life will improve incredibly. There are several discussion threads on that topic if you search. If you have had out of control diabetes for many years and the dysfunction is due to vascular damage that isn't reversible there may be some improvement (ie: Viagra will work better) but the damage that has been done will not be magically undone. If it's related to a prostate issue, bypass and losing weight likely will not change the outcome. Obesity-related erectile dysfunction is most often related to hormonal imbalance; specifically not enough testosterone. The more severely obese, the lower the testosterone level. That will quickly reverse ED if that is the cause. Hypertension is another frequent cause of ED, which generally doesn't cause permanent damage, so as weight is lost, blood pressure lowers, blood flow improves and function improves. All good news Hopefully you'll hear from some guys with some personal experience lol. I think most of us would agree that sex in general improves greatly because we feel better about ourselves and have more energy. Yay!!
  8. Welcome! I had my sleeve the week before Christmas 5 years ago at age 51 so kind of similar timeline. Congratulations on starting your new healthy life! This surgery is life changing, you just can't imagine the things you've been missing out on So, look at your post-op instructions and have on hand the things you'll need to follow the first week post-op diet (they all vary a bit, so I can't give you specifics). Don't stock up on any one item, because tastes often change postop and you'll find you can't gag down a certain shake or food item that you used to love. Usually that's temporary but still, don't want to buy a bunch of stuff you can't use. I used myfitnesspal on my phone for tracking up until about a year ago. Mostly in the beginning you only need to keep track of protein and fluid. Almost no one meets especially protein goals in those first few days because you're on clear liquids and there just isn't any protein in clear liquids. At least not enough to realistically reach the minimum 60gm goal. That's totally OK, your new little baby sleeve is raw and healing and you just have to be gentle with it. You can totally make smoothies without bananas! Berries are a lower sugar alternative; I use frozen berries instead of fresh berries plus ice. I don't have smoothies very often, but when I do, that's what I use, plus a RTD Premier Protein shake. Sometimes a bit of powdered PB2. Or Greek yogurt. Sometimes spinach leaves. Yep, you can do veggies in a smoothie and you don't even taste them really. So, on the topic of may find that your tastes change. If they don't though and you don't develop a yearning for all things veggie, you can still be successful because the main concept is protein first. And there isn't a lot of room left for much else anyway, especially in the first year. I happen to love veggies and I am a firm believer in the health benefits you get from the fiber and the phytonutrients. But you can get the same nutrients and fiber benefits from fruits, being cautious of course about the natural sugars in fruit. You're going to be stunned by how little you can consume in the beginning. I remember preop thinking, 2 tablespoons, yeah right, that will never fill me up! And then when I tried to actually eat 2 tablespoons of something for the first time it seemed like a gigantic portion lol. Do your very best to follow the rules and maximize your weight loss during the first year, the so-called "honeymoon period". That's when losing weight is the easiest it will ever be and you may be tempted to think you are "cured". You're not. At some point, bad carbs will try to sneak back in and so will bad habits if you let them. This is only a tool, it is not magic and you have to commit to a life long change in how and what you eat. Start now developing other ways of coping with the stresses of life; so many of us have used food as our best friend who is always there to comfort when we're down, and to celebrate with when things are going well. You'll need something healthier to replace that void because well, life. I saved the best for are going to feel amazing and you're going to get a whole new wardrobe!! Probably even your shoes will be too big. You'll fit in airplane seats and rollercoasters and in normal sized everything! You'll have energy like you wouldn't believe. Most of us only have one regret and that is "why did I wait so long to do this!"
  9. This is a really old thread so you're not likely to hear from anyone who has been active on it previously. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles; your potassium was dangerously low--how scary! As you know, that is so dangerous because it can cause heart arrhythmias...yikes! I'm curious if you ever had dumping on prescription potassium pills? Or just the oral solution? If just the solution, it makes me wonder if there was some hidden sugar (flavoring maybe) in the oral solution to make it more palatable...potassium tastes awful. I would think trying a prescription potassium product would make sense. Something like K-tabs or Klor-Con (those are just ones I remember but there are many brand names). I don't think the OTC supplements are really very effective. Potassium is something that they can't put very much of in an OTC supplement because it can be deadly, so the "good stuff" is prescription only because you need to be closely monitored. One thing to be aware of, is that many of the prescription K+ products are extended release which don't work the same with the absorption changes of bypass. Hopefully your doc managing your K+ is aware of that though and will give you something appropriate. Good luck!
  10. Yep, it'll likely be difficult. Much harder pre op than post op. There are many different versions of the pre op diet, some have to be on full liquids, some a severely reduced calorie combination of liquids and limited solids, and some had none at all. The full liquid is the one folks struggle with the most but the good news is that it is temporary and a means to an end which is a gloriously healthy new life. One thing I found that helped me was to partially freeze my shakes so that I could "eat" them with a spoon. Took longer to eat them and I somehow felt more like I was eating instead of drinking my meal. Good luck!
  11. No experience at all with this, but just wanted to send thoughts for the very best outcome. Hope today goes well; you likely won't see this until it's all over, so I guess I should say, I hope all went well and that your recovery is smooth sailing. As far as eating habits go, this may reset some of that because I'm guessing you won't feel like eating much for awhile. You will want to really focus on getting your protein and fluids of course because you need that for healing. You can do this, how do I know that? You've already shown you're a success story, and you still have the tool that got you there. You discovered your cancer while it was early which is a real gift. Take that gift and use it as motivation to live your best (healthiest) life! You got this!
  12. First, congrats on the very successful entry into your new healthy life, it is wonderful here, isn't it? I haven't tracked for a year or more (I'm a lot farther out than you are) but I still keep what I know to be kind of a running total in my head. Here's what works for me: Breakfast: Coffee and Premier Protein shake (never been a breakfast person so I don't eat until I'm hungry) Lunch: Generally on the lighter side, either cheese stick and an apple or a salad (I make my salad without lettuce has little nutritional value). Protein on salad is usually tuna packet Afternoon snack: pistachios or greek yogurt, apple if I didn't have one for lunch Dinner: Salmon and veggies or Chicken and veggies evening snack: berries or nuts if I didn't have pistachios earlier. Maybe peanut butter with a banana Weekends I tend to consume more calories; my husband often grills steak and I'll have a filet and half a sweet potato. I love popcorn and it sometimes gets the best of me on the weekend. I don't eat this every single day/week, but this has been pretty typical. I usually stay around 1200-1800 calories per day, minimum 60gm protein I haven't been drinking enough water lately, gotta get back on that. Good job getting back on track before it got out of control!
  13. I too have a sleeve and was recently (about 6 months ago) diagnosed with a hiatal hernia that wasn't there when I had sleeve surgery. I added generic Zantac at night (to my Nexium every morning) and had GERD symptoms under control. Now, of course they are pulling all Zantac and Ranitidine off the shelves because of a contaminant that causes cancer. I swear some days it seems you just can't win! Anyway, I am pretty sure my insurance won't pay for a revision to bypass, but at the time my hiatal hernia was diagnosed I was just weeks away from a shoulder surgery and I was just not really interested in pursuing another surgical fix of any kind. So, I didn't bother to really investigate the insurance coverage issue thoroughly. I do know that at some point I need to decide whether to revise to bypass or fix the hernia but I'm just not ready.
  14. Hi there and welcome! This forum is full of great people who have experience where you have been and are going. Read lots of posts and ask lots of questions, there is a wealth of information here! I am almost 5 years post-op sleeve and have been in maintenance for maybe 3 1/2. I kind of forgot when I got to maintenance, how did that happen?!? Anyway, congratulations on making the decision to take control of your health, this is absolutely life changing!
  15. As a sleever almost 5 years out, I can drink as much water at a time as I want. I learned that in a summer after being out doing lots of yard work in the hot sun and without thinking just chugged water straight out of the garden hose like the old problems May not be the typical experience but I have no problems drinking any quantity of water at a time that my body needs.