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About MsMasala

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    Dr Elli
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    Mayo Clinic
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  • Surgeon
    VSG - Dr Foote at St Mary's Michigan
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    Revision - Dr Elli at Mayo Clinic

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  1. Tired.

    My vomiting hasn't ceased, both effortless/involuntary rumination and episodes so violent I nearly pass out. Eating is a painful chore. I've been taken back to a liquid diet and am scheduled for an EGD on Monday. I'm no longer afraid of tube feeding. At this point I may welcome it. Just holding out hope for things to get easier. After years of complications, I'm a little disappointed this surgery hasn't alleviated my symptoms. At least I've lost 25 pounds since. That's something to hold on to.
  2. Overwhelmed

    Saw the colorectal surgeon today. Apparently I have issues well beyond a mere hemmeroid (which explains the OMG I WANT TO DIE pain). I'm back on serious pain killers, a cocktail of other medications and he's looking to schedule me for a surgical procedure next week. I feel slight relief since taking the medication. Bless physicians who actually care for their patients quality of life. While I was there, I inadvertently talked a nurse out of having the VSG after discussing my medical history. I tried to reassure her that my complications were rare, that my initial surgeon wasn't great, and that even though it's caused me lifelong issues, it still bettered my life in so many other ways. She said she was on the fence about it, but that my experience basically "sealed," it for her. I hope she reconsiders her stance. Anyone who could benefit from these surgeries shouldn't let fear prevent them from seeking out treatment. I'm also starting a new medication for the spasms as they have become unmanagable and they're occuring every day. Tomorrow I'm supposed to start going into the AIC center for daily transfusions as I can't maintain hydration due to the spasms/vomiting. It also appears that 2-3 weeks from now I'll be going back in for surgery to remove the tumor they caught on the CT scan. It grew over a centimeter in a 2 week span. I am terrified of possibly losing the organ it's attached to. I can't psychologically cope with the idea. I am honestly exhausted from all of the pain, and now the fear of the upcoming surgery. Any time I have to go outside I inevitably cry in public due to a spasm or rectal pain, and at worst I've screamed from it. I loathe to make a scene, but it's uncontrollable. It's a humiliating experience. I'm trying to remain positive.
  3. Not very happy

    I had my surgery about 2 weeks ago. I remember the difficulty trying to drink with my original vertical sleeve, but this is very different. With spasms it's difficult to drink, and when they happen anything that I do manage to drink comes right back up. It puts me in a very dangerous situation being physically unable to stay on top of it. At this point I would honestly welcome staying on an IV.
  4. Not very happy

    No one tells you about hemmeroids and how God awfully painful they can be after these surgeries! I was in so much pain that I'm thinking it triggered my spasms and subsequent vomiting/dehydration so I was hospitalized again yesterday. The pain was so extreme that even on an IV of dilauded I still sobbed from the pain of it all. My family had to leave today and frankly I am a bit terrified about whether not I'll be able to take care of myself. Even on new medication the spasms aren't completely going away and I find that I make myself sick if I try to do simple things like clean my kitchen or run a vacuum. I'm just going to have to wait and see what happens .
  5. Day 21 - Reluctant addendum

    It took me 6 days as well, I used an enema and milk of magnesia along with stool softeners. It's pretty courageous to get "in there," and take care of yourself, even if it feels awkward and awful. You should be proud you managed this!
  6. In addition to the above advice, my experience was self pay for my VSG, the revision to RNY was covered by my insurance (which also excludes any weight loss surgery as part of their plan), knowing that the complications from the VSG lead to the necessity of having the RNY.
  7. Day 4 - slight relief

    I endured 6 days of a gurgling gut and stabbing gas pains before that magical chalky miracle milk of magnesia finally relieved me of my intestinal torture. 10/10 would recommend post surgery. I've been careful to follow my new medication plan hoping we'll prevent spasms like I had yesterday from returning - at least in the early stages of recovery. Staying hydrated is so touch and go by default (and frankly, I'm struggling to stay on top of it), but if the spasms return I consequently will have to also return to the hospital for IV hydration. Though I felt slight pangs today, I was spared the jack hammer level of severity they otherwise typically progress into. I've continued taking my prescribed pain medication, but even when waking (and thus not having had any pain management through the night), the pain barely registers. I'm still slow in movement but I can manage normal grooming/household/etc activities without physical limitation. I'm gobsmacked at how much better I feel after this surgery compared to my prior WLS. The experience literally is night and day. Now I'm waiting for the day when the scale starts to slide back and my body begins to shrink. It will be amazing.
  8. Day 19 - ups and downs

    Have you tried Gas X? I took it after my VSG and I'm using it now after the RNY. It seems to help a bit with the burping.
  9. Rare complications post VSG

    No it didn't fix it. The revision was the first step in trying to control acid reflux. Once it's controlled they plan on addressing the other complications one by one. Unfortunately there's a significant possibility that full motility cannot be restored, but less reflux should help reduce at least the severity of some of the problems.
  10. Rare complications post VSG

    Thank you! I'm looking forward to the further changes my body will undergo now that I'm under the supervision of much more competent team of physicians
  11. ER visit

    I'm just relieved it wasn't a leak! Apart from that horrible scare (and the pain, God, it's unimaginable), I otherwise feel 1000x better than I did after the previous surgery. I'm still hopeful this is going to work out well.
  12. Rare complications post VSG

    It wasn't a stricture. The surgeon failed to complete a duodenal switch, seemingly severed a nerve and caused me to develop esophageal paralysis along with spasms. Basically the motility of my digestive tract is severely compromised and unable to function correctly.
  13. ER visit

    Ended up in the emergency room tonight after uncontrollable vomiting, subsequent dehydration (my face actually started peeling), and horrifically intense esophageal spasms. Thankfully the surgeon on call was part of the team that operated on me so they were able to determine what was wrong fairly quickly. Now I'm on an additional regiment of medication. There was no guarantee that this surgery would alleviate any of my symptoms, but experiencing this level of pain and complication so early into the recovery is very disheartening.
  14. Rare complications post VSG

    After finally finding competent specialists it was determined that my VSG back in 2014 was botched beyond what we initially understood: leaving me vomiting 30+ daily, ultimately resulting in a partially paralyzed esophagus, rumination syndrome, and a myriad of other issues including having to be fed via nasal gastric tubes- an experience I wouldn't wish on anyone. Monday (9/25/17) I had a revision to a gastric bypass at Mayo Clinic as part of a treatment plan to hopefully manage these conditions and provide me some relief. They were able to convince my insurance in less than a day without having to appeal through any denial. The ease and pace that they took to treat me has been nothing less than shocking. My recovery has been miraculous compared to the past surgery. Not only am I able to lay down and sit up without aid, I walked over a mile in laps around the hospital after being moved from recovery. The pain is manageable, the experience I had at Mayo with Dr Elli compared to my surgery with Dr Foote cannot be compared. I'm able to feed myself, and I have so much energy I have to remind myself not to push it as I have undergone an even more serious surgery than the VSG. While they did not perform this surgery for obesity, I do have the benefit of looking forward to another bout of weight loss given that while I lost 150 pounds from the VSG, I am still no where near my goal weight. If this provides the relief I desperately need, I have nothing but hope for the future.
  15. Nausea from bending

    Thanks Jolls. I am on an antacid (Prilosec) so I didn't draw any connection between the two. I was given a green light to increase my dosage if I needed so I'll try it out and see how much of a difference it makes. Hopefully it really is as simple as you've said!