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About AustinJ

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  • Birthday 10/08/1984

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Thomas White
  • Hospital
    CHI immanuel
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. 8 days out and struggling!

    This sounds like Orthostatic Hypotension, low fluid and/or electrolytes + hot water = light headed and passing out. You really need to let your DR know so you can get this under control because it accumulates and gets worse. Trust me, I have been dealing with this myself. Mine started with lightheadedness when leaving the hot tub, then in the shower, and then any time I bent over, to the worst every time I stand up. It has taken 3 weeks to get my electrolytes back up so I don't blackout (lose my vision) when I stand up. I wear compression stockings now when I exercise (walk/run) this seems to help a ton. Good Luck I hope you figure it out and are able to get the passing out under control.
  2. "At goal" pics

    Insert age comment here. lol
  3. It looks like you need just one. Edema is an easy comorbidity to diagnose. If your socks leave dents in your legs for awhile after you take them off, you have edema. Edema is caused by poor circulation due to your size and is very common. If this is something that pertains to you, you need to get it documented by a DR and voila you have a comorbidity. The more comorbidities you can get listed the more likely you will get approval.
  4. Very discouraged with Insurance

    I have/had Medica insurance a subsidiary of BCBS and they told me they do not cover WLS. So I looked into state laws. In Iowa WLS is considered a "Medically necessary procedure" and is required to be covered if your PCP of Surgeon deem it necessary to prevent future medical issues. So I was able to use a family history of diabetes and heart disease as my 2 comorbidities. There are a few things like edema, mobility issues, joint pain, and back pain that one DR will not see as an issue and other DR's will say are a sign of life threatening issues. Just be persistent, the insurance company doesn't want to pay for anything it doesn't have to. Sometimes you just have to push them into a corner.
  5. I just got my surgery

    Hey Megan! I am also a young one (33) at least on the scale of average age for WLS. I also have always been BIG, on the Gabriel Iglesias scale of size I was "DAMN!!!". Being a 6ft 4in male weighing 504lbs, I wasn't made fun of to my face to often, I had more of a Godzilla effect. Little kids would freeze and take 10 seconds to look up from my knees to my face, jaws gaping. Even though I seldom heard people make fun of me, I got a lot of stares, and pointing, and "oh my look at that guy". So I know the hurt feelings. I try to remember these feelings to help keep me motivated. I have dieted my whole life as well, and every time gained back more weight than I lost. I am down to 314lbs now and still one of the biggest people around but that doesn't matter to me any more. I feel amazing and know I will be around a lot longer for it. Stick to your plan, and work with your surgeon and dietician/nutritionist to find what works best for you. They are vested in your success, they don't want failures on their record, so they are going to do everything in their power to help you succeed. I hope everything goes well for you, and you don't have to many bumps in the road.
  6. "At goal" pics

    @Nana Trish you look amazing!!! and 10 years younger. I bet you feel 10 years younger too.
  7. Pet peeve

    It's never too late for a good old fashion spankin'.
  8. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    I was typing the above post when you posted and thought it may pertain to you as well.
  9. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    Going into WLS I knew that not only were my dietary habits going to change, but along with the weight loss there would be other physical changes along the way. Any time your body goes through rapid physical changes there is an adjustment period where your muscles, tendons, and joints have to relearn your new movement, causing them to be used differently which can result in pain. I get foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain that I associate with weight loss, but I see this as a good thing due to the deplorable physical issues caused by the excessive weight. I suffered from gout, splay feet, and bulging discs in my lower back. The foot, ankle, knee, and some of the hip pain are kept in check with properly fitted shoes. I have went from wearing a 14 4E shoe with low rigid stiff arches, which gave the best support for my splayed feet issues. I now wear a 14 regular with medium height semi stiff arches because the splay feet issue has gone away. As my splay feet issue resolved, my gait changed causing hip pain. My toes used to point outward when I walked, now they are aligned straight front to back. To battle the hip pain caused by the adjusting period I have the insoles of my shoes shimmed on the outer edge to assist with the gait realignment, as well as extra meta-tarsal padding added to help protect my adjusting foot. I also get shoes with a large toe box to allow ample room for my feet to adjust and fluctuate through out the day. I started going to a shoe store that measures my feet, arches and meta-tarsal width every time and does the shimming for me by using my old shoe wear pattern to adjust them accordingly. The shoes cost me $10-$20 more per pair, but I know I will have an appropriate fit, and reduced/eliminated foot, ankle, knee, and hip pain. My hip and lower back pain is controlled by stretching, back strengthening exercises, and chiropractor adjustment. I stretch my feet, upper and lower calves, quads, hamstrings, hips and lower back everyday. This only takes about 10 minutes. I do lower back strengthening exercises with a resistant band called chops this only takes 5-10 minutes. I do both of these prior to my walking and/or running. I have been to the chiropractor once right after WLS due to a re-occurrence of a bulging disc. He told me as my belly goes away my chest and shoulders lose support from my belly and my back has to work more to support them. That is when he had me start doing the "chops" to help strengthen my lower back. Overall with these few adjustments I have been able to keep the pain in check. I will have to continue to adjust as I lose more weight and then again when I hit maintenance weight. This is a small price to pay for a longer healthier life.
  10. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    That's great! Just remember sweating equals loss of fluid, sodium, and electrolytes. I just picked up some Propel powder packets at Sam's Club, 32 single serving packets for $7. You just mix it with 16.9oz of water and you get fluid, sodium, and electrolytes. Good Luck I hope everything goes well for you.
  11. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    That is a possibility, I have helped develop strength training programs for local athletics before.
  12. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    LOL, I must not know enough, I almost landed my self in the hospital earlier this week by over doing it. I never really cared about any of it until I was in college and we had to learn about it. The sports nutrition program cared more to teach us what we needed to stay alive through the extreme physical conditioning that was required for collegiate athletics than to teach us the in and outs of how to care for our bodies for life. Its taken me 10 years of failures to get to this point. As Thomas Edison Said “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
  13. Excessive craving for salt?

    I have learned, in a hard fashion, to listen to my body. Your body may need more sodium. I would look at my labs and see if my sodium is high or low and check my blood pressure. If your sodium is in normal ranges with the extra salt in your diet your body may very well need that extra salt, also if your blood pressure is low it may also need that extra salt. The hard part is determining if it is a mental craving, or if its your bodies way of telling you to get more salt in to function properly. Good luck The craziness for me has calmed down for the time being.
  14. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    Thank you for the support Jen, you are an inspiration! Congrats on the surgiversary.
  15. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    Being a former collegiate athlete (football and wrestling) we were taught about building muscle mass and converting fat to muscle. We were also taught how to cut weight rapidly and safely, hence my extreme level of hydration and exercise drive. We were not informed on how to lose excess body weight for the long term, because this was never an issue and metabolism was a non factor due to the high level of continuous daily strenuous exercise. With or without metabolic rate increases exercise burns calories. With anaerobic exercise you can burn more calories in 2hrs than your body will use naturally all day, this is not including any metabolic rate increase. This simplified formula works for rapid weight loss but is not sustainable long term. I have used this process multiple times (5+) in the past, with only 2 weeks between football and wrestling, I would cut 40lbs, from 325 (football weight) to 285lbs (max weight for wrestling). That being said, I believe, this truly did crash my metabolism. Once I was done with college and no longer had a need for the 4-6 hrs a day of exercise, I cut back to a more relaxed rate of about an hour a day for couple years. During this time frame my caloric intake was the same as in college and I ballooned to over 450lbs. That was the first time I took a serious look at needing to change my life style. I learned about metabolism and where I should be caloric-wise to lose weight. Even working with Dr.s and dieticians, I had to consume far less calories (500-1000 less per day) than estimated and do extra exercise to lose weight. I went through this process several times over the years. I fluctuated up and down as much as 100lbs over any given year. The process being very strenuous on my body and mind, led me to call it quits about 3 yrs ago. I stagnated at 460lbs for over a year and my gallbladder quit working, forcing me to cut fats in my diet down to 10g or less a day. I lost weight on this new diet without exercise or any real effort due to getting sick anytime I stepped out of line, its was miserable, this is the first time ever tracked macros. Prior diet and exercise regiments all revolved around calorie intake and output. I had my gallbladder removed July 29, 2016. I was able to add fats back into my diet without getting sick. Between gallbladder surgery and May 2, 2017 I went from 402lbs to 504lbs. That's when I decided to look into bariatric surgery. With a family history of early onset heart disease and diabetes I knew I needed to get my weight under control so I could be around for my wife and son long term. I went to every support group meeting, educational class and bariatric conference available in my area, as well as read in depth studies on several different surgery options. During the six months leading up to surgery, I learned more about nutrition and the affects of macros on my body than I had ever learned in total before. This new information led to a 97lb weight loss during that time frame without anymore added exercise than I was already doing. Hydrating fluid consumption became key and still remains key today. I believe by getting my macros appropriately aligned and ample hydrating fluid consumption I have reset my metabolism to a working fashion again. Other than the last few weeks I have felt 100x better than I have since leaving college. Over the last few weeks I began pushing myself exercise wise again, I believe this has thrown off the balance I found with my macros and fluid making me have the unexpected issues. The last few days I have cut back my exercise and refound that balance. I am glad to report no orthostatic hypotension or reactive hypoglycemic incidences since Wednesday. This is truly a learning process, I will have to continually find that balance as my body changes and my exercise fluctuates.