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About Crystal13

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  • Birthday 09/04/1961

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    Greenville, NC
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Kenneth MacDonald
  • Hospital
    Vidant Medical Center
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Crystal13

    I hate the night - sundowners?

    Ladybugzzz86, Just use sugar free pudding next time
  2. Crystal13

    Officially overweight

    I think that when we are losing lots of weight it can be threatening to others. Perhaps they are dealing with jealousy? I don't know, but I have noticed the same issues. People telling me to stop losing weight. Seriously??? That is the whole point of having this surgery people!! I had my surgery on Dec 7, 2017 and have lost about 55 lbs. I feel great and have gone from wearing size 2X scrubs to work to just a L size. Looking forward to even being a medium some day. Just ignore people. They are working on their own issues
  3. Crystal13

    ;( milk of magnesia question

    Geez. Not one health care provider mentioned to me before going home from the hospital that this could be a problem. Would have really helped had I known and what I could take for it. Has any one used "Smooth Move Tea"? I am 3.5 months out and would like to try it. What is safe to take at this point? I am going ok, but never really feel like I empty out
  4. Crystal13

    To introduce myself

    Thank you everyone, thank you Aussie. I am feeling much better now Looking forward to going on this journey with all of you :-)
  5. Crystal13

    Week 2 Post-Op Plagued By Gas

    To be honest, I have only been taking the pain med at bedtime. Afraid that the Liquid Lortab would cause the intestines to be more sluggish
  6. Crystal13

    Week 2 Post-Op Plagued By Gas

    Thank you Gigi for asking the question, I am having the same problems. 3 days ago I did chew gum briefly that had sorbitol in it. I kind of figured that might have had something to do with it initially, but surprised that it would still be affecting me
  7. Crystal13

    To introduce myself

    Thanks for your response Cinwa. I hope I have the success that you have had one day :-) Issues... Well, for one-I am sticking to the Phase one which is 2 oz of protein shake or equivalent 5-6 x/day and sipping on fluids constantly through out the day. I have a lot of gas, but feel like it passes no problem throughout the day. After going to sleep however, about 4 hours later I wake up with terrible sharp gas pains in right upper abdominal area and radiating into right shoulder so bad that I can barely take a breath. I have no choice but to get up and walk around the house until the pressure gets better, sometimes 1-2 hours. Is this normal? How long will this last? If I am doing this now, what will happen when I actually get to the next Phase and I am actually progressing to pureed foods? I have never had a problem with dairy before. Also, I have been trying to increase my activity every day like the surgeon said, but after about 10-15 minutes I am developing pretty painful and overwhelming back spasms where I have no choice but to sit back in the recliner with a heating pad. I have had these spasms before, but it is usually after a long busy strenuous day at work (I am a nurse on the Labor and Delivery Floor). I appreciate any responses Crystal
  8. Crystal13

    Week 2 Post-Op Plagued By Gas

    I am 8 days post op bypass and don't mind passing the gas,but when I wake up after 4-5 hours, I have such terrible painful gas in upper right abdominal area and right shoulder that I can barely breathe. I have to get up and walk around the house. Is this normal? It sure doesn't feel normal. When will this get better?
  9. Crystal13

    To introduce myself

    Hi!! I just had gastric bypass last week so post op day # 9 I am glad to be a member of this group where we can all help each other. I am having some issues, not sure if they are normal or not. Post op appt, is on Dec 20th, Glad to be here Thank you Crystal