Calidyme

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    Female
  • Location
    CA

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  • Surgeon
    Charles Callery
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-07
  • Start Weight
    315
  • Current Weight
    195
  • Goal Weight
    175
  • Surgery Date
    06/20/2008
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Hello everyone reading this! Here are my stats, I am 37 years old, I had rn.y gastric bypass 10 years ago in 2008. Starting weight was just under 300 lb, lowest weight was 155 lb, I developed an autoimmune disease within that time frame that cause me to gain 60 lb, and after receiving the proper treatment protocol for my autoimmune disease, I lost the 60 pounds I regained. This Thread, unfortunately, is not about me being happy however. I am in absolute, living hell. 3 years post op, I had an overproduction of stomach acid, that gave me symptoms of horrible, aching, cramping pain in between my upper shoulder blades. I went back to my surgeon, explained my situation, and was prescribed Prilosec to take for the rest of my life. This was a Magic Bullet, and worked perfectly for the next four years. Now, here we are, and 3 years ago, this new saga began in my post-op gastric bypass world. For context purposes, I only eat small, healthy meals, such as cooked vegetables, lean protein, typically ground turkey, ground chicken, and very rarely ground beef, complex carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, or 3 tablespoons of brown rice. I do not do dairy, gluten, or soy, I do not drink carbonated beverages, never have, never will. My diet mainly consists of very lean protein sources, cooked vegetables, and a few complex carbohydrates. I am quite particular about what I eat. You will never find me eating bread, rarely find eating pasta or rice, all the carbohydrates I eat are for nutritional purposes only, primarily legumes, and complex carbohydrates. 3 years ago, after I would eat about 1 and 1/2 cups of food, I would have a slight, annoying, amount of pressure in my chest, where I felt as if I could not get a full breath. The sensation would last for about 10 minutes after the meal, and was very manageable and tolerable at the time. I was able to manage it, and it did not affect my life significantly, because I was still taking the Omeprazole, and would take Gas-X as needed for the occasional more significant feeling of not being able to get a full breath. God, I would do anything to have those days back. For the last 2 years, it has gotten progressively worse, every month it seems. And now, I am at the point where my quality of life is 1%. Literally. I am miserable, walking around all day long with this immense pressure on my chest, as if there is an elephant sitting on my chest. It begins with a sip of water in the morning taking my medications. I do not have the feeling that food or water gets stuck, known as achalasia, thank God. What I do have, is this immediate Sensation, that someone is sitting on my chest, or is it someone has blown up a balloon in the middle of my chest, or as if someone is holding onto my windpipe from the inside of my body, allowing me to never feel as if I can take a full, deep breath. I have been diagnosed with asthma, however, the pulmonologist says that the methacholine challenge I took, said very very slightly that I could have asthma. So, I take Advair daily to control the "asthma" symptoms. However, I am beginning to feel as if this is an esophagus issue, and not an asthma issue. I have seen several gastroenterologist, that have done every, single, evaluation procedure possible. Barium swallow, endoscopy with two dilation of the esophagus, CT scans of my abdomen, 24-hour esophageal manometry, ultrasounds, and even a colonoscopy. I have also been tested for h. Pylori twice, and was positive twice. I was treated with an antibiotic and antacid protocol both times to heal the H. Pylori. The medications my gastroenterologist have tried are as follows, Omeprazole, Protonix, Ranitidine, diltiazem, dicyclomine, hyoscyamine, amitriptyline, the gastric cocktail consisting of Lidocaine and Mylanta, Nexium, and anti-anxiety medicines and depression medicines such as sertraline, Celexa, Wellbutrin, and anxiety medicine such as Ativan, Valium, and Xanax. I am sad to say that none of them have worked. With my endoscopy, it did show that I had a small hiatal hernia, but no Barrett's esophagus, and no gastritis, or ulcers. It is to the point, that even as I am speaking into my cell phone's microphone to create this post, I am out of breath, and as I try to take a deep breath, I can only take about 40 per-cent of an inhalation. I feel like I am dying. I have constant heaviness in my chest, as if there is a balloon sitting in the middle of my chest, making it so tight that I cannot get a full inhalation. I have been to the emergency room 10 times, Urgent Care 10 times, I have switched gastroenterologist twice, seeing my primary for this numerous times, and even brought in pulmonology and Cardiology, to determine what the cause of this horrible pressure in my chest is. My gastroenterologist concluded that I have what is called functional, or hypersensitive esophagus. The only thing they are offering me now, is taking amitriptyline 50 mg per night. I have been doing so for one month, and I have not experienced any relief. My quality of life is completely gone. It is hard for me to get up and take a shower, or do anything even remotely physical and active. Because I always have this locked chest, where I feel as if I cannot take a full breath. Imagine walking around with an elephant sitting on your chest all day and all night. Has anyone else had the same experience, and if so, was there anything that was successful in treating it, or at least making it more manageable? I have had two large -scale dialations, and they did not seem to help the issue at all. This post is about hypersensitive esophagus, or functional esophagus... Please provide any recommendations, treatments, medications, or even alternative protocols that may have helped you if you also have functional or hypersensitive esophagus. Please, please, please, please, any suggestion will be helpful. I am miserable, and I cannot see myself continuing this existence with this constant heaviness and inability to breathe in my chest. I also feel as if I am aspirating food into my lungs. I have read about this phenomenon occurring. But ,according to all of the examinations I have had, barium swallow, CT scans with contrast, etc. they all say that aspiration is not an issue, and that anatomically, everything with my esophagus and my rny gastric bypass is perfect. This is a nerve issue I have been told by gastroenterology, hence the hypersensitive / functional esophagus diagnosis. Please leave your feedback, thoughts, questions, recommendations below. Thank you so much.
  2. Greetings! I had RNY gastric bypass 10 years ago on May 20th, 2008. My starting weight was just under 300 lb, I was 27 years old, and had been over 200 lb since I was 15 years old. Although I was severely overweight, I was very healthy and active... Even playing in the marching band in high school and college. Throughout the years prior to my gastric bypass, I did not have any health issues, with the exception of slightly elevated cholesterol. My doctor recommended I start taking statins, but I knew that rny gastric bypass was in my future, and that weight loss would resolve the cholesterol issue, so I declined to take the Statin. I lost approximately 100 lb within the first 11 months post-op, at my smallest I got down to 155 lb, approximately two and a half years after my surgery. That was the smallest I had ever been in my life. At that time, however, people would constantly tell me that I looked too small, I looked sick, my face was too thin, I looked old. I will admit that at that time, I was working out two times a day, and only eating approximately 700 calories per day. I was eating so little, not because I was intentionally restricting my food, but because I was having acid issues that were making me feel miserable. My surgeon was the amazing Dr. Charles Callery, and after experiencing the acid issues which presented as major pain in between my upper shoulder blades, he wisely told me that the surgery had reduce the size of my stomach, but not the amount of acid I was producing. Thus, I had a lot of stomach acid, in a very small space, which was causing the intense, pain and discomfort in my upper shoulder blade area and my upper chest. Dr. Callery recommended that I take Prilosec 2 times per day, for the first two weeks, then taper off to one time per day, for the rest of my life. This was the Magic Bullet. I was acid, pain, discomfort free for the next five years. I was living life and loving my new body. Then, unfortunately, an autoimmune disease crept into my life. I won't disclose which one, that is quite personal, but I will say that it caused me to regain about 60 lb that I had lost post-surgery. This was a very tough time for me. I felt judged by everyone because I had regained the weight, and in their mind, the surgery had failed. I knew what the issue was, but it was no one else's business. I just toughed it out. Eventually, after a year of very hard times, I was able to receive the medication protocol that worked, and I began to lose that 60 lb that I had regained. Unfortunately, my happiness was short-lived, as I then began to develop would I call the elephant on my chest. Approximately two and a half years ago, I would notice that after meals, I would have a light amount of pressure in the middle of my chest, the only way I can describe it, is as if you have a large gas bubble in your chest, that you need to belch to relieve, but the belch doesn't come. If you can imagine someone sitting on your chest, and as you try to exhale, they are pushing against your chest, creating a resistance as you try to exhale. It wasn't comfortable, but I could manage it, with taking additional Gas-X, Omeprazole, and eating smaller meals. Fast forward three years later, I am in living hell. It is hard for me to get up every day, and submit myself to this constant pressure, heaviness, and inability to breathe. I am absolutely miserable, my quality of life is at 5%, I can't do anything physical, I can barely go to to work. Taking a sip of water in the morning, eating two bites of food, have resulted in me feeling like I am out of breath, I cannot get a full breath, and the pressure on my chest, feels like there is an elephant sitting on my chest. I have seen numerous gastroenterologist, and undergone numerous gastric evaluations, pulmonology evaluations, and cardiac evaluations, to attempt to determine what the cause of this constant pressure in my chest is. This was supposed to be just an introduction, LOL, but I also delved lightly into my current situation, which is why the title of this post is called living hell. I plan on starting a new thread, to give more details and ask more questions, and seek advice from other post-operative rny gastric bypass patients, who may be experiencing the same thing I am, and have found a solution. At the present moment, I have not found a solution, and I am seriously regretting every action that I've made up to this point. I hate to say this, but I am at the point where I would rather be obese again, then living daily, feeling as if I can't breathe, and as if someone is choking me and suffocating me from the inside out all day, and all night. I am sorry this sounds negative, but it is my current situation. I know everyone will not have this outcome, as a matter of fact, I pray, but no one has this outcome. Rny gastric bypass was successful for me, in the fact that I lost a significant amount of weight. I do not discourage anyone from having it, I just would like for you all to be informed, of the complications that some people may experience. I was in your shoes, if you are a preoperative, and reading this thread. I read complications people had, but I was determined to save my life, start a new life, and have rny gastric bypass, to give me the best chance at a healthier life that I could have. So, please take away from this post, I was successful with rny gastric bypass, unfortunately, my body and gastric bypass were not compatible. Good luck to all of you, it is a pleasure to introduce myself. I pray that through my own research, competent Physicians, and the support of many people who have had rny gastric bypass, and experienced the same thing I am struggli ng with yet found successful treatment options, I will return with a positive, happy, update. Until then, stay safe my friends, enjoy every day, and sending you all my love and positive energy.