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  1. This forum is so important -- especially when your family isn't as supportive as you need. Also try to find a local support group. I didn't have one here (there's one here now)... but I got so much support from the people on this forum.
  2. Greetings ! I highly recommend this surgery. It changed my life. I won't say it's not without challenge and a few pitfalls here and there but it's worth it. I am no longer diabetic, I weight 130 pounds less, and I feel SO much better about myself. There were issues with throwing up a *few times *before I learned how to eat right (pace myself) -- and it's not easy re-learning old eating habits. The number of people who have faced serious complications has becomes less than 1 percent at this point. So the risk with this surgery is the same or less than with any surgery. What you find sometimes (not always) it a lot of us comisterating together because we want to share the changes and challenges as well as our triumphs. If you look around this website you'll also find happy dance, success stories, too Here are questions to ask yourself. Am I going to lose weight without this surgery? How many diets have I tried? How many times have I regained that weight? If I don't have the surgery do I face the possibility of shortening my life? If you take good care of yourself -- and follow your doctor's orders -- you will be fine. My only advice is that you use the 18 months following the surgery to change your eating patterns -- the way you think and use food. Learn to eat to live instead of living to eat. This surgery gives you the means to do this. I know it's a cliche -- but, ultimately, it's the key to long term weight loss success and a happier, longer life. Blessings! Brooke
  3. Hi, Whitney. It's like a stabbing, throbbing, burning sensation. How did your TT post-op recovery go? Beth, my surgeon gave me a brand new navel too since my G.B. surgeon had to disconnect its root in order to remove a hernia when he did my WLS. I'm feeling better about it now that I know it's typical. Again my only fear or confusion was because my pain is worse now than it was on say week 2. Thanks so much, ladies. You lift my spirits. Blessings!
  4. Hi Vanessa and Beth ! Yes, Beth, maybe that is it. When I get myself out of bed in the morning it starts a painful, throbbing sensation in my stomach that lasts for a while. The entire front of my stomach (from navel down) hurts. Is that where it hurt you? So, mine just started 5 days ago. I wonder how long I will feel this pain. I began taking a pain killer last night that helped only slightly but I want to be able to go to work so I won't be able to take Valium. The good news is this pain takes my appetite away. I also have an inordinate amount of gas.
  5. Beth, thanks so much for your response. I think that sounds possible but wouldn't muscle spasms occur at any time -- not just when you stand up or sit down or begin walking? Is that when yours occured?
  6. Greetings, everyone! I haven't posted in a while because, I guess, I've been too busy enjoying life since my GB. But I need you guys for a bit of advice since I had a TT about 4 1/2 weeks ago. You guys have always been so supportive and helpful. I had gotten to the point where I could sit or stand without any pain; just the normal soreness. Well, starting about 4 days ago (Monday) the pain of standing, sitting, and sometimes walking is as painful as it was just a few days after my surgery; doing any of these movements is very painful and lingering. I went back to the doctor this morning and he checked for fluid pockets with an aspiration needle but found none. The incision line is perfect and the place where he removed one of my drains on Monday looks okay too. I've still got one drain and I'm not losing that much fluid. My doctor, who is has a reputation as an excellent plastic surgeon (and has done many TT's on GB patients) and has always seemed like a perfectionist to me, said my pain can get worse as I begin to heal and the numbness goes out of my belly. I guess I was wondering if anyone else here had so much pain and stinging after your tummy tuck. Did it get better and then get worse? If so, is there any way to alleviate it? I've heard and read that exercise may help. But there's no way I can return to walking 2 miles a day yet although I could I guess manage what I can. How long will this last? Even though I have a sedentary job it is painful to get up, sit down or walk (at first, anyway). I have intermittent FMLA at work now but I really can't afford to miss work. Any suggestions or experiences would be helpful.
  7. Hello, all! I'm really scaring myself. The last two days I was able to eat an entire meal. I mean I ate an entire plate of Chinese food today -- and last night I ate a plate of Indian food. I felt too full only at the very end. It scares me that I can eat like that. Normally, I couldn't eat that much. I have gained 5 lbs. I'm having a tummy tuck in 2 wks and I'm so scared of my own mentality. I just read about the 5 Day Pouch Test. I'm thinking I need to do that right away. Brooke
  8. Thanks so much for all of the feedback. Based on what you are all telling me -- along with what my doctor's office is telling me -- I think 3 wks is going to be the minimum. Also, it looks like -- since the back side is not covered by insurance -- I will have to wait until later for that particular surgery. I'm just pleased they will cover the tummy removal.
  9. Hi, everyone. I have a question related to the TT. How much time can I expect to miss from work? I may be getting a full TT and back/butt lift. I mean, I have a sit down job anyway, so is it just soreness or spasms or... ? Thanks in advance for any tips.
  10. Julee, How super!!! Isn't this tool just wonderful?! I've got 38 lbs. to goal but, gee, I'm one year out... lol... I'm happy for you and you're a good role model as a consistent exerciser! CONGRATULATIONS on ALL YOUR SUCCESS SO FAR!
  11. Karen, First of all, welcome to the losing side, sister! And welcome to the forum, where you'll find some very special people speaking honestly from their personal journeys. This is an amazing tool you've been given and it's the beginning of a new life for you. It's important to try to sip your water so that you keep hydrated. You won't be able to drink entire cups or even gulps, so just sip, sip, sip -- all day long. Even now, at a year out, my doctor thinks I'm not getting enough liquid. One reason they suspect this is because of my blood pressure being so low (100 over 60). So, water is important from now on for us. It' s important for both hydration and weight loss. My cramps got better after my surgery -- until this past July and August when the pain was excruciating. It's so bad I throw up and am completely incapacitated. I've found that hydocodone helps immensely, but you'll need a prescription for that. I tired Percocet and it doesn't do anything. I also take Motrin which my surgeon said is okay as long a I take Prilosec immediately before, during, and after my period.
  12. Thanks for info, Beth. They took 6 tubes of blood yesterday testing for everything possible. I want to share a funny (maybe?) story about the lab tech who took my blood. As she was working on it she asked me, "Did you used to be a big lady?" I smiled and said, "Yes, I guess you can tell by the flab on my arms." But she replied, "No, I was just noticing you're wearing big women's clothes." I didn't know what to say because I was *finally* wearing smaller clothes; I've given up hanging on to my big clothes (finally) and I'm buying smaller things -- smaller but still not tight or snug (I've never liked tight clothes). I just told her, "Well, you ought to have seen what I used to wear." It's true, I still see a fat woman when I look in the mirror but I'll never wear tight clothes; regardless, I'm too into comfort. As a side note, my dietitian told me yesterday it's very common for most women who have this surgery to still see a big woman when they look in the mirror -- even after losing a lot of weight. That attitude is what made me obese to begin with because my weight hung around 170-180 thru high school and college which wasn't too bad since I'm 5'7 -- but this desire to be smaller (skinny, I guess) finally led me towards 350 lbs. Now, I'm happy to have a healthy weight and be healthy again (no more diabetes). Anyway, I'm not sure what all this means. I just wanted to share. May Love, Light, and Blessings Fall on All Who Post Here!
  13. Beth, thanks again for the information! Sclerotherapy, eh? I hope to never need that but will insurance cover it if you do need it? My one year checkup is today. I hope they finally do a blood work; they haven't done that yet. Love, Light, and Blessings!
  14. Yep, my nose runs if I'm starting to get full. IF I'VE GONE TOO FAR I actually sneeze! So, a runny nose has become a sign for me: "You've had enough."
  15. Exactly! This is a huge gift you've been given.