Crystal13

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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

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Welcome to Thinner Times Crystal!

What are the issues you're having?

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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

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Crystal, I am sorry that you are having issues.  Can you share them with us so that we can help?  

And, most importantly, welcome!

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Welcome Crystal. The upper right quadrant pain is completely normal. Once all the gas they've pumped into you has dissipated the pain should go away. Unfortunately the only way to control that particular pain is by keeping ahead of your pain relief. It isn't intestinal gas so products like gasx will do nothing.

Sorry I can't help you with the back spasms. It may be from how you were laying during your surgery. Many people immediately post-op sleep in recliners and use heating pads. Fortunately I didn't have to, but hopefully you won't be much longer away from your comfy bed.

Lactose intolerance is also quite common after bypass, but usually goes away after a few months.

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Welcome to tt 

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Welcome to the forum, Crystal. I do hope that your recovery is quick.

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Thank you everyone, thank you Aussie.

I am feeling much better now

Looking forward to going on this journey with all of you :-)

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Welcome to TT!

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I echo what Aussie H about temporary lactose issues early post-op (lots of gas, upset tummy etc).   I had to switch to a soy protein powder for a few months early post-op.

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I also had what I believe was a lactose sensitivity immediately post-op - I couldn't get down any whey protein supplement without intense amounts of gassy discomfort, mostly burping. I'm using lactose-free Fairlife milk as my protein supplement since I also couldn't handle the smell/taste of protein powder regardless, but probably wouldn't hurt to try something without lactose and see if that's better.

If it helps any, I do believe it's usually temporary. I'm able to eat cottage cheese, yogurt, and other things with lactose now at 4 weeks out with no issue. Still haven't switched to a different protein powder, though, because they all taste like death. :) But I'm fussy like that. 

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Hi @Crystal13, what you are describing is pretty usual for after surgery. Things will settle out. Back pains may be helped by the usual warm baths/showers, and in the long run weight loss. I had bad bad back problems that are 95% better now. For what it is worth I was able to do yoga-style stretching after surgery and that was very useful. Best of luck! BB

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Welcome! It sounds like you’re experiencing some of the normal but unpleasant effects of surgery. I hope you feel better soon.

If you search around the site a bit you’ll find lots of posts by people reporting similar issues - it may reassure you to find that you’re not alone.

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Welcome to TT Crystal

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Crystal, wishing you a quick recovery. Just like me, I am new to this forum. I can see that it is very enjoying engaging with each other. I am also a  post-operative (gastric sleeve) under the management of  my doctor from Mexico.

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