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Hi All, 

my mother had gastric bypass surgery just about 4th weeks ago. And I have moved in with her to care for her. She feels extremely out of energy and she has developed a upper back pain( just below her shoulder blades). 
i wanted to know, 
1. how much she need to eat during the day, because right now she doesn't eat much. 
2. has anyone experienced similar back pain?

3. is it normal to be short of breath? 

4. Is it normal that she only can walk for only few minutes? 
 

Cheers 

 

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Welcome to Thinner Times AIG.

Shortness of breath and not being able to walk for a few minutes needs to be checked out ASAP. 

It's pretty normal to not be eating much at just 1 month post-WLS.  I would suggest trying to get your mother to drink a protein shake (or 2) - that should help with her energy levels. 

On the upper back pain, she needs to be checked out by her primary care and/or bariatric surgeon but I know from experience, back pain in the early weeks/months post-op is not unusual - especially if she's not very active.

 

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57 minutes ago, AlG said:

Thanks for that. 
is there a particular type of protein shake that i need to get her or any protein shake would do? 
cheers 

We were advised that whey protein isolate is the ideal and often recommended protein for bariatric surgery patients due to its high quality and nutritional value.  It's easy to digest and is efficiently absorbed into the body.

I found Syntrax Nectar to be the best tasting.  I liked the shake type flavours over the fruity ones but I'd recommend you do an internet search for the sample sizes like these:  https://store.bariatricpal.com/products/syntrax-nectar-protein-powder-trial-sizes-16-flavors-choose-from?variant=41056157453&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google Shopping&currency=USD&gclid=Cj0KCQiA34OBBhCcARIsAG32uvPTz-ai6BCAYpECvyAiCKblM9nKlT0xUPXvpAsJhOntz3n-yhXJ7xcaAszHEALw_wcB

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5 hours ago, AlG said:

Thanks for that. 
is there a particular type of protein shake that i need to get her or any protein shake would do? 
cheers 

I am quite fond of the Premier Protein premixed protein shakes as they are tasty, high in protein and convenient to use.  My particular favorite flavor is chocolate.  You can find PP shakes online at Amazon, as well as at Walmart, Costco, and most large drug stores.

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4 hours ago, Res Ipsa said:

I am quite fond of the Premier Protein premixed protein shakes as they are tasty, high in protein and convenient to use.  My particular favorite flavor is chocolate.  You can find PP shakes online at Amazon, as well as at Walmart, Costco, and most large drug stores.

My favorite as well!  And so convenient because it is pre-mixed.  I prefer mine refrigerated, and be sure to shake well before drinking.

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