Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gastric Bypass Surgery (the things you don't hear)


As I sat in Pod 3, waiting for my 6th round of intravenous iron, a commercial popped up on the television.  It was Carnie Wilson promoting her new Wilson Phillips reality show.  She was talking to one of the Wilson's or Phillip's (I can never remember who is which) about having weight loss surgery for a second time.  The nurse assisting a patient receiving chemotherapy next to me made the comment  "She is getting that surgery again?  Well, it sure doesn't seem like it worked for her the first time."  She continued to talk about it as she walked over to insert my IV, "Do you think it will work out for her this time?"  I reply, "Maybe, pretty brave of her though."  I guess that response was unexpected... she says, "Oh?"  I know, I opened myself up for this but her condescending tone on a subject she seemed to know so little about bothered me.  "Well, if I would have known then, what I know now... I might not have been brave enough to go through weight loss surgery the first time, much less a second time. (a quiet pause)  It is why I am sitting here today, after all."  Ironic.

For those of you who are not familiar with my weight loss journey, you can see some before and after photos and read more about it here.  It's been almost 10 years since I had gastric bypass surgery.  I had a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.  This entailed the cutting of my stomach to make a smaller stomach pouch about the size of an egg.  The new smaller pouch was then directly attached to the middle part of my intestines, "bypassing" the larger portion of my stomach and upper part of my intestines.  This is done to decrease the amount of food one can take in and also to decrease the amount of sugars and fat that can be absorbed into the body.  I know this seems drastic but this is usually done on severely obese patients that are on the road to an early grave. I believe I was.  I believe it saved my life.  But with any surgery and manipulation of the body comes complications.

The first complication began immediately after the surgery.   For some reason, I was vomiting everything I ingested... even water.  Doctors had never seen such a case.  Of course, I had to be one of those "weird cases."  Story of my life.  After an additional week in the hospital and extensive tests, doctors concluded I had a "swelling in the portion of the stomach that led to the intestines."  This swelling caused a blockage.  The swelling finally subsided and everything was "good"... for awhile.

It wasn't until about 4 or 5 years later when more complications arose. I began having excruciating pain in the upper part of my abdomen.  The pain was debilitating.  I often could not catch my breath and wondered if  "this is it, I'm coming Elizabeth." (Props to whoever got the Sanford and Son reference, I know my hubby did) This led me to a Gastroenterologist.  Turns out, with having a much smaller stomach pouch, one is more at risk to develop stomach ulcers.  I did. Good news is... they can be prevented by taking Nexium, the little purple pill.  Bad news is... I have to take it daily for the rest of my life.  And believe me taking it daily is crucial for warding off the ulcers.  There have been times when I had forgotten to take my pills or ran out without reordering them in sufficient time... I paid the price.  So, if this is what I have to do... so be it.  Things can always be worse.

Things seemed to be stable again... for while.

I look back now and see there were many of signs of anemia.  Fatigue, dizziness, being cold ALL THE TIME, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath... but it wasn't until I started getting illness after illness when my doctor suspected something was off.  After having pink eye and strep throat twice... doctors ran blood test suspecting I had mononucleosis.  Mono test came back negative.  But my blood and iron counts were extremely low.  Apparently, my iron levels were under a 4.  Apparently, individuals with iron levels under a 4 are usually passed out.  Apparently, the multivitamin and iron supplement I take daily was not being absorbed.  I was sent to a Hematologist.

The Hematologist gave me two options, an iron infusion or an iron infusion.  I was given the choice between two forms of iron I would had administered.  The first is called "Infed."  It is administered over a period of 6 hours, this is because a "test dose" is first administered... what are they testing for?  Allergic reactions. The allergic side effects from this form of iron is very common and cases of death have even been reported.  "I will take what is behind curtain number two... Zonk!" (Who guessed Let's Make a Deal?)  The second option was a 2 hour treatment of a form of iron called "Venofer."  These treatments are done three times over a three week period.  The good news is... patients being administered Venofer have a much lower risk of developing an allergic reaction.  The bad news is... I developed an allergic reaction. 

It wasn't until about 4 hours after receiving the Venofer when I started to get a head ache and just feel "blah."  Then... the fever hit and chills.  I was under a heating blanket and shivering.  I started to have pain in the arm I received my infusion and it started to swell.  I first thought this might be normal but after suffering for an hour or so, I did what I usually do when I am feeling bad.  I called my mommy.  She is a nurse so she does have some insight on the situation.  She thought I was having an allergic reaction and gave me prompt orders to take some Benedryl.  I did.  Sure enough... about 30 minutes later, I started to feel better.

I called my Hematologist first thing Monday morning.  I was scheduled for my second round of iron on Friday and I did NOT want to go through that again.  She ordered a steroid to be administered before and after each iron treatment.  This seemed to do the trick.  My next two treatments ran smoothly.  I was feeling much better, I had so much more energy... I was cured!

Not quite.

A month later I had a follow up appointment to check my blood count and iron levels.  It was not up to the level it should have been.  I had to schedule another round of iron infusions.  Another three weeks of infusions.  I was also told that this will now be my "norm."  I am to come in periodically to have my levels checked.  If they are too low, I am to have iron infusions.  My body does not absorb iron like it should due to having gastric bypass surgery.  I guess... I had not thought of it this way before.  I was disheartened.  And on top of that, since I am still menstruating, I have to watch it even more closely due to losing blood/iron every month.  This led to the discussion about having an Endometrial ablation...

An Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys the uterine lining.   Basically, a patient is under anesthetic and boiling water is inserted into the uterus to destroy the lining.  The endometrium heals by scarring, which usually reduces or prevents uterine bleeding.  Thus, reducing my loss of blood/iron every month.  I am scheduled for a uterine biopsy on Monday.  Hopefully, I am a good candidate for the procedure.

I also just completed my 2nd round (6th treatment) of receiving Venofer.  All went smoothly once again with the help of the steroid.  I HOPE I do not have to get another round of iron any time soon.  I will just have to wait and see what my counts are in a month or so.

But as I sat there receiving my last treatment.  I glanced around the room called "Pod 3."  Next to me stood the "Carnie Wilson nurse" assisting a patient, another woman (which seemed to be in her early 40's) surrounded by worried family members and a few other patients lying in hospital beds.  All were receiving chemotherapy treatment.  All were fighters.  All were brave.  And the only thing I could think about was... how blessed I am for my health.

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  1. Amen to that...I'm glad you are doing well.

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    1. Thanks! Had the biopsy yesterday, it wasn't too bad. The ablation is tentatively scheduled for May 11th. I will be glad when it's over with.

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    2. Thank you so much for your inspirational story. I had surgery almost 5yrs ago. To literally save my life. After I had 2 kids that left me huge. my horrible abusive marriage ended I got more huge. Had terrible terrible migraine and ate over counter meds like candies. Liver began shutting down between this and adipose tissue strangling it. I had ur bypass but they trimmed some of my ulcered esophagus and used a slightly different area of tummy due to more ulcers. They removed a chunk of my liver in hopes of saving it. I'm now remarried and he has no children I desperately want a baby but wasn't sure if it was possible. However they too want to do a abulatiin sugery due to problematic periods. My iron levels are constantly low I chew 6 a day. Have mild occassional dizzy numb tingly nausea that results in blackouts headaches shakiness. Also freezing all the time. And of course the vapirelike pale skin and raccoon eyes. But I still want a baby before it's too late. But I'm glad to hear therres hope and life After surgery I'm frustrated however I'm stuck at a 150-160pound level and can't loose anymore. Can gain but not loose I try yoga zumba and gym even a trainer. Yesal I inconsistent due to exhaustion and illness levels. Any advice. Sweetfrost96 @yahoo

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    4. I feel the same as you do. I'm sick and tired all the time. I wake up feeling like throwing up and go to bed feeling the same way. I was much healthier before the bypass which was in 2007. Will it ever end?
      I guess it will when I'm six feet under.

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    5. Unfortunately, NO! I had surgery in 2003. I have iron infusions about every 6 months. I experience dizziness, light headedness and still throw up. But our weight loss Dr.'s leave all these parts out as they roll to the bank or retire. If I could turn back time I would never have had this surgery! Sure, I look better than I did but I sure don't feel it.

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    6. Hi my name is Christy I'm on my third year after my bypass my gastric bypass and I'm continuously losing weight I used to weigh 420 pounds now I'm down to 138 pounds and still losing food hurts my stomach really bad although I keep eating cuz I know I have to to live and my sugar levels are way way low I went from type 2 diabetes to hypoglycemic and now I really don't know what to do I'm tired all the time very fatigued I have no energy whatsoever I'm sick all the time I catch everything that comes along every flu every cold every illness I just don't know what to do anymore I read your tutorial and I do wish you luck I need to find a doctor that a listen to what I have to say because I feel like it's my last I just feel like I'm dying and I'm wasting away everybody who looks at me no longer tells me how great I look they tell me that I need to gain a few pounds I just I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired

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    7. They say I have to have a positive attitude. How when I am sick morning to night? I just found out that the surgeon that did my first surgery did not leave me with a pouch so my food backs up into my esophagus and that is what is making me constantly nauseated. It has also caused me to start choking.the food rises up far enough that it triggers my "cough center". Last night I had a very scary choking episode. I have been to all the bariatric surgeons around and they say they can't help me. I have been advised to go back to the original surgeon and I'm thinking why he is the one that messed up in the first place! So I called to make an appt with him and he told me he can't see me because my case is too complicated! Somehow in all this i have managed to put back on all the weight! Because of no pouch the food is sitting in my esophagus which has caused it to stretch and now it won't function (normally it squeezes food from top to into your small intestines). I just don't know what to do, I take 2 different anti nausea meds and they make me feel like a zombie. This surgery is my worst nightmare. I'm sorry that all I did was complain but I don't have much to be happy about anymore.

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  2. I'm wondering if I could do it but each time I saw success stories in losing weight I became more determined to do it it's only that I don't know how to start.I have heard something about a formula that will give you a gastric bypass effect but no surgery by Roca Labs, is it true?

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    1. I bought the Rica labs formula. It was horrible. I couldn't drink it nor could I get my $480 back. Good luck.

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    2. Dude go to the Cleveland clinic they do a great job it cured my diabetes I lost 245 pounds I miss pork and spaghetti but I am a live

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    3. Dude go to the Cleveland clinic they do a great job it cured my diabetes I lost 245 pounds I miss pork and spaghetti but I am a live

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  3. Amanda, THANK YOU for sharing your story!! I had gastic bypass in 2003 and EVERYTHING you just described happening has happened to me as well. I've had every procedure you explained above (plus a few others) and still continue with iron infusions, just not as frequent any longer. I'd love to swap and hear more. Tiffany Gray

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    1. Hi Tiffany! I would love to talk to you more about what I have been through and hear your story! Since I have been blogging, I have come across SO many people that share my story. Email me anytime: mandi4u@hotmail.com

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    2. i also have had gastic bypass 9 yrs this week! i have the severe anemia, shortness off breath,have been really sick with 2 pregnancies! tummy tuck cuz of infections on my skin,too much sugar, fried foods, milk? i really still havent pin pointed it! i know many that gained it back in a few yrs! idk how i still get sick almost daily! i dont regret it i just need more resourse on how 2 get healthy!

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    3. Hello, I also had gastric bypass 5-years ago and lost 125 lbs. but lately have started gaining some back and I am just scared to death to think I went through all I wen through and now I am gaining. I had an endo scope done last year and the dr said he has never seen such a small pouch this far out and that I needed to eat 6-small meals a day but I have problems eating 2 sm meals a day. I am thinking I might ask my doctor to check my iron level out I had low iron before having the surgery so really makes me think I might be feeling tired and other problems due to low iron. Thank you so much for sharing your stories.

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    4. I also am having the same problem as I have been three years out from a sleeve and I've been passing out, dizzy, extremely fatigued and just overall crappy feeling. Is there any hope? Had my surgery in Mexico and have been extremely happy with it all of my blood work comes back really good I just can't find a doctor in my area that will work with me since I had my surgery in Mexico

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  4. Thank god they found out you had ulcers, because they found mine after they ruptured, I almost didn't make it.

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    1. I ate chicken fettuchini alfredo today at work, and thought I did ok but the pasta started swelling and I ended up throwing up. There was blood in it bright red blood. I'm worried. I have been taking aleve and ibuprofen occasionally for pain but I know I shouldnt... is there anything I can take for pain? what should I do?

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    2. When did you have your surgery? You shouldn't be throwing up red. I only take Tylenol otherwise we can end up with ulcers and ect. I would call your surgeon. Hope everything is ok.

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  6. so are you pleased you had the bypass even after all your complications,i am just waiting for word when to go in for mine

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    1. I will be forever grateful for this procedure. It provided the help that I so desperately needed. I also attend Overeaters Anonymous meetings to provide support, and a continued reminder that I am a food addict, and any continuation of my recovery can only be achieved, ONE DAY AT A TIME. I am 12 years out and have been blessed with a weight loss of over 125 pounds.

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    2. I had my bypass in 2007.
      That was the beginning of a nightmare for me. Not a day goes by without some complication from the surgery. Malnourished, depressed, exhausted all the time. Now they want to do a revision. I almost died the first time around, im not sure i want to go through that again. If i only knew...

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    3. I had gastric by pass surgery, January 2012, I weighed 410 pounds after surgery i lost 110 ibs, then my legs started to swell, and became very red and painful. I was sent to a vein specialist and she told me that my veins were not bad , that I had Lymphedema in which my body does not get rid of fluids like it should, and builds up under the tissue of my skin which causes it to swell and become very pain ,this occurs in both my legs and right arm . I have had to have special compression wraps on my limbs to keep the swelling and pain down . I am on 3 narcotics and some days even the do not control my level of pain. I walk with crutches or I am in a wheel chair. I can no longer live alone. I too suffer from low iron and very low blood sugar,I am tired, dizzy and neasued on a daily basis. This is what I donot understand, while I and my support person were attending all the classes the made the surgery sound so postive, though at times they would say there are at times complications , though they had more of a sucess rate then side effects from having the surgery done . That I would be the tool they are giving us to make a great radical change in our lives. If only this was the case, what if this had been one of their family members . It is very scary to pass out from low blood sugar and not remember, then coming to and being very confused. Also my family is in a constant state of worry because they do not know what to expect next. Thanx for ALL the facts weight loss clinic. Sick everyday and so wish I wasn't. At times hopeful that one day I will feel better than I do now .

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    4. Wow Anonymous, I finally found someone livn
      ing in 2016...haha, all the blogs I find through google are so outdated. I had gastric bypass in June of 2014. I had a couple of problems after surgery, bleeding from the incisions, but, tht was taken care of. I didn't lose weight fast as most people do after the surgery, I had roughly 100lbs to lose. The doctors office questioned why I wasn't losing more, I couldn't answer that with anything except, I don't know,I'm surely not eating anything. They made me feel bad, so, I never went back. As of late, I'm getting nauseated when I try to eat and I can only eat 3 or 4 bites and have to stop, but, I'm not losing weight the way someone should eating so little. I have been extremely dizzy and cold. I'll get my GP to check my iron, etc next visit. Sorry to hear you're having so much trouble and hope you improve.

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    5. This surgery can be reversed....

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    6. Hello. I'm thinking about looking into a reversal. I had RNY gastric bypass in 2002. I have lost so much weight, though I was considered a light weight when I had the surgery. Am 5'1 and weighed 278. I still cannot eat much more than I did 2 months out. Literally, i can eat less than a 1/4 of a sandwich (2 pieces of bread with some sort of filling)...1/4 of that is all i can eat. I weigh between 98-102 lbs. I hate it. I look like a crack addict or anorexic. I try to eat often, like six "meals" a day (remember I can't eat much), I can't seem to gain any weight. I rarely get in 450-600 calories a day. I try to eat high calorie items, even stuff like having a milk shake everyday. Anyone here having the same problem of have heard of anyone with this issue? THOUGHTS please.

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    7. oh my god I never thought anyone else was suffering like me but Ihad severe complications 2wks out iI had leak and infection my stomach contents were spilling out into my bloodstream septic shock then 6 mths later I had a blood clot that went to my lung then 3 wks ago I had an ulcer that perforated my small intestine septic shock again now iit's been 12 yrs since my original surgery i was 25 and weighed 279 now my bariatric surgeon is retired and no where to be found iI'm also hypoglycemic and can't eat I'mscared iI'm going die like this

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    8. I had my surgery RNY in 2008. If I could turn back time.....I'd never have had that wretched. ...deliberating surgery. They don't tell you all the after effects of the surgery. I've had over 40 rounds of iron infusions.....I now have one every 3 weeks for life. Pancreatic problems......severe abdominal pain....bad blood...had 7 blood/iron transfusions to add to the list. Hair loss ( still) you name it.....I have it! Not to mention the strange and odd craving for wine. It seems to be the common denomination in post gastric bypass patients. I wonder if it's because it tastes like grape juice? It does for me. I have no calcium or Vit. D IN MY body.....I can't retain any iron storage. ..my platelet counts drop and my WBC RISES while my body is fueled up with IRON. Weird huh? Typical now for me. If anyone is considering this surgery.....do not.....it ruined my life and my health....I'd rather be fat and sane and overall happy and healthy.....than to look good and feel lousy and depressed everyday. Rethink your options....I beg of you....PLEASE! I'm 42....too young to have all these health issues....I'm 8 years post op. ....OH.....and to add insult to injury.....my biatric doctor had his license to practice pulled 3 years ago.....TO ENDANGERING patients lives and patient neglect and risk. I would complain of symptoms only for my doctor to ignore, dismiss, and one odd thing...I never got the sensation of hunger....my doctors comment.....don't complain...you're one of the lucky ones!! I originally wanted lap band...not gastric bypass...my doctor kind of bullied me into the RNY. ...stating....why not the RNY? I said...it's more risky...he replied what, you don't have an extra 20 minutes to spare? I have impeccable survival rate! So, I had it. Wished I looked more into it...it ruined my life.... and then he lost his license.....great doctor huh? WONDERFUL! !! Story of my life!

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    9. I also want to add....B12 deficiency. ...have to have mon they B12 injections. I can't keep iron storage despite infusions. I get these weird sneezing episodes after I eat....my eyes swell up, stuffy nose and violent 20 to 30 sneezes. ..last 10 minutes. Severe abdominal and lower back pain. Throw up bile after eating. And it feels like I have air pockets that travel in my chest cavity. Like ping pong air ....I call girggles. ..it's the strangest feeling and drives me nuts. I can't eat more than 4 bites of food. I get sick everytime I eat. ..with the exception of my hungry horror day of grace I call it....one day every 6 weeks or so...I can eat a full plate of food without any consequences. ....my happy day!! I can't eat meat...dairy...rice...bread or pasta. I basically live off dry foods like crackers...I can have cheese...ONLY dairy food I can eat. I can't eat fruit. My teeth went down hill due to malapsorbtion. ...uuggg...the list goes on :(

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    10. Thank you all for sharing your stories. Gives me a lot to think about regarding the surgery. I'm sorry you have suffered so much that you'd rather be morbidly obese again than thin with these complications. Wishing you all the best.

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    11. Hi Everyone,wow reading these posts I thought I was the only one.. I have next to nil vitamin levels, severely anemic, vomit every day..oh I had my surgery June2013 a day before my birthday. I had one iron fusion as it was barbaric a d will never have it again. Both arms were swolta d black and blue. They couldn't get the iv in I was in tears. I have the absorption problem as well, it having the fusioiis out of the question now. I have lost 140 pours d continue to lose as I. An barely eat, and what I do I throw up...sexy!
      Thank you for sharing your stories.

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    12. Boy am I glad that my concern about not eating anything nor drinking more than a mouthful of liquid, then the salivating starts and lasts for hours. I appreciate reading posts from just a few days ago and I am going to be making a doctor appointment to address some of the iron issues, not so good lab rrport. I am old, 67 and STILL have the Diabetes II I had before the bypass. I was diagnosed in 2014 with Parkinson's Disease. Fortunately, the symptoms are minimal (at this point, but I think constantly of the csvaet thst this is. of course, a progressive illness) I am attributing too many of the symptoms I do have to old age (tired and losing any vitality I had before retiring). I am not depressed, I am participating in life, I have picked up many skills after retirement, dropped those things and situations that were not adding to my life. Etc. I am just so glad I was feeling sick (still) and used the internet forum to seek answers. Guess the ball is in my court....no easier, softer way. The solutions are going to be looked at from a new perspective and with a much more mindful approach.

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    13. I'm so sorry to hear about the problems after RNY. My daughter had the procedure 2 years ago. She has lost a ton of weight but like others here, learned she does not absorb iron. They don't tell you that in the info sessions. She had 10 iron infusions and her hematologist said that she won't need another for awhile but she'll have to monitor that forever. The infusions made an enormous difference though. She has more energy, better color, and isn't cold all the time. She also has made a big change in her diet, attempting to eliminate all sugar and avoids all grains. She had leg swelling and the elimination of sugar and grains has worked wonders. I'm happy that this seems to have resolved her issues and hope this info is helpful. Take care and best wishes to all.

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    14. Hi all I had Roux en y surgery in 2009 totally ruined my life my bones are falling to bits.My abdo region is a mess.Severe anaemia I have had infusions with no problems.I don't absorb nutrients. I am suffering I could ho on. I am on twitter.

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    15. I had my gastric bypass in 2007. Almost died 4 weeks later, due to Doctor knowing I had Latex Allergies. He put the big feeding tube in my old stomach, it was there policy because they had been sued to many times with patients being dehydrated. So I agreed to it. I had a hard tube latex free, while the other group of patients had the soft rubber tube. Everyone in my group was up and walking that day, when I could hardley move. I was embarrassed. Well, after getting home, I told my husband, somethings wrong. So we went back to my doctor, that was 2 hours away. He looked me over, checked my staples, says I'm fine, gave me liquid pain medicine. I kept telling him, my stomach hurt where the huge tube was going into my old stomach. He just said, you will be fine. Not!!! Things got worse. The area around the tube started to smell, we went BACK to the doctor. Guess what he said? Your not cleaning well enough. Omg. So off to home again in sever pain. I made an appointment with my primary physician, he said, what???? He looked in the hole that was around my tube, it was rotting. He gave me local and cut out the NYLON STITCHES OFF THE TUBE, that held it in my stomach. NYLON STITCHES are get this, LATEX!!!!!! Really???? Are you kidding me? After IV antibiotics, and my primary doctor calling my gastric sergion, ripping him a new butt hole, my sergion called me in to come see him. He appoligized. Omg... Ugggggg. Then said I could get put under General anesthetic, and get the tube pulled out, as it had grown into my old stomach, because of the infection caused by the LATEX STITCHES. Has it done. 1 year later I had sever pain, went to get CT SCAN, emergency Herniated intestine surgery, caused by the doctor that just PULLED OUT THE TUBE. OMG... I remember being under, and all of a sudden sitting up on the table, and breathing heavy. Then it hit me, my body was feeling the pain from the tube being pulled out of me, but when I woke up, it was just a memory. Pure HELL.... Now 2016, and 30 iron infusions later, I can't eat without throwing up, I go 9 days no bowel movements. Had CT CONTRAST SCAN, now I have incurable gatroperisis. The surgery I had to save my life, is now a slow, suffering painful til death. Whomever is reading this, and thinking of having this surgery, please, I beg you, DONT DO IT. I might be 90 pounds less now, but I feel like death everyday. And being there lightweight as they called me in our group, at 5'7 and 255, I should probably have never been given the surgery. I suffer everyday. I can only eat mashed up foods. No meats, no pastas, no rice, no bread, no hard vegetables, I basically live off of crackers, pretzels, chips, and cottage cheese. Pure and utter hell. I pray there is a Buffett in HEAVEN...

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  7. Wow. When it rains it pours.

    I am so sorry to hear about all your struggles. Everyone has them, it's how we view them that makes our life liveable or not. I admire you for counting your blessings.

    Even though I lost my son Alexander, I try to remember that it could be worse. If he can't be with me, he's in the next best place.

    Looking forward to following all of your successes.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
    Finding Humour in Everyday Life
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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  8. I had the same surgery 5yrs ago and although i lost 150lbs it was the worst mistake of my life! I was in the hospital for 2 weeks after surgery because i was so sick, just like you.Since then i have been hospitalized for dehydration, malnutritian, low blood sugar (40), spinal meningitas, MRSA, anemia, and im not sure but it only happened after bypass surgery i have calcifying fibroma in my hand which required 2 surgeries. So as you can see i know exactly how you feel and i try to discourage anybody thinking about having this surgery!! The friend that motivated me to do it died 3yrs after hers, 1 yr after mine. R.I.P. Susie Castrida.....c.garrett

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    1. Sorry about your friend what happened

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  9. I am currently going through the same scenario as you. I had the gastric bypass surgery in Feb 2010. My iron level has been 4 since Jan 2013. i have been exhausted and always cold as well. I tried doing additional iron supplements for a few weeks, but the pills irritated my stomach. So....back to the dr I went to request iron infusions. I just finished my first 'round' last week. Mine was 5 iv infusions over a 2 week period. My question/issue is, I feel the same as before i had them. Actually, now I feel even more drained. How long before I will notice a difference? I go back in 3 wks to have my levels redrawn and to see if they are up high enough, or if I need to go through another series of 5 more infusions.

    I agree, it is discouraging to know that this will now be my 'norm'.......... but in my case - the gastric bypass surgery positives far exceeded this one negative! I lost 1/2 of myself - from 260, now down to 123lbs. My cholosterol levels are awesome, my blood pressure is awesome, no more nexium for reflux, no more bp meds, and I can actually play with my kids without getting winded!

    Thank you for sharing your story, and I hope that my story will help someone else as well !!

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    1. I agree with you...I had the surgery 14 years ago. I lost 150 pounds and over the last couple years have gained back about 30. This weight gain is due to my own eating habits and lack of physical activity. I also suffer from iron deficient anemia and require iron infusions every 6 months or so. In saying all this, these are side affects that were all possibilities that I knew may happen to me. Think back everyone...when you got the OK for surgery...that was the beginning of your new life. We have to take responsibility for our health where and when we can. Eating right...exercising...vitamins...please don't get me wrong...my heart goes out to those that have had surgical complications...some things we can not control. I guess I'm still grateful that I was able to even get the surgery 14 years ago. Even with the hair loss..vitamin deficiency..iron infusions..it still was worth it..those were things I was willing to be ok with if they happened to me. I pray you all have good health...

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  10. Jocie101- I had gastric bypass surgery in 1979. I also suffered the vomiting afterwards and thought it would never quit. I have been anemic long before the bypass and since have had IV Iron. Now they say I have a mass in my stomach which can't be reached by EGD or Colonoscopy, I feel it is the scar tissue from the bypass but they have set me up for surgery. I really don't want surgery but what are others comments on this and has anyone been in this situation?

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  11. It will be a year in September since my bypass surgery, and I must say....God has been good to me. I have had no problems at all. When I hear about others who have had complications since having the same type surgery, I actually feel guilty, but I know to keep them and you in my prayers. God bless you my friend, and thanks for letting me know that my stomach can stretch back to a larger size. Keep up the good work and remember....I am praying for you! 'Shell

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    1. I am 14 years out from gastric bypass and have also done well. I think everyone is so different and have such a different mind set. One thing we should never forget is that "the surgery is only a tool." I know several people who had great results but just kept easing back into the "old" life style. Good luck to those who have been sick and to those whom have stuck with it!

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    2. tired of being tiredJune 4, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      Iam almost four years out. I to read the horror stories at a yr and felt much the same as you. My mom and aunt had the surgery to and I felt bad that I felt great and they suffered. I now am having issues started small and just a little here and there tired crampy then each time got a little longer I kept putting off the Dr visits or would just pop in to my pcp. Over the last two weeks I've been so tired and crappy feeling I finally went back to where I had my surgery they did emergency egd that came back with thank god no ulcer but some polps in my stomach so they sent that off for biopsy. So iam back home still feeling lethargic and now my throat really hurts. I have do more labs and see what comes of it. Just enjoy the time you feel great and take of yourself

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  12. jenniferbengali@ymail.comJuly 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    My sister had gastric bypass surgery 6-7 years ago. She lost the weight but since year 3, she has had nothing but health problems, from recurring bladder infections to low iron, low sodium, to constant nausea, ulcers on her esophogas, and lupus. What I don't understand is, once you have the surgery and develop these complications, why not have the by-pass reversed?

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    1. My sister had a gastric bypass 3 years ago and she has lost 6 stone but she has had so many complications she has had a endoscopy 6 times this last 2 years as she has reacurring ulcers she was back at the hospital last week for another endoscopy and was told by the doctor the ulcers have gone but were they did the bypass this has coroded and to phone her doctor in a weeks time for antibotics. W hy couldnt they give them to her her stomach is that swollen she looks 9 months preganant. She has recently been told she has hypo gycimia and has been told to take sugary tablets of which she has put weight on. I am now in the process of writing a complaint letter to the head of surgery as i think there is a underlying problem some where and even her own doctors arnt doing anything . So wish me luck Her life was suppose to improve for the better having this done it hasnt she is in pain popping tablets every day

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  13. Hi Amanda!!! I am doing on A paper on Gastric bypass vs dieting... i wasn’t to sure which one i was for, but after i was doing my research and read your story my decision became very clear... And i just wanted to say thank you for sharing your story, it has helped me enormously! Take care!!

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    1. Dont base that from one persons story. Ive been dieting for 30+ years. My kids are growing up.. im missing out on life... my weight is killing me. While I worry about complications of surgery, I also know I worry about things continuing on the path ive been on and wonder if ill even make it to 50. Im 98% sure im ready for my last resort in my battle- surgery.

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    2. Don't be naive. I had the malabsortion gastric bypass. Its been 2 years and 180 lbs. I'm more unhealthy now than I was at 325 lbs.!!! Id give anything to take back the choice of surgery. I used to feel like a ghost just watching people live around me. Surgery is not much different than dieting. It takes work and DIETING to not gain your weight back. So now I'm still heavy, malnourished, infertile, lost my teeth and hair, constantly sick, more tired than ever, increased estrogen caused severe suicidal thoughts and deppression, have painful ulcers abd a hernia and still dieting. Even worse is I have 2 kids and my chances for a longer life are gone. I had a better chance to live longer even w/ an enlarged heart and severly obese. Before surgery.I thought like you, I wouldve given anything to lose weight. God, I had no idea, I heard other stories like mine and thought "that won't happen to me, I'll be careful and do everything right." Lol. What a joke, I'm more dead now than ever. I cry myself to sleep every night REGRETING my surgery. Worst part is no one can see your malnutrition and how crappy you feel. People are like you must feel great losing all that weight. I just want to smack them!!! Worst mistake of my life!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. tired of being tiredJune 4, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      Yes so not worth it. If only we could see the future. It may be great for some that have no other option and are at deaths door this that do not have a ridiculous amount of actual serious health problems its all about the portions.

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  14. I had my gastric bypass back in 2007,Everything has been great only my iron and also getting the Infusions is a pain BUT EVERYTHING GOOD surpasses the only bad thing... I lost almost 1/2 of my weight I was 250 pounds now I am at 140..and felling happier than ever..no more HBP meds,no more gerd,no more astma, no more pills other than vitamins and iron.... no more Huge clothes for me... Thank God for my surgery and I will recommend it to anyone who wants a better life!!

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    1. Nice to read some positive comments for a change. I understand that there are complications and risks associated with the surgery....people who do their research beforehand should know all this, and ask the doctor lots of questions before going ahead with surgery, and if in doubt DON'T DO IT. I don't understand why people have to whinge about their bad experiences what could have happened BEFORE they had it done.

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    2. tired of being tiredJune 4, 2015 at 4:46 PM

      I thought over the surgery for over a year. Read countless articles spoke to family members saw two different Dr in the same field. You get alot of information alot and it's very helpful. But you don't think to ask about the years later and they don't mention much about it. If you take your vitamins then your good sooo not the case.

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    3. Here comes another positive post ��. I also had my surgery 9/17/07. I achieved my 100lbs. Loss and am doing great. I use the tool as it was instructed. Sure I have slipped and had to much sugar or carbs and experienced the loveliness of dumping syndrome. However I know this was by choice and that I should not have deviated. Deviation will cause those of us that took this route to slip right back to the way of life that caused us to turn to surgery in the first place.
      I am sad for anyone that has indured complications but so happy you are still here and that you achieved what you choose to accomplish. Way to go.
      Positive attitude brings positive results no matter if the size of the mountain we climb.

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  15. I had surgery two years ago and have been doing well. Lost 110 pounds and feel pretty good. My iron levels are also off and may need to do intrav. iron also. However, I must say I have been very fortunate and had no real complications..except the iron issue. I am glad I had the surgery and would do it again. It has totally changed my life. Best of luck to everyone in their struggles.
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  16. Oh my am I crying. I had my gastric bypass three years ago. Six months after they found my ulcer. The same doctor who did my surgery found the ulcer gave me a script for prilosec and didn't suggest any follow up. I went to my pcp once a year to have everything checked. All blood levels came back normal I was on no vitamins or anything. On July 29 I woke up having severe chest pains. Immediately called 911 found out I had a perforated viscus and ulcer that had torn through my stomach and small intestine in two places. Within four hours of waking up I had been at two hospitals, icu and on my way to surgery. I quit smoking the day I went in the hospital but here I am again, liquid protein diet losing weight like crazy again. To find out on top of everything the surgeon who originally did my surgery skipped town and my original bypass was a chop job. I don't recommend this surgery to anyone. I'm so scared that I'm going to continue to have problems. I almost died two weeks ago, I can't even describe the pain I was in. It's not worth it. I lost a good amount of weight after the surgery didn't gain any back. I wish the government would look into this surgery further and make better recommendations on who can and can't have it. I was obese almost 300 pounds but I wish I would of been denied.

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    1. When I had my gastric bypass I was put on a vitamin program just for patients of the surgery and had follow-up lab tests every month the first year. I was put on a ulcer medication at my first appointment after surgery. I received clear information about the surgery, what to expect before and after the surgery. I would have the surgery done again. It's not easy, but weight loss is not easy. Gastric bypass is just one more tool in losing weight.

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    2. Hi. All. I've had these same experiences like everyone. My bypass surgery was July 2003. I lost 104 pounds and got a down to 142. My smallest! I now weigh 194 and have gained more lately. I cannot seem to lose and I stay constipated. Any ideas. I have joined weight watchers but I need to talk to others who have experiences like mine.

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    3. My sister had by-pass surgery in 1998. she then was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, (not the surgeries fault. My sister has had (nausea, heartburn, low iron and many of the other "feelings". But Jaquie, my reply is mostly for you. A few months ago she was doubled over in agonizing pain. She couldn't get out of bed, only to attempt to make her bowels move. She had no success. She was constipated for (2) two weeks. On her fourth trip to the ER they finally did an MRI and X-rays. The doctors words were exactly, " She's literally full of shit". The moaning, groaning and crying continued for two more days. After a weight loss stand still of approximately 15 years she finally lost about 35 more lbs. She is now skinnier than me. which makes it that much easier to push her aside!

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  17. I am crying too...I sit hear, 41 lbs up in 6 months...all happens overnight so we know it is water retention. Have been to 5 docs of various specialties, including a kidney doc and no one knows why I am uncontrollably gaining water weight. I work out 6-7 hours a week and eat very healthy...can not even get enough sodium to be able to "eat low sodium" diet. I had RNY 10 years ago and was in hosp 3 weeks with a leak and complications with feed tube. I then had wound healing issues as I had to heal from the inside out with no stitches...it was 4 months before I could lay flat in my own bed. I had iron issues prior to surgery but this was not shared with me until after having surgery...thanks mom! I still am anemic and can not seem to get my iron to stay up. I have Hashimoto's and PCOS with insulin resistance. (which is probably why I needed surgery to begin with) I had ballooned to 373 lbs and was able to lose 190 until the water weight. I don't regret the surgery cuz it was my "12 step" program for my food addiction. However, I didn't come this far to reverse all my issues both inside and out to gain uncontrollably...diuretics don't even work. So, I am hoping the water gain will stop...no answers from anyone and going in today to have my hear checked for possible water retention there. May have to have IV iron here soon...PCP told me yesterday while saying he just doesn't know what is going on except I had that "horrible" surgery and I will never be the same. Tears!! I just wanted to reverse my bad choices and gain my life back for me and my family...

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  18. My name is Cendy, I am 40, and 10 years ago (almost 11 now), I had gastric bypass. I now would rather eat ice all day than anything else. I an freezing all the time! I am so tired that I have started to neglect myself and my family, I have trouble staying awake to even drive home. I feel like I am just letting life pass me by.

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    1. Cendy, eating ice all day is one of the signs of low red blood count - anemia. Along with the fatique, you probably should have a blood test.

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    2. Holey moley you are my moms twin!!! Weird to read something when you think that it's just my mom so sick with everything and other people are too because of such a "breakthrough life saving surgery " guess she isn't such a weirdo for eating so much ice all day ha ha. Seriously my mom is so sick with so much wrong with her. She is in so much pain every day my grandma cries when she sees her. Mom says her doctors got their licenses out of crackerjack boxes.

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    3. Ice plus tired is an iron deficency. I was so low on iron storage late in my second pregnancy I literally would wake up put half my clothes on and need a nap.I was see through pale. Received an iron infusion and I watched as my skin turned tan and felt better very quickly. Go get your blood tested and start living again.

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  19. Wow, we are the same with iron deficiencies. I just went to my pcp, and my iron level is a 9. But he wants it higher. They gave me iron pills but one of the side effects is diarrhea, which is crucial because I have celiac disease. I have bad eczema. I am anemic. I weighed 415lbs, had gastric bypass in 4/27/01, went down to 252lbs and nothing less. Over the past 12yrs, I had my gallbladder removed, 2 hernia repairs, 2 c-sections, and bowel obsruction surgery. I gained weight to 289lbs. Thinking if having the micropouch gastric bypass surgery, which will help with losing the rest of my weight and eliminate most of my ailments; knee and ankle joint pains, heel spurs, arthritis

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  20. I want to thank Amanda and everyone who shared their stories, it is very helpful. I have two friends who had the bypass surgery about 10 years. They had very similar problems that you have shared. One thing I have not heard through the postings, is the problem with alcohol that they both have. I have read many articles on the subject of bypass surgery - Here is a quote from (CBS/AP) Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery, the most common type of obesity surgery, may increase their odds of becoming an alcoholic, according to a new study.
    The study found that patients who underwent the procedure - which shrinks the stomach's size and attaches it to a lower portion of the intestines to limit food and calorie intake - doubled their risk for excessive drinking compared with those who had less drastic weight-loss surgeries.
    Researchers believe gastric bypass surgery also changes how the body digests and metabolizes alcohol; some people who've had the surgery say they feel alcohol's effects much more quickly after drinking less, compared to before the procedure. The study suggests that may cause problem drinking. Here is quote from a mother - The Mayo Clinic has more on gastric bypass surgery.
    Horrible effects of this surgery Posted by Carol on 12 Jul 2013 at 1:22 am I just lost my oldest daughter to alcoholism who was only 40 years old. She had gastric bypass surgery. She had the surgery 9 yrs ago. She showed signs about 2 years afterwards of drinking more and when confronted she would hide it. She was in and out of the hospital for the last 5 yrs for complications due to the surgery. Her liver was completely destroyed. I know this was caused by her bypass. I will now be a person who will speak out about the horrible effects of this surgery. I would really appreciated any input anyone can share about problems with drinking. My friend was put into intensive care last week and has been there 6 days she has Pancreatitis, colitis, blocked bowel, urinary track infection, MRSA, low calcium, potassium, and magnesium.


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    1. I had my gastric bypass surgery in 2007 and to date I have had zero problems at all not sure if Im a lucky one or have done everything as far as vitamins and avoid
      foods that we should not eat doctor also put me on purple pill one month out and I also have not gained any weight I have lost which is 145 pounds. Sorry so many people have had a bad side effects my labs have always been normal and alot of the doctors are always shocked but Ibdo not regret ever having it done.

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    2. I attend Alcoholic's Anonymous and Overeater's Anonymous 12 step meetings. They have made it possible to not drink and nor over eat (after bypass surgery) ONE DAY AT A TIME for quite sometime now. You might want to attend some meetings in your area. The people are very nice, honest and have found solutions for long term abstinence and sobriety. Hope this helps. You are not alone

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    3. ...doubt the surgery caused her alcoholism.... she most likely just "swapped" her food addiction for another addiction (alcohol).

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      I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your daughter. The terrible things that happen after the gastric bypass surgery should be fully disclosed and I know that they were NOT. My sons father passed away 11-24-13 because of cirrhosis of the liver due to the transfer addiction after gastric bypass. NO ONE and I mean NO ONE should have to endure what my family and I had to go through all because the Dr. and his staff failed to inform us of this terrible side effect. I wish there was some way or some how I can get the word out so another family will not feel the pain of this. I feel this is negligence in the highest regard and that Dr. should be held accountable. Any thoughts?

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    5. Oh I had mine in 2007 as well. 2010 went to rehab for alcoholism. Switched from food to wine. Just went to the Dr today for a lot of things that may be related to deficincies. Will find out tomorrow. I wish they would really pound into folks about the addiction issues. They just told me moderation.

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    6. I had the original bypass in 1975. I was 350 lbs and now at 70 yrs. Old I weigh 145 lbs. My only problem no after 40 yrs. They think my liver is fatty possibly cause my Ephesus to now have swallowing problems.For 40 years nothing major now this also I have not had an alcoholic drink in over 30 years. Any suggestions?

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    7. thank you for sharing , I am very sorry that you suffered the loss of your daughter due to this surgery , I am 53yrs old and a gastric bypass patient 10 yrs post op . At this point in my life I have become a daily all day drinker , It has been a struggle for me to get solber I have been trying for three yrs . I have just returned to a twelve step program, although I know this is what I need to do I think about the booze all the time. this was not the case before surgery . I had a intestinal blockage 3 yrs out and I suffer with anemia and cant get a dr. in this area to give intravenous iron . because the drinking relaxes the stoma I have regained 50 lbs . and am experiencing a great deal of stomach pain after meals ... hoping things will get better now that I am back in the 12 step program .again thank you for sharing your story I will use it as a reminder that this could very possibly be my path in life if don't fight this with all my might ..

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    8. Can't believe I came across these postings this morning! I'm hearing my story over and over. I am 59 and had gastric bypass surgery in 2005. Horribly nauseous weeks after surgery, had ulcer. Once off Nexium had a fairly easy time of losing 100 lbs. After attending a wedding reception and enjoying just one glass of champagne with no ill effect thought I had it made. Now 10 years later I drink daily, wine mostly, 2 bottles after work is my usual. On the weekend I start with Vodka & OJ, hey it's orange juice, thinking I can handle it pretty well, while my house, finances, and personal relationships suffer. The buzz of one drink has gotten harder to accomplish so I am always shocked the next morning to how much I actually drank the night before. I have no ill effects of a "hangover" guess it does leave my system quickly. Showed low iron at last physical, thinning hair, dry/pale skin, black eyes, fatigue, always cold. Every morning I swear off alcohol, 2:00 I'm surveying my alcohol supply at home in my mind. I may have drank one alcoholic drink once or twice a month before surgery, truthfully it wasn't a problem when seeing psychologist pre-op. Trying to overcome stigma of an A A meeting...

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  21. thanks everyone for sharing I had gastric bypass 4 weeks ago im sick all the time I cant even drink water I get sick im always at the Dr. I just dont know what to do

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    1. I had the surgery 2 years ago and I had the same problem for about 3 months after the surgery. I lost close to 60 pounds in those three months. Drinking protein shakes was the only thing that helped. Small sips constantly and couldn't get water to stay down but tea would stay down. Was hospitalized 3 weeks after the surgery due to internal bleeding from taking Coumadin . Our bodies absorb meds differently and we need more frequent testing. It will get better.

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  22. I had this surgery over 30 years ago. I weighed 252 pounds. I lost 100 . Over the next 20 years I regained 40 pounds. I went to Weight Watchers and lost back down to 150. Over the last few years I have continued to lose weight periodically and presently weigh about 125. I have had the dumping syndrome the entire time. Ocassionally I have to take iron tablets. I do have slight osteoporiasis but I think that has a lot to do with my age. I will be 70 years old this month

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  23. I had byepass surgery in 2005 and lost 140 pounds but my life fell apart from that moment. I did not realise the psychological effects that I would suffer would be so extreme. My surgeon offered no useful help or aftercare was only interested in collecting his £50 fee for 10 minutes consultation. Although losing the weight was great the side effects since have been same as others on here have commented on. The anaemia the shortness of breathe the eyesight problems the sicknes the sneezing if I try to eat too much, would I do it again ??? Not sure have to really think about that .

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    1. You sneeze too? Thought I was the only one! Just that one extra bite and I go off, and it's not a lady like ahh choo....

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    2. I sneeze too......all the time...I forgot to add this weird occurrence to my rant I just posted....2 years ago....without prejudice. ...I will start sneezing!!! Like an allergy....eyes full up....nose gets congested and I sneeze about 10 to 30 sneezes for 10 minutes. Than BAM! return back to normal. I'm so glad ( yet sad too) that someone else has this strange symptom..... any ideas why? I have done research....and low levels of zinc....can turn your body into pure histamine. ...next week...I'm having my zinc amongst other blood draws.....but I made my hemotologist add zinc test to my normal CBC.

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  24. My partner had her gastric bypass at 17. She is now 22. She has been sick since the surgery. Her surgeon stopped seeing her once she lost insurance coverage at 18. She is malnourished, unable to stop loosing weight, has had multiple EGDs, additional surgeries, ulcers, GI bleeds, anemia, adhesions that caused her intestines to twist, strictures, constant pain, nausea and vomiting. Slowly watching her die is horrible. Whoever decides to have this surgery, make sure its your last ditch effort to try and be healthy.

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  25. I am so glad I came across your story. I realized this year that I am 10 years post gastric surgery. Although you look much thinner and had better results than I did -- I also needed to stay living longer and really needed the surgery. I am still glad I did it because I have not had diabetes since the day after my surgery. However, since I have not had really great consistent health care providers I have had to struggle with many of the same problems. First was the vomiting. Even now 10 years later I can still vomit if I am not careful, the dr's never gave me a good reason -- just that I can't tolerate certain types of foods, etc. I had chronic iron issues and did have the Ablation, which helped alot. My Iron level was the same as yours, in fact on two occasions I was in a teaching hospital and they made the person re-run the tests because they didn't think someone of my size could possibly have Iron that low. The hematologist would not do the Iron infusion at first when my Iron levels were crashing, 7, 6, 5, etc. Finally at four I found an unrelated gynecologist and due to my heavy monthly cycles begged for the Ablation or a Hysterectomy. Now at 10 years post I am hovering at 218 lbs - highest weight was 297; but am starting to get reflux but dread trying to find a dr. to even discuss this. The whole thing was a journey. I can't say I wouldn't do it again. Part of the issue is that we know so much more now than we did 10 years ago. I know I would do it smarter.

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    1. Its been 10yrs this year since my weight loss surgery and I have had problems and almost died 2x, but over all I'm glad I did it.

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  26. I had gastric bypass 9 years ago in June. Things have gone very well other thanksgiving anemia. I am going for a blood transfusion today due to severe anemia. I just found your sight and all of this makes me wonder if this is a result of my gastric bypass or something other underlying problem. Hopefully I will find some answers soon.

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  28. I had gastric bypass 9 years ago in June. Things have gone very well other thanksgiving anemia. I am going for a blood transfusion today due to severe anemia. I just found your sight and all of this makes me wonder if this is a result of my gastric bypass or something other underlying problem. Hopefully I will find some answers soon.

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  29. I had gastric bypass 9 years ago in June. Things have gone very well other thanksgiving anemia. I am going for a blood transfusion today due to severe anemia. I just found your sight and all of this makes me wonder if this is a result of my gastric bypass or something other underlying problem. Hopefully I will find some answers soon.

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  30. I had gastric bypass 8 years ago and would not recommend it to anyone. If you are overweight exercise and eat smaller meals. I have had 7 endoscopy procedures to correct stritchers. I had to have my gallbladder removed shortly after the surgery . I still have nausea and vomiting ,diarrhea . I stay sick all the time I guess to my immune system . If you are considering the procedure please get all the facts good or bad before you proceed. It takes a lot out of your whole body and especially your mental state. The Pysco test that is done before the surgery doesn't prepare you for all the problems afterwards.

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  31. I am scheduled for surgery next month May 2014 and I have already started my eating habits, work out and about to start to go to support groups. I have a few family and friends who have had the surgery and all take thier vitamins, eat healthier and exercise and they are very healthy and happy. I'm sorry the young lady suffered so many problems. Hopefully she gets better. I'm looking forward to being healthy. Diabetes, sleep apnea and terrible back pain should all subside.

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  32. Thanks to all for the stories. Very enlightening. I had RNY 12 years ago and have had no real complications. Lost 130 pounds (half my body weight) while pretty much eating everything just a lot less of it. Lately I've been having a dull ache under the lower part of my left rib and have no idea what it is. Spleen? Pancreas? Def not gas (got plenty of that and this is not gas). Has anyone also had this pain? If so what is it?

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    1. I had my bypass 2007, regained a lot of weight. I too have pain under my upper left side, it is horrible! I've had this pain for about 2yrs now and every doctor I've seen has no clue. I've had many x rays, MRI's,endoscopes, colon too. I have had just about every possible test there is and still no idea. The last gasto doc told me more than likely it is related to my gastric bypass but they don't see anything to help me. The doctor told me I need to look into going on disability as even sitting has me in great pain. I'm 54yrs old with a good job and the last thing I want is disability. They all look at me like I'm nuts when I say I'd rather be dead than to live the rest of my life in this awful pain. I don't know what to do, Kaiser has given up on me. The doctor told me getting a revision might help but Kaiser will turn me down unless they can actually see the problem. I wish I never had the bypass.

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    2. Have you guys been checked for ulcers. That is what my symptoms have been with recurring ulcers. If you are stil reading this since it is now November you might want to look in to this.

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    3. sounds like its in the liver gall bladder area.

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    4. Hey I read your story it was great just to know some of the things it's happening to me I just had an Iron Infusion Fusion for the first time I am still I started feeling better now I'm back to being sick one month later throwing up staying tired I just called the doctor today to see what my levels were this round of course I have not received a call yet mine has been almost 15 years I am terrified I'm supposed to go under May 12th they're going to take the lights down take a look in my stomach and the other end also which really worries me if they know hope they know what they're doing when they take the lights down last time it was done it was done by my specialist that I had also done my surgery which of course my luck he is retired now he also saved my life five years after the surgery I had a bowel obstruction almost died doctors kept telling me I was just wanted pain medicine that was not so at all it was awful almost 3 months into being sick everyday they found out my a specialist that it did my surgery said get to the hospital you're going in for emergency surgery is bowel obstruction sure enough it was but now that appointing you not know what to do either staying in bed sleeping a lot staying sick I make tutus for a lady at lady her daughter's in pageants cause she has to tell me why I had a time to give me time to make it at my own pace for my sickness so I'm glad to hear other stories but I'm not alone but it does get her into being sick all the time I'm talking about my sugar bottoms out for no reason so I never know if I'm in the car and maybe feeling good one minute can check my sugar to be 40 I have to carry bananas and peanut butter with me at all times horse in the summer the name of kid looking bad in the car with the heat if you're out for any length of time so anyway again I'm glad to hear other people's story but I am no one

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  33. I had bypass in November 2009. I am scheduled for my second iron infusion next week. Although I have had great (some say too much) success with weight loss, my health has suffered significantly. Since my surgery, I have been hospitalized for dehydration 9 times, malnutrition 4 times, anorexia 4 times, emergency small bowell obstruction surgery, lived off TPN through a PICC line 3 times...see the patern? Again, I did say I was successful with my weight loss, however, I am at risk for losing my life at this point. As I sit here and type this post, I know there will be readers who say it's something I'm not doing or I'm going to extremes to keep the weight off, however, that couldn't be further from the truth! My surgeon says out of the thousands of surgeries that he has done, I am one of 5 that he has seen this happen to. Go figure??? Still to this day, I can not eat a full meal...even a kids meal, as my surgeon says I should be able to. Anyways, I will stop here for now, but please, reasearch this procedure if you are thinking about having it done, AND if you have already had it done, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Nobody knows your body like you!

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    1. Oh, How I totally understand. I posted for the first time today. I, too, have several times wondered if I can even live through this. I went from Really Fat and Mostly Happy to a skeleton of depression. Dr after Dr. Dehydration after dehydration. My albumin levels were too low to get admitted to a hospital because of my low immune system. My dr said "if you get the flu, you will die". Not the words you want to hear...EVER. I was unable to get TPN with a PICC line because of any chance of infection. I feel like this is a never ending cycle. I have been strong for years. (I have severe Intercostal Neuralgia, rib pain from an old injury). Doctors kept telling me to lose weight and it would go away. I tried everything. Then I decided on the bypass. And here I sit , with a Fentanyl patch on my ribs. At least they can't blame the fat anymore.

      When you are having your worst days...like I do. Just remember your Survival Rate of Worst Days is at 100% !

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  34. I am 15 years out from having gastric bypass. I too had some complications. Developed incisional hernias. Surgery to fix was almost as painful as bypass. Most of my other complications were caused by me not doing what I was supposed to do. Exercise, vitamin sup, healthy diet, etc. the comments earlier about alcohol addiction, is just that. Addiction. Many of us have addictions, when food isn't available, maybe we turn to other things like shopping, drinking,etc.
    When people who have struggled with excessive weight most of their life suddenly lose weight, they gain social confidence. They go out more, socialize in establishments that serve alcohol. Alcoholism didn't suddenly become a bypass consequence. Alcoholism is an addiction, and sadly, the more exposure to social drinking, the risk of alcoholism increases. Some people are more likely to get addicted than others. Bypass patients also have to be careful the rest of their lives of abusing not only alcohol, but food too. :).
    I'm 62 and have gained about 25-30 lbs in the past 15 years, but it's been a great ride. I would do it again if given the choice. The bypass aftermath has not been an easy road, but carrying around an extra 100 pounds would of had its complications too.

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  35. I had RNY Gastric Bypass in May 2011. I was 288 before the pre-op diet. Right now I weigh 98 lbs. It was the worst mistake I have ever made. I only wanted to weigh about 150 lbs of total hotness. But instead I have had a bowel obstruction 2 days after surgery that nearly killed me. I quit taking my vitamins...why? I was just throwing everything back up. I continue to stay nauseous on a daily basis. I am STILL on the liquid/soft food diet. I have had seizures, fainting spells, and the "this could only happen to me" syndrome since. I have been on pain meds, and docs still don't know what the malabsorption problems we have. Have you ever been looked at like you were asking for drugs? Not a good feeling. I don't recommend that feeling to anyone. OH, and the pain level charts. "On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst pain you have ever felt, where are you today?" REALLY? My worst pain ever felt and my child's worst pain ever felt is more than a scale of 10 can measure. I am ALWAYS at an 8. I have had 4 ulcers. I take my ulcer meds as prescribed. But they keep coming back! I bet I have had 20 endoscopies in the last 2 years. I have had my esophagus stretched. NO HELP. So, since the Gastro doc couldn't find a reason for the vomiting....he actually asked me if I had an eating disorder. I calmly explained to him the amount of money, time, and drs I have invested in to find an answer. I don't believe I would do that if I had an eating disorder. GEEEEZ! Feel like I have lost all of my strength. When I was fat, I could move the living room furniture around in 10 minutes to redecorate. Now, I can barely open a car door. WTH? 98 lbs is not your average result .....but it COULD BE. I wish this on no one. What is next? I will see another surgeon to operate on my ulcer. YIKES. I have lost friends because....basically I am not social. I feel guilty for being sick. And I hurt for the pain my family is going through because of me.

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  36. I am so sorry for all of you who are having complications. I have also had a few complications from my RNY in Jan. 2007, but I have kept off 140 lbs. and was finally able to get pregnant and have twins because of the surgery. I went off blood pressure medication, no more sleep apnea, and I can walk up the stairs again. It was and is a hard road, but I am so glad I did it. The key is to take the vitamins everyday and take them correctly. I take a slow Fe everyday with a chewable vit. C (vit. C helps the absorption of iron), but not within 2 hours of my citracal pills because calcium blocks the absorption of iron. On top of that, I take 3 citracal petites twice a day, and two chewable centrum twice a day. I also take one sublingual B-12 daily along with a cod liver oil capsule (for extra vit. A & D). I was so lucky to have one of the best surgeons in the country. I wish you all the best.

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  37. I'm glad to have found this site. I just lost my sister to weight loss surgery 4 days ago, two days before her 46th birthday. When she went in she weighed about 315 and then the weight was coming off and the last time I talked to her she was down to about 244. She had the surgery at the end of January of this year and was having quite a bit of pain, more than I knew until my mom read her journal to me about how she feared she was going to die because she was in so much pain. She was put in the hospital June 4, 2014 because she kept throwing up and couldn't keep anything down so the doctors were going to put her on a feeding tube but when they went in they found out that her liver was bleeding and they couldn't stop the bleeding. While in surgery her heart stopped beating and the doctors worked on her for 30 min until they got it back. They put her in an induced medical coma so that her body would heal. Her kidneys completely stopped working and she was put on dialysis. On June 24th the heart went out again, they worked on her for two hours to no avail. My big sister was gone. She lived in New York, but most of the family is in Cali so her husband was going to bring her body here for the funeral, but so much damage was done that she will have to be cremated. My heart aches for her. To all those who have gotten the surgery and it has worked well for you, I am very happy for you and pray that you continue to have good health. For those who are suffering I pray you can find something that works for you and you will not have to live a life of pain and for those who are looking to get the surgery please do your research very well, make sure your body is well enough to handle it and make you only go to the best of best doctor. I had thought of having the surgery too, just this year as my sister was beginning to lose weight and me being 5'3 238 lbs am not at the most healthiest weight, but I've decided to try again to do it without surgery even if it means going back into therapy which I'll probably do. I don't want to put my family into any more pain.

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    1. I am so sorry to hear about your sisters death, my sincere condolences.

      Did the doctors ever say why they think her liver had been bleeding in the first place? There was no sign of her having any internal bleeding such as blood in the stool?

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  38. I had my gastric bypass surgery 12 years ago. Over the last few months I have suffered with severe anemia. My iron count was so low, I was scheduled to have the Iron Infusion (IV), but my insurance company Anthem BlueCross/BlueShield will not cover the procedure. They say because of the gastric bypass surgery, the anemia is a "pre-existing condition" and will not cover it. They will not cover blood transfusions either. What the heck and I paying for every month?!?! This has ruined any hope I had for a better life. I am so tired all the time I cannot do anything around the house. A short trip to the store drains me to the point I need to lay down and rest. I will file an appeal with Anthem, but do not hope for much. They were so rude and disrespectful... I was shocked at their lack of good customer service. I don't know how I'm going to live like this.

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    1. It's against the law now to refuse treatment to you for a "pre-existing condition." Check out the Affordable Care Act rules and report them!!

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  39. I had my gastric bypass april 2010. I was unable to hold anything down. Even the protien shakes from my doctor. Was losing weight fast but was hospitalized 4 times for dehydration 2 tomes for malnourishment. Month after surgery i Found Herbalife shakes.
    I was able to drink 1 shake a day and finally hold it down. Crushed my vitamins and put it in my shakes. Started doing better. Lost 80 lbs. Then changed my herbalife plan up and lost an additional 44 lbs. Was drinking 3 shakes a day, and two small meals.
    2013 I was unable to afford the vitamins and shakes.
    My health has deteriorated since. But in the last 6 months my life has bottomed out. I am only 43 but feel like im dying. I justhad my second iron infusion yesterday. I have an elevated prolactin level, I am unable to rremember things and events or dr. Appointments. I am back up to 214 lbs in last 4 months. (Went down to a happy 136), and still gaining. I am constantly drained unable to even sit ip some days. The last 3 daus I have started having severe pain across the middle of my back and a painful burning in mu stomache.
    Yesterdau and today my stomache has swollen like im 6 mo. Pregnant. Severe diarrhea. Scheduled for an endoscopy and colonoscopy in 3 weeks. Very scared today. Going to call my gastroenterologist now.
    Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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    1. Have them check your thyroid...I have had many problems that have gotten better since I started on meds. for that--it's been a really long ride...but things will hopefully start getting better!.

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  40. Thanks for sharing this. I just happened to see this article on your sidebar when I was here reading something else. I read one or maybe two of Carnie Wilson's books back in the day. I had forgotten all about it until I read this. I can't imagine how hard making those decisions was for her. You were very brave, too. I have been anemic my entire life. Iron pills, multivitamins, whatever, I am almost always anemic when I go to the doctor. Some things are just hard to cure.

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  41. I had the surgery 6 years ago...the first few years were great...lost over 100 lbs...felt amazing...barely got sick...but the last two years have been pure hell....it started out as random stomach aches with some vomiting which would last a few days then go away for 4 to 8 weeks....then it comes back....but each time has gotten worse more pain n more vomiting...and lasting a week or two... the pain has been so bad I've went to the hospital for it...they run tests n tell me they dont see anything wrong...worst decusion ive ever made

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    1. i hope this helps. similary pain end result was 9 yrs post surgery they found connection between pouch and old stomach it had devolped a fistuala between the two. 2 working stomachs ,very unusual. not good for your immune system it doesn't know where to send food. talk about recycling. had repair with davinici robot.took out fistuala and removed part of original stomach so they never touch again. things were shrinking so they started to touch and grew together. my pouch after 9 yrs was still only 3oz. now less than that. lost a total of 171 lbs. starting bypass all over. CAT scan showed the connection try that or look for an anastamosis has developed somewhere. usually at the end of bypass where bowel has been connected. hope this helps. in the rare occasion this does happen you might gain wt.

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  42. Omg i am going through the same. I was fine for three years after my surgery then bam! The fourth year hit and all hell broke loose. Doc after doc! My blood testd are "out of range" almost every time. Iron infusions helped but i didnt not feel as good a thry said i would. So many problems now especially stomach pain with bowel movements, they say its constipation??? It feels like labor pains! Anemic, ulcers, iron deficient, ibs-c, hard to heal normally, nuero issues, depression, hormone issues, now having a full hysterectomy. What bother me the most is the sweeting and dizzyness! I hate it. They are now checking my thyroid.

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  43. I am an RN and I cared for gastric bypass patients post op until 2013. Short of it....Ive seen things and DONT DO IT!!!@@!!@

    Weight loss surgery should be a last resort and is NOT an answer for MOST. Unless underlying issues are resolved most people regain a large portion of the weight they lose.

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  44. I had my RNY bypass in2003,I have had pretty good success,I started out at about 300 lbs and lost 158 lbs . I have yoyoed up and down in the last 10 years reaching as high as 208 in the past 2 years,I am now at 168.But now I an suffering from Hypoglycemia,I am going round and round with my Dr.s they do not understand what I am telling them.My body is over reacting to food,what ever I eat it seem as though my body dumps to much insulin. One Dr. Tells me don't eat any carbs and then put me on glucophoge,I'm a trade to take it .Does anyone else suffer from this problem? I Have stopped eating carbs an still have low blood sugars every day,I have passed out,been rushed to the hospital by ambulance twice,blood sugars as low as 32.my husband is tarafied I'm going to die so I. Now have a life alert so if I'm alone I can get help. Does anyone else know what's wrong with me ? I need help fast!

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    1. If you have LOW blood sugars, doctors should absolutely NOT be telling you to STOP eating carbs... Thats just going to lower the sugar in your blood...

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    2. I had the same as you but I was put on a drug called dioxide. It is licensed but for blood pressure. This was first used in Sweden for this purpose and he had seen the info on it. It takes time to fully work but gradually it became that I could function and am out of danger with the low blood sugars but you do need to take carbs. The whole thing is to get the correct relationship for you between carbs fat and protein all of which you do need but in the right amounts

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    3. I had my RNY October 28, 2007. While I have had some issues, I wouldn't trade it for the world.

      I too suffer from food related hypoglycemia, low iron and dumping. However, with the exception of the iron, these can all be controlled. For example, I try to eat foods with less than 12g of carbs per serving. I have passed out before in a mall but that is because I ate something I had no business eating. I had horrible cramps and dumping for the same reason. The surgery is a tool and the rules are for life. It is a lifestyle change. I have had adverse reactions to the iron and require steroids before and after treatments. All in all, my quality of life is so much better. I did find myself transferring addictions so I sought help. I don't drink wine anymore (by the way alcohol causes SEVERE hypoglycemia). By keeping a food journal, monitoring my intake and making sure I drink my water, I have learned to curve the side effects I can control.

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    4. If your Hemoglobin AIC keeps testing as normal - as mine does - then you may have a glucagon issue. Some research is being done on this...but my gastric bypass post op surgeons do not seem to know much about this. They too tell me to avoid carbs or eat low on the glycemic index. Very frustrating since - as many have stated- low blood sugar is the opposite of what they are preaching. I had my surgery 10 years ago....glad I did...but the daily sugar swings are exhausting. My primary care doc has put me on Acarbose - which helps....but again, by insulin history (HAIC) is fine....glucagon is the problem.

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    5. I too am suffering after gastric bypass in 2009. last night I was down to 32 again and for no apparent reason. I have been tracking my food and activity trying to pinpoint triggers and there are no patterns at all . A friend last night suggested seeing if the lows correlate to menstrual cycle, ovulations ect... My docs have said there is nothing they can do at all. Recommend I eat every two hours. although this may help me from going low, I am never hungry and gaining so much weight.

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  45. I am nearly 14 years out after my surgery. I had it in Sept and by Oct 2001, I had started with all of the complications. I went to the emergency room for severe upper GI pain. I was admitted for "observation". the only 2 Gastro doctors with this type of gastro knowledge were not even in town. After 1 week on the hospital, thanks to an RN and a doctor that helped with the pre surgery testing (sleep apnea and breathing issues, etc), put their heads together and shipped me to Boston, to the best. and saved my life. I had a gastric leak, a blood clot in my leg, my kidneys had shut down and I had many more issues that I can barely remember due to being out of it most of the time. I returned home after 3 weeks in the hospital and was not allowed to eat for over 1 month. I came home with a port inserted in my chest to be able to use TPN 2x daily. This was to heal the leak. and it did heal. I started out at 375lbs, gained 20 lbs in the hospital due to my kidneys failing so they overloaded me with fluid to restart them. Ok so that worked. Now I am 395lbs and slowly after 3-4 months after my surgery I began my weight loss journey. It came off easy and finally I saw new numbers. I got down to 200lbs. I looked great. I threw up daily. Cold all the time, but I was able to move around without the floors creaking from my weight. Then I got too comfortable, it was too easy. I was eating anything I wanted and the pounds were starting to come back on......not come off. I thought what the heck is going on? I had the surgery, I went through the tough stuff. I didn't realize that I really had to DIET! OMG! Well I gained it all back except for 50lbs. I have recently retired and thought that I am not going to be overweight in my last yrs. I have changed my life around and started to go to Weight Watchers and work out daily. I have loss 40 lbs and have started seeing new numbers again.
    I recently was treated for another bleeding ulcer ( my second) my 5th endoscopy. I still have to take iron and apparently it is sufficient for me. Back then, when making my decision whether or not to have the surgery, I WAS dying. I was going to die without the surgery and if I died from the surgery...........Well, I am here and after 15 yrs I am now making my pouch work for me. My pouch is still 4 centimeters and I still vomit daily. I need to work on that. I am so sorry for those who are still struggling , physically and emotionally. I've been in your shoes. My best to all of you. and for those who are not sure about an ache or pain, follow your gut instincts. No one knows your body better that yourself. Listen to it!

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  46. As a post gastric bypass patient I had problems with constipation for the first time in my life. My doctor recommended The Lady Soma Fiber Cleanse & after 3 days of taking the capsules there was no strain, no stress. Every morning (without fail) I would have a nice bowel movement. It's been 3 months since that experience, & I've gotten my mother using Lady Soma too,

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  47. I am 13 yrs out and have been anemic for several years. My Dr said to take 5000iu of b12 everyday. He said his stomach cancer patients take this protocol with luck. Im trying this before iron infusions. I just started this protocol as I go forward with chemo for breast cancer.

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  48. I am 11 years post op and went to the dr with all the signs of anemia. Feeling exausted, faint, shortness of breath, etc. My iron came back at 7. I was told to take otc iron but it gave me terrible diarrhea and gastric distress. He had me stop taking the iron and did a re check with virtually no change but sent me a message that said my level was "tollerable". What the heck. Should I request a second opinion from a hematologist?

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    1. Have you guys used bariatricadvantage.com they have iron pills that are made by gastric patients. I use the lime ones.

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  49. Hi Everyone! Thanks for sharing your stories. I had y cut gastric bypass 8/2008. I lost all my weight in 6 months and wanted to have a tummy tuck to remove the skin. But doctors advised to wait since I wanted to have kids. Since I have had 2 babies. Youngest is now 10 months. Since I've had him I have had lots of complications. In June I had a mini-stroke with trans glival anmesia. Which during my hospital stay my severely low iron level came up. Doctors are not sure what caused the mini-stroke or amnesia still. I'm not old just turned 35. I had another amnesia episode in October and now having the pains in my stomach region. Doctors told me today they think its ulcers. I'm going for a GI on Tuesday. Had anyone else had the mini-stroke or amnesia issues too??

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  50. I had gastric bypass 7 yes ago, I lost 150 pounds. It was very painful, my only regret was not doing it sooner. I love it. I am able to play and run and keep up with my children. My self esteem went through the roof.

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  51. HI,I had Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass in 2007.I take Prevacid Fastab now but there is a long back order for them and they dont know when i will get any.I see some of you take Nexium, the little purple pill.I was taking the purple pill for years before i had the surgery and after i had it the doctor took me of it and told me take the Prevacid. I dont understand that some of you can use it.Is there something i'm missing that i cant you this pill instead of the Prevacid.

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  52. No its because bypass pt see a little bit of carb and dump a ton of insulin resulting in a dramatic drop in blood sugar. Its all backwards with us. lol

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  53. Thank you all for your stories. I am 40 years old I've been heavy all of my life. I currently weigh 302lbs and am really unhappy. It would be one thing if I didn't develop Type 2 diabetes May 2013, have PCOS, Sleep Apnea, Double astigmatism in both eyes caused by my hypothyroidism, shortness of breath and other ailments, however at this point I feel like surgery is my only option. Gastric Roux-En-Y will not be my choice because of you all the stories and personal family/friends experiences . 5 years ago I was supposed to have the surgery and backed out due to being afraid of what I've read within this forum. Just recently (today) I had a discussion with PCP because I was conflicted (until I found this site) on which option to choose. I've actually Gastric Sleeve because it's less evasive and less complications. With any surgery and alterations to our anatomy there are risks however I do not wish to go through what I know personally my friends who've had the RY GBP have had and now you all. Thank you so very much for your stories. They are were very disheartening to read. I'm sorry for the lost of your family members and loved ones. I thank you all for saving me the pain in which you all suffer. Your pain has not been in vain because you just save me from going thru with what could be the worst mistake of my life. God bless you all I pray that your quality of life gets better!

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    1. Hi,
      I was sleeved on 12/13/14...
      Then 1st leak found 12/14/14.
      I then underwent 4 additional surgeries in 4 days to try to correct the complications. Then had an additional 8 day stay in the CCU with nothing being put through my mouth (all nutrition & meds went through a central line in my jugular vein-very dangerous). I was released from the hospital 12/24 then on 12/25 I spent Christmas in the ER because I had developed abdominal abscesses. Then 5 days later I had a massive allergic response to the first antibiotics. It took days to get rid of the whole body rash & swelling.
      I am now a few weeks post op & doing... Well I am alive! I am not sure how I am doing though. On new antibiotics that make me sick, on mostly a liquid diet still, every time I try a new pureed or semi solid I feel awful, & I stay dehydrated because I can't drink 2 oz every 10 minutes like they want me to do...

      I don't want to scare you away from the sleeve. For literally 99% of people who get it there are no complications. I am the other 1% and have had wave after wave after wave of issues...
      BUT, I do want you to be aware stuff happens & go ahead and have a plan for if stuff was to happen.
      I didn't have a plan.
      I am paying for that now financially, physically, mentally, & emotionally.

      please feel free to contact me if you have questions. I certainly am not an expert but I can tell you how I have experienced everything. No one prepares you well enough for the emotions. So having people to talk to helps.
      you can reach me at volskoya@hotmail.com
      or try to find me on Facebook with that same name.
      (Just send me a message on there saying you are the person I told to contact me).

      Good luck & I genuinely hope you are one of the 99%.
      -Tiffany

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  54. I had the surgery 12 years ago at my lowest ferritin was 2, I am also B12 and vitamin D deficient. Fixed the ferritin iron issue by getting an uterine ablation done which eliminated my period, and brought my numbers up significantly. Now I'm just trying to lose, the same 30 pounds for last 5 years that I gained while pregnant with my last child. It seems impossible.

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  55. I had my 1st Gastric Bypass in 2003 (pouch not made small enough) I lost over a 100 lbs that 1st year...finally in 2006 I had my 2nd Gastric Bypass. Twice I had ulcers but haven't had anymore in years. Iron supplements see to work for me. Currently take potassium and magnesium but that might be do to a thigh surgery to remove 12 inches of skin and now have to be on a daily diuretic or my legs and feet swell. I have lost 240 lbs have had minimal problems how ever I have had many surgeries to remove skin ect from arms, legs, breasts. My tummy tuck is perfect. My arms need a redo, my breast need a 2nd redo, and my thighs need a redo. For me, I am happy with my Gastric Bypass and I remember asking oh so long ago what were the long term effects and they honestly answered that they did not have information due to it being so new. I accepted that. I know that it could have went the other way...I have heard the horror stories. My life as an almost 400 pounder, I couldn't wipe my own butt, I shower dailey but had to rest immediately after my shower, I could not stand more than a few minutes, I hated seeking medical care because I didn't fit in the dentist office chair, or any other chair. I was constantly feeling humiliated and could not advocate for myself. My kids were little and I couldn't play with them the way that I needed to. Every morning I woke up I felt like I was in a nightmare were I went to bed as a skinny teenager and woke up this morbidly obese woman still so pretty but so so heavy. It's been so long now that I am thin that I almost forget that horrible 10+ years of my life that I was morbidly obese with a BMI of 58. I do love love love my flat stomach. I always think people should do there research and than go for it. That said I am sure I would have a different opinion if I had experience some of the horrible pain and death that other have suffered.

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  56. Stumbled on to this article and all of your responses. My RNY was in November of 2003. I'm 68 now. Over the years I've experienced anemia and weird problems with my bowels. Tests in 2007 showed I have no Intrinsic Factor. However, my doctor said that I may not have had Intrinsic factor before the surgery. But the problem with no Intrinsic Factor, is that you cannot absorb B12. You must have sufficient B12 in order for your body to properly absorb Iron. So, when tested, I was a 4. That issue is now under control. I take two B-12 injections a month. I prefer to do the injections because injections bypass my digestive system. I take 6 Hemaplex every day. Ferrous Oxide is a poor choice for RNY patients because it is irritating to the entire digestive tract.

    Like many of you, I have GERD, which I had long before my RNY. I take Omeprazole every day. I also religiously take all the supplements I was told to take.

    During my post surgery months, I would find myself unable to get anything to go into my stomach. Turns out I had gastrojejunostomy strictures and had three separate hospital trips for dilation of the stomal strictures.

    But to this very day, I must keep my meals very, very small and chew my food seemingly forever, or my pouch will toss my food back up my esophagus and the thick, mucous frothing starts that always terminates in vomiting. It is SO easy to forget to chew every single bite till it is demolished. Meat is hard enough, but lettuce is nearly impossible. I haven't heard any of you mention this.

    I weighed 260 at the time of my surgery. The weight fell off, and following the removal of that monstrous pile of skin that covered my belly, I weighed 118 pounds. I looked like a skeleton. I'm about 145 right now. I'd be best and most comfortable about 10 pounds lighter. Idiot that I am, I went back to eating sugar about 8 months ago, and it is just too much of an appetite stimulant for me. I've got to let that go again.

    I'd like to know if any of you have experience with the stoma problem.

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  57. Wow- I was exactly were you were in the picture. I had gastric bypass in 2000- I was only 20 years old. I wish I could do it all over. I have had two hernia repairs, and a round of iron infusions amongst a million other complications. Getting an endoscopy tomorrow for suspected ulcer. I switched addictions and got addicted to pain pills. Finally made it to Overeaters anonymous and which I tried that first. I have been fat and thin but for the past 15 years never sicker. I curse that surgery but we cannot regret the past and only move forward. I hope and pray that people today are more aware of these "odd" complications that we have. Good luck- vender helped me

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  58. Amanda! Wow! I have been struggling alot lately and happenstance is that I came across your blog while randomly typing in things into the subject bar regarding vitamins after RNY...... It was like someone had written this for me about me.
    I had my RNY done in 2010. the doctors wanted me to down from 326 LBS( day of surgery) down to 176LBS as their ideal goal for me. Well I was able to get down to 208LBS . I was beating myself up the mostly because I couldn't cheese the last few pounds of these desperately wanted me to lose. send one sweet doctor that I came across said to me... you still have hanging skin on your stomach and on your side that need to be removed, so he encouraged me to have pannilectomy (fler de lys) and the year later he contoured my hips .I am thrilled with the results but.... why would hospital I contracted MRSA infection. It was so bad that I had to be readmitted twice. (treatment was worse than the illness in my opinion). during the downtime of almost 3 months I ended up getting 25 pounds. I am totally in shock at this point because I'm not eating more. I'm starting to feel a little down in spirit energy I'm tired all the time. so my surgeon who is now a very good friend of ours has asked me to go get some blood tests. it turns out that I am completed in my vitamin D and b12. so now they're going to start a course of increasing my vitamins. apparently this will assist in weight loss because by then B and b12 have something to do with weight gain. and the mood swings will also be helped because the vitamins will also give me the right balance. so I started the new process as of today so we will see he said he could take 3 months before I firstly see the difference but here's hoping that tbe weight will come off easily. I sure would like to be able to achieve my goal weight. but then again I've my friend Dr says it's not about a number its a boat how you're feeling. I'm going to see him tomorrow to get a check up because I'm still post op from the hip and leg surgery. All seems well heeled from my point of view. but now I will be able to find out if I can exercise again. I was feeling so alone in the world feelings that I was your only person going through this and I was thinking what a waste this has been that I did the wrong why I was feeling really low. and alone. it seems like nobody understood what I was talking about. but now my surgeon after he did some research about the RNY and the malabsorption side of it... he was able to recommend changes up with the times of the vitamins the kinds of the vitamins on the dosages. now that I've seen your blog I feel relief knowing that I was not the only anomaly out there. I'm so grateful that you took the time to blood this because I never even thought to do that I'm really grateful because you help me and I know that you are helping so many others as well. thank you for your courage and your honesty very very impressed with how you handle things. thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  59. I had my gastric bypass in 2003, and for the last 6 or 7 years I have been anemic for a first few years I didn't know what it was or why I was not feeling well, falling asleep all the time, and having blood sugar crashes because I am also hypoglycemic, I to date received 3 blood transfusions 2 bags of blood the first one 1 bag the second one and this most recent one 2 more bags, a 3 month round of IM venifor shots once a week, I now a hematologist I am going to be doing 6 rounds of IV Venifor and B12 shots and this also is pretty much going to be the norm for the rest of my life with regular blood work, I'm starting to feel so much like a pin cushion, it's a very good thing I have such an amazing husband who is so patient

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  60. I'm 8 years out and my story is very similar. I guess the anemia was the biggest shock for me. Especially experiencing cardiac problems induced by my low iron. I found a solution that seems to be working so far...even my Dr is surprised. It is a liquid iron supplement called Spatone PurAbsorb. I drink it poured into a little orange juice in the morning. After a month my iron levels went from dangerously low to up into the normal levels. As a woman, I doubled up during my period because that seemed to be an especially rough time of the month. Since my gastric bypass I experience debilitating migraines a day or two after my period, but not since I started drinking the PurAbsorb. Last month was the first month I didn't have one. Maybe this will help someone.

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  61. Hi I am 3 months post opp had the usual syptoms like wind, cramps & hiccups. Most of the time feel good, but just recently I have had stomach pain in the tummy area, should I be concerned or is this just tissue healing.

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  62. I had the gastric bypass surgery in 2006 and for me I had no choice I had ballooned up to 306# and I am only 5-5" tall. I could barely walk, couldn't sleep, my knees were bad and I had no quality of life. I knew it would not be easy but my only other choice I had as I was staring death in the face. The surgery went good, I lost weight immediately, I followed what they said to the T. My anxiety unfortunately got very bad so I got an RX of Zoloft from my doctor BIGGEST mistake ever. I was losing weight and I got down to 173#, I was so happy being able to buy new clothes, I could walk but I began to notice that I would not sit or stand or concentrate for more than 10 seconds a time. One day I couldn't take it, I was so happy with my weight loss, doing so well adjusting to the new eating habits but I could not control my mind, my thoughts or my sleep. Being over tired and not being able to concentrate I lost my mind, I could not stand being in my body and I couldn't take it any longer. I did the unimaginable and took every RX pill I could find in my house and downed them all, I laid on the floor and prayed to god, I said to him "God, please take me away from this, I can't stand not being able to think straight, I can't stand feeling crazy, if it is my time to go to heaven please take me, if no bless me with a miracle and let me live" that is the last thing I remember. Luckily my husband at the time sensed something was wrong and came home at lunch time to find me unconscious on the floor and called 911. I was rushed to the hospital and apparently they pumped my stomach and I was out of it for about 10 hours. I now understood, I was truly being selfish and not thinning when I tried to take my life but I also knew it was the Zoloft that brought it on. I was shipped off to a mental institution for 2 weeks for counseling and to find RX that was appropriate for my anxiety. T
    I got out and continued to follow the direction I was given about my surgery. I walked 2 miles a day, I maintained my weight and I was so happy. Even though I had sagging skin from the weight loss to me it was all worth it.
    The only side affect I had from the surgery was the low iron. My iron got so low it was down to a 4 and I too had no choice but to do the iron infusions. I had to get them 3x's a week for 4 weeks. But in the end my number came up to a 12 and I was feeling so much better. To me the surgery was a life savor I would walk and enjoy my kids, I still struggled sometimes with food choices but for the most part it was great. Been divorced now for almost 6 years and I am so happy, I took some time for myself and found a counselor for additional help for self esteem. I found a church that I love and also after many years of heart break began to love my self. I ended up having a double knee replacement. This was not an easy procedure but I had a high pain tolerance, after 2 days in the hospital and 17 days in rehab facility, I was able to walk pain free. It has been years since my surgery and I have only gained back 20 #'s of my weight loss, by my own fault, as during this time I was laid off from 2 jobs and again turned to bad habits and gain the weight. I am happy to say that since the surgery, I am very happy I made this decision. Even though I had some very dark times it was the best decision for ME. If I was to do it all over again I would, it saved my life.I am sorry for all of you that have had so much medical difficulty and problems with your surgery, I offer you prayers. I guess I was one of the lucky ones that did not have any major side effects from the surgery. God bless you all, I hope you all can find happiness and peace the surgery is not for everyone, but for me it truly was a life savor.

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  63. Had RNY October 25, 2000, within six weeks after the surgery I developed my first rectal fistule. I had never had one before, but there I was in the ER twice within 24 hours in pain like I have never known. The first time the dr gave me a prescription and sent me home, the second time the dr couldn't believe the first dr hadn't cut open the fistule and drained the infection. That was the beginning of my life dealing with this continuing problem. I have become accustomed to the problem and no longer go to the dr for it, I now break it open and drain it myself atleast once a month. I also developed anemia, hypoglycemia, fibromyalgia, degenerative spine disorder, osteoarthritis, constant abdominal pain, constant heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and oh yeah, have gained weight and I am back up to 285. I also have depression and ptsd from childhood abuse. I am trying to get disability approval so I can get insurance. If it weren't for my daughter and grandson I would give up. I feel like there is no help or hope out there. Would I have the surgery again? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

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  64. I'm 60 yrs old and I had my gastric bypass 10 months ago. I have low iron as well, but, my biggest problem is that I now dislike meat. And it isn't necessarily that it causes me to be sick, it's that I just don't like it. Even the thought of it makes me cringe. Steak and dry chicken will cause me to become ill but even the meats that don't are just a complete turn off, I literally have to force myself to eat it and as time goes by it's getting even worse. But what I have absolutely no problem with and which I absolutely crave are sweets! What happened to sugar making you sick? I was hoping that would happen so I wouldn't want to eat it but, no!, I don't want to eat meat! Since I need protein this is a very frustrating position to be in. Has anyone had this problem?

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  65. Wow, I thought I was the only one who vomited water, who needs to take Carafate and/or Culturelle probiotic daily for pouch burning (waiting for it to kick in, my fiancé has to thump me on the back HARD to distract me from the pain!) And I, too, need iron infusions. I cannot absorb iron or calcium - I lost all my teeth due to the latter as they just crumbled in my mouth. I STILL would do it all again, though.

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  66. I had my surgery in 2003 when I was 50. At the time I weighed 230 lbs., lost 120 lbs. and over the last 2 years have gained 30 lbs. After reading all of the above posts I feel so fortunate and am so heartbroken for all of your pain and complications. I have had only one minor "complication" - hypoglycemia, which I can control by not eating any sugar or refined starches. My blood has always been very good. I take a multivitamin and Tums daily. I have had the best 12 years of my life. My reason for finding this site was because I tried the Atkins diet to try to lose the 30 lbs. but after 2 months I've lost about 3 lbs. I'm thinking it's because I am unable to eat enough. I felt the Atkins diet was ideal because of the protein intake we must have. My food intake is still very small. I may be able to eat a whole small hamburger for lunch but then nothing for dinner. I am not able to eat very much fruit because of the sugar content. Just wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this?
    I am in no way bragging on my success - I feel I have been very fortunate. I never advocate for the surgery because it is a very personal choice - it works for some and not for others. May God bless all of you and heal your pain

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  67. I am living the same way since my surgery 4 years ago.I had internal bleeding after been operated,lost way too much blood and became anemic since.I take iron every 3 months.My first year after the surgery i was in the hospital every month with different problems.Life is lighter speaking about weight,but heavier if we talk about health...

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  68. For sure. If i could go back in time i would never have had surgery. I was healthy then but not anymore. :-(

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  69. I get to bury my sister this week. She had gastric bypass surgery 9 years ago. She was not the same since her surgery. She has been sick most of the time. Vomiting, pain, low energy, depressed, ulcers. Doctor didn't help. She ended up drinking alcohol and blamed herself for everything. She was not that heavy to begin with. She lost 50 pounds. She wouldn't have had the surgery if she knew her children would find there mother dead and live with no mother the rest of their lives. This whole thing sickens me. People need to research their options and use gastric surgery as a last resort and even then, the risks need to be understood. The question is quality of life.

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  70. Hi! I had GB in 2006 and lost right at 100lbs. I had an iron infusion about 4 years ago and it looks like I'm about to have to get another one. I had to do 2-20 minute infusions and the only side effect I experienced was what seemed like an endless bout of sneezing. It started almost immediately after the transfusion began and at first it was like this weird metallic taste at the back of my throat. And then the sneezing started. I know it seems trivial compared to the side effects others have mentioned here, but I leave the clinic with swollen eyes, a sore throat, and my nasal passages swelled shut. Not to mention how embarrassing it is when I'm surrounded by patients receiving chemo. I'm sure they enjoy my loud sneezing and sniffling. Anyone with a common experience? Or suggestions? Thanks!

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  71. Had RNY 4 years ago. Then gallbladder removal, colon resection and a 7 hour surgery where they pulled all of my intestines apart that had fused together from all the surgeries so close together. I've lost 120 lbs which aside from the loose skin, I am very happy about. I was fat since I was 5 & I'm 50 now. I'm not the invisible fat person anymore, can wear any clothes I want and people arent rude to me like they used to be. I love all of this. I hate the pain (lower left side) that I am in everyday. I have to tke pain pills daily to eat. I also developed RA which they think was partially brought on by all the traumas to my body. I agree with all of u that said u hate watching what it does to your family members. They have the burden of watching me in pain on a daily basis and I never know when I am going to have to leave dinner or an outing early (thank God for Uber!). I hope someone has success in curing this problem soon for all of us. I will watch this board.
    Everyone take care😊

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  72. Had RNY 4 years ago. Then gallbladder removal, colon resection and a 7 hour surgery where they pulled all of my intestines apart that had fused together from all the surgeries so close together. I've lost 120 lbs which aside from the loose skin, I am very happy about. I was fat since I was 5 & I'm 50 now. I'm not the invisible fat person anymore, can wear any clothes I want and people arent rude to me like they used to be. I love all of this. I hate the pain (lower left side) that I am in everyday. I have to tke pain pills daily to eat. I also developed RA which they think was partially brought on by all the traumas to my body. I agree with all of u that said u hate watching what it does to your family members. They have the burden of watching me in pain on a daily basis and I never know when I am going to have to leave dinner or an outing early (thank God for Uber!). I hope someone has success in curing this problem soon for all of us. I will watch this board.
    Everyone take care😊

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  73. Had RNY 4 years ago. Then gallbladder removal, colon resection and a 7 hour surgery where they pulled all of my intestines apart that had fused together from all the surgeries so close together. I've lost 120 lbs which aside from the loose skin, I am very happy about. I was fat since I was 5 & I'm 50 now. I'm not the invisible fat person anymore, can wear any clothes I want and people arent rude to me like they used to be. I love all of this. I hate the pain (lower left side) that I am in everyday. I have to tke pain pills daily to eat. I also developed RA which they think was partially brought on by all the traumas to my body. I agree with all of u that said u hate watching what it does to your family members. They have the burden of watching me in pain on a daily basis and I never know when I am going to have to leave dinner or an outing early (thank God for Uber!). I hope someone has success in curing this problem soon for all of us. I will watch this board.
    Everyone take care😊

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  74. Thank you for providing this venue & sharing your story.
    So..., from what I read through here & my personal observation that "EVERY" person I know that had gastric Bypass Surgery ended up basically sick for the rest of their lives. I'm really not seeing an up-side to this procedure.

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    1. No, not "EVERY" person is sick for the rest of their lives. I know of many, many people who have had the surgery and gone on with their lives. And the upside to the procedure is that they actually HAVE lives to go on with.

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  75. Wow. I am so surprised to read a lot of these comments. I had my GBS surgery 10 years ago, and while I still occasionally have a problem if I eat the wrong foods (nausea and vomiting) my surgery was quite successful, without complications. The doctor who did the surgery put me on a vitamin/calcium/anti-reflux regimen from day one, and I understood this was a lifelong thing. I lost 140 pounds, from 280 to 140. I gained back about 50 pounds, but, with more restraint on my diet, I lost it back. The people I know who have had the procedure, and there have been quite a few, including my husband, have not had the complications that are described here. Maybe it's the doctor, the follow-up, or the procedure itself, but there has to be something that is causing such a problem.

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  76. All of these posts are terrifying me. I have been fat for my entire adult life. Now, at age 45, I weight over 300#. I am borderline diabetic and I have pseudo tumor cerebrai, which is fluid in my brain - that can cause eventual blindness. As I get older, it is harder to be fat. I am tired, depressed and I always hurt. My feet and back always hurt. I don't do half the things I want to do - because I am just too fat and tired to do it. My husband will not leave the house with me - he is so embarrassed of how I look. I hide if I see people I used to know from high school because I am ashamed of the way I look. It is no life - there is no quality of life. My only comfort is food - which is also my enemy. For the last 7 months, I have been prepping for RNY surgery. I have taken classes, been to a nutritionist, been to a bariatric doctor and a surgeon. My paperwork has all been submitted and I should get an approval any day. Up until I read these posts, my biggest fear was hair loss and possible tooth issues. And for those, I have been taking extra precautions. My docs all tell me that this is a tool - and that I must follow all of their guidelines for the rest of my life. Multi vitamins, iron and calcium supplements - all daily. I am already taking biotin for the hair loss. My dentist has me on special toothpaste and fluoride trays. But now I am terrified. Absolutely terrified. I don't want to be sick the rest of my life. I am trying to get back the life that I never got to have. I want to lose weight so I can exercise - and enjoy the outside and feel confidant. I have no idea what I am going to do now. Please - Post some positive stories! I feel completely lost.

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  77. I am riding a similar wave. One thing that has help stabalize my iron a bit and made it so I have to have infusions less often is cell salts. You can purchase them at the health food store or at amazon. I take the http://www.amazon.com/Hylands-Bioplasma-Homeopathic-Combination-Cellular/dp/B00126349K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452372585&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=cell+salts&psc=1 but you can also take http://www.amazon.com/Hylands-Phosphoricum-Tablets-Homeopathic-Swelling/dp/B001EH6AV6/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1452372508&sr=8-9&keywords=cell+salts if you are only have problems with your iron.

    The one factor to remember is you can not take it within an hour of anything minty including toothpaste

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  78. I am riding a similar wave. One thing that has help stabalize my iron a bit and made it so I have to have infusions less often is cell salts. You can purchase them at the health food store or at amazon. I take the http://www.amazon.com/Hylands-Bioplasma-Homeopathic-Combination-Cellular/dp/B00126349K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452372585&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=cell+salts&psc=1 but you can also take http://www.amazon.com/Hylands-Phosphoricum-Tablets-Homeopathic-Swelling/dp/B001EH6AV6/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1452372508&sr=8-9&keywords=cell+salts if you are only have problems with your iron.

    The one factor to remember is you can not take it within an hour of anything minty including toothpaste

    good luck

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  79. Thank you so much for sharing your story. So many people think it's just so easy to get gastric surgery and never worry about anything again.

    For myself, I won't consider it, as my auto-immune system stinks and anything and everything that could go wrong would go wrong with me.

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  80. i had the gastric by pass and i been dealing with low sugars its been a nightmare i wish i never had this surgery i had this surgery in 2008 wieghts been off but have had siezures,non diabetic comma and have alot of expiemental medicine nothing works

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  81. I just went and saw a bariatric surgeon because i am sick everyday and i was not getting anywhere with the surgeon that did my surgery. They did an upper GI, something the surgeon that did my surgery didnt ever do. The specialist found out i was left with NO pouch! That is why i am nauseated all the time. The specialist said there is nothing that can be done so i will be sick forever. I have some good advice for people contemplating a bypass and that is "JUST DONT DO IT!!" Unless you want to be disabled the rest of your life.

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  82. I am a 5 year post op. I take Heme iron (Proferrin). It's not cheap (I think I average $60 for 90 pills) but it's HIGHLY absorbable and does not conflict with other vitamins (for instance, some OTC iron will compete with calcium if taken at the same time and calcium will always win). The only time my iron goes down is when I get lax about taking it. Hope this helps some of you.

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  83. I found this site a little over a week ago and since stumbling across it, I haven't been able to get all of the stories out of my head. Maybe it is because I found so much of myself in so many of you. In 9 days I will be 11 years post op, and there is not a day that goes by that I do not wonder what my life might be like had I not walked into the OR that day. I am 30 years old and yet I feel like I am 75. Like so many of you, I too suffer through rounds of Iron Infusions, I have hypoglycemia that have caused seizures, I had to have my thyroid removed from cancer( prior to GB I never once had thyroid issues), at night my joints are red hot and swollen,and I am always tired. Currently, I am having issues eating and tomorrow I am having an upper GI. I am sure it is an ulcer but I am still nervous. This site, and all of your stories helped me to feel vindicated. So many times I have been told that my symptoms were psychological and maybe I have chronic fatigue syndrome or was depressed. The hardest part for me is that, 3 yrs ago my father in-law had GB done by the same surgeon that did mine. Unfortunately, a stitch was missed during his procedure, one thing led to another, and his conditioned snowballed out of control. This past August he passed away.i have never felt so much guilt, shame, and anger EVER then I did after hearing the horrific news. I do not want nor am I looking for sympathy BUT I do feel that we all have a voice and we deserve to be acknowledged. physicians are unsure how to treat us or have any knowledge of the long term complications because everyone in the medical field is turning their heads. We have a right to receive adequate LONG-term care and individualized attention. i am not sure if our surgeons will even take responsibilities the same way that we all have to EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES. BUT...We can show the medical field that we do have a voice, that we deserve answers, and that just because we lost weight does not mean our quality of life has improved! Other countries are putting money into studies and medical trials and working towards developing solutions. WHY ISN'T THE US? I just want to fight and I guess I am looking to see if others feel the same way as I. Thank you all for sharing and from the bottom of my heart, thanks listening. If you are thinking about having this procedure, please do your homework and be brutally honest with yourself. I wish I would have.
    Be blessed my dear friends!

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    1. It is comforting that at least we know we aren't the crazy ones. I have been sick since my GB in 2007. The surgeon that I had would pretty much "poo poo" all of my issues. I finally had enough and went to a specialist and he did an upper GI, which the surgeon never thought of. Well I found out my nausea weakness and all the other issues I'm having is because the surgeon that did my GB didn't leave me ANY pouch!! The food is going down and coming up just as fast. The specialist told me there was nothing that could be done to help me, I will be sick the rest of my life. Pretty sad. How could he not leave a pouch?? Of course, it is to late to sue. If I would have known this sooner I would have. As you said please think long and hard before you have the surgery. I am now disabled and have been since the surgery in 2007. It is not worth it!!

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  84. Angela G. Conway, SCApril 15, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    I had my open RNY on October 22,2003. I can't tell you how much of your story is my own over the years. I can only say, "Thank you!" for getting your experience out there for me to find, to know that I am not alone.

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  85. So glade to read these story's I would never consider this op now never in my life rather eat small portions and excercise more

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  86. I'm so glade I've read all these story's I wouldn't have this op I would rather loose weight by eating smaller portions and excercise more sorry to you all that feel very unwell my FREINDS just had this done I'm hoping she will be fine

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    1. Scheduled to do this myself...scared after reading some of these! Will you be kind enough to be honest and tell me/us how your friend is coming along? Thank you!

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  87. I had my bypass in 2007. I have been sick since then. Nausea and vomiting, weak like I feel I have the stomach flu. For years I went to the surgeon that did my bypass hoping for help. He would do a scope and look down into my pouch. I would come out of anesthesia he would say "everything looks good if you don't get better come back". For years I went back to him looking for help. I became disabled in 2007 after this horrible surgery and I am to this day. I finally got smart and went to a bariatric surgeon specialist and found out that the original doctor that did my surgery did not leave me with ANY pouch!! How could he leave me with no pouch!!
    I would have sued but the statute of limitation on medical malpractice is 4 years. The specialist told me there was nothing he could do because I am such a mess in my abdominal cavity he said I may come out of the surgery even worse than i went in. Anyone contemplating surgery please DON'T DO IT!!

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    1. If you don't mind me asking, roughly where are you located? I'm so sorry to hear all these bad stories. Your last six words have my attention, yet I'm so desperate. Please help...

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    2. Did you have the surgery? I didn't know if you were asking me or someone else. If you had it in hope everything is going well.

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  88. I went to a bariatric surgeon specialist yesterday because of constant nausea. He did a EGD and told me the surgeon that did my surgery did not leave me with a poućh. How can an experienced bariatric surgeon not leave you with a pouch?? The specialist told me yesterday that there is no way to fix it and I would more than not be sick the rest of my life. I live on disability from the surgery but my measly check doesn't even cover my living expenses. I can't get a job because I am so sick all the time. Please anyone contemplating surgery just don't do it. You never know what can go wrong and you can i end up like me sick and tired and broke. :-(

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  89. I had my surgery in 2002, great for a while, now I have severe leg and hand cramps so bad I have to go to the hospital this used to be about once every 2 years then 1 a year now every day, I live on Ativan, basically it calms my muscles down but it is also addictive, started out with 1 a day now up to 3 and all I do is sleep most of the time, can't drive can't go anywhere without someone with me, really really sucks! Oh and I also drink 72 oz of liquid and gained 40 lbs from quitting smoking and can't get it off, so mine was basically for nothing!

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    1. I had my bypass in 2007. I have gained all my weight back even with constant nausea every day. I had a upper GI and and found out the first surgeon didn't leave me ANY pouch! I went to a bariatric surgeon specialist and he said I will be sick the rest of my life! My bypass was a total mistake and I regret it ever day.

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  90. I had the gastric bypass (rue n y) in 2004..I had the same as you.,stomach burning, low iron, I was allergic to the solution, and had to get a pint of benadryl before I got the iron infusion. 3x a week for 6 weeks. 3x in 3 yrs. I lost 100 lbs.in 3 1/2 mos. Really fast. I never lost another pound. My body went into complete shock, lost hair, nails and now my teeth. My surgery took 12 hours. After they was almost finished my intestines kinked, so they had to go back in and reduce the intestine. 3 months later it ended up I had H-polori ..I was so sick for the 1st year. 3500 mg. Of antibiotics for almost 3 months. Update..this year 2016. All my bloodwork is great. I gained 16 lbs back., but the Dr. Said that's not bad. But they contribute that to my thyroid which is bad now. At first I wish I didn't have it..because how sick I was, but today I'm glad I did. I'm finally healthy.

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  91. I had the gastric bypass (rue n y) in 2004..I had the same as you.,stomach burning, low iron, I was allergic to the solution, and had to get a pint of benadryl before I got the iron infusion. 3x a week for 6 weeks. 3x in 3 yrs. I lost 100 lbs.in 3 1/2 mos. Really fast. I never lost another pound. My body went into complete shock, lost hair, nails and now my teeth. My surgery took 12 hours. After they was almost finished my intestines kinked, so they had to go back in and reduce the intestine. 3 months later it ended up I had H-polori ..I was so sick for the 1st year. 3500 mg. Of antibiotics for almost 3 months. Update..this year 2016. All my bloodwork is great. I gained 16 lbs back., but the Dr. Said that's not bad. But they contribute that to my thyroid which is bad now. At first I wish I didn't have it..because how sick I was, but today I'm glad I did. I'm finally healthy.

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  92. Thank you for sharing your story, I had gastric sleeve four years ago and have problems with iron deficiencies to following this, though not as bad as you have experienced.
    I am glad that I had this done, lost just over 60kgs. I was hypertensive (still have this), diabetic amongst other health issues. Most have resolved but I still have medication for the hypertension and am also bradycardic (slow pulse rate) I am active in sports, gym, walking. And am still working on losing the last 10 - 15kgs. Currently aged 60 years young, I am currently having issue with dizziness, This week I had unconscious collapse and ended up in hospital. I have reflux from the sleeve, they have not found any reason for collapse at this stage. I am due to see my doctor and cardiologist next week. Question is would the sleeve have anything to do with this four years on. I would be interested to hear what others thing, or of their experiences. Wishing everyone good health.

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  93. Hi I had the same surgery 3yrs ago almost and aside from dumping syndrome I'm always hungry usually at night I can't seem to eat much during the day but I've begun getting crippling pains in my stomach which hurt worse than child birth at times... I had a hernia repair a week before my bypass and a lot of the time I get excruciating pain in the area that was repaired. I definitely have food allergies now but I monitor that ie I can't eat eggs or a lot of dairy and sweets are a huge no go into average around 5kg gain only to get dumping syndrome and off it comes again. Basically I want to know if anyone else has had similar pains and if so what did you do.

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  94. Hi I had the same surgery 3yrs ago almost and aside from dumping syndrome I'm always hungry usually at night I can't seem to eat much during the day but I've begun getting crippling pains in my stomach which hurt worse than child birth at times... I had a hernia repair a week before my bypass and a lot of the time I get excruciating pain in the area that was repaired. I definitely have food allergies now but I monitor that ie I can't eat eggs or a lot of dairy and sweets are a huge no go into average around 5kg gain only to get dumping syndrome and off it comes again. Basically I want to know if anyone else has had similar pains and if so what did you do.

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  95. Thank you for sharing your story. I will be 6 years post gastric bypass in October of 2016. I lost from 276# down to 157# and then I decided it was to much weight off so I gained back up to 170# over the next 2 years. Now I weight 185# and I love me just like I am. I could stand to lose 10 to 15 # but it is not a priority at this time. I was just diagnosis with Microcytic Hypochondria Anemia and now taking I-Care-C oral once a day and I don't think it is working. I have my blood rechecked in one month and then if I'm not absorbing the IRON then the Hematologist is talking about IV Iron. Thanks for sharing your story. Now I know I'm not the only one dealing with this problem. How are you doing Now?

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