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    Megan123
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    Good morning everyone,

    I have been reading these boards for several weeks now, but this is my first post. Been struggling with my weight for years, been around 11-12 stone mark for many years, then crept upto 13 stone for a awhile, then menopause hit and rocketed up to 16 stone :mad2: I am with a diet team that deal with bariactric surgery, but just dont seem to be losing any weight and when I do lose a few pounds, i put them back again!

    I am diabetic type 2 and getting close to needing insulin now :frown: But my biggest woo is Fibromyaligia, which I got after my gall bladder operation in 2002. It has totally changed my life as I now suffer chronic pain 24/7. Exercise is nearly impossible, I manage to walk my dog a little everyday, but any form of proper exercise is out of the question as I then suffer huge flares which are agony. I can no longer work full time, my sleep patterns are very disturbed and my life is quite limited and frustrating.

    I fear that although bariatric surgery may make my diabetes better and help me to lose weight, but im life wont change much more than that due to the fibro, unlike many stories Ive read where lives have been transformed. Im terrified of hospitals (long story but reason for it) and have a fear of vommiting, so Im a bit of a hopeless case lol.

    Really dont know which way to turn, as surgery seems my only option as far as weight loss is corncerned. I dont eat lots and have a healthy diet, but my portion control needs controlling. I eat until Im full and its the only way I feel satisfied.

    Be really interested to hear back from anyone thats had surgery and also has diabetes and/or fibromyalgia please.

    Thanks x

    #49409
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    @Megan123 28010 wrote:

    Good morning everyone,

    I have been reading these boards for several weeks now, but this is my first post. Been struggling with my weight for years, been around 11-12 stone mark for many years, then crept upto 13 stone for a awhile, then menopause hit and rocketed up to 16 stone :mad2: I am with a diet team that deal with bariactric surgery, but just dont seem to be losing any weight and when I do lose a few pounds, i put them back again!

    I am diabetic type 2 and getting close to needing insulin now :frown: But my biggest woo is Fibromyaligia, which I got after my gall bladder operation in 2002. It has totally changed my life as I now suffer chronic pain 24/7. Exercise is nearly impossible, I manage to walk my dog a little everyday, but any form of proper exercise is out of the question as I then suffer huge flares which are agony. I can no longer work full time, my sleep patterns are very disturbed and my life is quite limited and frustrating.

    I fear that although bariatric surgery may make my diabetes better and help me to lose weight, but im life wont change much more than that due to the fibro, unlike many stories Ive read where lives have been transformed. Im terrified of hospitals (long story but reason for it) and have a fear of vommiting, so Im a bit of a hopeless case lol.

    Really dont know which way to turn, as surgery seems my only option as far as weight loss is corncerned. I dont eat lots and have a healthy diet, but my portion control needs controlling. I eat until Im full and its the only way I feel satisfied.

    Be really interested to hear back from anyone thats had surgery and also has diabetes and/or fibromyalgia please.

    Thanks x

    Hi Megan and a very warm welcome to the friendliest place around.

    I have Fibromyalgia, arthritis and asthma so know exactly where you are coming from. I live with constant pain and always will but you know what – I’m LIVING.

    If you have read any of my posts you will know that I started out at 26+ st and have lost just over 15. It has transformed my life in that I now work and can make plans for the future. My life has been saved by wls. I had it five years ago this July and was told at the time that I could be dead by now. My BMI was 64. Yes, I still live with pain on a daily basis and life can sometimes be hard but I am here. I can finally look forward.

    I think your best course of action is to attend an open evening/seminar about weight loss surgery or have a consultation with one of our surgeons. Please call 0800 157 7033 or 0208 9500698 or email: info@streamline-surgical.com to talk to someone who will know the right thing for you to do.

    If you follow the guidelines to the letter after wls, there is no reason you should ever be sick. Please feel free to send me a private message if you would like to know anything else. I’m on here every day and will do all I can to help you. You need never feel you are alone again as everyone on this forum is so wonderfully helpful and supportive, you will be blown away by it.

    Look forward to hearing from you. Take care my fellow Fibro survivor!

    Doodah x

    #49411
    Megan123
    Member

    Hello Doodah,

    Thank you very much for replying to my post, its so nice to know someone thats been through all this and also suffers Fibro, I certainly take my hat off to you for losing 15st thats out of this world :clap2:

    Did it make your Fibo worse after surgery?

    I attended a bariactric seminar last week with a Dr Carr (feeling Good) but your right I defintely need to have a consultation with one of the surgeons. Im not sure if I want to go the surgery route or not yet, I am still trying to get my head round it. I absolutely detest the way my body looks and feels right now, but to live the rest of my life never having any sugary foods (I occasionally get a chocolate craving!) and to live without diet coke feels me with dread – being honest. I have got to get to grips with this and find replacements. I dont do a lot of emotional eating, but when things really get me down I can then turn to sugary foods to give me a lift and another 2 st lol. Im very much aware that surgery wont cure emotional thoughts and feelings and in the past replacements would have been long walks in the country or horse riding, but I can do neither now thanks to fibro, sometimes I feel all I have for comfort is food.

    So glad I found this forum, everyone cerayinly seems very helpful and supportive from all the posts Ive read.

    Megan

    #49410
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    @Megan123 28013 wrote:

    Hello Doodah,

    Thank you very much for replying to my post, its so nice to know someone thats been through all this and also suffers Fibro, I certainly take my hat off to you for losing 15st thats out of this world :clap2:

    Did it make your Fibo worse after surgery?

    I attended a bariactric seminar last week with a Dr Carr (feeling Good) but your right I defintely need to have a consultation with one of the surgeons. Im not sure if I want to go the surgery route or not yet, I am still trying to get my head round it. I absolutely detest the way my body looks and feels right now, but to live the rest of my life never having any sugary foods (I occasionally get a chocolate craving!) and to live without diet coke feels me with dread – being honest. I have got to get to grips with this and find replacements. I dont do a lot of emotional eating, but when things really get me down I can then turn to sugary foods to give me a lift and another 2 st lol. Im very much aware that surgery wont cure emotional thoughts and feelings and in the past replacements would have been long walks in the country or horse riding, but I can do neither now thanks to fibro, sometimes I feel all I have for comfort is food.

    So glad I found this forum, everyone cerayinly seems very helpful and supportive from all the posts Ive read.

    Megan

    Hi again Megan

    So glad you feel you can come on here and feel safe, supported and valued.

    I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that my bypass has not made my fibro worse than it was before surgery. If it had, I would tell you I promise you that. It also hasn’t made any change to either my asthma or arthritis but what it has made me is more capable of dealing with it. I now have a hugely positive mental attitude and – a future. One to which I can look forward with hope and happiness.

    As for not being able to have sugary or fizzy food/drink, that is something that terrifies us all! But, they are NOT your friends. They make you feel lousy and guilty: that’s not friendly is it? We all find something else to focus and depend on. For many of us it is physical exercise (mine is swimming. I learned to swim last year!) plus, many of us get back into work or change careers completely. The sense of pride and satisfaction that gives cannot be achieved with a can of pop or a cake. You may be able to take up horse riding again and will certainly be able to take those walks – building them up every day. Your attitude will change so much that you may even try something totally new.

    My one bit of advice? Get some counselling/therapy. I had therapy for three years before my surgery as I needed to know how/why I got to be 26+ stone in the first place. I already knew that part of it was due to my disabilities (nasty car accident 19 years ago) but was acutely aware that emotional factors were just as responsible.

    Anyway my lovely, you just take your time and glean as much info as you possibly can. Informed choices work better than those that are made in a short space of time 😉

    We are all, always here for you

    Doodah x

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