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  • #30677
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    I’m perfectly aware that I have been extremely fortunate to have had my WLS on the NHS. I will be eternally grateful. However, My body is now a complete mess under my clothes and without my Spanx undergarments! None of this is life threatening but it is life changing: not for the better. I know that only my Doctor/a health professional and husband will see me totally naked but I’m still very aware that I’m now somewhat of an oddity sans clothing. All that apart, the area I have the biggest problem with are my arms. I have worked them like crazy to develop some pretty useful ‘guns’ but underneath is what looks and feels like 2 massive portions of bread dough rising! They are SO HEAVY and utterly ugly. They stop me from wearing smaller clothes (I have to accommodate my ‘wings’ in a bigger size than I actually need) and make my shoulders/neck/elbows extremely painful every day.

    Now to my point? Why isn’t there funding to get them sorted? They hurt, they are embarrassing, they make me feel uncomfortable both mentally and physically and I have tried my utmost to diminish them with exercise. If a prisoner inside for murder can have a gender reasignment procedure costing £35,000 on the NHS, why can’t I have a £3,000 one to stop me being in pain?

    Anyway. rant over. I know I sound like a spoilt child but I’m in quite a bit of discomfort with it today which has prompted me to whinge a bit!! Those of you who know me, will know that moaning is not normal for me. I’m a glass full type, honestly!!!

    #43506

    I so hear you
    My loose skin weighs approx 4 stone my bingo wings measured at hospital as hanging down by 4 innches my inside thighd no longer recive blood supply so have turned black all this i can live with and cover up in much bigger size clothes than i actually need but my stomach apron overhang has pressed constantly against my bladder giving me a serious medical condition( for god’s sake I now need to wear incontinece pads daily) I have letters from specialist surgeons and phychatrists to say in their opinion I need this surgery as i have exceptional needs
    and have STILL BEEN REFUSED FUNDING BY PCT
    I appealed their decision and have STILL been refused funding meanwhile the tops of my legs get numb and lose all feeling when I sit or drive for any length of time due to the sheer weight of my overhang sitting on them.
    Sexual intercourse is now a physical impossibility due to genital prolapse ( so my marriage is very sad now)
    I WILL NEVER GIVE UP
    but its been the longest battle ever and its not over yet.
    It can not be considered ”cosmetic” when it is giving me such a poor quality of life
    AND STILL REFUSED FUNDING
    it makes me so sad
    As naked I look about 80 years old due to all the wrinkles and folds of heavy lose excess skin
    MY husband can’t bear to look at me -something which I could never have anticipated
    when i started out at 31 stones
    WHO KNEW EH!
    Its so sad x

    #43503
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    Oh my goodness, you poor little thing. That is absolutely awful for you. You are so much worse off than me. I get pain and infections etc but you are in an awful predicament. Like you say, NEVER give up. The only part of my body that looks better after surgery is my smile – it’s because I’m alive. I would have been dying/dead by now so I try to keep everything in perspective. I wake up every day glad to be alive, even if my life isn’t always easy. No one ever promised me it would be.

    #43507

    so true so true!
    but I didn’t have this surgery in the first place for my body to look better
    just to get healthy and have a better quality of life
    ironic that ‘s not the case
    who knew eh?

    #43498
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Ok you lot,
    We are giving up a little too easy here… who is to say surgery is out of question?
    I was encouraged with a nudge and a wink by someone who will remain nameless that it was not impossible to get funding.

    IF conditions related to weight loss are causing a problem to your well being then their should be some provision to find a solution.
    I for one am up for a fight with the system if anyone would like to take it on with me….

    I do not suffer ( only emotionally) with excess loose skin, but will for sure take the time fighting the system for anyone who does…

    I am not convinced it is not an option. just a question of making a stand… and trying.

    Lets rebel, lets fight the system and at least try. Your comfort and inevitablly health is important, its nothing more than your entitled too…..

    Anyone who might have had results needs to share their experiences please….

    Game on, something to discuss at support meetings. Please dont give up yet. We are FAR from done…

    Buzz xx

    #43499
    Anonymous
    Guest

    I actually know of one being offered surgery..on the NHS, just need to make contact and discuss how it came about….

    Its NOT out of the question…..

    Dont loose hope yet a while….

    #43500
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Oh and forgot…doodah, your not moaning….. or whinging….
    Rebel sweetheart…..
    lol.

    #43508

    I have a barrister and am in the process of a judicial review
    so I am most certainly NOT giver up !!!!

    #43504
    Doodah
    Keymaster

    Buzz are you coming to Fareham support group tomorrow my lovely? I absolutely love being part of such a fantastic group and also want to come to your next one. Could you please rimind me when it its – thanks hon xxx

    #43501
    Anonymous
    Guest

    Gonna try…… but no promises…. have an awful lot on right now…….

    Renns meet this Wednesday….. check previous posts for address and not to mention the star in the making…. she was in the public eye last week….fame….no wheres the fortune…

    Buzz xx

    #43510
    Renn
    Member

    Hi Doodah

    Thanks for your honesty. As we are always saying we are all different. We all looked different pre op and all look different post op. Some of us look more different than others. i.e.Buzz as he’s a man! However I wish you well achieving a successful outcome, Doodah. Thanks for sharing and being so informative to all readers.
    Have a great day tomorrow yes Wednesday
    Bye
    Renn (Madeleine)

    #43511
    Helen
    Member

    This is one thing my GP and I had a discussion about the other week. There was another Doctor in the room who was doing his GP training. So we had like a three way conversation as it was the first time he had come across someone who had bariatric surgery. The doctor doing his training asked me about loose skin. I said at the moment it is under my arm (eg. bat wings). My GP said to him that people have bariatric surgery etc. The removal of loose skin is part of the post-op care in his eyes and the PCT/NHS are cutting back on ‘cosmetic’ surgery, but he sees it not as cosmetic surgery but part of the post-op care.

    #43509

    @Buzz 13920 wrote:

    Ok you lot,
    We are giving up a little too easy here… who is to say surgery is out of question?
    I was encouraged with a nudge and a wink by someone who will remain nameless that it was not impossible to get funding.

    IF conditions related to weight loss are causing a problem to your well being then their should be some provision to find a solution.
    I for one am up for a fight with the system if anyone would like to take it on with me….

    I do not suffer ( only emotionally) with excess loose skin, but will for sure take the time fighting the system for anyone who does…

    I am not convinced it is not an option. just a question of making a stand… and trying.

    Lets rebel, lets fight the system and at least try. Your comfort and inevitablly health is important, its nothing more than your entitled too…..

    Anyone who might have had results needs to share their experiences please….

    Game on, something to discuss at support meetings. Please dont give up yet. We are FAR from done…

    Buzz xx

    in your post above you ask
    WHO IS TO SAY SURGERY IS OUT OF THE QUESTION???
    WEST SUSSEX PCT
    NOT ONCE
    NOT TWICE
    BUT 3 TIMES AND 1 APPEAL
    sTILL FIGHTING
    Will never give up x

    #43514
    ruby tuesday
    Member

    Dear Doodah,

    Sorry to hear you are uncomfortable, and obviously you feel different, but I thought you looked lovely when we met, petite and pretty, and friendly too! xx

    #43512
    miss missy
    Member

    oh my god the dreaded bingo wings.they are so hideous.even tho ive only lost 3 st so far i noticed under my arms are starting to look so baggy.i can cope with the tops of my legs and belly but the arms really bother me.i have resigned myself that if and when i lose so much weight (with clothes on)that i look mega sexy that i will have to be on the lookout for a baggy man to go with a baggy me.xxxxxx

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