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I was asked on the day on my surgery what I wanted to do after I had lost my weight and my answer like so many of you have said is to be able to cut and paint my toe nails. I now never go without painting my toe nails, every two weeks I change the colour. Another was being able to do my seat belt on a plane and pull the tray down in front of me and the first time I got on a plane after I had lost my weight I was still convinced I would have to ask for a extension but I didn’t, the same goes with travelling by train being able to walk down the aisle normally and without nearly having to walk sideways and to slip into the seat behind the table. So many things that others take for granted are really wonderful for us ladies that have never been able to do them before.
Hi, it must be very easy to slip back into bad eating habits that is why I am with Weight Watchers, I am one of the helpers/support workers with my local group. I actually go twice a week as we hold two meetings and I am a helper/support worker at both these meetings and as there is no support group in my area for us who have had wls I have found that my members support me. I have found that getting weighed once a week has really helped me, yes I have gained a few pounds every so often as “normal” women do but it does give me a jolt that I may be slipping back into old eating habits and I start to keep a food tracker to see and monitor what I am eating and I can lose what ever I have gained. I am now within a stone of getting to where I would like to be (taking into account the amount of loose skin I am carrying) and though I am finding it extremely hard to shift these last few pounds in the great scheme of things it won’t really matter if I don’t get there when I look at how far I have come. It is just me wanting to say I am in the eleven stone something bracket but considering when I started out I was in the 25 stone bracket a few extra pounds is nothing lol. I hope you can get back to where you want to be and I wish you well on your five day pouch test. Can you tell me what this is and how to go about finding out about it and what to do as I would love to give my pouch a test.x
Hi just picked up on this post and it sounds like REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIC . I have been told this is what I have and your symptoms are exactly what I was experiencing. I was sent to St Richards by my GP and after tests there that is the answer they came up with. I was sent to a dietician and was put on a high fibre diet very much like the GI diet and with the help of the diet and tablets that I was prescribed (ACARBOSE TABLETS) by St Richards I have kept it under control, I do know when I have ate anything containing to much sugar or caffeine because my blood sugar goes out of control. St Richards put it down to my bypass and the rapid weight loss but also told me that over the years my body would adjust and I would not need the tablets. I have already come down from three a day to two a day and touch wood it has been a while since I last had a bad attack, what it is you have all the signs of being diabetic without being diabetic. Hope this helps from a fellow sufferer. xx
Been a while since I popped in to see how every one was doing. Last time I was on here I was just about to go to Germany to see my son, his wife and my two beautiful grandchildren. First off NO extension on the seat belt on the flight and like you I put on 3lbs while I was away but have since lost that and a little more but I can now say I am officially half the woman I was two years ago with a weight lost of now over 12 stones and yippee havinging to buy a size 12/14 top and size 14 dresses and jeans (still can’t quite get my head around that). I managed to put some weight on last week as I hit the comfort eating and Mr Chocolate reared his ugly head but he has been banished again and I am now back in control and expecting to have lost it again this week. Why is it that we get a major drama happen in our lives ( my lovely daughter in law had major surgery, she donated one of her kidneys to her brother and she ended up really poorly for a while but is now on the road to recovery) that Mr Chocolate or some other naughty thing raises their head and bang we are off on the comfort eating again, but he is not going to get me spirialling out of control like he would have done in the pass, just a little blip but I have knocked him off my shoulder and I am back in control of what goes in my mouth. There is no way I am going to become a 25 stone woman again I am loving this new life I am leading to give it up to Mr Chocolate or who ever.
I hope you had a really lovely holiday. xx
@Doodah 28730 wrote:
Thanks Elaine. Health is ALWAYS a first consideration. My bingo wings are absolutely terrible. I have really good muscles but with about 6″ in length of hanging loose, wrinkled and puckered skin underneath. I didn’t even show them on holiday in the Maldives last year not matter how hot it became. I’m very, very conscious of them and they make my elbows hurt with the weight of them.
I have big boobs still 🙁 They are SO heavy on my tiny frame (5′ 3″) and cause a great deal of pain in my back, neck and shoulders – hence me never saying never! But I will have to be 100% well enough and have the time to take care of myself.
I guess I am lucky as I don’t have anything like that, as I say I can live with my bingo wings and the fact that I know longer have a bust so to speak (small price to pay for being healthy and having my life back) but I really would love my tummy done as that does hang down over the tops of my thighs and I get sores and sweat rash there but as I said never say never and one day the funding may be there.
Big but right decission to make for you, always listen to what your body is saying to you. I would love my loose skin on my tummy done, been to doc’s and they won’t even consider it but am I down hearted not really, I have my health and that is all that matters and who knows in a few years time the funding may be there and I will get it removed. I am lucky that I really don’t have to bad ” bingo wings” in fact I was wearing a top only Wednesday that had my shoulders and arms exposed and a dear friend said that it really suited me and I should wear that style more often as I had lovely shoulders and my arms were just as nice and only I noticed my “bingo wings” my only regret is that I have lost my bust, have gone down from a 46dd to a 38b/a but hey small price to pay.
I am like you in so much as never say never.
I must say the op is best thing I have ever done for me, it has given me my life back, no change that it has given me a life to look forward to. You will have days when you will think why have I done this but work through them and think of the end result it is so worth it. It is not an easy option and it doesn’t mean that you will never have to watch what you eat again because that ain’t true, it is only a tool that you have been given, work with it. I was always big right from when I was a baby, my mum said to my partner when we first met if you wanted a thin lady you haven’t got one in Elaine she will never be thin, just wish she could see me now, I still can’t believe that when I look in the mirror that it is me I am looking at, but it is and even more so that I can now slip into a pair of size 16 jeans when two years ago a size 32 was a struggle to get into, in fact this morning I was thinking these jeans are getting a little big on me but the thought of buying a size 14 is mind blowing.
Good luck with your op and let us know how you get on.
What a wonderful post and well done you. I will 2years post bypass on the 23rd of this month and I to can not believe how much my life has changed. I also have developed reactive hypoglycaemia (having just had it confirmed by St Richards) and I off to my local GP today for a prescription of a tablet they have recommended and hopefully arrange to see a dietician to advice me on a low carbohydrate,low glycaemic index diet, I have also been advised to cut down on my caffine. I have lost 11 stone so far and could I think afford to lose maybe at a push another two but really don’t want to go down much more than that, but have been told that I will probably lose more so I am back under the wing of St Richards to keep an eye on me.
I am now nearly 2 years post bybass surgery. I had my bypass done at St Richards Hospital Chichester on March 23rd 2011 by the lovely Mr John. At the start of my journey I weighed in at nearly 25 stones and I have my lovely GP who suggested that I had the surgery and started the ball rolling by what ever she said in the letter she wrote the funding people because within a fortnight of applying for funding I had been granted it and the rest as they say is history. I managed to lose over a stone on the milk diet and I sailed through surgery and was home after the two days and I have never looked back since. I lost ten stones the first year and I have struggled this past year to get another stone off but I don’t mind this as long as it is not going back on and I can say here and now hand on my heart IT IS NEVER GOING BACK ON AGAIN, I have been given this second chance of life and I am not going to mess it up. I am so much more healthier now, can walk, even run without getting out of breath, go to the gym and swim every week and I am living life to the full, I even managed to pass my driving test last year, not bad for an old bird who is 60 in a few weeks time. I just love life now and all that it can offer me, 60 nah I feel 30 and I am enjoying living for the first time in my life. I am having a small problem now which has been caused by the WLS but it is only a small problem and if I have to give up carbs for the rest of my life so what small price to pay for how I feel now. I have never regretted having the surgery just very very thankful, grateful to my GP and Mr John who gave me this chance and believed in me.
Hi Miss Missy,
I am coming up to my two year anniversary and I have lost 11stones now. I am struggling now to lose any more and my weight does go up and down by a pound or two nearly every week. I am back under St Richards again at the moment as I have been having really bad sweats, terrific bad headaches and dizziness and they have discovered I have a problem with my insulin levels going out of control when I eat any type of food. I am now waiting to get an appointment with my local hospital with the dietician where I have to be advised about a low carbohydrate,low glycaemic idex diet and though I am a member of Weight Watchers (I am a helper there) and have been before my op and since my op ( I am someone that needs to be weighed weekly to keep control of my weight), as I said I am struggling to lose anymore I am hoping my new diet will kick start the weight lose again as I would ideally like to lose about another stone and a half.I to had found that I could eat everything again without a reaction until this problem started and it was a constant battle and that is where I found WW helped me stay focused, so good luck with Slimming World.
I to suffer from the most awlful smelling wind no matter what I eat, I think a lot of people who have surgery like us do, just goes hand in hand with it.
Good luck at Slimming World and I do hope you manage to lose the weight that you gained through packing it up smoking.
Elaine xxFebruary 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm in reply to: If you do not "dump" what does it mean – chemically? #49151
I am now nearly 2 years post bypass and 11 stone lighter and for the pass 6/8 months have been suffering really bad sweats,palpitations, being light headed. I went to my GP who thought I was suffering from “dumping syndrome” which normal happens a few weeks after the op not so far down the line as I am, she suggested a low carb diet which I did and still do but the symtons didn’t go away, so I was referred back to St Richards to see a Endocrinology consultant, who said that this is quite common in bypass patients and it is to do with the absorption of food to quickly or to slowly. I had to go back in December where they did an extensive glucose tolerance blood test to find out what was happening to my body over a period of two/three hours after a glucose drink. I was back at St Richards again last Friday and yes I do have a problem with how my body is coping or in my case not coping with any form of carbs/natural/ process sugar. Apparently your blood sugar should be below 5.6 mind is peaking well above that at the least little bit of carbs/glucose/sugar so what he is doing for me is arrangements are being made with my local hospital to see the dietician to try and work out a diet that agrees with me, I have to try a drug that will either help and slow down the absorption or it will make all that I eat pass straight through, in which case I will need to come off it as it will be to dangerous as it could cause malnutrician and dyhdration and I will have to control my symtoms by diet alone. I have been told I can expect to lose more weight which I don’t really mund as I could do with maybe loosing another stone but not much more than that. I am sure I will get this small problem sorted out this year but the way I look at it is, the bypass was a life saver for me and I can’t thank the lovely Mr John and St Richards for giving me back my life and if I have to give up carbs for the rest of my life then so be it, at least I am alive and healthy because if I had not been given this chance I am sure by now two years down the line I would 30stone plus and have no life, small price to pay no carbs.
I did the milk diet nearly two years ago and like Doodah I found it quite easy. I flavoured my milk with sugar free milk shake, made milky coffee and lots of tea. I too kept my savoury drink for my dinner at night so it felt like I was getting a dinner and I also kept my jelly for the evening as well, oh I used some of the milk to make the jelly as well. I topped up through out the day if I felt hungry with sugar free squash and lots of diet fizzy drinks, I also crunched ice cubes for the feeling of actually eating something and I chewed sugar free gum.
Hope that helps.
My tummy is very noisy as well, after most meals and drinks, but I quite like it talking to me, but my poor three year old grandaughter got really concerned for me. The last time I was staying with my son, my grandaughter had crept into bed with me in the early hours of the morning and being woken up my tummy decided it would talk to me, Ettie (the grandaughter) sat up in bed and said “are you hungry granny”, “no” I replied, all silent again then the tummy started again, up sat Ettie again “are you sure you are not hungry”, “no” I replied “it is just my talking to me”. Ettie came back with “whats it saying,does it want some cereal”, ” no I don’t think it does” says me,”well can you tell it to be quiet as I am trying to sleep here” says Ettie and that was me and my tummy told.
I like Lesley are nearly two years post op ( I had my op the day after her and was in St Richards with her), I am now 11 stones lighter and yes I do eat more now than what I did two years ago and yes I can have the odd naughty thing. I put on 5lbs over the Christmas period which for me is quite good because before the op that would have been anything up to a stone. I attend Weight Watchers every week (I am a helper at my local group), and they are my support group and have been with me all the way. I got weighed on the 2nd of Jan and found out I had put on the 5lbs and when I got home out came my scales, my cook books and I started to write everything down an count my points. I lost a pound and half last week so I am back on track and back in control and I will continue to do this until that 5lb is off plus a little more as I would like to lose another stone this year and then I will be happy. I am back swimming and at the gym and I feel better again. There is no way that weight is going back on and come March this year I start to push to have my loose skin off my tummy removed, not worried about anywhere else, as my doctor keeps telling me I am “normal” now with my weight going up and down by a few pounds.
I am now nearly 2 years post bypass and I had my op at St Richards and I wa discharged from them at about 10 months post op as I was doing well and I had such a long way to go to get there (I live in Margate, Kent), not only was it costing a fortune but was taking me all day to get there and back and having a disabled partner I had to arrange for carer’s to come in and attend him as at the time I was not driving. I think if I remember rightly I had one post op appointment at six weeks and then three seperate ones with the dietician and on the last one she said as I was doing everything that I should be doing there was no point in dragging me me all the way there for a 10 min appointment. My advice is when you go down again speak to them and if they are ok with how you are getting on they will discharge you.