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I was shocked to hear how serious your chest pains were, and so glad they were checked out by the bariatric team, not a general surgeon who would naturally expect heart issues. I think it is important to remember that this surgery is so major, it affects the body for the rest of our lives, and deficiencies such as you are experiencing with needing Vit D injections can crop up at any time, and have far reaching effects on the body. I am very glad you have had this issue resolved, not just been fobbed off, and hope you recover quickly.
Thanks for the replies, I appreciate the response.
I don’t eat bread, so cannot cut that out, and have tried every type of food combination and elimination going.
I have not had a second opinion, as Mr Somers is such a renown surgeon, but do now have someone recommended to ask for a referral to,having had a reply from a patient with the same problem, and will see if a second opinion differs.
I understand what you say Paul, and Mr Somers did say there is no guarantee a reversal would solve the problem, but it may be that the new ‘plumbing’ itself is causing the difficulties, and the fact that the food is not being absorbed from the stomach can be what is causing the build up of gas, clearly the problem was caused by the bypass, which is why he feels reversal to be an option.
I too have met many people who pass gas constantly, and I have never had that problem, mine is building up through the day in a rock hard tummy, and will not pass until the morning, which is a bit different, and hard to live with.
Hi, I sympathise, I am two years post bypass, and I am afraid by 7pm my tummy is stretched, rock hard and sore, with wind, which will not pass until the morning. This is particularly difficult having recently had a tummy tuck. I too have tried everything, and varied my diet, and to be honest, it happens even if I don’t eat before that time of day. I am sorry to say I just don’t believe any claims for a mix of herbs and spices helping.
I have had a stomach ulcer, but I understand the design of the bypass which affects how we absorb nutrients and digest food, does also cause wind, it just affects people in varying degrees. My ‘pouch’ grumbles frequently, especially when food or liquid is going through it, and that grumbling is adding wind to each amount it is letting through, so when you factor in the shortened digestion process too, we are on a looser trying to overcome it.
Just a thought if you speak to your team, I recently saw a dietician unexpectedly, and she tried to blame my diet, which is healthy and varied, but since I can only rarely tolerate bread, my only carbs are rice and potato. She felt low carbs were a problem, and recommended probiotics – not proven to work, but she would like me to take Yakult daily. I disagree, as I have natural live yoghurt daily anyway, and probiotic drinks are high in sugar which I react to. Some vegetables causing wind more than others, obviously so do pulses, but my diet is based on careful research on what causes gas, and I have failed to make any difference.
Sorry to sound negative, something may work for you, perhaps probiotics in capsule or liquid form, but my personal feeling is this is something we have to live with, one of the downsides of the bypass.
Best of luck, I was done there, great hospital. Take something to read, comfy nightie, slippers, dressing gown, and you will be in good hands so don’t worry!
It definately is the case that actually meeting people who have been through the surgery you are considering prior to arranging anything is what gives us the best idea of whether we should go ahead. Not that the surgeons are anything other than helpful, but somehow it is talking to the patients about their experiences that makes it seem more real, and for me, made me realise if it worked for them, it could work for me. It makes you quite evangelical afterwards, I often see people I would love to tell all about surgery options, but of course you can’t, it wouldn’t be received very well!
That is good news, a support group is definately needed, although I know there is a good established one in Southampton, but the thought of Saturday parking difficulties has put me off trying it out! For the most part I like being ‘normal’ but no one really understands bariatric or even plastic surgery issues unless they have been through them, and since it does change everything regarding eating, it does become a bit all-encompassing, so it is such a relief to be with people who understand, and can offer support!
Just posted an update to my tummy tuck, possibly in the wrong area, so popping it in here too! I am now 8 weeks post-op, and have healed well with a nice neat scar that can be hidden under pants, so I could wear a bikini on holiday if I wished. I am very pleased with my flat tummy, and very glad I waited until I had lost as much weight as I was likely to, before I considered having it done, as it gives a better result. I had a little muscle tightening, but that does not feel uncomfortable, my body is mostly back to feeling like it is mine again, apart from where the pant-line scar is, which does still feel tight, a bit like having a belt pulled round you. I think that eases over time, and with gentle massage. Apparently the line of tummy just above the scar which is still swollen will gradually flatten, evidently the fluid cannot drain away as the lymph drainage to the groin is cut as part of the surgery, but that grows back slowly, with excercise helping. I am aenemic due to the surgery, only just picked this up and started iron tablets, but otherwise all is well. Obviously the aememia is why I have felt so drained, so not back up to going on long walks with my walking group yet, will have to work up to that slowly! No surgery is an easy ride, but the results of this operation are worth it, for anyone considering a tummy tuck.
Just wanted to update, I am 8 weeks post-tummy tuck, and barring acute constipation causing problems in the first two weeks, all went very well. I have ended up aenemic, which as a bypass patient and despite very good varied diet, I am prone to, but no healing issues. I am very pleased with a lovely flat tummy, happy with the service I received at the hospital and the price I paid, and when I look back at my pre-bypass pics, I am amazed. My only wish is that there was a support group I could attend, as I would love to encourage other people who are looking at either surgery, I found that incredibly helpful when I was deciding whether to proceed, as you can actually see and talk to someone who has been through the same things!
Thank you, have tried hard to drink lots, but will try to have some more, and did phone the Spire today just to check, they think much the same, and suggest lactulose too, so I will go all out and take some. I know I was very bunged up after the bypass, and although I have not needed the loo yet, no doubt that is what is the matter. I havn’t tried soaking in the bath but it is a good idea, might try this evening when it usually feel worse, thanks for the suggestion!
Bless you, you really have been through the wars, what a horrible experience, and thank you for telling me. I have no idea how things are under my dressings, just out of our control isn’t it, and so frightening when things go wrong and we wonder why it seems to happen to us! I can relate even at this early stage to the very strong urge to never see compression garments or stockings again!! I hope you do have a nice flat tummy you are happy with after all you went through. x
I am also sorry to read you had complications with your previous surgery, and hope they have been resolved. I would like to ask what happened, but understand you may not want to share the details. I was very glad to see there is a section on here about plastics though, it becomes much more interesting when you reach that stage in your journey, I think back to pre-bypass and the people I met who had had plastics, and of course at the time, being so overweight, I had no interest in asking any questions as it just wasn’t applicable to me! Now, I could do with a support group of people who have had things done, and are at my stage!
Sorry to read this Doodah, I know how much your arms trouble you, but I am sure despite being disappointed, you have made the right decision. I think we take longer to completely get over surgery than we realise, even when the body seems healed and fully fit, there are still changes going on.
So true, however strong we think we are, and it is hard when you feel truly awful not to be able to have the comfort of food due to dumping – yet that was exactly why I chose the bypass, so I got just what I paid for!!
Sorry to hear about the consultant experience Doodah, I have met so many over the years due to both my husband and myself, and it is a very rare one who is a true ‘people person’ like Mr Somers, and can interact on a normal level with us non-medical types! You sometimes wonder why on earth they choose a job involving other people at all!
Hurrah, just had barium x ray which was not as worrying as I thought, and no problems showing, although I do still have some pain when eating, so am re-booking op. and looking forward very much to a flat tummy which I have never ever had!
I too crave sweet things, and although I can only tolerate a little sugar, do feel my blood sugar levels rocket up and down if I have any, causing shaking and recently a panic attack. I try to keep the sweet things to just a little fruit, but do have a frappacino or sugar-free caramel latte for a treat, can’t eat cake at all, and only a couple of ginger biscuits, which are my main weakness. As Doodah says, I have to weigh myself daily, force myself to excercise, and really work at controlling what I eat, my main thing is having gone from two biscuits daily, to two per cup of tea – which does put a few pounds on. I do eat healthily, plenty of protein and veg etc, still small portions, but it is so true that the op does not solve all our problems, and has to be really worked at for life!