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Hungry, or not...after surgery

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Started by SpiceyMom, Apr 17, 2011 7:58 PM
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    SpiceyMom

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Posted April 17, 2011 - 7:58 PM

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So I am confused...I read here and there that after surgery some are hungry and some are not. Then a few weeks later some of the hungry are no longer hungry. Do some people never lose their hunger? Is there a normal progression after surgery or is everyone different? What about a few years out? I'm getting sleeved in 11 days and I'm just curious...thanks!


    Foxbins

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Posted April 17, 2011 - 8:18 PM

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My surgery was three months ago and I have not been hungry since. I think you will find, as you suspect, a range of answers. It appears that for some removal of the stomach (and ghrelin-producing cells) takes away hunger immediately after surgery and for others, the levels in the body decrease more slowly. There are some who believe that ghrelin, which is produced in other parts of the body besides the stomach, eventually is produced in sufficient quantities to cause hunger once again.

Appetite and hunger are poorly understood physiologically; add in the psychological component and you have a multi-faceted conundrum.


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Posted April 17, 2011 - 9:07 PM

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I'm 4 days post-op and there is a feeling like hunger, but it's just my stomach telling me "hey, I'm empty... give me something to gurgle"... so i down 1 small shot glass of water or G2 and i'm full.. for the next 30 mins or so....

But head hunger.. yep it is still there..


    Tiffykins

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Posted April 17, 2011 - 9:51 PM

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I'm over 22 months out, and never experience physical hunger. I had this funky, gnawing, twinge after eating around 6-7 weeks, talked to some other vets, and they said it could be acid causing false hunger. Went on Prilosec 20mg once daily, and have never felt it again. I take Nexium now, and not being hungry is the biggest reason I stay on it.

Even with the pregnancy, I'm not ever, I mean ever physically hungry. That does not change my want to eat, or my appetite. I still love food, and the sleeve makes the "decision-making" process on what goes in my mouth so much easier.


    Ms Lady in NC

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Posted April 18, 2011 - 12:11 AM

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I think like Foxbins said, you will find everyone is different. I have no hunger but notice more acid induced grumbling but like Tiffykins said, take my meds and feel fine. It will all depend on you and how you are as a eater. Emotional eaters or those addicted to food will of course have a harder time mentally than those that aren't. I myself have no problem watching someone eat or smelling food. But seeing the new Hershey's commercial of the minis that look like M&M's really messes with me lol.

I think the same way we were determined to have this surgery is the same way we will and do overcome whatever issue we have with it. But I do not think it is hard as the 100's of diets I have been on. The pre-op diet I placed myself on really helped prepare me for what was to come. Being a week and a half out is nothing I know but in that time I have learned my sleeve is now in charge no matter what my eyes or mind wants and that is exactly what I need.


    Disney

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Posted April 18, 2011 - 12:31 AM

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No physical hunger at all at almost 6 weeks out, but the head hunger has been a problem for a while now. Just want me a big 'ol bite of hubby's cheeseburger when I smell it. Thankfully he usually eats well and only occasionally splurges on fast food. That's the hardest part for me. Physically, I am full after 2 bites of something substantial, mentally though, I could eat that cheeseburger and the fries, too. And the shake, tooPosted Image


    Ms Lady in NC

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Posted April 18, 2011 - 12:46 AM

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No physical hunger at all at almost 6 weeks out, but the head hunger has been a problem for a while now. Just want me a big 'ol bite of hubby's cheeseburger when I smell it. Thankfully he usually eats well and only occasionally splurges on fast food. That's the hardest part for me. Physically, I am full after 2 bites of something substantial, mentally though, I could eat that cheeseburger and the fries, too. And the shake, tooPosted Image



Talking about fighting temptation...my little girl came home yesterday with a Wendy's frosty saying it was my reward for doing so good and boy did I want to taste it along with whatever she had in the bag for herself :P but instead I said thanks but I couldn't. The soft cals will be what does me in I know so I am staying away from all dairy including yogurt. I instead keep sf jello and popsicles on hand to fill my sweet tooth as needed.


    jay9mal

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Posted April 18, 2011 - 8:34 AM

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It took me 3 1/2 months to lose my hunger. And breaking bad habits I'm still working on. I have to remind myself just because its 1:00 doesn't always mean I have to eat.


    SpiceyMom

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Posted April 18, 2011 - 8:50 AM

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Love, love, love the honesty and information I get on this group!! You all have me so stinkin' excited to get started! It's amazing how different it feels to have HOPE that this time, it'll WORK! :P


    Rootman

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Posted April 18, 2011 - 9:33 AM

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It works differently for everyone it seems. There was a vocal group that posted in the past - you can search for them using the word HUNGRY. I haven't seen them for a while.

I am 4+ months out and I too am not hungry any more and very rarely really "crave" anything.
I too get the acid churning which makes me think I am hungry. I take Rx omeprazole (Prilosec) and it helps. I find I have to nibble on a few crackers sometimes to ease the acid. If I do get a craving and go ahead and eat it I am usually disappointed with whatever it is I am wanting. I was alone on Saturday and noticed my wife had one last 100 calorie pack of gold fish crackers, man I used to love those things. I succumbed to temptation and grabbed it. Now I am still eating less than 1000 calories a day and exercising to boot too, 100 calories of crackers won't really effect me at all so I am not really cheating. I too a few bites and then went bleh! They tasted like crap. The dogs ate the rest. I just have no stomach for them (pun intended). Now why my tastes are so drastically altered is a mystery. I was a real sweets freak, never pass up a pie or cake. Sugars really turn me off now.





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