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Fatigue...when Does It End After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Started by Lisa821, Dec 23, 2011 8:53 PM
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Posted December 23, 2011 - 8:53 PM

I really need to vent.I have had intense fatigue since about my 2nd wk postop. I'm about at week 7 and I am still totally tired ALL OF THE TIME!! Has anyone else lived through this? If so, do you eventually come out of it? If so, how long before you start feeling normal?

I eat/drink right, sleep 8 continuous hrs/night, I work a full time job and have 4 very busy kids. I'm sure I get plenty of activity in a day. Now I am about to add in an exercise routine. Bahhhh! I just can't imagine how I am going to do it. I have zero energy. For instance, right now, it's 2:50pm where I am, I'm at work and if I closed my eyes for even 2 minutes I would be asleep. What is even scarier...is that I have to drive about 30 min to get home and I have to fight falling asleep all the way home. I just wish I knew what is wrong with me! My doctor checked my labs and everything was fine, I take my Vitamins every day and I'm just totally frustrated cuz I get kinda crabby when I'm tired (I guess most people do).

Well thanks for letting me vent and if anyone has any ideas or words of hope let me know.
Big hugs.
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Posted December 24, 2011 - 1:47 AM

I can totally relate to you. I am only 10 days post op and everything is going really well. I went back to work this week and by the time the afternoon comes around, I am yawning all the time. I have a 2 1/2 year old and he keeps me busy when I get home. I sure hope my energy level will pick up too and get back to normal. Good luck to you and Merry Christmas!
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Posted December 24, 2011 - 2:20 AM

I'm in the same boat. The last two nights I have felt like an over tired baby. I understand now why they cry from being so tired, because the last two nights that is exactly what I've done... Had myself a good cry over it. Crying doesn't help one bit with exhaustion either!


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Posted December 24, 2011 - 2:50 AM

I am less then two weeks out, feeling good but unbelievably tired. I was warned about this... first 2-3 weeks would be like that.

Are you sure you are getting enough fluids? That is the most obvious reason for exetreme fatigue.

I hope you find a good solution - it is pretty miserable being so tired.


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Posted December 24, 2011 - 2:55 AM

I was exhausted for a good 4 months. I'm doing better now since I have increased my caloric intake to more than 500 calories to about 1000. I can't get in much more than that. I also took sabbatical from teaching for five months so I will return to work nxt week. I'm certain I will be exhausted all over again.


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Posted January 1, 2012 - 5:11 PM

I'm close to I month out from my operation and I'm tired quite often. I'm really hoping it will go away once I start my mushies next Tuesday. I'm going to see my surgeon, dietitian, and exercise physiologist on Thursday, so I'm going to ask them about this since it's prevalent in the community. I'll report back my findings!

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Posted January 10, 2012 - 3:36 AM


I haven't had sleeve surgery yet but, I was extremely tired after I got the band for several weeks and after one other "female" surgery. So, I know it's normal to have fatigue but, are you getting enough Protein?

Any kind of surgery is a big deal. Take care of yourself.

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Posted January 13, 2012 - 5:01 AM

I started feeling so much better at 3 months post op, then I did something DUMB! I STOPPED TAKING MY Vitamins on a regular basis, DUMB!!! Then I was tired again. Now I have to take 2 multi vitamins a day, BUT I FEEL soooooo much better.


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Posted January 13, 2012 - 1:27 PM

I am in the same boat and very worried because I go back to work next week. I'm between a rock & a hard place because I'm self-employed and cannot afford to take any more time off. I'm just saying a prayer and talking to my kids (12 & 13) about things I may need more help with. Otherwise, when it comes to things like house cleaning and running here, there & everywhere, I'm just going to have to let a few things slide.

On top of that today and yesterday I have had terrible nausea. Today it came with heartburn. And today the ondansetron didn't help a bit. I'll be calling my doc on all this.


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Posted January 13, 2012 - 10:05 PM

I am worried about the fatigue too. I already tire easily because of diabetes so I know I'm going to be extremely exhausted after the sleeve. I hope my husband doesn't get too frustrated. I am hoping once the excess weight is shed I will be much more energetic. I am hoping that you will be more energetic too once you incur more weight loss.

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