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I have to sleep sitting up

Started by wendyr, Sep 07, 2007 7:14 PM
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37 replies to this topic


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Posted September 7, 2007 - 7:14 PM

I haven't been able to sleep laying down in several months, it all started when I couldn't stop coughing at night and sleeping sitting up helped cure it. Now it is happening when I sit up, I end up throwing up almost everynight. I usually don't eat after 6, I should be loosing more weight but I'm not, and it really sucks because I am not even at my goal weight after 2 years. I've kept 55 pounds off, but I don't have much restriction and I am afraid to get another fill because of the caughing. Also, alot of reflux, sometimes comes out of my nose as well. I don't get it.:wacko:


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Posted September 7, 2007 - 7:24 PM

Have you had the doc check you maybe with the flouro. I have absolutely NO medical training. But am afraid that may sound like a problem with the band like slippage or pouch dialation. I truly hope not though as I've had some bouts of some symptoms much like these though not as severe yet. Please see your doctor and give us an update.


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Posted September 7, 2007 - 7:28 PM

I moved to Florida a year ago and I am having trouble finding a doctor that will see me here. No one wants to see someones patient. My doctor is in St. Louis. And I don't have insurance anymore. But I do need to get it checked out, it does feel like something is really off. Not to mention what is happening to my esophogus.


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Posted September 7, 2007 - 9:34 PM

I've experienced similar issues. I had to go back to the Dr. and have the band unfilled for 30 days. Luckily no slippage or erosion, just inflamed esophogus. He told me if it happens again to go on liquids for 3 days or so to let the swelling go down. I've been refilled since July and it's starting a bit again so I'm trying to go the bland liquid route.

I hope it helps to know you're not alone! The reflux is horrible in the middle of the night.



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Posted September 8, 2007 - 5:08 AM

You have to find a way to see a doctor, like ASAP. Bad reflux is the first sign of a slip. At the worst, a slip. At the least, you are overfilled. I'd say if it is this bad there could be something horribly wrong.

Get thee to a doctor and don't delay, ok?

Posted September 8, 2007 - 5:34 AM

I had the exact same problem when I had a too tight fill last year and I lived like the for 8 months. I didn't lose any weight due to the tight fill but I started walking alot and lost 25 lbs in 4 months then I went for an unfill and the night coughing stopped. But as a preventative measure my fill doctor recommended taking an acid reducer at night with hot tea. A year later I'm still minus 25 lbs and taking acid reducer and don't exercise as much.

BTW I'm 4.5 years out and had not lost any weight at all during years 2-3 but now I'm only 10 lbs from goal.

Definately get a slight unfill. You have to be able to live with the band and not sleeping at night is not the way to go.



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Posted September 8, 2007 - 4:57 PM

had the exact same symptons. i was up 10 times a night..coughing, throwing up..it was a nightmare. i had an endoscopy and upper gi done..my band is fine...just a terrible case of acide reflux...doc and i are working on a solution.

go get a endoscopy today so they can see what is wrong..you should not have to live like that!


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Posted September 8, 2007 - 5:07 PM

I will have to try the liquids for 3 days, thanks for the advice. And yes it is horrible to have the reflux in the middle of the night, I am definently sleep deprived.


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Posted September 11, 2007 - 11:47 PM

I understand. I have been getting that for . . . roughly two years. Waking up in the middle of the night with vomit. Sometimes it's fine, regular vomit I can deal with.

It's when i wake up, vomiting up some vague residue of food which a whole heap of stomach acid. It burns and tastes . . . it tastes like a crushed up pain killer. Not something you want to taste. Horrible.



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Posted September 12, 2007 - 9:31 AM

Wendy, not sure if you are still having this problem,but I had the excat same problem sleeping as you have stated,excat same problems. my band was to tight and when i laid down at night the food in my pouch had no where to go. the doctor removed all the saline in my pouch for three weeks. I sleep so hard now it scares me. I go today to get a fill and will never ever have my pouch that tight again


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