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  1. silly_weasel

    Salty Foods

    Hmm...that's interesting. Resting the band makes it tighter? I always thought it'd be the opposite - we rest the band to allow the swelling to go down.
  2. So I had a stuck episode and ended up throwing up to get rid of the food. Then I decided to give my stomach a break and do liquids for a few days. I went to the store and stocked up on canned soups. I've been on these soups for like three days now, but my band seems to be doing the opposite and getting tighter. Could it be the salt in the canned soups that's causing this?? Not sure if I should go back to the doctor and get fluid removed or give it more time or try eating something else? Ideas, suggestions?? Thanks!
  3. silly_weasel

    Shrunk stomach

    No beer for me, B-52...lol! But I guess I will try 1/2 cup of food and see how that goes first.
  4. silly_weasel

    Shrunk stomach

    So for the past month or so I have been so tight that I couldn't drink till noon, and after that could only eat mostly sliders. I finally saw my doctor yesterday and he removed 1cc from my band as I was obviously too tight. He said I even developed a mild stoma dilation due to being so tight. I felt better after an unfill and was able to eat some real food today...not quite 1 cup of grilled chicken salad (I measured it). Now I have this terrible left shoulder pain, which I have experienced a long time ago...usually due to drinking something carbonated or after having a bit too much to eat? Something about a vagus nerve, I believe, causing referred pain due to stomach expansion. Is it possible that because I couldn't really eat anything for the past month, I've shrunk my stomach so much that now even 3/4 to 1 cup of food is too much??
  5. silly_weasel

    My band keeps getting tighter

    Yep, happened to me too! Had to have an unfill in March due to not being able to hold down fluids. I was soooo scared thinking it was slippage, erosion or something even more awful! But my doctor did an X-ray and said all is fine except band is a bit tight. He took some out and I was fine for about a month and a half. Then, I started getting stuck again. Now I'm to the point that I can't even drink anything till noon. So, going back in for another slight unfill.
  6. silly_weasel

    Too tight?

    That is so strange, Garfield...7 years, really? I hate not being able to drink my cup of coffee in the morning
  7. silly_weasel

    Too tight?

    I think I will give it another week or so it see if it improves, and if not - I will get another unfill. I have been having more stuck episodes lately
  8. silly_weasel

    Too tight?

    So I know many bandsters can't eat in the morning. But does anyone have trouble drinking coffee? I've always had a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, while getting ready for work. Now I cant even do that - I feel like a big hair ball is stuck in my throat every time I take a sip. I have been having to reheat my one cup of coffee like 5 times, and it's usually around 10am by the time I actually enjoy it. Anyone?? P.S. Last time I had an adjustment was in March...and it was a slight unfill.
  9. silly_weasel

    Tighter band with smaller me

    Back in March, when this first happened, I was freaking out! I researched dilation and slipping. From everything I learned, it seems that I would be able to eat more, not less and also have heartburn. I don't have either. Plus, when my doctor did an X-ray, he said the band looked fine...was just a bit tight. This time I'm trying to remain calm and do liquids/softs for a few days. If it doesn't improve, I will make another appointment. I was just wondering if it ever happened to anyone else.
  10. I was always under the impression that as I lose weight, my band would get looser, and I would have to have it tightened to continue to lose weight. However, the opposite seems to be happening to me. Back in March I was having trouble drinking fluids and my doctor had to take some fluid out. Everything was fine for a couple of months. But now again...having trouble sipping tomato soup. I mean, I'm pleased that I continue to lose weight. But I'm afraid it's not healthy for my body....I can't eat any solids, and so have trouble getting protein in. Drinking is not very comfortable either anymore...especially for the first couple of hours in the morning.
  11. silly_weasel

    First time food stuck

    After you have a stuck episode, it's good to go on mushies or liquids for a day or two, to give your stoma a rest and time for the possible swelling to go down. After that you should be good to go. But if you continue to eat hard food after a stuck episode, it may get stuck again and exaggerate the problem, causing a vicious cycle.
  12. Thank you for sharing your diet "enjoythetime"....what about exercise?
  13. Wow! Truly amazing! Congratulations! And yes, please...tell us your routine.
  14. silly_weasel

    Best workout DVD

    Who can recommend a really good workout DVD series? I've tried P90X a while ago, but it did more for my husband than me. Not sure if it's due to all the weight training...
  15. silly_weasel

    Scale wont budge

    Good news...I lost 2.5 lbs!! I know it's not much but it made me happy since I've been at a complete standstill for the past 5 weeks! I think I was exercising too much and not eating enough. I scaled it back and viola! Sooo happy!

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