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  1. ppressey24

    Moving along smoothly

    Most of the time slowly is best. I guess because it was medication that brought on my weight gain and once I had this surgery, it came off to fast. I've gone from a 22-6 in less than a year and I'm even trying to find ways to stop this loss. I'm never hungry, and when I do eat, I'm still under 1oz of food without pain. The drs are looking into what could be causing the pain, but the weight loss is rapid and I'm losing to much muscle. So slow gets it done. And you'll be more healthier for it. Good luck
  2. Berry78, I'm 5'7 and I'm 1yr post surgery and have gotten down from a size 24-6. I didn't want to get into a 6. I tried slowing it down but I can't seem to stop losing. Unfortunately, I hate my body now. I was always a 5 until a horrible accident that left me paralyzed for 8 months. I'm lucky to be alive really, and to be able to get back down to my size is a miracle in itself. Way to go on your weight loss
  3. I agree. Git rid of them damn clothes
  4. I've given away all my clothes....all of them. I don't want them around ever again
  5. ppressey24

    Having vsg Sept 8 2017

    Gazebo, so your blood pressure is high? But everything else is fine? I'm so glad you're doing good. Take it easy when you do get home ok. Best wishes.....pam
  6. ppressey24

    Having vsg Sept 8 2017

    Gazebo, I've just finished reading all your post and I must say you've had a ride....lol possible pregnancy, while going through the pre op liquid diet, I think I would've been a wreck. Well, I'm Pam, and let me tell u my story.... Former flight attendant for 18yrs, my roommate died on sept 11, on the 1st American flight that crashed so I've been emotional eating since then. Have 2 sets of grown twins so I've always maintained a 145lb weight. I'm 5'8. 7yrs ago working a flight we hit some horrible turbulence and dropped 500 ft in the air and I was thrown. I broke my back and neck and have been disabled since the surgeries. They found out I have multiple sclerosis also. Then, arthritis, depression, fibromyalgia....to name a few other things set in and with all the steroids they were feeding me, I ballooned up to 303lbs. Within 15 months. I went from traveling the world, to walking on a walker. I live in Pensacola FL., and there's the most beautiful, gentle, patient staff of nutritionists, and drs where I was referred to that they feel like family. My dr even gave me his cellphone number and said to call him if I ever just needed to VENT. I went through the 6 months process of relearning how to eat right. I lost 15 lbs cutting back to 1500 calories, 65oz water and my protein shakes, and oct 4,2016 was my surgery day. That morning I weighed in at 289. The liquid diet wasn't my hardest thing because I lost my appetite for food. Once I put it in my mind that I wanted to get this weight off, it melted off. When I went for my 3 month, I had lost 65lbs. My walker was gone, the pain in my knees was gone. The dr had to look back at my last photo to make sure that was me. He literally cried because I came to him almost dead. I wanted to die the way my life had changed. I never thought I'd see myself under 200lbs again and like you, I didn't set a goal weight. I wanted to get to whatever looks good to me. And I have stopped at 160. I like me curves. My breast had gotten up to 52DDD. But now my dr has referred me to a plastic surgeon for a reduction and lift because of back and neck pain and insurance is paying. That's my only issue now and I'm done. We all have stories and you will to. It maybe hard for the next couple of days. My surgery was quick, he repaired a hernia I didn't even know was there, but painless. My ONLY complaint now, which is the biggest 1, is I've developed chronic constipation and it is horrible. I've been to specialists and they've tried almost everything. Nothing works, and I may need a corrective procedure. But everyone is different. You're in my prayers tonight. I am in Paris at the moment, and it's 250am here. I know without this surgery, I would've never gotten the chance to travel again. God's got your back. Bless you
  7. ppressey24

    Side by side photos

    You look great. And catch all the flirting....lol
  8. @mylighthouse, how about our stories sound the same. I had my surgery Oct 4,2017 and I've had chronic constipation since. Ok so I was on linzess for 1yr and it helped in the beginning but stopped. Then the gastro placed me on the next medicine which didn't help at all. So my daily doses of mineral oil and mom's, that's milk of magnesia....I also take a stool softener 2x a day. Nothing. This is the worst situation EVER. I've added the Phillips in the lineup but nothing. The drs have now sent me to the surgeon that preformed my sleeve to remove part of my intestines. I can't recall the name of the procedure but for me, I've suffered from this for years, since I started having my kids. My food doesn't digest like the normal person does. So I took this dye test with eggs and after 90 minutes your food is suppose to be in a certain part of the stomach, mines is still like I just swallowed it. I keep indigestion and heartburn. Idk about anyone else, but the first bowel movement for me after surgery was in February, and my surgery was oct 4. I had to go to the emergency room because I was severely impacted. They're now sending me through this study for severe constipation at the medical training facility here in Pensacola. I've actually had to drink the citrus magnesium bottles everyday and I don't go. So once I find out anything from my study that does help me go, I'll pass on the Info because this is a painful way to live
  9. ppressey24


    I hate I missed this challenge.
  10. Hey guys, I'm on the highest IU's there is so they had to do the infusions. They don't know why I'm so low but I'm critically low on iron 2
  11. ppressey24

    4 months out

    You are doing great. I'm at 6 months out and I've lost a total of 128lbs. Yes, my hair is thinning but Idk if it's because of the surgery because I was a cancer patient so it could still be from that but hey, there's some beautiful wigs out here and I like to change my hairstyle a lot so I don't care about the hair. 1 thing for sure, you don't have to be bald if you don't wanna be bald this is my before and my 6 month which was 4/ of April 2017
  12. So I had my sleeve done on Oct 4th, 2016. This was the best decision I've made for myself in along time. Even though I had a bowel obstruction 1 month after surgery, not having a bowel movement is a key,...lol, I would've had the obstruction without the surgery. It had nothing to do with the surgery. I got back up on my feet and hit the ground running, literally. Since starting the process in may 2016, today, I've lost 102lbs. I started in a 3xxxl, and I'm not in a size 10jeans. I'm really afraid, and wanna ask this question. Tell me if it's stupid....lol. is there a chance that your stomach can be to tight? Like the surgery itself? I mean, I know it's only been 3 months, but I'm still struggling to get all my fluids and Protein in. And today I was told to start eating foods which I already knew that but I get so full so fast I just stick to drinking Water or shakes. 2 spoonfuls and I'm in pain. Maybe 5 good sips of water and I'm doubled over for 1hr. I've tried straw, and without straw, nothings helping. I read where people can eat just like they did, always Hungry, and I'm the complete opposite. I have to be reminded to eat something, I never want it, so idk if it's just me or if something needs to be checked out. Just wanna know if this is normal or just me, am I putting to much into not being able to eat much at this stage, 3 months is still pretty new. I guess I just need to hear some pros tell me I'm ok....lol. So someone tell me I'm ok....lol. Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  13. The people that can just eat less and exercise don't have a problem with food. My problem isn't with food, I actually can go days without eating, but that doesn't help u lose weight either. But I have MS and with every medication had steroids and it blew me up so fast, there was nothing else I could do. Plus, I had to stop the meds before surgery so I stay in alot of physical pain. Unless they're in your shoes, they really have no clue. Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  14. It's the freakn hardest thing I've ever done in my life and I'm a mother of 2 sets of twins. They really don't understand watching what u eat, how much, not to drink and eat at the same time, chew 30x each bite, just all these small things u have to think of every single day Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  15. My mom does the same thing as her and my dad sit there eating a piece of cake or something sweet with each meal....lol. Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  16. Just got told that!! Exact words : you're not fat enough for Bariatric surgery! Well apparently my dr thinks so! ???? They were probably trying to be polite while thinking to themselves, what took her so long. My aunt said the same thing to me and I was like, who were u looking at? I went from 145lbs and a size 5 in a span of 3yrs. Had a traumatic accident on the job which disabled me and then found out I have MS. Everything that I was on had massive amounts of steroids in it and I blew up so fast. And of course while taking those meds, u can't lose the weight. So I'm suffering in pain without the meds for now but it's getting much better with 102lbs off of me so far and I'm 3 months out from surgery Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  17. See FayBee, I feel the same way about getting back down to my Dr goal weight for me. Of course he thinks I should get back down to my size 5 for my height, 5'7, but I wanna stay at a 8-10. I'm 52, and I wanna keep some of my curves. At size 5, I was straight up and down...lol. I'm at 3months now and I'm down 102lbs, so in my head I only have 30lbs to go before my goal. I go back in April. Today he said I was way over 45% already and was very proud. But now, I don't know how to slow the progress up or is there such a thing. Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  18. Hi guys, its been weeks since ive checked in. Last time i was having surgery because of a blockage they found. Over 5 wks couldnt have a bowel movement for nothing. So plz be careful. Any signs, let someone know. I literally almost died, but i didnt and im so happy to be here to write this and say its never to late to get some help to get this weight off of you. This time last yr, i spent the holidays with family in dallas and was on a walker. Needed total knee replacement. Those same family members are with me this yr and weve walked 3miles every morning and they cant believe this is the same person, and i refused the knee replacement. Since i started this process in may, ive lost a total of 101lbs. Went from a 3xl now in a 12. Nothing but a great dr, and God.....what do you think Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  19. ppressey24


    I read them all, and you said it right, in MEXICO. No reputable Dr in the US will touch her and if you find someone who does, I'd like to know their name. This is why they have to go to mexico b3cause they don't need surgery, they need counciling. They need to figure out why they feel the need to have bariatric surgery instead of figuring out why they have bad habits. I wouldn't have had this surgery 2 months ago if i had the chance. Because of medicine that contained high steroids, it packed the weight on my 145lb, 5'7 frame and i couldn't get it off. Now i suffer with pain that comes with having MS because i cant go back to taking those meds. Ive never had a problem with food nor my weight. Im not knocking anything anyone wants to do with their bodies. Im just saying that any dr here in the STATES will not touch her and the veterans on this page know that. Theyre trying to give her good sound advice. I will keep her in my prayers . Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  20. ppressey24

    Sleeved oct 4th

    Thank you. I saw your pics to and youre doing great also. My biggest thing now is i cant get rid of these Dolly girls.....lol. Does anyone lose their breast and if so, how? Its like theyre getting bigger. Now b4 they approved this surgery, they had approved my reduction surgery because the disk in my neck is bulging. But now, theyre just big and i want them gone. Gotta get another appointment with dr, but i think im going to just go ahead and have this done. Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  21. ppressey24

    Hiatal hernia-how common?

    Apparently, it's common. I didnt even know i had 1 until the dr told me after the upper g i was preformed. He repaired it during surgery and that was in oct but i still have pains from it. Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  22. I suffer from RA, it was so bad that i was doing fusions 1x month. But since my surgery in oct 4th, i havent had to take anything for it. After getting the weight off of the knees, i can do 2 miles walking which b4 surgery, i was on a walker and looking to a total knee replacement on the right knee. Now, i just take turmeric/curcumin. Its a Vitamin, and its for arthritis. Its a miracle worker. This 83yr old man was buying thr root in the store and i asked what it was. He said it was his RA medicine. It comes naturally like a ginger root. He said he takes a bite sometimes or make a tea, but i found the vitamin and i swear to you, ive gotten so much relief from this verse the fusions that i was doing. Try it Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  23. ppressey24

    Tummy Tuck?

    If you have alot of lose skin and cant afford the surgery, check to see if you have a major burn center near you, they did my sister surgery to remove the skin because they needed it for burn patients. At the time, she lived in DC, but that was about 10yrs ago. I never wouldve thought of doing that but she did and it worked. My kids are treating me to new boobs. Thats all thats hanging on me....lol Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App
  24. ppressey24

    Deep suture pain...

    I was sleeved in oct and i still have a pain. So idk but they also repaired a large hernia so not sure if im in pain from which surgery but i had 2 n 1 Sent from my SM-N920V using the BariatricPal App