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    jessgnc got a reaction from Ivy Joel in Surgery, “it’s the easy way.”   
    UGH. I read your post and got irrationally mad. It's the reason I didn't tell most people about my surgery beforehand. I don't need your unsolicited opinion on how *I* should handle *MY* body.
    Maybe for them eating small portions and exercise worked. For me, I had a medical condition which wouldn't let my body lose weight. So despite eating right and exercising, it wasn't enough.
    Next, it isn't about being skinny. It is about being healthy. My body is a car. I want what is under the hood to work well so I can drive it around for years to come. If good maintenance results in a good looking exterior, awesome. But that isn't the main goal.
    Finally, f**k her for thinking it is the easy way out. The easy way out is doing nothing. The hard way is:
    * Accepting you need help. This one may sound easy but I know that for me, this was admitting that I couldn't handle this myself. It was admitting defeat.
    * Saving money for the doctor. Going to classes and education sessions for months to qualify for a major surgery.
    * Going on a strict diet prior to surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet after surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet and Vitamin routine for the rest of your life.
    So the "easy" way out is an insanely strict diet and major surgery to get a tool installed?
    Screw her. Sorry, you touched a nerve here. One of my husband's friends lived with us for about 6 months. He had gone from 350lbs to about 150 after getting diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. How did he do this? He switched from drinking a 12 pack of regular soda daily to a 12 pack of diet soda. Seriously, that was it and the weight evaporated off of him. I had to live with 6 months of watching him drink a gallon of milk a day, 12+ sodas daily and nothing but fast food, while he'd preach to me about how easy it was to lose weight if I just put in some effort. Meanwhile, I was weighing all of my meals, not touching carbs (or soda) and working out with no results.


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    jessgnc got a reaction from Ivy Joel in Surgery, “it’s the easy way.”   
    UGH. I read your post and got irrationally mad. It's the reason I didn't tell most people about my surgery beforehand. I don't need your unsolicited opinion on how *I* should handle *MY* body.
    Maybe for them eating small portions and exercise worked. For me, I had a medical condition which wouldn't let my body lose weight. So despite eating right and exercising, it wasn't enough.
    Next, it isn't about being skinny. It is about being healthy. My body is a car. I want what is under the hood to work well so I can drive it around for years to come. If good maintenance results in a good looking exterior, awesome. But that isn't the main goal.
    Finally, f**k her for thinking it is the easy way out. The easy way out is doing nothing. The hard way is:
    * Accepting you need help. This one may sound easy but I know that for me, this was admitting that I couldn't handle this myself. It was admitting defeat.
    * Saving money for the doctor. Going to classes and education sessions for months to qualify for a major surgery.
    * Going on a strict diet prior to surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet after surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet and Vitamin routine for the rest of your life.
    So the "easy" way out is an insanely strict diet and major surgery to get a tool installed?
    Screw her. Sorry, you touched a nerve here. One of my husband's friends lived with us for about 6 months. He had gone from 350lbs to about 150 after getting diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. How did he do this? He switched from drinking a 12 pack of regular soda daily to a 12 pack of diet soda. Seriously, that was it and the weight evaporated off of him. I had to live with 6 months of watching him drink a gallon of milk a day, 12+ sodas daily and nothing but fast food, while he'd preach to me about how easy it was to lose weight if I just put in some effort. Meanwhile, I was weighing all of my meals, not touching carbs (or soda) and working out with no results.


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    jessgnc got a reaction from Ivy Joel in Surgery, “it’s the easy way.”   
    UGH. I read your post and got irrationally mad. It's the reason I didn't tell most people about my surgery beforehand. I don't need your unsolicited opinion on how *I* should handle *MY* body.
    Maybe for them eating small portions and exercise worked. For me, I had a medical condition which wouldn't let my body lose weight. So despite eating right and exercising, it wasn't enough.
    Next, it isn't about being skinny. It is about being healthy. My body is a car. I want what is under the hood to work well so I can drive it around for years to come. If good maintenance results in a good looking exterior, awesome. But that isn't the main goal.
    Finally, f**k her for thinking it is the easy way out. The easy way out is doing nothing. The hard way is:
    * Accepting you need help. This one may sound easy but I know that for me, this was admitting that I couldn't handle this myself. It was admitting defeat.
    * Saving money for the doctor. Going to classes and education sessions for months to qualify for a major surgery.
    * Going on a strict diet prior to surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet after surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet and Vitamin routine for the rest of your life.
    So the "easy" way out is an insanely strict diet and major surgery to get a tool installed?
    Screw her. Sorry, you touched a nerve here. One of my husband's friends lived with us for about 6 months. He had gone from 350lbs to about 150 after getting diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. How did he do this? He switched from drinking a 12 pack of regular soda daily to a 12 pack of diet soda. Seriously, that was it and the weight evaporated off of him. I had to live with 6 months of watching him drink a gallon of milk a day, 12+ sodas daily and nothing but fast food, while he'd preach to me about how easy it was to lose weight if I just put in some effort. Meanwhile, I was weighing all of my meals, not touching carbs (or soda) and working out with no results.


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    jessgnc got a reaction from Ivy Joel in Surgery, “it’s the easy way.”   
    UGH. I read your post and got irrationally mad. It's the reason I didn't tell most people about my surgery beforehand. I don't need your unsolicited opinion on how *I* should handle *MY* body.
    Maybe for them eating small portions and exercise worked. For me, I had a medical condition which wouldn't let my body lose weight. So despite eating right and exercising, it wasn't enough.
    Next, it isn't about being skinny. It is about being healthy. My body is a car. I want what is under the hood to work well so I can drive it around for years to come. If good maintenance results in a good looking exterior, awesome. But that isn't the main goal.
    Finally, f**k her for thinking it is the easy way out. The easy way out is doing nothing. The hard way is:
    * Accepting you need help. This one may sound easy but I know that for me, this was admitting that I couldn't handle this myself. It was admitting defeat.
    * Saving money for the doctor. Going to classes and education sessions for months to qualify for a major surgery.
    * Going on a strict diet prior to surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet after surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet and Vitamin routine for the rest of your life.
    So the "easy" way out is an insanely strict diet and major surgery to get a tool installed?
    Screw her. Sorry, you touched a nerve here. One of my husband's friends lived with us for about 6 months. He had gone from 350lbs to about 150 after getting diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. How did he do this? He switched from drinking a 12 pack of regular soda daily to a 12 pack of diet soda. Seriously, that was it and the weight evaporated off of him. I had to live with 6 months of watching him drink a gallon of milk a day, 12+ sodas daily and nothing but fast food, while he'd preach to me about how easy it was to lose weight if I just put in some effort. Meanwhile, I was weighing all of my meals, not touching carbs (or soda) and working out with no results.


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    jessgnc got a reaction from Ivy Joel in Surgery, “it’s the easy way.”   
    UGH. I read your post and got irrationally mad. It's the reason I didn't tell most people about my surgery beforehand. I don't need your unsolicited opinion on how *I* should handle *MY* body.
    Maybe for them eating small portions and exercise worked. For me, I had a medical condition which wouldn't let my body lose weight. So despite eating right and exercising, it wasn't enough.
    Next, it isn't about being skinny. It is about being healthy. My body is a car. I want what is under the hood to work well so I can drive it around for years to come. If good maintenance results in a good looking exterior, awesome. But that isn't the main goal.
    Finally, f**k her for thinking it is the easy way out. The easy way out is doing nothing. The hard way is:
    * Accepting you need help. This one may sound easy but I know that for me, this was admitting that I couldn't handle this myself. It was admitting defeat.
    * Saving money for the doctor. Going to classes and education sessions for months to qualify for a major surgery.
    * Going on a strict diet prior to surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet after surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet and Vitamin routine for the rest of your life.
    So the "easy" way out is an insanely strict diet and major surgery to get a tool installed?
    Screw her. Sorry, you touched a nerve here. One of my husband's friends lived with us for about 6 months. He had gone from 350lbs to about 150 after getting diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. How did he do this? He switched from drinking a 12 pack of regular soda daily to a 12 pack of diet soda. Seriously, that was it and the weight evaporated off of him. I had to live with 6 months of watching him drink a gallon of milk a day, 12+ sodas daily and nothing but fast food, while he'd preach to me about how easy it was to lose weight if I just put in some effort. Meanwhile, I was weighing all of my meals, not touching carbs (or soda) and working out with no results.


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    jessgnc reacted to Frustr8 in So Many Medical Problems ignored, is it obesity prejudice?   
    And obesity is a favorite scapegoat for the medical community. Hate your mother? Its obesity. Have a hangnail on you left big toe? Obesity caused it. Have a nosebleed? High blood pressure from obesity caused it. Requesting a sex change? You'd feel more satisfied with your gender if you weren't obese.
    It's an easy excuse,so you don't have to devote much,thought Into diagnosis.
    Which leads to my story of my favorite imaginary heroine Ida May.
    Ida May went to her doctor one day.She said "Doctor I have pains,in my right leg" Doctor says"Ida May, you're 84 years old, of course you have pain in your right leg" Ida Mays says " Yes doctor, but my,next leg is also 84 years old and it doesn't hurt a bit."
    Moral of story, don't give easy answers, do a little detectivevwork and find out what's really wrong.
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    jessgnc got a reaction from Ivy Joel in Surgery, “it’s the easy way.”   
    UGH. I read your post and got irrationally mad. It's the reason I didn't tell most people about my surgery beforehand. I don't need your unsolicited opinion on how *I* should handle *MY* body.
    Maybe for them eating small portions and exercise worked. For me, I had a medical condition which wouldn't let my body lose weight. So despite eating right and exercising, it wasn't enough.
    Next, it isn't about being skinny. It is about being healthy. My body is a car. I want what is under the hood to work well so I can drive it around for years to come. If good maintenance results in a good looking exterior, awesome. But that isn't the main goal.
    Finally, f**k her for thinking it is the easy way out. The easy way out is doing nothing. The hard way is:
    * Accepting you need help. This one may sound easy but I know that for me, this was admitting that I couldn't handle this myself. It was admitting defeat.
    * Saving money for the doctor. Going to classes and education sessions for months to qualify for a major surgery.
    * Going on a strict diet prior to surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet after surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet and Vitamin routine for the rest of your life.
    So the "easy" way out is an insanely strict diet and major surgery to get a tool installed?
    Screw her. Sorry, you touched a nerve here. One of my husband's friends lived with us for about 6 months. He had gone from 350lbs to about 150 after getting diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. How did he do this? He switched from drinking a 12 pack of regular soda daily to a 12 pack of diet soda. Seriously, that was it and the weight evaporated off of him. I had to live with 6 months of watching him drink a gallon of milk a day, 12+ sodas daily and nothing but fast food, while he'd preach to me about how easy it was to lose weight if I just put in some effort. Meanwhile, I was weighing all of my meals, not touching carbs (or soda) and working out with no results.


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    jessgnc got a reaction from Ivy Joel in Surgery, “it’s the easy way.”   
    UGH. I read your post and got irrationally mad. It's the reason I didn't tell most people about my surgery beforehand. I don't need your unsolicited opinion on how *I* should handle *MY* body.
    Maybe for them eating small portions and exercise worked. For me, I had a medical condition which wouldn't let my body lose weight. So despite eating right and exercising, it wasn't enough.
    Next, it isn't about being skinny. It is about being healthy. My body is a car. I want what is under the hood to work well so I can drive it around for years to come. If good maintenance results in a good looking exterior, awesome. But that isn't the main goal.
    Finally, f**k her for thinking it is the easy way out. The easy way out is doing nothing. The hard way is:
    * Accepting you need help. This one may sound easy but I know that for me, this was admitting that I couldn't handle this myself. It was admitting defeat.
    * Saving money for the doctor. Going to classes and education sessions for months to qualify for a major surgery.
    * Going on a strict diet prior to surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet after surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet and Vitamin routine for the rest of your life.
    So the "easy" way out is an insanely strict diet and major surgery to get a tool installed?
    Screw her. Sorry, you touched a nerve here. One of my husband's friends lived with us for about 6 months. He had gone from 350lbs to about 150 after getting diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. How did he do this? He switched from drinking a 12 pack of regular soda daily to a 12 pack of diet soda. Seriously, that was it and the weight evaporated off of him. I had to live with 6 months of watching him drink a gallon of milk a day, 12+ sodas daily and nothing but fast food, while he'd preach to me about how easy it was to lose weight if I just put in some effort. Meanwhile, I was weighing all of my meals, not touching carbs (or soda) and working out with no results.


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    jessgnc got a reaction from Frustr8 in Cooking for your family!!   
    Bwahaha! Are we married to the same person? Mine's 6'4 and tries to act tough, but can barely boil Water. Don't get me started on when he's sick, it's comical!
    I'm a year out so I'm back to a normal routine. He's very grateful for that.
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    jessgnc got a reaction from Frustr8 in Cooking for your family!!   
    I don't have kids, but I told my husband point blank during my liquid stage that he was on his own. I'd sit down with him for meals (we always eat dinner together) but he was responsible for putting something together. He's not a cook, so we put together a menu of things he could make. A lot of pre-made frozen things and fast food were in rotation until I was back on mushies.
    He didn't like eating unhealthy, but I think he enjoyed his 3 weeks of eating like a bachelor.
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    jessgnc reacted to Sosewsue61 in VSG candidate, boyfriend NOT onboard!   
    I would do the surgery. It's really a shame your bf has this attitude. And disrespectful, too - he has no idea how hard it is to be obese - MAJOR SURGERY is not the easy way out. You can do this if you commit to the whole process your surgical team gives you.
    Anyone that really really loves you would still support YOU, even if they didn't believe in the surgery. So tell him straight up, ' it's okay if you have this opinion but I am doing it anyway, this isn't about you! '.
    Some partners are afraid of the changes, insecure, and some are afraid of complications - but saying 'it's the easy way out' is a judgement call directly against YOU - that isn't real love IMO.
    Good luck and Welcome aboard!
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    jessgnc got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in High Protein Snack Foods   
    I logged onto the forum today just to plug this site.
    http://shop.kaysnaturals.com
    They're crunchy! They're lowish in carbs and calories. Each serving is 12g of Protein. And best of all: THEY TASTE GOOD.
    I placed an order and requested they send me a few samples. They sent me one of everything in addition to my order! I've tried the cheddar puffs (delicious) and the mocha espresso cookie bites (currently eating those now and they're good. Not the best but they scratch my itch for sweets). I was hesitant to buy anything without sampling, but these are genuinely good.
    Pro tip: Sign up for their newsletter. They send out 30% off coupons every week for different products.
  13. Haha
    jessgnc reacted to ChaosUnlimited in I can dream, can't I?   
  14. Haha
    jessgnc reacted to Healthy_life2 in Cooking for your family!!   
    Would have been nice for one of them to cook while you are on liquid pre op.
    Hummm some things to try: *evil laugh*
    microwavable healthy choice meals. Give each person a frozen one and point to the microwave.
    Toss a can of chilli, a can opener, a pack of hot dogs and Buns on the table..... point to the microwave.
    Box of Cereal and milk on the table...walk away.

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    jessgnc got a reaction from Ivy Joel in Surgery, “it’s the easy way.”   
    UGH. I read your post and got irrationally mad. It's the reason I didn't tell most people about my surgery beforehand. I don't need your unsolicited opinion on how *I* should handle *MY* body.
    Maybe for them eating small portions and exercise worked. For me, I had a medical condition which wouldn't let my body lose weight. So despite eating right and exercising, it wasn't enough.
    Next, it isn't about being skinny. It is about being healthy. My body is a car. I want what is under the hood to work well so I can drive it around for years to come. If good maintenance results in a good looking exterior, awesome. But that isn't the main goal.
    Finally, f**k her for thinking it is the easy way out. The easy way out is doing nothing. The hard way is:
    * Accepting you need help. This one may sound easy but I know that for me, this was admitting that I couldn't handle this myself. It was admitting defeat.
    * Saving money for the doctor. Going to classes and education sessions for months to qualify for a major surgery.
    * Going on a strict diet prior to surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet after surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet and Vitamin routine for the rest of your life.
    So the "easy" way out is an insanely strict diet and major surgery to get a tool installed?
    Screw her. Sorry, you touched a nerve here. One of my husband's friends lived with us for about 6 months. He had gone from 350lbs to about 150 after getting diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. How did he do this? He switched from drinking a 12 pack of regular soda daily to a 12 pack of diet soda. Seriously, that was it and the weight evaporated off of him. I had to live with 6 months of watching him drink a gallon of milk a day, 12+ sodas daily and nothing but fast food, while he'd preach to me about how easy it was to lose weight if I just put in some effort. Meanwhile, I was weighing all of my meals, not touching carbs (or soda) and working out with no results.


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    jessgnc got a reaction from Ivy Joel in Surgery, “it’s the easy way.”   
    UGH. I read your post and got irrationally mad. It's the reason I didn't tell most people about my surgery beforehand. I don't need your unsolicited opinion on how *I* should handle *MY* body.
    Maybe for them eating small portions and exercise worked. For me, I had a medical condition which wouldn't let my body lose weight. So despite eating right and exercising, it wasn't enough.
    Next, it isn't about being skinny. It is about being healthy. My body is a car. I want what is under the hood to work well so I can drive it around for years to come. If good maintenance results in a good looking exterior, awesome. But that isn't the main goal.
    Finally, f**k her for thinking it is the easy way out. The easy way out is doing nothing. The hard way is:
    * Accepting you need help. This one may sound easy but I know that for me, this was admitting that I couldn't handle this myself. It was admitting defeat.
    * Saving money for the doctor. Going to classes and education sessions for months to qualify for a major surgery.
    * Going on a strict diet prior to surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet after surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet and Vitamin routine for the rest of your life.
    So the "easy" way out is an insanely strict diet and major surgery to get a tool installed?
    Screw her. Sorry, you touched a nerve here. One of my husband's friends lived with us for about 6 months. He had gone from 350lbs to about 150 after getting diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. How did he do this? He switched from drinking a 12 pack of regular soda daily to a 12 pack of diet soda. Seriously, that was it and the weight evaporated off of him. I had to live with 6 months of watching him drink a gallon of milk a day, 12+ sodas daily and nothing but fast food, while he'd preach to me about how easy it was to lose weight if I just put in some effort. Meanwhile, I was weighing all of my meals, not touching carbs (or soda) and working out with no results.


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    jessgnc got a reaction from Ivy Joel in Surgery, “it’s the easy way.”   
    UGH. I read your post and got irrationally mad. It's the reason I didn't tell most people about my surgery beforehand. I don't need your unsolicited opinion on how *I* should handle *MY* body.
    Maybe for them eating small portions and exercise worked. For me, I had a medical condition which wouldn't let my body lose weight. So despite eating right and exercising, it wasn't enough.
    Next, it isn't about being skinny. It is about being healthy. My body is a car. I want what is under the hood to work well so I can drive it around for years to come. If good maintenance results in a good looking exterior, awesome. But that isn't the main goal.
    Finally, f**k her for thinking it is the easy way out. The easy way out is doing nothing. The hard way is:
    * Accepting you need help. This one may sound easy but I know that for me, this was admitting that I couldn't handle this myself. It was admitting defeat.
    * Saving money for the doctor. Going to classes and education sessions for months to qualify for a major surgery.
    * Going on a strict diet prior to surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet after surgery.
    *Staying on a strict diet and Vitamin routine for the rest of your life.
    So the "easy" way out is an insanely strict diet and major surgery to get a tool installed?
    Screw her. Sorry, you touched a nerve here. One of my husband's friends lived with us for about 6 months. He had gone from 350lbs to about 150 after getting diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. How did he do this? He switched from drinking a 12 pack of regular soda daily to a 12 pack of diet soda. Seriously, that was it and the weight evaporated off of him. I had to live with 6 months of watching him drink a gallon of milk a day, 12+ sodas daily and nothing but fast food, while he'd preach to me about how easy it was to lose weight if I just put in some effort. Meanwhile, I was weighing all of my meals, not touching carbs (or soda) and working out with no results.


  18. Haha
    jessgnc reacted to Orchids&Dragons in Good Riddance!   
    Not needing a seat belt extender is HIGH on my list! I also told my hubby that when I lose 100 pounds, I want to go skydiving. I'm not sure if he'll go with me or just push me out of the plane!
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    jessgnc reacted to CurlyV in Good Riddance!   
    Thanks for sharing your story, Jess! You are awesome and congrats on your progress.
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    jessgnc got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in Good Riddance!   
    I travel a lot for work. One of the most mortifying moments of my life was getting on a tiny plane (~16 seats) and the seatbelt not fitting. I covered my lap with a blanket and pretended to be asleep. The stewardess actually "woke" me up to check the seatbelt and I shamefully had to get an extender.
    I can't pinpoint the exact moment I decided on surgery, but this was definitely one of the major factors that helped push me over the line.
    Since surgery, I've been on around 2 dozen flights. I stole that extender so I would never need to ask for one again, but it has been collecting dust. Last month, I proudly took a picture on that same 16 seater plane with about 8 inches of extra room on the belt!
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    jessgnc got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in Good Riddance!   
    I travel a lot for work. One of the most mortifying moments of my life was getting on a tiny plane (~16 seats) and the seatbelt not fitting. I covered my lap with a blanket and pretended to be asleep. The stewardess actually "woke" me up to check the seatbelt and I shamefully had to get an extender.
    I can't pinpoint the exact moment I decided on surgery, but this was definitely one of the major factors that helped push me over the line.
    Since surgery, I've been on around 2 dozen flights. I stole that extender so I would never need to ask for one again, but it has been collecting dust. Last month, I proudly took a picture on that same 16 seater plane with about 8 inches of extra room on the belt!
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    jessgnc got a reaction from FluffyChix in People that don't update their profile.   
    Ugh, nevermind. I clicked to a different page and it magically reappeared. This was after trying to find it on 3 different browsers and multiple pages.
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    jessgnc got a reaction from FluffyChix in GI issues post-op, a year out. Did anyone else experience this?   
    WARNING: This post talks a lot about poop!!

    Hi everyone!
    I'm almost a year out from surgery and I've been having issues. I want to know if anyone else has experienced this or if I'm a special snowflake.
    Disclaimer: I am working with my doctor for a solution. We've drawn blood and taken a stool sample. I'm just hoping to possibly narrow down the list of issues through you fine folks!
    I had the DS. After surgery, I was one of the small percentage of people who instead of being constipated, couldn't stop pooping. It got to the point I was worried I'd have to be readmitted for dehydration since I couldn't keep up with Fluid intake. My doctor prescribed me Cholestyramine and it helped with the issue.
    This past February, I started getting terrible gas. Peel the paint off of the wall, make your husband sleep in a separate room levels of stench (note: I discovered the Devrom already. It doesn't make much of a difference but I'm taking it!) My poop schedule also started becoming irregular. Instead of 1-2 times a day, I would have awful diarrhea throughout the day. As the month progressed, it became a constant. I was afraid to fart for fear of gambling and losing. Every trip to the bathroom was an adventure.
    It wasn't until mid-March I realized that I was experiencing the same issue as I did post-op. (If you're wondering why it took so long, I actually had real food in my diet, and I was able to keep up with my liquids enough to not panic. So I just thought it was weird stomach issues). This time I took Cholestyramine and it barely helped the issue.
    I went to my primary doctor to try to figure out what was going on. He ordered a bunch of blood tests and a stool sample to test for IBS, Celiacs (which apparently can be triggered by a major surgery) and a few other things. I was fasting at the time of the tests, so I'm not sure how accurate my results are. He also gave me heavy duty anti-diarrhea medication which took almost 4 days to kick in, but once it did, the opposite problem came into effect.
    He prescribed the medication 2 weeks ago. I last took it last Monday (it is the following Wednesday now). I've been able to poop twice. I feel like a bloated balloon. I know it is in there but all I can get out is gas. Each time I poop now, I weigh myself before/after for a laugh and I'm losing 2-3lbs per poop (which, while hilarious, is obviously not healthy). Then I go a few days without pooping and it obviously comes right back. I'm suffering from awful stomach pains related to gas and constipation, to the point that standing is sometimes painful.

    Has anyone else gone through this? I'd love to know what they found out was wrong with you, what you did/used to resolve the problem or just how you coped.


    tl;dr: Bad diarrhea. Overcorrected via medication, now awful constipation and bloating. Anyone else go through this see saw of GI issues? What was the cause? Any tips or tricks?

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    jessgnc got a reaction from FluffyChix in GI issues post-op, a year out. Did anyone else experience this?   
    WARNING: This post talks a lot about poop!!

    Hi everyone!
    I'm almost a year out from surgery and I've been having issues. I want to know if anyone else has experienced this or if I'm a special snowflake.
    Disclaimer: I am working with my doctor for a solution. We've drawn blood and taken a stool sample. I'm just hoping to possibly narrow down the list of issues through you fine folks!
    I had the DS. After surgery, I was one of the small percentage of people who instead of being constipated, couldn't stop pooping. It got to the point I was worried I'd have to be readmitted for dehydration since I couldn't keep up with Fluid intake. My doctor prescribed me Cholestyramine and it helped with the issue.
    This past February, I started getting terrible gas. Peel the paint off of the wall, make your husband sleep in a separate room levels of stench (note: I discovered the Devrom already. It doesn't make much of a difference but I'm taking it!) My poop schedule also started becoming irregular. Instead of 1-2 times a day, I would have awful diarrhea throughout the day. As the month progressed, it became a constant. I was afraid to fart for fear of gambling and losing. Every trip to the bathroom was an adventure.
    It wasn't until mid-March I realized that I was experiencing the same issue as I did post-op. (If you're wondering why it took so long, I actually had real food in my diet, and I was able to keep up with my liquids enough to not panic. So I just thought it was weird stomach issues). This time I took Cholestyramine and it barely helped the issue.
    I went to my primary doctor to try to figure out what was going on. He ordered a bunch of blood tests and a stool sample to test for IBS, Celiacs (which apparently can be triggered by a major surgery) and a few other things. I was fasting at the time of the tests, so I'm not sure how accurate my results are. He also gave me heavy duty anti-diarrhea medication which took almost 4 days to kick in, but once it did, the opposite problem came into effect.
    He prescribed the medication 2 weeks ago. I last took it last Monday (it is the following Wednesday now). I've been able to poop twice. I feel like a bloated balloon. I know it is in there but all I can get out is gas. Each time I poop now, I weigh myself before/after for a laugh and I'm losing 2-3lbs per poop (which, while hilarious, is obviously not healthy). Then I go a few days without pooping and it obviously comes right back. I'm suffering from awful stomach pains related to gas and constipation, to the point that standing is sometimes painful.

    Has anyone else gone through this? I'd love to know what they found out was wrong with you, what you did/used to resolve the problem or just how you coped.


    tl;dr: Bad diarrhea. Overcorrected via medication, now awful constipation and bloating. Anyone else go through this see saw of GI issues? What was the cause? Any tips or tricks?

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    jessgnc got a reaction from ProudGrammy in When did I become this person?   
    So 3 weeks ago, I threw my back out. I don't even have a fun story. I pulled my chair in to a table and my back said "nah, I'm going to stay here." Cue agonizing pain. The worst part was that I was on a 3rd story rooftop bar with my friend, 9 hours from home. I learned the bar didn't have a service elevator, so I had to take a few shots to get downstairs. I could barely stand up, I needed something to dull the pain! The 9 hour drive home wasn't much better either. Fun times!
    ANYWAYS.
    I've been going to the gym 2-3 times a week like clockwork. I'll do Zumba, yoga and/or step class usually. I have now been unable to go for the past 3 weeks. Once upon a time, I would have been thrilled for an excuse not to go. Now though? I'm getting antsy. I want to go get my heart rate up. I want to go relax while doing yoga.
    Relax? Exercise? What madness is this?
    I never thought I'd be that person that MISSES working out. Hell, I still barely am. But it became part of my routine and I am getting stir crazy being unable to unwind in a nice childs pose.

    Seriously though, who am I?
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