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Creekimp13

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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Chelsea11012 in VSG revision to Bypass 5/27/21   
    What would you think of seeing a bariatric therapist? Sounds like the first time you didn't get your disordered eating issues resolved.....but maybe you can this time around with some help? Wishing you the best.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from learn2cook in ADVICE FROM A 10 YEAR VETERAN   
    What works for me, is this.......if I go up five pounds, I need to see the bariatric therapist.
    It's the deal I've made with myself, and it works.
    I very very seldom go up five pounds, but each time I do... I schedule an appointment, have a good talk about the triggers I'm dealing with....and get things straightened out before it gets worse. I cannot say enough positive things about using the bariatric therapist as another good tool.
    Best wishes to all.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from lizonaplane in GERD 5 weeks post op- killing me   
    No advice to add....just wanted to say I'm sorry this happened to you. It's a risk we all take and it stinks you drew the GERD card.

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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Bari_KS in Sick and week dizzy nausea muscle cramps and pain   
    Being low on D isn't going to make you sick, weak, dizzy, nauseated, or have muscle cramps and pain. Something else is going on and should be investigated...probably with your primary care doctor. Best wishes.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to The Greater Fool in Cranky, and irritable with my spouse   
    Then we could approach this from the other side...
    Why would an easy way that works necessarily be bad? It's not 'real' weight loss if it doesn't involve suffering?
    Good Luck,
    Tek
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from lizonaplane in Cranky, and irritable with my spouse   
    There is no easy way out of significant obesity.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to Arabesque in Nausea during menstrual cycle   
    As you lose weight, oestrogen which has been stored in your fat is released into your blood stream. This hormonal flush can exacerbate any of the symptoms you experienced with your periods like making your periods heavier, more painful or more frequent. For you it’s possible this means you become nauseous. (Hormones are a b##ch.) If this is the cause, it will eventually pass.
    Always best to give your medical team a call especially if you’re concerned, it’s debilitating, persists or restricting your life.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to Arabesque in Vitamin d 3   
    As we get older, our ability to absorb Vitamin D is reduced. The recommended daily allowance is 600 to 800iu depending upon age. But as @Soon2bFit21 suggested, a dose of 10000 may be to restore Vitamin D levels to an acceptable range. I would expect the dose would be reduced once levels improved but it is possible you will always need to take a supplement … &/or do daily naked sunbathing as @Creekimp13 suggested 😉.


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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Shrink&Grow in Energy   
    The first month or so was low energy, but by the time I was up to 1200 calories a day...I felt amazing. Tons of energy. I have more energy today at 49 than I did at 30. Very honestly. I feel so much better and so much more able to get things done:)
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Arabesque in Vitamin d 3   
    10,000 is a pretty big dose. Did your doctor prescribe that much? Be a little careful and monitor your level. D is fat soluable and excess can't be flushed out like Water soluable vitamins....having too high a level can cause some Calcium problems that can hurt your kidneys...so it's important not to go overboard. As long as your doctor is monitoring your level and has prescibed that dose you should be fine...they might be trying to get your level up in a hurry before surgery. You probably will need it adjusted down when your levels come up.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Qamilian1 in 12 weeks post-op and hospitalized.   
    It isn't weird at all, and yes, you can have a heart attack when your potassium gets badly out of whack. 3.5 is borderline...it's just under normal. 3.0 is bad (particularly combined with indicators of extreme dehydration and poor kidney function).
    Moral of the story: Drink your fluids. Sip, Sip, Sip. All day. Everyday. When you are at more risk for dehydration, you have to extra careful with overheating in ways you weren't before.
    I remember being able to chug almost a quart of Water when I got overheated before surgery. These days, over three years out, I can barely "chug" 6 ounces.
    Learning to drink water all the freaking time when it's hot...is essential. Eating your bananas and salty stuff is a good idea, too.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from JustSJ in Vitamin d 3   
    Low D is VERY common, particularly for folks in the Northern States. Do some naked sunbathing and take your D3.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from wlh75 in VGS vs Bypass   
    When you pick a doctor, definately ask about their experiences with patients having acid issues after sleeve. How often does it happen to their patients? What treatments do they pursue? How many of them need surgical revision? Some doctors will have a better handle on this than others. Also ask...how have you modified your technique to avoid acid issues with sleeve? Do you have fewer patients with post surgical acid issues now? Have you done any recent continuing education on patients who experience acid with sleeve? Go to someone who is part of the conversation for the newest ideas in surgery. It's not a guarantee you won't have problems, but it increases your odds for success.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from wlh75 in VGS vs Bypass   
    I had acid, but learned during my pre-surgical endoscope that it was due to a HUGE hiatal hernia. Doc fixed the hernia when we did my sleeve and I have had no acid since (three and a half years)
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    Creekimp13 reacted to catwoman7 in Sticking to diet 100% but barley down   
    10 lbs in one week is a lot - I suspect six or seven pounds of that was Water. With any diet, after that big initial drop due to water, you settle in to true weight loss, which is usually 1-2 lbs a week. So what you're seeing is pretty normal.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to catwoman7 in VGS vs Bypass   
    as someone else said, heartburn/reflux tends to get worse in about 30% of VSG patients. Which means it doesn't in 70% of patients. So it comes down to whether or not you're willing to take that risk. I wasn't willing to take the risk, so I went with bypass. But you may be different.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Suzi_the_Q in Recommendation or concerns about surgeons/Centers in the Los Angeles/Torrance Area   
    UCLA is excellent.
    Having surgery will not solve a lifelong issue with obesity. It won't fix your relationship with food, and every single surgery can fail and you can eat yourself fat again if you don't address your past relationship with food and make the needed changes.
    Cutting out your stomach doesn't fix your brain. But it really can help you to work on your behavior, your choices and your future eating habits.
    Expect to work harder than you ever have, and use a clinic that works closely with therapists who can help you along in the process.
    Beware clinics that make it sound like a quick fix. It isn't.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from GreenTealael in Possible   
    Yes, it's possible. While it is much more common to lose only about half of your excess weight, and struggle with regain...there ARE people who swap one version of disordered eating for another and ultimately struggle with full blown anorexia and bulemia.
    Inpatient eating disorder treatment centers are reporting increasing numbers of post bariatric surgery patients.
    It is not that bariatric surgery causes an eating disorder...the eating disorder is usually pre-existing. But it can cause the eating disorder to take a different form...almost like cross over addiction (which is also a significant problem for many post bariatric surgery patients.)
    People do die after bariatric surgery due to eating disorder related malnutrition. It happens. That said! Bariatric surgery is overwhelmingly coorelated to increased lifespans. Fatal eating disorders are rare.
    In short....worth paying attention to, but few deal with it...and overall, Bariatric surgery has far more benefits than risks.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from GreenTealael in Possible   
    Yes, it's possible. While it is much more common to lose only about half of your excess weight, and struggle with regain...there ARE people who swap one version of disordered eating for another and ultimately struggle with full blown anorexia and bulemia.
    Inpatient eating disorder treatment centers are reporting increasing numbers of post bariatric surgery patients.
    It is not that bariatric surgery causes an eating disorder...the eating disorder is usually pre-existing. But it can cause the eating disorder to take a different form...almost like cross over addiction (which is also a significant problem for many post bariatric surgery patients.)
    People do die after bariatric surgery due to eating disorder related malnutrition. It happens. That said! Bariatric surgery is overwhelmingly coorelated to increased lifespans. Fatal eating disorders are rare.
    In short....worth paying attention to, but few deal with it...and overall, Bariatric surgery has far more benefits than risks.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from GreenTealael in Possible   
    https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/publications/psychiatry_newsletter/hopkins_brainwise___winter_2015/bariatric_surgery_and_eating_disorders
    http://c-hit.org/2014/10/15/years-after-weight-loss-surgery-patients-seek-treatment-for-eating-disorders/
    https://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_DietAndFitness/bariatric-surgery-eating-disorders-lap-band-made-bulimic/story?id=13802938
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from catwoman7 in How do you maintain your weight loss?   
    A lot of it is keeping track and making adjustments.
    First, figure out how many calories a person of your weight, gender and activity level burns in a day. A nutritionist can help you. (there are a lot of Basal metabolic rate calculators online that might help, too)
    Then, try to eat that many calories, and see what happens to your weight. If you lose, go up....if you gain, go down. If you adjust by 200 or so calories each adjustment....eventually you'll find the sweet spot.
    For me, it's about 1400-1600 calories and 10,000 steps a day....and the occasional trip to the bariatric therapist if I find myself self sabotaging and falling back into bad habits due to emotional triggers.
    Don't get addicted to starving yourself....it's just another version of an eating disorder. Eat a healthy, nutritious, balanced diet.
    Best wishes!
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from catwoman7 in How do you maintain your weight loss?   
    A lot of it is keeping track and making adjustments.
    First, figure out how many calories a person of your weight, gender and activity level burns in a day. A nutritionist can help you. (there are a lot of Basal metabolic rate calculators online that might help, too)
    Then, try to eat that many calories, and see what happens to your weight. If you lose, go up....if you gain, go down. If you adjust by 200 or so calories each adjustment....eventually you'll find the sweet spot.
    For me, it's about 1400-1600 calories and 10,000 steps a day....and the occasional trip to the bariatric therapist if I find myself self sabotaging and falling back into bad habits due to emotional triggers.
    Don't get addicted to starving yourself....it's just another version of an eating disorder. Eat a healthy, nutritious, balanced diet.
    Best wishes!
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from catwoman7 in How do you maintain your weight loss?   
    A lot of it is keeping track and making adjustments.
    First, figure out how many calories a person of your weight, gender and activity level burns in a day. A nutritionist can help you. (there are a lot of Basal metabolic rate calculators online that might help, too)
    Then, try to eat that many calories, and see what happens to your weight. If you lose, go up....if you gain, go down. If you adjust by 200 or so calories each adjustment....eventually you'll find the sweet spot.
    For me, it's about 1400-1600 calories and 10,000 steps a day....and the occasional trip to the bariatric therapist if I find myself self sabotaging and falling back into bad habits due to emotional triggers.
    Don't get addicted to starving yourself....it's just another version of an eating disorder. Eat a healthy, nutritious, balanced diet.
    Best wishes!
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    Creekimp13 reacted to Arabesque in No energy at all!   
    Possible dehydration, low caloric intake, low blood pressure, recovery all contribute to a lack of energy after surgery. I experienced low energy levels for ages & my tendency to low blood pressure (random drops) became full blown orthostatic hypotension after surgery. Every time I got up the world would go black & my head would sometimes get a bit doughy. It’s not quite as bad now - only happens a few times a day & not all day long.
    If the dizziness is from from drops in your blood pressure there are things you can do to help avoid injury from falling. Get up slowly. Once standing don’t move for a minute. When you do start walking making sure there’s a wall, chair, table near you that you can grab to ground you if you get dizzy & stop moving (I’ve even grabbed people 😁). It passes in about 10 seconds for me.
    Have a chat with your medical team & get your BP checked. Up your Fluid intake & add some extra salt to your diet. If you’re on meds for high blood pressure they may need to be adjusted.
    Take things slowly.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to kristieshannon in How do you maintain your weight loss?   
    Are you able to have a visit with a nutrition at your surgeon’s office to develop a maintenance plan?

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