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Prestonandme

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  1. I experienced that for about a month or so post-surgery. It then totally resolved.
  2. Before WLS, I was pre-diabetic and opted for the surgery largely because I was worried about developing diabetes. At first, post WLS, my BG readings were in the 70's and 80's, but six months after surgery, they returned to the 90's. I'm two years out and my fasting BG ranges from low 90's to about 104. This is almost where I was prior to surgery. My PCP and surgeon are not really too concerned, but I am disappointed that I returned quickly to high normal. And again, I am back to being worried about developing diabetes. Has anyone else returned to BG readings in the 90's? I'd love to especially hear from anyone who is years out from surgery.
  3. I am glad that I've been able to lose a massive amount of weight via WLS, but I am sad that I, too, have experienced chronic nausea, cramping, and diarrhea for more than 1 1/2 years.
  4. Prestonandme

    Type 2 Diabetes

    Since WLS is documented to trigger remission in a large percentage of diabetics, it's very unlikely that your recent diagnosis will prevent you from undergoing the surgery. If anything, it gives you more evidence that your WLS is necessary. Remissions are more common for people recently diagnosed with diabetes, as opposed to those who have had the condition for many years, have been taking insulin for extended time, and/or whose diabetes is uncontrolled.
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    Dental issue after WLS

    There are several ongoing threads addressing dental problems post-surgery. I and others have experienced tooth loss, increased decay, etc. Many of us have been prescribed special fluoride toothpaste and one mentioned that she was given fluoride varnish to prevent decay. If you are experiencing increased dental problems, work closely with your dentist, schedule regular maintenance and cleaning appointments, and make sure that your annual blood work shows no deficiencies.
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    Starbucks

    Some Starbucks drinks have huge loads of carbs and sugars in them. But if you visit the Starbucks website or app, you can easily see their breakdowns. I usually either order Iced Black Tea (requesting "no water" so it is not watered down) or Iced Passion Tango tea which has a lovely hibiscus, lemongrass, and apple flavor.
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    Frequent tummy issues

    Interesting... Same here. I had very severe IBS-D for most of my adult life, but it ceased abruptly ten years ago when I was prescribed an SSRI. Post-surgery, the nausea, cramping, and frequent bathroom visits resumed, although I am still taking the SSRI. When I had the IBS-D, I ended up in the ER about three times a year when the pain was unbearable, and I was administered dilaudid. Since surgery, I haven't experienced that level of pain, but am dealing with the other symptoms which come and go without explanation. I hope they figure out what is causing you so much discomfort and can treat it.
  8. Prestonandme

    Cbd oil

    I had RNY nearly two years ago and take CBD tincture daily (50mg), with no problems. My PCP approved this. I also take multiple prescription medications for ailments but the CBD doesn't adversely interact with them. If you are uncertain whether CBD can work for you, ask for your doctor's opinion. The tinctures are great but just one suggestion... If you decide to take CBD tincture, have a little food before using it because the oil can cause a little nausea for people with sensitive stomachs.
  9. Prestonandme

    Frequent tummy issues

    No, not entirely. The gastroenterologist hypothesizes that during surgery, when my vagus nerve was re-sectioned at the gastrointestinal level, it might have provoked these symptoms to occur. The fact that they are subdued by xanax (a calming sedative) show there may be a brain/gut connection such as the vagus nerve that's causing these disorders.
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    Frequent tummy issues

    I've been dealing with continuous, intermittent nausea, cramping, and diarrhea for over a year and a half. My surgeon couldn't find anything wrong after performing his regular tests so he referred me to a gastroenterologist. I was surprised at how thorough the gastroenterologist was in taking my history, and then ordering a much more comprehensive series of blood tests and other tests, including a colonoscopy. I've now been prescribed an anti-cramping agent, Bentyl (these symptoms could be occurring because of vagus nerve issues) and also was offered the option of Librax (a combination anti-spasmotic/sedative) but Librax is super-expensive (about $300/mo on average) and Bentyl is $13. (I didn't have insurance to cover those). I also take a sedative (xanax) in the rare times the cramping becomes too painful and won't abate. I can say that over the past couple of weeks, my symptoms have improved.
  11. If you are taking any medication whatsoever, get in touch with your surgeon and ask him/her to review the prescriptions in order to determine if any have weight gain as a side effect. In particular, there are several prescriptions prescribed for psychological/psychiatric issues that can cause great weight gain. There are other non-psyche meds that, while not causing weight gain, tend to inhibit losses. For example, in one interesting study, researchers found that WLS patients who took Metformin post-surgery lost much less weight and plateaued while those who didn't take it showed much more drastic weight loss.
  12. I'm nearly two years out and sometimes experience "hunger days" when I have urges throughout the day to satisfy my hunger. When I'm having one of those days, I use MyFitnessPal to log everything I eat throughout the day, and I concentrate on low calorie snacks (e.g., a grape is 3 calories) to quell the hunger pangs. I make sure I don't exceed my recommended daily caloric intake this way. One of my best "cheats," however, is to drink a cup of coffee because for some reason it usually stops my hunger cravings for several hours.
  13. Prestonandme

    Colonoscopy?

    As Catwoman7 mentioned, be sure to request an afternoon appointment. You'll then be able to split the prep-drinking, half at night, half the next morning. My doctor's directions stated that I had to drink each prep within one hour, but after I explained I had WLS, he told me I should "do my best" and take longer if necessary so I would not vomit up the prep. I ended up taking two hours to drink each prep, but it worked perfectly. Some doctors want you to finish the final prep and stop all liquid intake two hours before the colonoscopy, while others (like mine) make you stop four hours before the procedure. So on the morning of the colonoscopy, be sure you get up early in order to complete drinking the prep according to your doctor's instructions.
  14. Prestonandme

    Colonoscopy?

    I had RNY two years ago but had my colonoscopy two weeks ago. The prep is horrible of course but the procedure itself was quick, painless, and easy. I don't have to repeat the procedure for another ten years. For this procedure, they administered an anesthesia that kept me very alert. Five years ago, though, when I had my last colonoscopy, they administered a different anesthesia which made me really drowsy. During that procedure, they removed one benign polyp but during my most recent procedure, I was polyp free. You'll be fine. It's the prep that's the worst part of the colonoscopy experience.
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    Gallbladder

    Yes, I had my gallbladder removed nearly three years ago and was given no dietary restrictions. I eat red meat about once a week. No problems at all.
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