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Ok so you hear of all of the horror stories about the Lapband and to new people it can be pretty scarey. I thought I would start a thread about the benefits. By asking you what have you gotten rid of since surgery? By that I don't mean pounds and clothing. I mean medication, CPAP machine, High blood pressure, your wheel chair, a walker or cane, etc.

Before surgery I was borderline everything (Diabetic, highblood pressure, fatty liver, high cholesterol, sleep Apnea). I wasn't taking any medication for any of those things but I would have if I didn't have the surgery. I did however have sleep Apnea and used a CPAP machine for 5 years.

I am happy to say since my surgery I am no longer borderline anything. And last week I got rid of the CPAP machine because I no longer have Sleep Apnea. YAY!!

I'd love to hear your success stories. Even if your medication has been cut in half. That's still a positive.

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I haven't taken a Nexium since my surgery on 4/15/10. For the prior two years I was on a daily regimen and without it would have horrible reflux. Also haven't taken a daily dose of Claritin since surgery and don't quite understand why I'm not feeling the need for my daily allergy med as I was before.

Great idea for a thread.

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TMI moment coming... I suffer from Endometreosis and PCOS. Before I had my surgery, I had my period for 4 months straight and the time before that about 3 months!!! Since I had this surgery and lost a few pounds, i'm actually on a normal, monthly cycle. It likes a miracle every month :smile2:

Best,

Lauren

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Since being banded I have gotten rid of :

- Acid reflux (due to hiatal hernia)

- Daily prilosec OTC

- Very bad self esteem

- stress incontenence

- 2 really big boobs :smile2:

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I have got rid of High BP meds.

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  • 45mg Actos (which is corrosive to the liver)

  • 100U of Lantus (daily insulin injection)

  • CPAP machine (which bothered my sleep almost as much as sleep apnea)

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Maybe an allergy to a food or food product.

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Borderline high sugar

Yellowness of skin

Huffing and puffing up the stairs

bad self esteem

dowdy clothes

glass is half empty attitude

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* High BP Medicine (really surprised me because I've been on it for 10+ years and a really high dose)

* sleep Apnea (I don't even snore anymore, let alone need a CPAP)

* Pre-Diabetes

* A huge weight off my shoulders from being constantly worried that my health was spiraling downward uncontrollably

The next thing my PCP wants me to do is to do a trial of going off of my high cholesterol medication because she thinks I probably don't need that anymore either.

Thanks for posting this. Its a good reminder that this isn't all just about reaching a number on the scale.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! I was banded April 28, 2010. I had yet to go back on my Nexium. I did not take my diabetes meds (was on two) and my sugars are normal or in low 120's. My BP was 118/70 the other day! I am REJOICING at the new me! I've lost 32 pounds since pre op diet. My knees and feet don't hurt and my back went from sore to slightly stiff at times. Thank you for posting this!

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I've lost 40lbs and I've got about 89 more to lose but so far I've gotten rid of my daily acid reflux :o and the fear that I will be fat for the rest of my life. :thumbup:

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My daily acid reflux pill, two huge crates of clothes, and working on my BP meds--hoping when I go back to my regular doctor in a few months, they will be gone too!! I also got rid of the terrifying thought that I would just keep getting bigger and killing myself.

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I got rid of my antidepressant meds and all the side effects from that. :o

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I am only 3 1/2wks post op and day of surgery was taken off my bp med's which I have been on for 8yrs almost and my prescription prilosec for acid reflux!!!!!! It is wonderful.

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I have gotten rid of:

blood pressure meds

diebeties meds

high choloesteral meds

bags and bags of too big clothes

antideppressant- self esteem is much better

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