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I'm writing this on Sunday evening. Last week, Wednesday night, I became ill with a stomach virus. Since then, I've been unable to get almost anything down. I've discovered that I can get down hot liquids and frozen liquids so I've been eating Soup, ice cream, and shakes. Not the healthiest but I've gotta get something in me! I can't get Water to go down, but this has happened in the past when I've been too tight- I'm able to get down thicker liquids when I can't get water down. However, this time, I'm having acid reflux pretty bad. I'm constantly PB'ing and spitting up. I'm having to sleep sitting up because if I lay flat, the liquid will come up into my throat while I'm sleeping and I'll wake up choking. Before I got the virus, my band was in the perfect place. I had freedom with foods and textures and it kept me at a reasonable portion size. I'm thinking that due to throwing up, my stomach lining is probably swollen shut around my band from all the irritation. I'm wondering if I just wait it out and stay on liquids if the swelling will go down and I can continue on as before without having to spend so much money to drain my band only to have to start over refilling it again (I've done this once already and have no desire to do it again!). Has anyone else experienced this and been able to wait out the swelling? Or do you think I'll have to go get a decrease?

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I'm writing this on Sunday evening. Last week, Wednesday night, I became ill with a stomach virus. Since then, I've been unable to get almost anything down. I've discovered that I can get down hot liquids and frozen liquids so I've been eating Soup, ice cream, and shakes. Not the healthiest but I've gotta get something in me! I can't get Water to go down, but this has happened in the past when I've been too tight- I'm able to get down thicker liquids when I can't get Water down. However, this time, I'm having acid reflux pretty bad. I'm constantly PB'ing and spitting up. I'm having to sleep sitting up because if I lay flat, the liquid will come up into my throat while I'm sleeping and I'll wake up choking. Before I got the virus, my band was in the perfect place. I had freedom with foods and textures and it kept me at a reasonable portion size. I'm thinking that due to throwing up, my stomach lining is probably swollen shut around my band from all the irritation. I'm wondering if I just wait it out and stay on liquids if the swelling will go down and I can continue on as before without having to spend so much money to drain my band only to have to start over refilling it again (I've done this once already and have no desire to do it again!). Has anyone else experienced this and been able to wait out the swelling? Or do you think I'll have to go get a decrease?

You may have caused your band to slip. You might want to see your doctor and make sure.

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I agree - best to consult your doc.

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I agree with seeing the doc, but I would be taking some sort of antacid to get the reflux to stop also. If you can take something to relieve that you might see some lessening in the swelling also.

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Wow, what Disamanna had to say sounds SO much like what I'm dealing with. Disamanna,,, I'm feeling your pain and I hate that you are dealing with it! I've been sitting up the past 3 nights just to try and get some sleep. I actually have had difficulty the past couple of months, but if I didn't eat for at least 4 hours before laying down, it was ok,,, but now it's happening during the day even if I go to bend down and pick something up,,, I get reflux and also a tight feeling in my throat. Do you have that as well?

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