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Sleeved 12/6/10, lost 56 lbs from my fattest, some before pre-op diet some during and the bulk after the sleeve.

Gross and vague, but here are my symptoms.

This week I have noticed that I have a slight tummy ache, just a little "sick" feeling in my stomach, more or less constant. Nothing debilitating and nothing I'd really call painful just a nuisance. Something between a sour stomach and a stomach ache. It's worse at night. I wouldn't say it was heartburn either as I take a tums and it doesn't really help. Burping helps but it never really goes away. I've also been plagued by frothy spit in the back of my throat and a coated tongue.

I've "overeaten" ONCE and had a lot of pain that lasted maybe 10-15 minutes, felt like I was socked in the belly afterwards. So I know my present feeling isn't like that. As I noted elsewhere in the forums I am really turned OFF by food, so I most likely UNDER eating. I am also under a hell of a lot of stress at work - always have been and used to have mild stomach issues before the sleeve, so this all might just be the same thing but amplified because of the new size of my stomach.

I'm not worried sick about it but am a bit concerned that it hasn't let up at all this week.

Any theories?

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As if I were looking in the mirror...I found someone who put what I've been feeling into words. Except for the part about pre-surgery sourness. I never had that. But other than that...I couldn't have described that better myself! Wish I had a tip for you. But I think we're both at the same impass. I really hope there is another sleever out there who knows something more about it. I had my surgery on 09/29/10. I started at 250. Day of surgery I was 236. The last couple weeks I've hovered around 195. So I too have lost 55 lbs.

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Sounds like reflux - do you take a PPI?

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Proton pump inhibitor = med that stops acid production in your stomach, like Nexium, Losec, Prilosec, Prevacid.

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Oh right! Just using TUMS right now. It puts out the mild heartburn...but it sounds like it's more than just a little heartburn. I'll call...

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Yeah I think many/most people need meds at least for a few months postop. I have the exact same feeling as you if I don't take my PPI.

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Well....it could be something more serious. BUT you mention stress at work. I am a bit of a workaholic and manage to find myself in some pretty stressful scenarios, especially when I have to fire an employee bc I have 60. Or a customer is mad about something, etc.. My stomach used to handle it all like a real champ. As I got older (I am 47) it got harder to 'stomach' the stress, but still never caused a big stomach problem. NOW; however, I think I have the stomach of that "tiny nervous woman who could not eat when she was under stress". I have known people like that in my life, never understood how being stressed caused them to not eat well. But I think when I am under stress my lil tummy gets sort of hard/tight and doesn't want food in it. In fact, my family knows I have to be calm and happy to eat so don't cause an argument at the dinner table or I will walk away.

That said, sometimes I get a sour stomach bc of something I ate that just didn't please my stomach or whatever. I take a Prilosec. I've heard not to take that AFTERWARDS, but heh, it always works for me and that is what I have at home.

The cramping though, I don't know. That is a bit odd. I have that when I have like a urinary tract infection or even when I'm ovulating. Guess your not ovulating huh...

One thing I've noticed is I rarely get diarrhea with the sleeve.

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I don't remember if this was mentioned... but perhaps milk intolerance? That has gotten me after the sleeve...never before....

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