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Hey March Bandsters, Congrats! If anyone was banded in Texarkana, TX, just thought I would let you know there is a thread in the Texas forum called "Texarkana Bandsters." Everyone banded by the same team. same docs, same rules ect. Have a great weekend.

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Ok, So I am Banded on March 20.

I am down 20 lbs which I am thrilled about. BUT, my pants are so tight. I have my chubby checker pants on, the bigg kahunna's and they are still so tight.LOl

I would think by now some swelling would have gone down.

What do you think?

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re the liver thing - what i wanted to ask when they requested I shrink my liver, is how do they know its been shrunk (having not seen it to begin with>>> my pre op diet was rubbish - I was just trying to educate myself into eating 3 times a day, instead of the terrible 'grazing' !

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Janine

i Know exactly what you are feeling. I am down 30 lbs and my pants are still so Tight around the waist but so baggy on the Ass and legs??? I don't get it? and a bra ??? forget it I feel like some one is sitting on my ribs with it on. I was banded on the 15 of March and am just starting mushies...I never knew a scrambled egg could taste sooooooo good. I hope things start feeling normal soon......or am I dreaming??? is this the new normal???

I haven't even had a fill yet...not due for that till May 1st.

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Am I the only one who is hopeing that I don't need a fill anytime soon? I am praying that I can get by without one for a long, long time. I think it is that I am afraid the something will go wrong (too much fill, need unfill, pain, stuck, etc. etc.) My band is working great at 10 days post op and I am very lucky because I don't feel hungery. I know that I might have some more swelling to get down and that my hunger level is going to increase, I just hope that a fill is NOT in the near furture.

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Way To Go Mrs. Husker!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I Know It Must Geel Grrrreat To Think....i Am Never Going To See That Number On My scale Again!!!!!

So Happy For Mrs. Husker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mrs. Husker. You may still have some swelling. It takes about 2 weeks for the swelling to go away. Some more some less. If you are losing good and not having hunger problems they may not fill you. I have a friend that uses the same doc as I do and her weight loss was at a steady pace after one fill. When she went back the next time they said she did not need one. She is just now feeling like she may need another one pretty soon. Some people find their sweet spot before others.

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re the liver thing - what i wanted to ask when they requested I shrink my liver, is how do they know its been shrunk (having not seen it to begin with>>> my pre op diet was rubbish - I was just trying to educate myself into eating 3 times a day, instead of the terrible 'grazing' !

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I think that surgeons have experience with people with certain BMI's. As a rule most have large fatty livers. I read that somewhere on here. I am sure some may not have large fatty livers, I think they have to go by the rule of thumb. Any shrinking is a plus. It is a safty factor. Besides, we lose weight in the process. Makes sense to me.

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I've heard that also. Recommendations are to avoid any NSAID's (including Ibuprophen) as they are stomach irritants and can cause ulcers and possibly erosion. liquid Tylenol or Vicoden was all that I was told to take for pain.

I too got the no asprin lecture + it was written on my meds bottle. I only took the prescribed meds for 1 day and feel much better with just the tylenol.

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I had surgery on wednesday and these hunger pangs are killing me! Does ANYONE have any suggestions?

Good luck to everyone!

I also was banded wed. I have not had to many hunger pains, but I am always drinking Water. I am not sure what plan your doctor has you on, but I was able to drink protiein shakes the next day. I do not think the pre mixed ones (slimfast) are not very filling. If they were perhaps we would not have needed to be banded. Anyway, I am drinking EAS powder and mix it with soy milk for a whopping 37 grams of protiein per serving. I also drink drink creamy soup-split pea is high in protiein, again thinned with soy milk. Drink them all slowly. Although they are allowed, I am staying away from drinkable yougurt cuz I can not find one that is low in sugar, nor high enough in Protein. Good luck. And make sure those cravings are not just in your head!!!

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Am I the only one who is hopeing that I don't need a fill anytime soon? I am praying that I can get by without one for a long, long time. I think it is that I am afraid the something will go wrong (too much fill, need unfill, pain, stuck, etc. etc.) My band is working great at 10 days post op and I am very lucky because I don't feel hungery. I know that I might have some more swelling to get down and that my hunger level is going to increase, I just hope that a fill is NOT in the near furture.

I feel exactly the same. My fill appointment is 4/18, and right now I can't imagine getting any more restricted. I hear all the horror stories about the fill problems. I'm almost 4 weeks post-op and barely getting in 5 ozs of pureed food at a time, and struggle getting 1000 cals. Don't think I want more restriction than this. I'd rather not get filled and take the weight off gradually. My concern is when my weight starts to go up and then I will want a fill. Hope my Dr agrees.

Congratualations on your arrival in Onederland. I hope to join you soon!

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Ok, So I am Banded on March 20.

I am down 20 lbs which I am thrilled about. BUT, my pants are so tight. I have my chubby checker pants on, the bigg kahunna's and they are still so tight.LOl

I would think by now some swelling would have gone down.

What do you think?

I've taken measurements, and guess where my 20 lbs has come off - 2 " off my calves (the skinniest place on me), my hips, and my thighs. Nothing off my waist yet. It's strange how/where we lose it. It has to come off our gut sometime though......I hope.

Congratulations on 20 lbs gone for good!!

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Banded today and I'm in so much freakin' pain. I've got teh liquid Lortab, the heating pad, and the awesoem family support but it just hurts so much worse than I expected. Dear Lord please help me and please pray for me guys (to whichever God you pray) I'm having a horrible time here.

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Banded today and I'm in so much freakin' pain. I've got teh liquid Lortab, the heating pad, and the awesoem family support but it just hurts so much worse than I expected. Dear Lord please help me and please pray for me guys (to whichever God you pray) I'm having a horrible time here.

Oh, Medge. I'm so sorry! It is a miserable few days in the beginning, for sure. Glad you have family support. Sounds like you are doing everything right--know that this, too, shall pass. Every single day is better--I'm 11 days post-op and feeling good (except for the fact that I have another whole month of mushies--I'm SO sick of blending my food up I could scream). So the challenges change but they seem to come one after another in the beginning. Good luck to you!

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