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I have had my balloon in for 11 days and I still feel terrible. I am taking my medications when I am supposed to, but I swear I don't get any relief. My stomach hurts all day long and now my back has started hurting. I can't seem to eat more than two to three bites and then I feel like I might throw up.

Is this normal? Am I going to feel better soon? I am honestly considering having the balloon taken out. I don't feel like myself anymore and have no energy for anything.

Feeling sad...

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It is normal. Having the baloon is no walk in the park. I felt that way for about 10-12 weeks also vomited everything. Got dehydrated despite the meds. Now that I'm 5 months out I feel that the seriousness of how you might feel is very much downplayed by the doctors offices and their staff. I went through 2 periods of time whereby I wanted the balloon removed but I'm glad I hung in there. Losing over 40 pounds is worth it to me

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Hi, it took me two full weeks before I felt better. I had horrible cramping after that so the doc called in a scrip. I still have cramping a lot but am hanging in there. I am on my 7th week now. Don't have it removed, hang in there! It will get better!!

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I felt much better by day 11, but not everyone does. Ironically I know someone who felt great days 1-3 (didn't throw up at all), but felt miserable weeks 2-4. Every "body" is different ... no two journeys are the same.

I would give it at least month if you can - most people seem to feel a lot better by then. But keep talking to your doctor - the last thing that you want is to get so dehydrated that you end up in the hospital. I know of someone who did that and ended up with kidney failure.

FWIW Popsicles might make you feel a little better (and the regular ones at that - sounds like you need the calories). Also, have you tried Organic Fuel or Orgain? I find them much easier to stomach than most other Protein drinks.

Best wishes!

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@@NPR I can completely relate. I will be 4 weeks on Tuesday and I still don't feel like myself. And I think it is true that the doctors offices do downplay the severity and hardship that comes along with the balloon. It has completely changed the way I feel about food.

It does get better but I do struggle still with not feeling like myself. I just remind myself a million times a day it is going to be worth it in the long run for my health. You can do this and best wishes to you friend!

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NPR,

Don't give up! I am 8 days post surgery and I am just now feeling better. Remember to keep hydrated. I used a medicine cup to keep sipping Water. My stomach pain was worsened by takingmedicine. Try a few tablespoon on applesauce or yogurt before you take your medicine. You may need to take a daily acid reducer, as well.

I used a heating pad constantly and slept on my side. My doctor also prescribed an anxiety pill (Lorazepram) for me. It helped me to sleep. I also took hot baths to relax.

I think you will feel better when you eat more. That made my weakness and back pain subside.

Best of luck!

kate3boys

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