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I got the lap band 7 years ago and up until recently I had continued to lose weight and maintain. Then in August of this year, I had the worst stomach ache of my life with excessive gas and bloating that I felt like a stuffed sausage trying to get into my clothes. I thought I had a virus or infection and went to my gastroenterologist, was put on medication which did not help. I also went to get an upper GI and everything was normal. The only thing I could think was wrong was my lap band. Turns out, it had been 4 years since my last adjustment prior to seeing my surgeon in September of this year. However, I have literally gone for an adjustment every week since September and have not felt a bit of restriction or weight loss. In fact, I have managed to gain 20 pounds since that time.

I am beyond frustrated that I continue to have gas and bloating and the adjustments have done nothing. I was told he did not think my bad slipped or there is anything wrong with my port. Has anyone else experienced this and if so, what was the issue or what did you do? I feel defeated after all the progress I made and now I have taken 3 steps back.

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When I still had my band I had a lot of the same symptoms that you're describing. It turned out for me to be extreme heartburn. I went to the ER once and was given a "GI cocktail" to try and help settle my stomach, and it immediately relieved the pain. Turns out, my band was keeping so much stomach acid at the top of my stomach that it just sat there causing pain and bloating. I already had all the Fluid taken out of my band, so there was nothing that could be done there to alleviate the heartburn.

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