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I’m needing some support. Not shaming. I’m having difficulty meeting my nutritional intake for my duodenal switch surgery from 2015. Im gettin in about 80-109 g of Protein a day but my protein levels a still low. I’m having swelling in my legs and complete lethargy. I’m also having extreme loose bowel movements multiple times a day.

I went through about 6 weeks of racking diarrhea and that sapped my levels even lower. I’ve tried upping my intake of protein to three shakes a day plus food to about 100-120 but the swelling and lethargy didn’t subside. I’ve been to numerous Dr’s and they can’t seem to get a handle on it. I’m exhausted and tired of eating and being sick.

I’ve missed a lot of work and I feel like I’m missing out on life. I’m having a colonoscopy and endoscopy done on Friday to look for the source of the abdominal pain. I’m finally at the weight we’re I wanted to be but I’m too nutritionally unbalanced to enjoy it. I can’t exercise because it takes all my energy just to put my clothes and make up on and to walk across campus to my office. I have to rest after going up a flight of stairs. If anyone has a light at the end of the tunnel please share.

Thank you!

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Wish I had some good advice...I don't. Just wanted to say I hope you get to the bottom of it and feel better soon.

Best wishes. Keep us posted!

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I too had my surgery 2015. Just started having horrible yellow, frothy, explosive diareah. I havent been to a doctor yet, but after reading your post, I will be.
I dont have advice, but I am definately following your post.

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Hang in there. I feel for your situation and hope the tests reveal the issue and a solution is found. I hope they are checking your Vitamin and mineral levels too. Good luck.

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They have checked my levels and they are terrible scary low. I’m not absorbing anything right now. I will be having a PICC line placed and TPN started soon. An infusion that is 16-18hrs per day 7 days a week.

I’m upset with all the Water weight I’ve gained. It’s neurotic, I know, but it’s terribly painful and it’s awful to see everything I’ve worked for get washed away.

The diarrhea won’t stop. I’m bed ridden now with the pain, the swelling, and the need to be close to a bathroom. I’ve started some new medicine to help my pancreas break down the food more effectively and to help with the diarrhea.

I’m frustrated with the insurance companies and and the run around with the dr offices. I don’t think I would have got this bad if my PCP would have taken less time to get my lab results to me.

I’ll stop venting. Thanks.


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I’m needing some support. Not shaming. I’m having difficulty meeting my nutritional intake for my duodenal switch surgery from 2015. Im gettin in about 80-109 g of Protein a day but my Protein levels a still low. I’m having swelling in my legs and complete lethargy. I’m also having extreme loose bowel movements multiple times a day.
I went through about 6 weeks of racking diarrhea and that sapped my levels even lower. I’ve tried upping my intake of protein to three shakes a day plus food to about 100-120 but the swelling and lethargy didn’t subside. I’ve been to numerous Dr’s and they can’t seem to get a handle on it. I’m exhausted and tired of eating and being sick.
I’ve missed a lot of work and I feel like I’m missing out on life. I’m having a colonoscopy and endoscopy done on Friday to look for the source of the abdominal pain. I’m finally at the weight we’re I wanted to be but I’m too nutritionally unbalanced to enjoy it. I can’t exercise because it takes all my energy just to put my clothes and make up on and to walk across campus to my office. I have to rest after going up a flight of stairs. If anyone has a light at the end of the tunnel please share.
Thank you!


I am hoping you get answers & can get back your life. I am sorry you are going through this!


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How are you feeling? I am so sorry this happening to you. I hope you get some answers soon.

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