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Began this great journey at 238 lbs & 5’9”.

1 year post op & I’m now 160 lbs.

That’s a weight loss of 78 lbs. Just wow.

I feel terrific in every way, no more blood pressure issues or meds, or sleep apnea, its been so much fun being in this body & just watching the weight drop off and having my health return! (Except....)3227F5AD-9EC3-47F0-8B32-56927322042B.thumb.jpeg.c9e8428938fbe62a5be502f8fced3064.jpegExcept 3 things....

1) First, a totally new thing starting this week. Severe lower leg cramping a night, followed by aching muscles in legs for days so bad that I can’t even touch my lower legs. Thought I couldn’t take the leg pain/ache anymore & might even have to walk into a hospital or a urgent care.

I’ve read enough to know that it likely is Vitamin deficiency, and my 1 year post op blood work is TODAY, and then the follow up is coming up very soon, so I’m going to ge to the bottom of this. Have a feeling the results won’t be good.

2) As far as other issues? Well I began having a beer or two about a month ago. Is it ok to have a beer daily? Why am I thinking (or remembering...?) not to ever drink...? Really..? Never..???

3) What else...? Oh yeah, very tired of taking supplements. Easy to let it go for days & weeks a this point, so what are other long term RNY people doing as their daily or weekly routine for supplements? Currently I’m taking 4 chewable supplements a day, called “Optisource” from Walgreens. They taste good to me but I’m just curious what others are using because I may switch if there is a 2/day out there.

Thanks for the suggestions in advance! I want to say healthy so I appreciate your KIND advice!🙋🏼❤️Hugs, Jen

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11 minutes ago, RNY-Fall-2017 said:

Began this great journey at 238 lbs & 5’8”.

1 year post op & I’m now 160 lbs.

That’s a weight loss of 78 lbs. Just wow.

I feel terrific in every way, and this has been so much fun being in this body & just watching the weight drop off. Except....3 things3227F5AD-9EC3-47F0-8B32-56927322042B.thumb.jpeg.c9e8428938fbe62a5be502f8fced3064.jpeg...

1) First, a totally new thing starting this week. Severe lower leg cramping a night, followed by aching muscles in legs for days so bad that I can’t even touch my lower legs. Thought I couldn’t take the leg pain/ache anymore & might even have to walk into a hospital or a urgent care.

I’ve read enough to know that it likely is Vitamin deficiency, and my 1 year post op blood work and follow up is coming up, so I’m going to ge to the bottom of this. Have a feeling the results won’t be good.

2) As far as other issues? Well I began having a beer or two about a month ago. Is it ok to have a beer daily? Why am I thinking (or remembering...?) not to ever drink...? Really..? Never..???

3) What else...? Oh yeah, very tired of taking supplements. Easy to let it go for days & weeks a this point, so what are other long term RNY people doing as their daily or weekly routine for supplements?

Not a RNYer so take with a grain of salt...

1. Maybe electrolytes are off, especially potassium. Try that first to see if it improves.

2. Alcohol is now absorbed differently creating the possibility of a new addiction where none resided before. Some call it transfer addiction but it can be just plain addiction too. Careful.

3. Patches and gummies. If you can set it and forget it or it tastes like candy you may be more inclined to take them.

4. Contact your team for everything big or small. Even if it's just an email. They should be able to guide you. Demand it. I'm sure you paid good money for optimal health.

Congrats! You look great and deserve to feel that way too.

Safe Journey!

Edited by GreenTealael

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I have been told no carbonated drinks ever again and that includes beer so I drink whiskey or rum or wine and my surgeon doesn't have an issue with that.

The supplements are for the rest of our lives! That is 1 rule that can not be bent or broken or you will have issues. I am 14 months post op and I take 2 chewable multi Vitamins a day (one in the morning and one before bed). I also take 2 Calcium with Vitamin D every day around lunch time.

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Congrats you look beautiful!!!!!

Now, knock off the daily booze. Hon, your too darn cute and look at that cute figure to ruin it with a daily beer. And it WILL start adding up. I'm not saying you "have" to be a tea-totaller, but IMHO less is more.

And the hell? Get those Vitamins on board girl!!!! As an RNYer you are absolutely playin with fire and courtin' disaster without them. I'm not joking. It's surely part of the muscle cramps. I agree with Tea that your electrolytes are probably off. I'd call my doc today and find out what they want you to do. Those kinds of cramps are not good!

((hugs))

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You look amazing! And very happy!

Please don’t forget electrolytes have the ability to kill you. Potassium has a direct effect on the heart muscle and if there is a severe excess or deficiency it can cause cardiac arrest.

We need you around a long time. Take your vitamins!

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You look amazing. Congratulations on a job well done!!

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My goodness folks, thank you all for your kind words. I will try to heed the advice as well, I know it’s very serious! I will continue reading everything you all post.

Also, I did get blood work done this morning, (fasting labs) which the lab tech said should be back soon. So we’ll see what’s next here in a day or two. Afterwards I picked up some almonds, mixed nuts, bananas and Gatorade which I read are some good staples for us post op-ers. I’ll be making myself eat & drink better from here on out as well.

’Til next time,then thanks again.❤️jen

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Potassium or Magnesium would be my guess. You have to take the supplements for life, I have been told there is a very high risk of a B bit deficiency which can cause irreversible nerve damage and even paralysis. Not worth the risk when it’s so easy to just take the pills

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**Update!!!

1) Leg cramps are gone! Feeling great again. Loaded up on black Beans & nuts this wknd & they totally went away within 24 hours!?! Wow that was fast!

2)My bariatrics office called me, they got my labs back and they looked good the Dr said! Just a little short on magnesium! So, yes that was the leg cramps. I’m otherwise doing well there. Wheew!

Thank you all!!🙏🏼🙏🏼😍 Jen

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31 minutes ago, RNY-Fall-2017 said:

**Update!!!

1) Leg cramps are gone! Feeling great again. Loaded up on black Beans & nuts this wknd & they totally went away within 24 hours!?! Wow that was fast!

2)My bariatrics office called me, they got my labs back and they looked good the Dr said! Just a little short on magnesium! So, yes that was the leg cramps. I’m otherwise doing well there. Wheew!

Thank you all!!🙏🏼🙏🏼😍 Jen

Stick around a bit, stay a while...

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I wonder if it's Iron deficiency? When I had really bad anaemia due to fibroid blood loss, I used to get awful cramps and restless leg that was only resolved when my iron levels went up.

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I wonder if it's Iron deficiency? When I had really bad anaemia due to fibroid blood loss, I used to get awful cramps and restless leg that was only resolved when my Iron levels went up.

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Woops, would help if I read the entire thread before replying. Good to hear you're feeling better and you look amazeballs.

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