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over last summer break before school, i got sleeved (about 9 months ago) and have realized i regret it a lot. i had a low starting weight and my surgery was self pay (my mom offered the surgery and to pay for it). weeks before my sleeve i was diagnosed with PCOS and hashimotos thyroid disease. following my sleeve, i began showing signs of IBD and had a lap chole because I developed gallstones. i developed bleeding ulcers in my stomach and intestinal tract.

no one im friends with knows ive had surgery, it’s just my immediate family. i don’t go out anymore. i hate eating in front of people. ive started noticing some areas i thought would go away are just loose skin. ive stared dressing to cover them. i want plastic surgery so bad already and cry over having to wait another year or so.

i was already depressed before surgery but i got cleared somehow. i went to therapy for several months after surgery, and i didn’t feel much better (a bit though). i know i should go back to therapy but im a college student who doesn’t really have time until the semester is over.

im still losing wild amounts of weight per month, in part because of my new gastrointestinal issues, and i can only assume because of surgery. im not happy and in the face of these new issues, i really don’t think im any healthier. i may not have a 32 bmi anymore, but i have a whole host of other things that i can’t help but feel should have treated beforehand. does anyone else regret having surgery young/at all? did anyone elses surgery bring on new health problems?

age: 19 (sleeved 18)
height: 5’10”
HW: 250
SW: 236
CW: 160
TWL: 90 pounds
GW: n/a

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Hi there 💜

I would suggest you try to resume therapy as soon as you can. Mindfulness and perspective can change a lot about how people handle chronic illness. Also you may want to search the forum for young sleevers.

Get well soon ❤

Edited by GreenTealael

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You've got a lot on your plate metaphorically. Your body is changing rapidly while you're trying to finish school. Of course you're stressed! Who wouldn't be?!

Here's the thing: You've got to break the stress pattern. You need a release. Only you can decide what releases you. Give yourself that healthy release daily.

Good luck. You are not alone.

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I think in the grand scheme of things, you'll find this is temporary discomfort in exchange for a healthier future. It sounds like you have been through a LOT, but hang in there!

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You are going to earn an extra degree, a WLE for weight loss extrordinaire, and it will finally smooth out and life is going to be good. At least that is my prediction!

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