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I'm a year out from gastric bypass I've lost 110 lbs and have been doing well until this morning. I drank my coffee with sugar free Creamer and whip cream on top that's my treat i drink it almost every morning. I did today and about 45 minutes later I felt like I was going to faint, my heart rate was in the 100's I was shaking so bad i couldn't hold my phone. I was weak I could barely walk. I started to hyperventilate. Then I started to feel waves of extreme heat. I really thought I was going to die. I NEVER WANT TO FEEL THAT AGAIN!!! All I ingested was that coffee. Did I drink it too fast? Did I finally have a reaction to the whip cream? WTF? Was this even dumping? Any ideas you guys? Has anyone ever gone through something like this? And what do you do to get rid of it?

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sounds like it might be reactive hypoglycemia (RH), which some people refer to as "late dumping". I used to get it about an hour or so after I ate too much sugar. It's not all that uncommon in RNY patients - and it usually starts a year or two after surgery. You can control it by limiting (or avoiding) sugar - and my PCP also suggested I try to eat something every 3-4 hours. It's helped a lot - I rarely get those episodes anymore.

P.S. admittedly I'm not a healthcare worker, so I don't know for sure - but it does sound a lot like what I had/have. And again, it's not uncommon in bypass patients.

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42 minutes ago, catwoman7 said:

sounds like it might be reactive hypoglycemia (RH), which some people refer to as "late dumping". I used to get it about an hour or so after I ate too much sugar. It's not all that uncommon in RNY patients - and it usually starts a year or two after surgery. You can control it by limiting (or avoiding) sugar - and my PCP also suggested I try to eat something every 3-4 hours. It's helped a lot - I rarely get those episodes anymore.

P.S. admittedly I'm not a healthcare worker, so I don't know for sure - but it does sound a lot like what I had/have. And again, it's not uncommon in bypass patients.

I literally was scared I was dying! Over a cup of coffee with whipped cream. Needless to say I NEVER have to have that again.

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24 minutes ago, Mrs. Hayes said:

I literally was scared I was dying! Over a cup of coffee with whipped cream. Needless to say I NEVER have to have that again.

if it IS RH, then just so you know, mine didn't happen every time. But it was happening enough that I knew something was wrong....

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5 hours ago, Mrs. Hayes said:

I'm a year out from gastric bypass I've lost 110 lbs and have been doing well until this morning. I drank my coffee with sugar free Creamer and whip cream on top that's my treat i drink it almost every morning. I did today and about 45 minutes later I felt like I was going to faint, my heart rate was in the 100's I was shaking so bad i couldn't hold my phone. I was weak I could barely walk. I started to hyperventilate. Then I started to feel waves of extreme heat. I really thought I was going to die. I NEVER WANT TO FEEL THAT AGAIN!!! All I ingested was that coffee. Did I drink it too fast? Did I finally have a reaction to the whip cream? WTF? Was this even dumping? Any ideas you guys? Has anyone ever gone through something like this? And what do you do to get rid of it?

I'm pretty confident that's what they describe as late dumping. I've heard of this happening from fellow veterans. I'd call your surgeon or nutritionist to double check.

Coffee actually really bothered me until recently. I was told switching to low acid would help so I did and it no longer bothers me (thank God). But I also don't use any whip cream or Creamer other than the Walden Farms calorie free one.

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I'm 14 months out and starting having coffee again about eight months after surgery. I have coffee every morning with skim milk and two packs of Splenda, and I've never had a problem. Perhaps it is the whipped cream?

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4 hours ago, Recidivist said:

I'm 14 months out and starting having coffee again about eight months after surgery. I have coffee every morning with skim milk and two packs of Splenda, and I've never had a problem. Perhaps it is the whipped cream?

You're probably right and I probably drank it too fast? I don't know but I NEVER EVER want to go through that again it was the worst and scariest thing I've felt.

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19 minutes ago, Mrs. Hayes said:

You're probably right and I probably drank it too fast? I don't know but I NEVER EVER want to go through that again it was the worst and scariest thing I've felt.

if it's RH (reactive hypoglycemia), it wouldn't be that you drank it too fast - it's most likely the sugar in the whipped cream. Or some other sugar you ate within an hour or two before you had the symptoms. I'd run it by your surgeon or your PCP. It could be something else - but it does sound a lot like RH.

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