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I just got home from the hospital due to constipation 🤦🏼‍♀️ I’m sorry TMI but I mentally exhausted this is harder then I thought it would be. I just need some people to chat with about maybe the same state of mind. 🥺

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I haven't had VSG but you are welcome to jump in here and share your thoughts. It's just like chatting, but with long delays.

Glad you made it home.

Good luck

Tek

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constipation after surgery is very common. I haven't heard much about it prior to surgery. Here are some things that I've used, powdered Fiber, stool softners, preserved dried plums and in the most extreme case ( there were some) enema/suppositories.

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I had my VSG on the 14th and the gas/acid reflux is insane. I've never experienced this before. I can barely take a sip of Water and it feels stuck in my chest. It's been a lot harder than I originally thought.

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On 10/17/2020 at 13:22, nicolenat said:



I had my VSG on the 14th and the gas/acid reflux is insane. I've never experienced this before. I can barely take a sip of Water and it feels stuck in my chest. It's been a lot harder than I originally thought.


I also had my sleeve done on the 14th and have that same stuck feeling in my chest when I drink anything. It’s awful! This is much harder than I thought as well. I really hope it gets easier soon because I am miserable :(

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Hi Samiaam25,

It's so scary to feel this pain constantly. I know I need to try to eat something (pureed) but I can't because of this gas bubble in my chest. It's making me scared about the next steps in recovery. And with the impending Hair loss, the dramatic and fast weight loss, and my ability focus and be positive about my journey. I'm a total sad-sack right now.

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First, breathe. You can do this. The stress you are feeling won’t be helping & you’re likely holding a lot of tension in your body which will make things harder. I know you’re probably thinking that’s easy for you to say but we’ve all been where you are. My experience may not be exactly the same as yours but we all struggle at times in this journey.

It is hard. And it messes with your head & your body big time. Things are very different for you now. How you eat. What you eat. When you eat. Why you eat. Lots of changes & self reflection. But you can do this.

At the moment you are healing. You probably still have swelling. Give yourself time. Go slowly & accept some days may seem like a step backwards.

Yes. it’s very likely you’ll lose some hair. We naturally shed hair everyday. The surgery & reduced caloric intake speeds up the cycle & you’ll lose more than you usually would for about 2-4 months. (Can’t predict how much you’ll lose & how long it will persist.) It’s scary when it begins but it will stop and your hair does grow back. (There’s new growth happening even when you’re losing you just don’t notice it until there’s some length to it.)

And you’ll stall. It’s normal. Your body just needs to take a moment to catch up with the changes. Yes, you’ll suffer from constipation & you’ll Celebrate on the days you do poop. You’ll also likely vomit at times cause your tummy just won’t like something. But it’s all ok. Of course if anything persists contact your medical team.

Sip & eat slowly. Follow your plan. Please, if you feel any pain or discomfort contact your medical team.

You made this decision for a reason: health, family, lifestyle, etc. It will all be worth it. Very soon you’ll reach your first non scale victory. It might be clothing being too big, walking further or more easily, blood pressure dropping...These are big wins.

There’s a wealth of support & experiences on this site. Never be afraid to ask for help or advice.

Good luck on your journey.

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Hey Arabesque, thank you for the kind words. It helps to hear from others that things will change- so the pains I feel now will change in the future. I actually woke up today feeling better. Which means I'm capable of feeling better even though I have forgotten that the last few days. That goes for all of us who are feeling **** right now... it'll ease!!

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