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I’ve tried researching this myself but so much of the advice assumes you’re “cheating” and dealing with dumping syndrome.

Has anyone else experienced EXTREME dizziness, flushing or cold sweats, and nausea right after eating a few bites or small meal?

I’m 22 days post-op and for the last week or so I’ll have these absolutely horrible bouts right after I start or finish eating. It’s not after every meal and it seems totally unrelated to sugar/carbs/protein/fiber or any other obvious nutritional element. Half an hour ago I got two bites into one of those often recommended ricotta bakes and it hit me. At lunch today I had a tiny serving of mashed avocado and hummus and it happened within like 2 minutes of finishing. It happened after a coconut milk based yogurt for Breakfast on Monday.

This isn’t happening any other time - it’s right after some but not all foods but there isn’t an obvious pattern to what foods or times of day. That makes me think it’s also not dehydration because you’d think that would impact me other times, right? It shouldn’t just be when something hits my stomach?

I’d be concerned about a leak but I don’t have a fever or swelling or pain in the area either. I’m stumped!

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Out of curiosity, have you taken your blood pressure when this happens?

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Yes, nearly every time I developed the “foamies” from eating something that didn’t agree with me. Most of this was texture based or eating too quickly and earlier on after surgery (first 2 months was the worst). Aside from the excessive saliva produced. I’d get extremely dizzy, nausea, cold sweats, and almost black out before and after vomiting. I’d also have severe fatigue afterwards for 2hours or more.

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I would talk with your team. I also know I wasn’t given the ok to eat any of that stuff until 7 weeks out, and only after getting my Protein in first. I got those symptoms after 2 bites of “protein ice cream.” It was classic dumping. It could have been the fat or the sugar, either way it’s not something I want to repeat. Talk with your team!

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Hypoglycaemia was my first thought. I have random episodes (light headed, cold sweats, want to vomit but don’t, diarrhoea cramping but nothing, almost faint) but not during or immediately after eating. Water, cup of tea, a few blueberries or strawberries help me.

Contact your medical team.

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It could be the fat - the ricotta bake, avocado, and hummus are all relatively high in fat and fat can cause dumping in some people.

But definitely talk to your surgery team and see what they say. I hope you find an answer!

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Weeks 3-5 were my worst for my stomach to veto certain things, and you are correct that it can be healthy things. After 6 weeks, it was almost magical. Rarely any foamies and/or disagreements.

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My team unfortunately knows very little about cases like mine as I also have Ehlers Danlos syndrome.


I’ve already run into several occasions where they gave me dietary suggestions that work for most people that didn’t work for me because of the various comorbid orthostatic conditions associated with my EDS. I’ve only found 4 or 5 people online who’ve ever had GB with EDS.

And the issue is even faster than dumping syndrome levels of fast. Like 1 bite of mashed avocado (which is on my post op diet) and it was happening - I think it’s just EDS stuff at this point. Any level of digestion pulls blood away from the rest of your body and that is, I think, what my body is reacting to. Sigh.

Edited by JDenby

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6 hours ago, lizonaplane said:

It could be the fat - the ricotta bake, avocado, and hummus are all relatively high in fat and fat can cause dumping in some people.

But definitely talk to your surgery team and see what they say. I hope you find an answer!

Nope, almost no fat in the ricotta bake. It was fat free ricotta and 1/3 of an egg in my entire meal and it happened within 30 seconds of the first bite. Happened within the first bite of avocado and was full blown in under 5 minutes.

Edited by JDenby

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I would definitely contact your team as that is not typical if it is not dumping. They should have some answers for you.

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18 hours ago, JDenby said:

I’ve tried researching this myself but so much of the advice assumes you’re “cheating” and dealing with dumping syndrome.

Has anyone else experienced EXTREME dizziness, flushing or cold sweats, and nausea right after eating a few bites or small meal?

I’m 22 days post-op and for the last week or so I’ll have these absolutely horrible bouts right after I start or finish eating. It’s not after every meal and it seems totally unrelated to sugar/carbs/protein/fiber or any other obvious nutritional element. Half an hour ago I got two bites into one of those often recommended ricotta bakes and it hit me. At lunch today I had a tiny serving of mashed avocado and hummus and it happened within like 2 minutes of finishing. It happened after a coconut milk based yogurt for Breakfast on Monday.

This isn’t happening any other time - it’s right after some but not all foods but there isn’t an obvious pattern to what foods or times of day. That makes me think it’s also not dehydration because you’d think that would impact me other times, right? It shouldn’t just be when something hits my stomach?

I’d be concerned about a leak but I don’t have a fever or swelling or pain in the area either. I’m stumped!

Definitely let your team know this is happening.

It seems like it will be trial and error for you to determine what foods do/don’t sit well with you. Avoid the ones that don’t for now.

Perhaps try to keep your foods simple for a while (one ingredient) to rule out sensitivities. You are still in the early days so it could just be temporary intolerance.

One other cause could be foods that are digested too quickly (everything you mentioned is very slippery smooth) may affect you this way.

Feel better soon!

Edited by GreenTealael

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On 10/07/2021 at 13:23, JDenby said:






Nope, almost no fat in the ricotta bake. It was fat free ricotta and 1/3 of an egg in my entire meal and it happened within 30 seconds of the first bite. Happened within the first bite of avocado and was full blown in under 5 minutes.


I’m so sorry this is happening to you.

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