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Is dumping syndrome something that we have to worry about forever or is it less and less likely the longer out from surgery you are?

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I'm 18+ years post-op. I still dump.

It's been probably 17 years since I "worried" about dumping. Really, it's not all that different than learning to live with a minor health or life condition. Like a bad knee, food sensitivity, living with a spouse or roommate, you learn what you can and can't do and when. You learn, and adjust, and keep moving on.

I've learned generally what foods (sugars and fats) in what quantity over what period MIGHT cause me to dump and then I generally stay away from those foods in those quantities over that period. especially when I'm not at home.

But over the years I've learned that the window can be moved to being more sensitive than usual. Fatigue, stress, anxiety, illness, and other such things can make me more sensitive than normal. Sometimes it sneaks up on you, then you deal with it.

It would have been worse for me if I didn't dump. Sugar as well as fats would have made more and more appearances in my diet. I don't think I would be where I am physically if I didn't dump. So a surprise dumping episode now and then to remind me of where I was and where I could be even after surgery is certainly a well received reminder I'm more than happy to endure.

Good luck,


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not all of us dump. I've read on this site in multiple places that about 30% do ( I never have - and I know lots of others who never have). I'm not sure if that statistic is accurate, but it sounds about right. If you're a dumper, then yes, it's probably for life - but you can control it but not eating a bunch of sugar (or for some people, fat) at one sitting. There aren't too many dumpers I'm aware of that can't have ANY sugar (or fat). Most of them can have some - but they have to know their limits. And most figure it out pretty quickly...

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I’m 5 years out and I still dump and am glad that I do. Dumping is a sign that I made a bad choice. I used to eat ice cream by the gallons. Now I can have a taste, but not too much. Because of dumping I have my sugar addiction under control. I wish we all dumped as it is such an advantage in maintenance.

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Im a 3 yr old sleeve and i still dump (excess sugar is my personal kryptonite).

As i got further out my sensitivity to sugar decreased. Where before just a couple sips of a sugary sake had me on the bathroom floor, alternating ends to face the toilet (no joke) and knocked me out for a few hours, now its more like 1/2 a scoop of ice cream will suction me to a couch or chair for 30 mins or so, likely followed by a liquid poop followed by an exhausted power nap.

(oh, and sprinkle in some temp fluctuations, sweating, racing heart, difficulty breathing to both scenarios above)

do i like that i dump?! H*lls, no. It feels like death. BUT i can appreciate how its just another tool to keep me where i’ m at. An annoying tool yes, but an effective one.

Like those above, i’ve learned what i can do to avoid it, its just part of my habits now (i.e, I don't eat too much, too fast at a time; I make its not on an empty stomach; etc...)

…:also i have an awesome fam who often test bites food and drink for me to report on its sweetness level before i have a go at it. I also notice that Mr often asks to share a dessert plate with me which I suspect he does to eat more of the dessert than I do…..he was the one that had to pick me up off the bathroom floor and carry me upstairs to bed that fateful first dump night…i guess it spooked him and does not want a repeat performance.

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