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I was sleeved 11/5/21 & I'm feeling great! I had no major gas pains & just tender where incisions were glued. My nurse said my doc does a really good job of expelling gas at end of surgery. I didn't know this was an option? My pain from gallbladder lapro was way worse.

So my question is-how can I tell if I'm full? My stomach feels the same soreness after eating as it does all day...even before drinking/eating.

I am able to get a little more than 64oz of Water per day & 3 shakes. I have even added 1 LiquaCel Protein goo per day. When I take too big of a sip- it feels like my esophagus closes off. *feels like filling a tank of gas too far** I have not had the vomit impulse or gag. I just feel pain in mid torso to back.

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First, give yourself a chance to heal. It can take up to 6 weeks or even more. It will happen.

Then you will have clear difference between full and normal discomfort. At this point, you will learn.

There is more to a program than learning when "full" is.

Our programs are generally portion size controlled. So, once you can detect "full" you eat until you finish your controlled portion or until your pouch decides you are full, whichever comes first.

All these years later it's how it still works for me.

Be patient with yourself.

Good luck,

Tek

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2 hours ago, The Greater Fool said:

First, give yourself a chance to heal. It can take up to 6 weeks or even more. It will happen.

Then you will have clear difference between full and normal discomfort. At this point, you will learn.

There is more to a program than learning when "full" is.

Our programs are generally portion size controlled. So, once you can detect "full" you eat until you finish your controlled portion or until your pouch decides you are full, whichever comes first.

All these years later it's how it still works for me.

Be patient with yourself.

Good luck,

Tek

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Exactly as @The Greater Fool said. Give yourself time to heal. Once you are eating more solid food you’ll have a better sense of how things feel for you. Then you will work out how full feels for you & eventually what real hunger feels like for you too.

Make sure you eat slowly as the message you are full takes time to get through & by then you likely have eaten too much. But the goal really isn’t to eat until you are full or your restriction kicks in but to eat until you’ve had enough or all you need. I still ask myself if I need the next bite or do I just want it. There is a big difference & it is likely very different to how you used to eat. Don’t be afraid to put your cutlery down & push your plate away.

My plan was portion size, not calorie, focussed once in purées. Quarter of a cup to begin increasing to a third, then half, etc. This took months. About a cup at 6 months. I’m still very conscious of portion size too.

PS - I didn’t have gas pain either & apparently my surgeon is know for his bariatric patients having little or no gas pain. But when he does gall removal, oh boy lots of discomfort then.

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Pay close attention to what @Arabesque said about eating slowly. I joke that my “full” signal arrives via slow boat from Gibraltar.

Trust me, you will figure out what “full” feels like, and if you go past it, you’ll absolutely know. I get acid reflux if I eat too much, and sometimes spit up. I get a tight feeling in my chest and if I really overdid it, I get dizzy and nauseated. It’s not good. So I eat slowly, a bite every minute or so (used to be every 3-5).

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