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I'm 2 weeks post op gastric sleeve and was excited to start my scrambled eggs today and something very weird happened 30 minutes after eating my 1 scrambled egg. I got this feeling of being drunk (I've been drunk before but haven't had alcohol in 45 days). I got a high feeling, I was slurring my speech,I tried to wake up to go the bathroom and damn near staggered all the way. My husband was really worried but also found it funny because he has seen me like that before but after a few.... so he found it funny that my 1st meal made me drunk. I've Googled and can't get any answers. Fast forward, this evening i had about 6 spoonfuls of plain ground beef and 30 minutes later my husband was waking me up telling me i passed out asleep while on my phone. The first thing I told him was that i felt buzzed like earlier and i slurred my words again. I'm wondering, has this happened to anyone here before? Am I having some weird complication? What am I doing wrong? I might end up calling my surgeon if this keeps happening.....

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Wow that really sounds strange, I will be following these answers. I think you must call the surgeon, something isnt just as it should be, Just a thought - is your blood pressure dropping ?

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This is interesting! I am not a doctor but I wonder about your blood pressure, which may be tanking after eating:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/eating-can-cause-low-blood-pressure

Check this out too:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326174#standing-after-sitting

If you have low blood volume (Google Fluid volume deficit) then your blood rushing to your stomach to digest for the first time in a while (it doesn't need to do this with liquids) could have this profound effect on you. How was your hydration before this? With so many things going on concurrently in the body after surgery, there is a lot to consider, which is why you should talk to your doctor. But tbh I would not worry, start eating non-meat soft foods, make sure you're getting fluids and electrolytes and maybe get your BP tested.

Let us know what you're doc says, we're very curious!

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This *might* be the famed food coma. Early post op, food tolerances can be unpredictable. Is this happening after everything you eat or only certain things? Also let your team know is it persists/becomes more frequent.

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This happened to me too and it was blood pressure. Buy an Omron blood pressure monitor at a drugstore or large grocery store and take your blood pressure twice in a row on the same arm. (The machine isn’t accurate the first time, per my family doctor.)

I discovered my BP was about 105/65 and my doctor cut my dose of blood pressure medication (and subsequently took me off it altogether).

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Scrambled eggs can be hard at first. Poached eggs go down easier. Beef can be very hard for many months post surgery.

I've never heard of the "drunken" effect unless you were uncomfortable after eating. The cure for the uncomfortable feeling in your chest (or hiccups or other symptom) is to up-chuck what you have eaten. Going forward pay close attention to physical feelings as you eat in order to learn when your pouch is full or over-full

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This is interesting! I am not a doctor but I wonder about your blood pressure, which may be tanking after eating:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/eating-can-cause-low-blood-pressure
Check this out too:
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326174#standing-after-sitting

If you have low blood volume (Google Fluid volume deficit) then your blood rushing to your stomach to digest for the first time in a while (it doesn't need to do this with liquids) could have this profound effect on you. How was your hydration before this? With so many things going on concurrently in the body after surgery, there is a lot to consider, which is why you should talk to your doctor. But tbh I would not worry, start eating non-meat soft foods, make sure you're getting fluids and electrolytes and maybe get your BP tested.

Let us know what you're doc says, we're very curious!

You might be onto something. I've always had Low blood pressure even at my highest weight. Matter of fact day of surgery i had to get a bolus of IV fluids coz my BP was only 90/60 but it's my baseline. It would make sense though. I've read the articles you sent about post prandial hypertension. I'll be sending the spouse to get a BP monitor from the store and do a before and after BP ...... also I'll stay on liquids today then resume solids tomorrow and If I have the same effect, might as well call the surgeon and get some clarity. Thanks so much therealpennyd..

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This *might* be the famed food coma. Early post op, food tolerances can be unpredictable. Is this happening after everything you eat or only certain things? Also let your team know is it persists/becomes more frequent.
So I only had 2 meals as it was my 1st day eating after 2 weeks post-op as advised by my surgeon. So my 1st meal was the scrambled eggs and then I did a Protein Shake for lunch and for dinner I had the lean ground beef. But it happened after I ate the scrambled eggs and after I ate the lean ground beef.. weird............ so today I'm only doing my liquids and get back to solids when I hear back from the doc tomorrow. Thanks GreenTealael

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This happened to me too and it was blood pressure. Buy an Omron blood pressure monitor at a drugstore or large grocery store and take your blood pressure twice in a row on the same arm. (The machine isn’t accurate the first time, per my family doctor.)

I discovered my BP was about 105/65 and my doctor cut my dose of blood pressure medication (and subsequently took me off it altogether).
I will be sending the spouse to buy me a monitor today....I think I need to keep and eye on my BP. It's always been low but that's my baseline, but if certain foods are dropping it lower, then that's something of concern. Thanks so much vikingbeast.

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Scrambled eggs can be hard at first. Poached eggs go down easier. Beef can be very hard for many months post surgery.
I've never heard of the "drunken" effect unless you were uncomfortable after eating. The cure for the uncomfortable feeling in your chest (or hiccups or other symptom) is to up-chuck what you have eaten. Going forward pay close attention to physical feelings as you eat in order to learn when your pouch is full or over-full
Thank you, it's going to be a lifetime of learning and listening to my new pouch. I will try the poached eggs tomorrow and stay away from the ground beef for now. Matter of fact today I'm only going to do liquids and document any changes so that when I call the doc tomorrow, I might have some answers. I love ground beef but I will toss it to the side for a few months. Thanks so much sunnyway.

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While it seems to be more of a blood pressure issue, if you've gone from liquids straight to soft foods, you may benefit for a week or two doing pureed foods as a transition to soft foods, even if it isn't part of your plan.

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With scrambled eggs it's important that they be softer than you probably ate them before--every time I've eaten a little piece of them that have come from a restaurant off my SO's plate, they've gotten "stuck" because they're too dense no matter how much I chew them, which can make you feel off in a lot of ways including feeling disoriented or loopy.

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