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Hello!
i am new here :)

I had gastric sleeve surgery on May 3. I started my journey in December. My first scan at my appointment I weighed 264 pounds, yesterday at my checkup i weighed 234.
I am struggling because my stomach feels so large. I can’t even wear my exercise pants from when I was 264 pounds, they feel like they put so much pressure on my abdomen which in turn puts pressure in my chest making me very uncomfortable. My belly feels bigger than it did 30 pounds ago. I don’t understand what’s happening. I would assume that I’m losing weight in other parts of my body.
Could this be some sort of post op bloating? Even taking a deep breath is uncomfortable, it reminds me of when I was super pregnant :( I'm really bummed.
im hoping someone might have some insight.

Thank you guys

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45 minutes ago, Brittneykdelacruz said:

Hello!
i am new here :)

I had gastric sleeve surgery on May 3. I started my journey in December. My first scan at my appointment I weighed 264 pounds, yesterday at my checkup i weighed 234.
I am struggling because my stomach feels so large. I can’t even wear my exercise pants from when I was 264 pounds, they feel like they put so much pressure on my abdomen which in turn puts pressure in my chest making me very uncomfortable. My belly feels bigger than it did 30 pounds ago. I don’t understand what’s happening. I would assume that I’m losing weight in other parts of my body.
Could this be some sort of post op bloating? Even taking a deep breath is uncomfortable, it reminds me of when I was super pregnant :( I'm really bummed.
im hoping someone might have some insight.

Thank you guys

Are you having gas pain? Did you do lots of walking to relieve it? I felt like this for the first 4 days until all of the gas was finally gone. Maybe call your surgeon's office and ask. I also had my surgery on May 3rd.

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30 minutes ago, SleeveDiva2022 said:

Are you having gas pain? Did you do lots of walking to relieve it? I felt like this for the first 4 days until all of the gas was finally gone. Maybe call your surgeon's office and ask. I also had my surgery on May 3rd.

I do have gas pain and the bloating is worse when i drink Protein Drinks or sometimes even Water

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Hello!
i am new here [emoji4]
I had gastric sleeve surgery on May 3. I started my journey in December. My first scan at my appointment I weighed 264 pounds, yesterday at my checkup i weighed 234.
I am struggling because my stomach feels so large. I can’t even wear my exercise pants from when I was 264 pounds, they feel like they put so much pressure on my abdomen which in turn puts pressure in my chest making me very uncomfortable. My belly feels bigger than it did 30 pounds ago. I don’t understand what’s happening. I would assume that I’m losing weight in other parts of my body.
Could this be some sort of post op bloating? Even taking a deep breath is uncomfortable, it reminds me of when I was super pregnant [emoji20] I'm really bummed.
im hoping someone might have some insight.
Thank you guys

Hi Brittney, I am having the same experience. My ribs also ache a lot. I had surgery March 24th and still feel really uncomfortable. Did you find an answer to this problem?

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51 minutes ago, Nikki@50 said:

Hi Brittney, I am having the same experience. My ribs also ache a lot. I had surgery March 24th and still feel really uncomfortable. Did you find an answer to this problem?

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My ribs are uncomfortable off and on as well! No i havent figured it out. I took some Miralax last night and drank a cup of peppermint tea and This morning my guts cleared out it seems and I feel a little bit better as far as the bloating goes

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1 hour ago, Brittneykdelacruz said:

I do have gas pain and the bloating is worse when i drink Protein Drinks or sometimes even Water

You need to walk, walk, walk to get rid of the gas and gas pain. Also use a heating pad. It works wonders to help break up the gas. If you don't do lots of walking, you're going to be fighting with the gas pain for a lot longer. I had it behind my ribs on the left side, my neck, and my shoulder. It was awful.

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You may still have swelling & strained muscles. They pump you full of fluids & gas & prod & poke you internally during the surgery. And of course the inflammation swelling from the actual surgery on your tummy like any wound.

I had a sort of general tenderness & found anything tight on my waist uncomfortable for a couple of weeks. I used to roll down the waist of my pants so they sat on my hips & often gently rested my hand on my tummy under my pants. It was sort of comforting like I was protecting it.

It will pass. Just give yourself time to heal & recover.

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My ribs are uncomfortable off and on as well! No i havent figured it out. I took some Miralax last night and drank a cup of peppermint tea and This morning my guts cleared out it seems and I feel a little bit better as far as the bloating goes
I'm sure we'll get there in the end. I'm only managing the toilet once a week and that's with taking laxatives!!!![emoji85]

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You may still have swelling & strained muscles. They pump you full of fluids & gas & prod & poke you internally during the surgery. And of course the inflammation swelling from the actual surgery on your tummy like any wound.
I had a sort of general tenderness & found anything tight on my waist uncomfortable for a couple of weeks. I used to roll down the waist of my pants so they sat on my hips & often gently rested my hand on my tummy under my pants. It was sort of comforting like I was protecting it.
It will pass. Just give yourself time to heal & recover.
Thank you![emoji4] It's great to know I'm not alone in this. I do exactly the same as you, I roll my pants down or wear very loose joggers. I wasn't expecting to still feel this way after 7 weeks though. X

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17 hours ago, Nikki@50 said:

Thank you! It's great to know I'm not alone in this. I do exactly the same as you, I roll my pants down or wear very loose joggers. I wasn't expecting to still feel this way after 7 weeks though. X

If it’s been 7 weeks, I’d probably have a chat with your medical team. You should be fully healed by now. But in saying that, I still have days where I don’t feel as comfortable with a fitted waist & I’m 3 yrs out.

Also chat with your dietician. Certain artificial sweeteners & the lactose in dairy can make you bloated (& windy if you are experiencing that too).

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Hello!
i am new here [emoji4]
I had gastric sleeve surgery on May 3. I started my journey in December. My first scan at my appointment I weighed 264 pounds, yesterday at my checkup i weighed 234.
I am struggling because my stomach feels so large. I can’t even wear my exercise pants from when I was 264 pounds, they feel like they put so much pressure on my abdomen which in turn puts pressure in my chest making me very uncomfortable. My belly feels bigger than it did 30 pounds ago. I don’t understand what’s happening. I would assume that I’m losing weight in other parts of my body.
Could this be some sort of post op bloating? Even taking a deep breath is uncomfortable, it reminds me of when I was super pregnant [emoji20] I'm really bummed.
im hoping someone might have some insight.
Thank you guys

Are you walking ?

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