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How long after gastric sleeve are you at risk of getting Dumping Syndrome ?



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Gastric sleeve patients don't usually get dumping syndrome, though it is not impossible. I am 7 years out and have never had dumping.

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On 7/5/2022 at 1:11 PM, ctsaunde2 said:

I was told dumping for the sleeve was getting the feeling like something stuck in my chest. I’ve had it a couple of times along with feeling nausea and even throwing up if I eat too much or something with too much sugar. Once that happens I don’t eat those foods again.

That tightness isn’t dumping, that’s your restriction. With dumping you experience cold sweats, heart palpitations, diarrhoea &/or vomiting, dizziness. It can last for hours. You’ll really know when you experience it.

Sometimes when your restriction kicks in you can get the foamies but it’s more spitting up saliva & maybe regurgitating that last little bit you ate not vomiting everything you ate per se. Dumping occurs by eating something high sugar or high fat. Your restriction & foamies usually occurs not because of eating a specific food type but because you ate too much, too fast or something too dry or coarse. As I said in my earlier post it usually passes quickly after you bring up that last bite that caused the problem.

Dumping is more common with a bypass & it isn’t as common with a gastric sleeve.

You’re only a couple of months out so your tummy could still be pretty sensitive which resulted in vomiting. I used to get nauseous & vomit quite often in the morning … usually after taking my multi Vitamin. ☹️

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dumping-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20371915

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I had the gastric sleeve a little over a month ago, I experienced dumping according to my nutritionist, it happened after I ate a small scoop of vanilla ice cream at my daughter's birthday party. But it was nothing like it's been described to me in the past or on forums etc. I just got super tired and took a 3 hr nap when I got home. I'm very careful not to eat sugar now, or if I'm going to eat it I'll eat a very small portion, like 1 jelly bean 😂. Besides, since surgery most sugary things are wayyyy too sweet now anyway. Dumping can present differently in sleeve patients than it does in bypass patients if at all. I just happen to be one of the luck ones.

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I am 3 mos out and had my final nutritionist visit last week. Because I am healed and tolerating the surgery well, she has cleared me (more or less) for juice, soda, alcohol, coffee, etc. - all in MODERATION. I have had small portions of cake, cheesecake, pie, cobbler and candy and have not experienced dumping syndrome. I HAVE had the foamies when eating something either too bulky or taking one or two bites too many. I generally stay between 900-1100 calories per day. I am 62, 50 lbs down and still losing 1-2 lbs per week.

EDIT: By "clear", I mean I made her aware that I had consumed this items without any negative consequences and we discussed that I should have no problems if I exercise moderation.

Edited by sprukop0924

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Congratulations! I'm 8 months out and have only lost 41 lbs. I'm 61. You are doing great! My doctor cleared me on eating everything at 6 weeks out. It's so weird that so many doctor's have such different aftercare directions. I continue to try and eat about 800-1000 calories a day. I have never "dumped" even after eating sweets. I was losing about 5 lbs per month but I've been on a stall for 2 months now. A little frustrating.

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I don't know if it is dumping, but I get sick after eating ice cream about half the time to the point where I do not want to eat it at all. About 10 minutes after eating it I get light headed, dizzy and the cold sweats. I usually end up vomiting it up

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9 hours ago, Tony B - NJ said:

I don't know if it is dumping, but I get sick after eating ice cream about half the time to the point where I do not want to eat it at all. About 10 minutes after eating it I get light headed, dizzy and the cold sweats. I usually end up vomiting it up

That’s dumping so you are one of the unusual sleevers who do dump. It will be from the sugar in the ice cream. Some sleevers have said in time they have been able to tolerate small amounts like a spoon of ice cream without experience dumping but that might just be them.

On occasions if I use too much milk with my rolled oats, I can get a few dumping like symptoms (cold sweats, weak feeling in my tummy, general feeling of blah) anywhere up to 30 minutes later. I believe it’s because the extra milk flushes the oats (starch) through my digestive system more quickly & therefore dumps it in my intestines. It’s a fine balance. If it happened a couple of hours after I ate I’d say it was hypoglycaemia. It also tends to happen if I have Breakfast too early.

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On 8/16/2022 at 11:51 PM, Arabesque said:

That’s dumping so you are one of the unusual sleevers who do dump. It will be from the sugar in the ice cream. Some sleevers have said in time they have been able to tolerate small amounts like a spoon of ice cream without experience dumping but that might just be them.

On occasions if I use too much milk with my rolled oats, I can get a few dumping like symptoms (cold sweats, weak feeling in my tummy, general feeling of blah) anywhere up to 30 minutes later. I believe it’s because the extra milk flushes the oats (starch) through my digestive system more quickly & therefore dumps it in my intestines. It’s a fine balance. If it happened a couple of hours after I ate I’d say it was hypoglycaemia. It also tends to happen if I have breakfast too early.

Interesting. I am not going to give in though. I am still going to try to have ice cream from time to time because I just like a guilty pleasure every now and then. I will beat the dumping. I will just start with smaller portions and go until I know where the point is where it bothers me. Thanks.

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On 8/15/2022 at 5:04 PM, armartin98 said:

Congratulations! I'm 8 months out and have only lost 41 lbs. I'm 61. You are doing great! My doctor cleared me on eating everything at 6 weeks out. It's so weird that so many doctor's have such different aftercare directions. I continue to try and eat about 800-1000 calories a day. I have never "dumped" even after eating sweets. I was losing about 5 lbs per month but I've been on a stall for 2 months now. A little frustrating.

Oh my! That is frustrating! My scale has stood still for 3 days, so I suspect that I am now in a stall as well!

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1 hour ago, Tony B - NJ said:

Interesting. I am not going to give in though. I am still going to try to have ice cream from time to time because I just like a guilty pleasure every now and then. I will beat the dumping. I will just start with smaller portions and go until I know where the point is where it bothers me. Thanks.

Maybe try frozen yogurt instead of ice cream? Or a sugar free brand.

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3 minutes ago, sprukop0924 said:

Oh my! That is frustrating! My scale has stood still for 3 days, so I suspect that I am now in a stall as well!

I have been stalled for a couple months now. I lost 113 pounds and coming up on a year. I am trying everything...increased exercise, increase Protein, more Water, less water.....maybe I am just at my new setpoint.

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1 minute ago, Tony B - NJ said:

I have been stalled for a couple months now. I lost 113 pounds and coming up on a year. I am trying everything...increased exercise, increase Protein, more Water, less water.....maybe I am just at my new setpoint.

The stalls are the WORST! Congrats on your weight loss though!

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