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By Tellis - 7/26/2013 4:33:07 PM
It has been a while since I have been on here. I am closing in on my 5 year anniversary and really struggling. I lost 112 lbs total but in the last two years it has been slowly creeping back. I have put back on about 40lbs and I can't seem to loose any. I just recently had hip surgery after dealing with pain for a few years. The surgery was not helpful and I still have pain and I am limited with the exercise I can do. I need my hips replaced but because I am too young they are delaying it. The whole process with that has been frustrating and with the pain walking has been hard. 

I feel like I have been able to eat closer to a normal portion again. I make good choices I eat a lot of fruit/veggies and try to avoid processed foods. I don't tolerate sugars well which is good and I don't really have a taste for overly sweet things anymore either. 

I have been reading about revision surgery and was wondering if that might help me get back on track. Has anyone had any experience with this or can give me any suggestions?  
By Nadia - 7/30/2013 11:07:13 AM
I can hear the frustration that you are feeling, Tellis.  I am sorry but I do not know anything about revisions.  Call Dr. Holland and discuss this with him.
By MamaBear2_6 - 7/31/2013 3:20:00 AM
Tellis, I don't know anything about revision surgery either but have you tried swimming or any type of water exercise?  That will help with the resistance but also keep the damage to the joints to a minimum.  I'm not sure a 40 pound gain would be something you want revision surgery for but I can certainly understand your frustration.

Do you have a place where you can swim, local YM/WCA or school that offers swimming activities?  I am a proponent of exercise but with being limited swimming is a very good alternative when walking/running or the like cannot be done.

Wishing you luck.
By Nadia - 8/2/2013 5:08:29 PM
Marcey is right about water exercises.  Maybe water aerobics will work for you.  Be positive.  A solution is around the corner.
By tjmbull - 9/6/2013 1:41:03 AM
Hi everyone Chris here. Its been a long time since I visited the site. I seem to be having the same old problems that I had since I got the by pass. I feel nauseated, sick, and just not right. Can't explain it any other way. Help Please. I'm just about 2 years out. Lost 159 lbs. Yes that's great, but feeling sick all the time is not. Any suggestions. Calling the office is not the way to go. I feel that they did their part and are more interested in getting the next group in to do surgery instead of the people that went through it. Any suggestions would help. Thanks.
By Nadia - 9/6/2013 1:44:04 PM
Hi Chris. 

2 years and 159 pounds off is great!  You need to figure out why you are nauseous and have the other digestion problems.  I do not know you, but I know that the bariatric staff is caring if you make an appointment and be checked out for the continual problem.

Anyway, here is a checklist.  Hopefully you do all of these things correctly.

____Follow the 30-60 rule about not eating and drinking at the same time.

____Not eating fatty foods, sugar, carbs or eating more than 1 cup of food per meal

____Hopefully you do not drink carbonated drinks or alcohol or smoke

____Hopefully you exercise daily until you sweat.

____Eat slowly.  A cup of food should last 20 minutes.

____Sip your water. Do not gulp it.

____Are you taking any medications that may cause side effects?

____Maybe it is the combination of foods that makes you nauseous.

____Maybe you have a stricture and that needs to be evaluated medically

Do not give up on the bariatric team.  Dr. Holland is a very caring surgeon and the best in his field.  It is our responsibility as patients to pursue our medical care and follow ups. 

Good luck.  Take your health into your own hands.  Be well.
By tjmbull - 9/6/2013 1:54:50 PM
Thanks I do follow all the rules. Its just that when I call the staff seem like its not important. Or that I'm making a big deal out of nothing. Its frustrating. Thanks for the suggestions. Chris
By Nadia - 9/6/2013 4:50:01 PM
Chris, I do not think that you are making a big deal out of nothing.  You feel what you feel and you should probably be checked to make that nothing is wrong inside: no strictures or no ulcers or leakages or anything else because you should not be feeling sick 2 yrs. after this great surgery. 

 I am 4 yrs post op and I feel great everyday.  Once in a while I get depressed but it is hormonal and part of the side effects of the bariatric surgery...mood swings.

Who was your surgeon?  Why not make an appt. with the surgeon instead of the bariatric staff? 

You should not be feeling sick every time you eat.

Get well.
By tjmbull - 9/7/2013 2:59:09 AM
Hi Nadia, Thanks for listening. I'm going to my PCP on Monday then I'll Follow up with Dr. Holland. Its  nice to talk to someone about this. A friend of mine had her surgery with Dr. Holland also and has no problems. I follow the rules to a T. See eats and drinks at the same time, eats whatever she wants and is still losing weight. I stabilized and that's ok. Its just frustrating to feel sick. Thanks again. Chris
By Nadia - 9/7/2013 4:30:19 AM
Chris, How long has it been since your friend had her surgery?
By tjmbull - 9/7/2013 12:23:12 PM
She had her surgery 2 years ago. August. Had a baby and is doing great. Actually I think she's to thin, Dr. Holland told her not to loose any more weight. But she eats and is doing great.
By Nadia - 9/8/2013 12:43:53 AM
Chris, It's reassuring to know that your friend is doing great 2 years post op, and you too can be feeling well and satisified with your bariatric surgery.  I am glad that you are choosing to see the doctor.    That is a good move rather than be in pain after eating.

I know that Dr. Holland really cares.  I have been with him for more than 4 years and anytime there is any kind of an issue or situation, he really listens, genuinely cares and helps me.  I am glad that I have a great doctor-patient relationship.  I am blessed in that way.  Medical staffs change from time to time, but I stick with the doctor... 

You know Chris, this bariatric surgery is for life.  I got my bariatric surgery to improve my lifestyle and for longevity and I do not regret it at all.  I count my blessings everyday.  There are so many things that I could do right now than I could not before due to obesity.  I hope that your situation improves and that you find happiness and satisfaction after the issues are resolved.

No two people are alike with this surgery.  Some lose fast and some lose slow.  Also how food is metabolized varies.    Therefore I never compare myself to others.  If there are problems, they need to be addressed and not left hanging over us. 

Let us know how you are doing Chris after your doctor visit(s).  You should be feeling good everyday.
By tjmbull - 9/9/2013 2:30:55 AM
Hi Nadia. Thanks again for listening. My appt. is today with my PCP. And your right no 2 people are the same. I guess I am a little moody lately also. I never associated it with the by pass. I'll let you no what's happening, thanks Chris
By Nadia - 9/13/2013 3:20:05 PM
Chris, How did your appointment go?