food stuck in stomach

lmp910
on 6/4/09 9:38 pm
My problem is that no matter what I eat the food stays in my stomach and it aches everyday!!  I don't over-eat; I'll have about one cup of food per meal and I can't always have three meals because of my ache.  What does it take to have the food go down into the intestines?  more water?  gas pills?  peppermint tea?  go back to clear liquids?

Today was a crazy food day because i went to a funeral in the morning and a luncheon afterwards...here is what I had today.

8 a.m. peppermint tea (food still there from last night
11 a.m. 3/4 puree oatmeal
3 p.m. 1 piece zucchini, 2 pieces carrots, 1/4 cup salmon

7 p.m. 1 pepcid (prescribed by dr. b-4 leaving hospital)

and water...only about 16 oz.

It is now 9:15 p.m. pacific time and my stomach HURTS.  I took 1/2 of a phenegran suppository thinking I shouldn't  take a full one on 1/2 stomach.

please help!!!  thanks, Linda
                 
Rosebud2
on 6/4/09 9:42 pm
VSG on 05/27/09 with
3/4 C. seems like a lot of food, especially something as heavy as oatmeal.

Why don't you try 1/4 C?  If you get hungry, try smaller, more frequent meals for a while.

Go for the 1/4 and see if that helps.  Then up it to 1/2 to see if you can tolerate it.

 
 (23 prior to surgery)   

 I'm 5'8"
The old broad


 

lmp910
on 6/4/09 10:03 pm
I was told to have 1-1 1/2 c food per meal.  I pureed it and didn't need a spoon. Good idea to try smaller more often meals.  I am at 2 1/2 weeks.

thanks, Linda 
                 
alexrichiemama
on 6/4/09 10:01 pm
when was your surgery?  I agree that 3/4 cup-1 cup sounds like a lot even when you are several months out.  The veggies and salmon sound kind of dry.  Also some of the stuff people take for heartburn actually reduces stomach acid so it takes longer to digest.  Maybe try going back to clear liquids--could be your stomach is irritated, still swollen.  Have you called your surgeon?  Did your surgery include any follow up care?
lmp910
on 6/4/09 10:03 pm
surgery was 5/18/09  the veggies were dry, but not the salmon.  So do you think if I drink more than I eat, the food will side on down?  I am calling the surgeon first thing in the a.m.  I went to my 2 wk app't and he removed the drainage tube and said I could have "real" food.

linda
                 
Rosebud2
on 6/4/09 10:06 pm
VSG on 05/27/09 with
You are 2 1/2 weeks out of surgery????????????  Holy moley.  No wonder you are having trouble with that much food.  You ARE NOT supposed to be eating that much.  Did you puree the salmon and vegetables too? 

Check out this site:

http://www.hopkinsbayview.org/bariatrics/docs/nutrition_slee ve.pdf

It will give you better guidelines for the eating stages.

 
 (23 prior to surgery)   

 I'm 5'8"
The old broad


 

lmp910
on 6/4/09 10:09 pm

How much did your dr. tell you to eat?  No, I chewed the fish and veggies until they were liquid.
thanks, I'll check out the site you suggested.
Linda

                 
alexrichiemama
on 6/4/09 10:13 pm
I was on clear liquids for ten days, thicker liquids like a creamy soup for ten days, then pureed for 10 days. My stomach was tight and painful for a while following that regiment.  I can't imagine eating salmon with 2 weeks or so.  I think you are right to call the doc and double check your one month diet.  Even if they say it's okay I would go back to clear and full liquids for at least a week to 10 days.  Your stomach is mad about something.  And yes, I would drink a lot more.
Rosebud2
on 6/4/09 10:12 pm
VSG on 05/27/09 with
You should be on the full liquids stage right now.  Did you go to the website I added?  It has a lot of information, especially about the post op diet.

 
 (23 prior to surgery)   

 I'm 5'8"
The old broad


 

lmp910
on 6/4/09 10:14 pm
I'm readin it now...thank you sooooooooooo much.  I think I will be able to sleep easier with this information.
                 
Rosebud2
on 6/4/09 10:16 pm, edited 6/4/09 10:16 pm
VSG on 05/27/09 with
You're very welcome.  You did not get good advice.  How many sleeves has your surgeon done?  You may want to print that out and bring it along to your next appointment.  Maybe you can save some future patients from suffering.

I had 1/4 c. of ricotta cheese tonight and that felt like a lot.

 
 (23 prior to surgery)   

 I'm 5'8"
The old broad


 

lmp910
on 6/4/09 10:22 pm
I'm drinking peppermint now and then going to bed. 

thanks guys, you are the best,  Linda
                 
KissTheSky
on 6/4/09 10:53 pm - Narara, Australia
VSG on 04/15/09 with
ya know...our urgeons are awesome with the knife but don't know what it's like to have sleeve.

I'm 8 weeks out and there is no way in the world I can get in 3/4 of a cup.... at your stage I was getting in 3 t spoons in an hour...and only 3 times a day....... all my food way puree, and all of it was very very wet and slippery....you have no natural perastalsis in your stomach...it cannot move through on it's own, and your new stomach cannot break it down...so you need to do the work for it...puree/blend/moist (and I mean saucy type foods) ONLY for a whhile....and EVENTUALLY...like in a year...you will get a cup in at a time...not now ya poor thing. Ouch...that must have been agony.


MacMadame
on 6/4/09 11:27 pm - Northern, CA
Your food probably isn't really stuck in your stomach, btw. When you feel that tightness in your chest and sometimes a pain around the breastbone, that's from food spilling out of the stomach into the esophagus. It's not a good thing to stack food in your esophagus like that so you should stop eating well before you feel that.

1 cup of food is a RnY thing and even then it's only much farther out when they can eat that much. Hardly anyone with a sleeve can eat a cup of food at a time. I'm 8.5 months out and I got a small chili at Wendy's tonight and could only eat half of it (about 1/2 c.) and was stuffed, stuffed, stuffed. I probably should have stopped sooner, but I wasn't paying attention.

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on 6/5/09 4:46 am, edited 6/5/09 4:46 am
VSG on 04/06/09 with
Sweet mother of GOD....what a sin

I know each Dr is different.......but that sounds just CRUEL.

I was 10 days clear fluids
10 days full fluids
10 days mushies


My goodness......BACK AWAY FROM THE FOOD........go to clear liquids and start there.

Shakes my freakin head !!

Good Luck Linda
Rosebud2
on 6/5/09 5:51 am
VSG on 05/27/09 with
Her doctor obviously had little to no experience with the sleeve.  He needs a whipping with a wet noodle.  She was only following his WRONG directions.

 
 (23 prior to surgery)   

 I'm 5'8"
The old broad


 

Carmen M
on 6/5/09 6:38 am - TX
VSG on 06/01/09 with
hey rosedub2, that webpage is awesome, it is very explicit , it seperates all the weeks, and even has some great recipes at the end, THANK YOU!
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Teresa V.
on 6/5/09 6:44 am - Forney, TX
I agree with everyone else. I could only eat a few bites of food when I started on full foods (which was a month out for me, and veggies is certainly in that category no matter how much you chew it). I still can't eat a full cup of food at one time and I'm 2 yrs out. I can only eat 3 to 4 ounces and that just depends on what sort of food it is. I could probably only eat 2 oz of steak, but more of oatmeal.
I hate to tell someone not to listen to their surgeon, but it really sounds like you should follow what the link posted above says. Otherwise you might stretch out your opening (where the esophagus meets the stomach) because you're having food settle there because you're getting too full.

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lmp910
on 6/5/09 9:02 am
I'm back before I went to bed last night I had a cup of peppermint tea and work up without the food in my belly .   Can or should  "you" eat a 6 oz. container of yogurt at one sitting?  I haven't eaten yet and would like it, but not sure to eat the whole thing...

thanks, Linda
                 
Teresa V.
on 6/5/09 9:08 am, edited 6/5/09 9:08 am - Forney, TX
Actually, yes, with yogurt, right now i could eat a container full. Only because it goes through so fast, and I don't eat it fast. Anything thicker and I couldn't eat that much at a time.
At your stage, I wouldn't have been able to eat a full container, and I wasn't eating any solid foods. The consistency had to be about like pudding or yogurt, or even cottage cheese, but not veggies, or meats. I was able to move onto the "real" foods at 4 weeks out.

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