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Is it true after surgery I will feel cold all the time?

on 9/27/09 5:59 pm - Canada

Hi All,

I'm asking those that have had the gastric bypass surgery a few years ago.
Do you feel cold all the time? I heard that I will feel cold all the time, is this true?

Also, I heard I will experience hair loss, any idea how long before that stops?

on 9/27/09 6:10 pm
Don't know about anyone else, but i tend to get cold very easily now that I've lost over 100 lbs...I never used to be cold at all, rarely wore anything other than a light jacket even in the middle of winter...but this year is very different.  I even wear a cardigan sweater at work now...amazing indeed!!  I have lost some of my hair but got it cut short and to me it's well worth losing some hair to have lost the weight I have and being able to breathe easier.  I even crossed my legs yesterday...WHOO-HOO!!!  Good luck to you!!!
on 9/27/09 6:13 pm - Canada
Thank you MissMarie.

Did your hair grow back or is it still thin?
Congrats on crossing your legs.
How long ago did you have your surgery?
Leann B.
on 9/27/09 6:12 pm - Lytle, TX
Yes to both.    I live in TX and we have had more than 60 100+ degree days and I still carry sweater every where I go.
As for hair loss I went through a  period where I lost a lot of hair.  I was never close to being bald but I also have very thick hair.  My only problem I really had was the new hair that came back in.  It stood straight up.  I still have a section in the front that I have trouble getting to lay down.
To me these are small prices to pay.  I would still do it all over again.



on 9/27/09 6:16 pm - Canada
Thank you for your reply.
I'm sure it is a small price to pay.
I'm having surgery on Oct 8th and still learning as much as I can.
What else did you experience?
Also, How long ago did you have your surgery?

on 9/27/09 6:33 pm - Helena, MT
For most folks, their surgery type and date is right below their avatar/pic.  I, too, am cold all the time.  I have re-discovered my slippers.  I wear an enormous cardigan at work, and have started a little collection of cardigans to go with varous outfits.  I am a little over four months out, and have just started to lose some hair.  Mine is also very thick, so I doubt it will make much difference, but I'm not looking forward to dealing with all those baby hairs.  (I've never heard anyone say that their hair loss was permanent.  It's more a matter of new hairs pushing out the old ones, due to the shock of anesthesia and rapid weight loss.  If you want to know more, google telogenic effluvium.)  I have long blonde hair all over the place right now.

(Pre-op: 5'2", 292/277/148-Highest/at WLS/Current)
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on 9/27/09 6:38 pm - Canada
Will google it for sure.
on 9/27/09 6:37 pm
I had RYN the first week of hair is still thinning but thank goodness I had a very thick head of hair to begin  with.  haha  You asked what else we've experienced...after surgery I experienced some depression and mourning for food.  But once the weight started coming off regularly the depression went away and was replaced with energy and excitement about the new journey I was beginning.  I never used to like compliments and now I love when people tell me how good I'm looking and I'm excited to tell my co workers how much I've lost when we get to work on Monday mornings (I only weigh myself on weekends).  It's a wonderful adventure and I wish you all the luck in the world!!!  If you ever have any questions or want to talk, please feel free to send me a message, I will answer within a day or two.  Have a great week!!!
on 9/27/09 6:44 pm - Canada
Thank you for your kind words.
I am looking forward to the surgery but scared at the same time.

I will call upon you for sure.

on 9/27/09 6:46 pm
 Hi, i had surgery Jan 9th right in the deep of winter, At first i didn't get cold, then about 3-4 months out it was like someone turned on the AC and it was blowing hard at me.. I could not get warm for the life of me.. But came in handy this summer, i didn't burn up like everyone else, i'm the only strange one that needs a light sweater while outside at night..
We just moved to Okinawa Japan about amonth ago, every one told me oh its gonna be so HOT when you get there. I sit in my house today with no AC on and windows open and its like almost 88 degrees out side and i have chill bumps on my arms. Its not that bad, to be a bit colder. 
My hair did fall out but not as much as others, i go through phases i guess, one month i won't loose any but see growth, this month i'm loosing hand fulls, but still have Thick hair.. 
I was told to cut it short, so i had my hair cut in a cute bob, or what was trending called the POB, i went from blonde to dark brown.Blonde is where i like to be but with it being brown it looked thicker and i didn't have to touch up as much. Blonde can really damage baby hair that is growing in. My hair is now more wavy then before... And grows so slow it seems.. so hair cuts about every two months for me lol.. 
Don't worry to much about the hair loss, it is so worth it in the end.. 
Take care 
on 9/27/09 6:56 pm
Hi I am 4 years post op and I am cold almost all the time but I am also anemi****ep a blanket in both cars and a jacket in my office. Small price to pay!
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on 9/28/09 6:05 pm - Canada
Thank you Annmarie!

Your feedback is appreciated.

Enjoy Japan.

on 9/27/09 7:02 pm
Contact me's a very scarey thing going thru the surgery, but it's also a wonderful start to a new way of life....I call it my "new lifestyle"'s not easy at all but nothing worth doing is easy..and you'll find it's well worth it.  Bedtime for me, g'nite all!!
on 9/28/09 6:04 pm - Canada
Thanks again.
I don't know anyone that had RNY and I am counting on this site to help me thru it journey.

on 9/27/09 7:19 pm
Yes, I am cold all of the time and I was ALWAYS HOT all of the time.  Losing over 100 pounds has made a big difference.  I lost hair also.  I was not looking that great or cooperating so I cut it short.  It is really cute, but I miss my longer hair.  It is growing back and I have new hair sticking out and not behaving.  Oh well, I would rather have that then the fat.  ha ha
on 9/28/09 6:02 pm - Canada
Good point! LOL

Thanks for your feedback.
on 9/27/09 8:09 pm - Lewis Center, OH
Hello Coco!

I am a year and a half out and yes, I am cold all the time!  I live in central Ohio and last winter was one of the coldest on record - I thought I would never be warm again.  Thank goodness my gym has a sauna - I could go in there and get good and toasty, take a hot shower and get right into warm clothes and not shiver for a little while.  The hunnybun felt a little put out because, after a $600 heating bill, I left the thermostat on 68, but would come to bed in PJs, 2 pairs of socks and a robe, use an electric blanket, and still feel chilled to my bones.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news on that.  The good news is I used to be hot beyond all measure in the summer, and this past summer, I rarely broke a sweat, even in Florida in August.  I'm not sure if that's a good trade off or not yet, lol.

I did lose some hair at about 3-9months after WLS.  It wasn't too bad - I took Biotin vitamin supplements, tried to eat a lot of protein, and I used Nioxin hair products a few times a week.  A friend who had WLS about the same time was told to eat some fruit every day to help prevent hair loss - she did, and noticed hardly any har loss at all.  I cut it some and dyed it slightly lighter than usual, and it was fine.  It also got a lot more natural curl to it as it grew back in, to my great surprise!

Overall, this whole experience has been FAR easier than I ever expected.  I've lost almost 150lbs, I wear about a size 14, I can walk forever without my back and legs and feet killing me.  It's truly been a remarkable journey.

My big piece of advice would be to start working out as soon as possible.  I didn't really do anything besides a little walking and a little swimming until I was almost 9 months out, and I really wish I would have taken advantage of my WLS with more exercise earlier.

Good Luck!

Stacy  :)

Highest/Surgery/Current/Doc's Goal/My Goal
338 / 327 / 195 (finally in onderland!) / 180 / 150

on 9/28/09 5:58 pm - Canada
Hi Stacy,

Thank you for your feedback.

I can't wait to start this journey.

on 9/27/09 8:39 pm - Denver, CO
 I'm 17 months out and I don't get cold.  I was usually always hot before surgery I thought it was the over 100 lbs I needed to lose.  I am now usually just fine not hot or cold.  It depends on the person.  
Also, the hair loss for me was not that bad at all.  I took biotin and all my other vitamins.  I wasn't perfect.  I couldn't and sometimes can't always take all the vitamins I should.  But my blood work has always come back good except for a low vitamin D & B12 once.  
I have thick hair and usually had to have it thinned out but  after surgery I haven't had to think it out yet.  But will probably have to start thinning it out again.  
Good luck!!
It is soooo worth it!!

LBL 7/10/12 starting 310lbs/current154lbs/goal 150lbs (

on 9/28/09 5:59 pm - Canada
Hi Lisha,

Thank you for your feedback.