On February 13, 2011 at 6:27 PM Pacific Time, Sarah R. wrote:
I have had a lapband for nearly two years (problem free) but have been having symptoms for several months that have finally been identified as a likely ulcer. My symptoms include:
-Burning from almost everything I eat but esp foods that are acidic
-Pain & Burning from taking Vitamins
-My iron levels have gradually dropped over the last months to the point that I am now anemic when I have never had troubles with my iron
A few days ago my Dr completely unfilled my lapband and I have not felt the burning or pain even once while eating since. My first speculation was that the ulcer may be very near the band since the unfill made it possible to eat without pain, however after now looking into a band erosion and learning it is so similar I am getting slightly worried. esp since band erosion generally leads to band removal. I have an endoscopy scheduled just as soon as my insurance approves it, so I will know soon enough, but I am just hoping to hear shared experiences and how it worked out for you.
Erosion is usually suspected when you have had a port infection or when you lose all restriction and have no leak, no slip, etc. Erosion is spooky because the symptoms are so benign.
Burning and pain are not typically erosion symptoms. No symptoms are a symptom of erosion, see what I mean?
Reglan is not used often anymore due to the horrific potential side effects. Typically PPIs are given as well as something to coat your stomach such as Carafate.
Think of an ulcer happening from the inside of your stomach and erosion happens from the outside of your stomach.