Problems sleeping with a Lap-Band: Choking in your sleep!
This has been going on for 3 nights now. I am tired as hell. The first night it stopped at about 4:40am, the second night it stopped at about 3 AM, and last night it finally stopped at 2am. I have been sleeping in a chair to help things out and that does seem to help, but sometimes it still happens even when sleeping sitting up straight.
Just to give some background info... I am on Omeprazole (20mg) every morning for acid reduction. I have also resorted to Malox at night for anti-acid/anti-gas. I do not eat past 7PM. I am also completely open with my Lap-Band there is no fill what so ever. My band is slipped and I am waiting to have it removed in 10 days but I just need some sleep.
I have also gone back to mushies and avoided solid food for the past 3 days. It does seem like it is extra tight now, again without a fill at all. It's almost like my lining is annoyed by something.
Does anyone have any suggestions to help me get some sleep until then? Is there something you take to make your pouch "behave"? IS THERE NO TAMING THIS BEAST!!!!
on 4/15/11 9:22 am
I'm taking Dexalant right now for gastritis and other stomach issues. It's doc prescribed and works great for me. Are you taking over the counter Omeprazole, Bear? If you are, maybe a stronger prescription would help?
I can't wait for you to get that sucker removed so you can feel better. I bet you have irritated stomach lining or a bit of gastritis causing this. It stinks!
I have the same issue, it's a form of GERD. And the acidy taste is gastric acid. Nasty, nasty stuff.
I'm thinking about a revision when I get back to the states. Just trying to figure out what...
You are very close to surgery, so taking meds can be dangerous. I would call your surgeon's office and ask them for a Rx for Nexium for 2-3 days, just make sure they double check with your anesthesiologist for an OK!!! Very important!
Or you could pick up a bottle of apple cider vinegar and drink 2 tablespoons before meals. It's not the most pleasant taste, but does help a lot, only costs about $2, and you could probably use it up until surgery since it is not a med(again check with anesth). Mixing in some artificial sweetner or agave, and cinnamon , makes it taste more like cider which helps with the taste.
Luckily, with my band, it didn't become an issue until I had slippage.
Things will get worse for the first 2 months of your VSG (well it sucked after my DS) but eventually the excess acid went away (guess my banana finally got the point that they didn't need **** tonne of acid). I took my Omeprazole at lunch time to get better snoozy cover. Give it a go. xx
So in that case I am kind of ******
I am going to speak with my Dr on Wednesday about my surgery and I am going to ask for a larger sized bougie (or at least a good stretch with some slack around a smaller one).
on 4/15/11 10:02 am
This is what worked for me. do not lie down for at least 3 hours after eating. Placed a brick on each end at the top of the bed where we sleep, and purchased a wedge pillow. big help! I feel for you as the chocking just freaked me out!
Good luck with your band removel, and hope if you have a new surgery it all works great!!
Band removed and feeling alive with energy!
It can be pretty helpful. Although I find the wedge pillow a better alternative choice.
Also, if you must lie on your side, it should be left side down. Gastroenterologist told me that one and it does seem to be true.
on 4/15/11 5:37 pm
So far I have been going downstairs to sleep on this oversized chaise lounge that we have so that I can sleep sitting straight up. I wedge all the pillows around me to keep me upright even after I sleep. The problem is that even straight up, for the past 3 nights at least, it's still heading up my throat.