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I had chest pain about 2 years ago that turned out to be silent reflux and peptic ulcers
a course of Dexilant and subsequent Omeprazole has corrected the issues and the pain
I have a low profile Realize band and port
Placed about 3 inches above my belly button
repositioned when I had my tummy tuck and now it is about 2 inches above my new (cute) belly button
I can't see your picture ... But I am right behind you with my 4-year anniversary on June 5.
complication free, enjoying life with my band and my 120+pound weight loss
Good to see you here!
While I was working to lose weight, I averaged about 1,200 calories a day (after the first month where I was probably at 600-900 a day)
In maintenance, I eat about 1,800 - 2,000 a day at my current activity level
I can't ensure anyone a successful and complication-free experience.
I can give you 5 things I did that has contributed to my success and satisfaction with my band.
1. I do not drink while I eat or for 30-60 minutes afterward
2. I refrain from liquid calories. After the first 14 days
post op, I stopped using protein shakes and now the only liquid calories I have is the occasional glass of wine.
3. I cut my food into pea-sized bites and eat carefully
4. I exercise regularly at least 5 days a week
5. I have a list of "things to do besides eat" and I use it to distract myself between meals
I am no medical professional
I do wonder if some 'low-level' auto-immune thing is going on since all of those tests are for auto-immune issues, and your body is fighting with having the object inside it.
I hope you get an answer from the new doctor, and some relief.
I am so sorry that your banded experience has been so rough.
i honestly noticed a dimmed appetite from the first day.
i had no hunger. Right after surgery and then I just weighed and measured my food like I was told to do, and I was satisfied on very
little food ..... Not full, but no longer hungry.
like you, I don't know if it is anatomy or surgical skill or what, I just know that my experience in 4 years banded is very different.
Yes, as everyone else has said, it is very normal.
I also found that at different times of the day, different temperature food and water was easier. In the morning, I could not take in cold liquids, but warm tea or hot cocoa worked well.
In the evening I wanted cold drinks --- so, iced tea or crystal light worked well.
Experiment (slowly) with different temps -- and with different textures (you are probably on all soft/mushy foods or even still full-liquids)
Walk, walk, walk -- that helps the gas move out of your body.
A heating pad may make you more comfortable when you are sitting or reclining
Theresa, well said.
I am almost 4 years post op, maintaining a 125 pound loss, enjoying health and fitness.
my doctor is not getting rich off of me ..... I see him at (free) support groups and once a year in his office for a face-to-face visit.
I have an occasional bout of user-error when I choose the wrong food or wrong quantity, but for the most part my band has worked exactly as originally described.
it dims my appetite and when I eat small bites of healthy food, it allows me to not think about food again for several hours.
i learned from this board that if I would 'control the quality, the band would control the quantity'
I don't know why my band has worked so well for me when others have struggled and been in pain. It could be luck, it could be surgical skill, it could be compliance, it could be genetics, it could be magic or a combination of the above.
i am grateful. I don't recommend the band because I don't know if other people will be as fortunate as I have been, but I don't regret my choice either.
i have worked hard. I made a plan and I put my head down and I worked u til the job was done and I was at my writ loss goal.
the band helped me reach that goal. It could go south at any time, and I will deal with that, but for today, I am grateful.
I think you have to define both 'long-term' and 'success'.
I am almost 4 years post banding . Reached my weight loss goal in the first 18 months with no plateaus, just slow, steady weight loss.
i maintain within 10 pounds of my original goal while eating and drinking normally and exercising regularly.
i live a happy, active life for a 55 year old, working woman .... Could probably stand to,lose 10-15 pounds, but am thrilled with my lifestyle as it is.
Of course I remember you -- and I am so sorry to read that you have had such a hard time with your band.
I sometimes feel guilty because my band is still working for me while so many others are struggling.
I hope that you are able to revise to a solution that will bring you health and happiness ---- my very best wishes go with you.
I am so sorry that you are suffering -- and that due to prior commitments you won't get relief for a while.
I hope and pray that you will be able to stay hydrated and nourished while you wait ---- and I wish that you will have strength and peace while you wait things out.
Congratulations -- you look and sound wonderful!
Keep up the good work -- stay in tune with your body!
I do my roll ups with Light string Cheese which is 50 calories per piece and thin sliced ham that is 10 calories per slice.
I use 1 piece of cheese and 3 pieces of meat with a thin layer of mustard to keep it all together for about 90calories per roll up
i eat 2 of those for lunch some days, microwaved for about 20 seconds
my experience is quite different. I have been sick far less since I had my wls
i am terrible about taking my multi vitamins ... But I do eat a fairly healthy band-friendly diet.
Hope you get some relief soon
I saw my surgeon every 3-4 weeks for the first 6 months and got fills when it seemed right. Like Kate said, about every 15 pounds.
i was losing about 5 pounds a week at first ..when that slowed down then I saw him every 6 weeks
I always booked my next appointment before I left ..... Part of my journey to goal was my commitment to "show up" and see the doctor whether I needed a fill or not
like probably had about 7 or 8 fills along the way to goal.
now I see my surgeon at least once a year
I hate to read this.i
Hope your friend gets relief soon.
About 2 years after banding I started to have chest pain and thought it was heart related.
it turned out to be esophagitis and peptic ulcers.
i had an endoscopy to diagnose it and then was treated with Dexilant for about 6 weeks.
then I switched to Omeprazole due to insurance issues with Dexilant.
i had a follow up endoscopy after 3 months and the ulcers were gone and my esophagus was healed.
i continue to take the Omeprazole but had had no other problems.
There are on line OA meetings and support groups at www.oa.org and at www.therecoverygroup.org
gaining 65 pounds in 5 months is not normal
If your surgeon will. It help, what about your primary care physician? And what does your therapist think about this ... Something has to be going on for you to be gaining at this rate.
honestly, I don't think that band support groups are your answer, You have to stop eating junk and get back into the game with protein, produce and healthy grains.
get the crap,out of your house
no liquid calories
no drinking whole eating
try that for a week and see what happens
I made my decision and than says own with my husband and told him that I had decided to have Realize Band surgery.
i told him that I needed the boost that WLS would give me and I needed his support ... And some money.
i knew I had to be self pay and I did not have 12,500 in my personal account, so I was going to 'borrow' it from our joint account.
He told me that he was 100%behind me, that we would pay for it together ....... He is my biggest cheerleader!
Hold your head high and ask for help.
the past is past and you are ready to work and need a partner to help you .... Don't accept anything less.
I am so sorry that you have to revise --- it sounds like you have a supportive surgeon and a good plan.
Best of luck to you!
I want to add that I still eat sugar.
i eat Luna bars for a sweet fix .... Seem to have enough protein to keep me from craving more while still being sweet.
i eat pudding with whipped cream occasionally and yogurt and fruit daily.
i get enough sweetness without the cravings for the baked goods that I used to binge on.
Yes, I have a listof trigger foods that are absolutely off limits.
i made the list 4 years ago with the help of OA and over time I have added some foods, but not taken any off the list.
i do not eat cookies, cake, candy, ice cream, pie, donuts, etc.
i tried for years to eat these moderately to no avail. When I eat them they control my thoughts and my behavior.
it is easier to have none than to try to have some.