Question about pills and stretching stoma
I was just taking my calcium supplement and it occurred to me that even the Citrate Petites are much bigger than any food particles I swallow, yet I'm allowed to swallow the tablets with a drink. If drinking with meals will stretch my stoma, why won't swallowing pills with a drink stretch my stoma?
I have never heard of concerns with pills stretching the stoma. Many people are able to take regular sized calcium tablets...
7 years out and maintaining 190 pounds lost!
“You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.”
a long term post op who no longer posts here said her doctor showed her a study that folks with more regain almost all were drinking with their meals.
my husband, who is 4 years out put on 5 pounds when he was 2 years out. He had quit waiting the half hour, was getting hungry sooner, and was eating more. He went back to waiting at least a half hour and he lost the weight.
It is the food being pushed through that may or may not stretch your stomach.
sometimes you may have to take a sip during a meal, we ARE human! but I really try to follow the drinking thing (unless I am on vacation and really want some wine with my meal but I'm 3 years out)
Now, personally, my stoma is pretty damned picky. It won't even let APPLESAUCE go through without foaming (yeah, I'm not kidding. Someone test me sometime.) and veggies just are a no go most of the time as well. If something gets stuck? No amount of fluid is going to pu**** through. Nor will standing on my head (tried a yoga move, actually.. amazing what you'll do when you're desperate), jumping up and down, or adding more food will help.
The calcium pills, btw, break up REALLY quickly. I did an experiment with them to prove it, too. Lookie here.
I don't think it is the patient, the doctor or eat/drink. But it is the method used to MAKE the stoma. I was reading a bunch of studies on same in the truck while rolling until we got where we were going. LOL
The differences in the studies were to do with equipment and method.
That said, drinking while eating basically quadruples your volume. If you eat/sip/eat/sip, you are turning every bite into "soup".
Stomachs don't absorb anything but sugar. And ours don't even digest very well. Kinda small for that big job.
So, the bottom line is what you fear. Drinking WHILE eating can pudge you up, yep.
RNY, distal, 10/5/94
P.S. My year + long absence has NOTHING to do with my WLS, or my type of WLS. See my profile.