on 9/23/09 5:38 pm
on 9/22/09 4:12 pm
At home, it was much like you stated, hard to move, get up.. o' to cough or sneeze was murder. I slept in the recliner mostly. The liquid Lortab would make me nauseous so stopped taking it. After two weeks, I was feeling better except this horrible pain still in the left area of tummy. I took two weeks off and began full time at work.. desk job. At 3 weeks post op I couldn't take the pain any longer, mostly had wore me mentally down. Surgeon did a ct and found nothing, said there was extensive bruising and tissue/muscle damage near that incision as that is where the largest instrument goes in and sometimes two cross and pinch stuff. He gave me pill form of Lortab which I took 3 days and poof... all better. :)
As far as compaired to c-section... this was much worse than mine. My c-sect was back in '87 though, emergency for twins and sliced me from one hip to other.. but still, RNY was worse. Guess it is an aging thing.
As far as your items.. #1 I think is extreme. I am only 2 months out and can sleep however I want now. I would say after 4-5 weeks, side sleeping felt good!.
#2 lasted for about 3-4 weeks... after pain pills.
#3 resolved once I took the pain pills in week 4
#4 again.. once thepain was resolved during week 4.. after the ct.. I have not had any pain. I have began working out and all if fine.
As I mentioned above, I took 2 weeks off.. would have loved to have 3-4 and actually had to go home early many days. But once the pain pills took the edge, I was good. And I only took them 3 days.
Other people have said 1 week off was plenty, great for them but would never have worked for me.
Best of luck. Expect the unexpected. And no matter what.. when you start doubting yourself and thinking your a wimp... don't listen. You just had your insides cut in half and rerouted... all through some itty bitty holes with instruments stretching, pushing, and pulling.
on 9/22/09 12:19 pm
Pastas are a bit of a downer too. I LOVE Olive Garden and we went there a couple weeks ago. No salad or breadsticks :(, NO PASTA, didn't order anything, picked 2 shrimp and a 50cent size piece of chicken off the hubbies plate. It was ok.. but just not what I wanted.
Potatoes do not work well with me so out are the baked or mashed. Which is fine cuz I don't miss, it just suxs to lose options.
I actually live a lot on various soups and protien drinks still. It's really hard for the hubby as we can't go out much as it is VERY hard to find something I can eat. Road trips are the worst, which we love to do. But you can't just stop and run in somewhere quick. o'well.. no turning back.
I only drink protein drinks or water. No caffiene.. use to love the tea packets or various flavors to add to my water.. now can't stand them. Hate all the sweet stuff. Have you noticed that the sf stuff is sweeter than the reg. stuff. ick. give me salsa flavored popsicles... lol
Just curious, why are you having your band removed? I have heard others doing it.. just curious.
on 9/21/09 8:58 am
Not that he is going to change your mind.. but approach it that way. Tell him how you feel and ask him to convince you his way. If he can't, then there isn't a medical need, it's just his opinion. And if you are not comfortable that he would be doing what you want.. then you really need a 2nd opinion. You don't need to find a new surgeon, just talk to someone else, professional, and ask for their input. Then take that knowledge back to your surgeon. An informed patient is a successful patient.
on 9/14/09 6:04 pm
Be careful when taking out.. HOT! Turn the squash over and take a fork and begin to "fle**** out"... scrap the insides out with a fork. This will give you finely shredded spagetti squash.. like spagetti pasta. I love it with a little butter, or sauce. If you can buy the hormel cans of chili without beans.. just meat and sauce. heat up and pore over squash. Yummy.
Have fun. Pamela
on 9/3/09 6:06 pm
Have fun with mickey ... he is the "mouse" of my dreams. :)
on 8/14/09 7:22 am
Did the ct on Wednesday, the 12th, and still waiting to hear what it saw. The pain pills he gave me are wonderful. I actually feel like I can live again. Except having to have my son drive me everywhere.. and working in somewhat of a fog. ugh. But I will take that over the pain !!
I hope to hear from the surgeon today.
Thanks for everyones well thoughts :) They r working
on 8/11/09 3:22 pm
After more than 4 weeks of pain, that keeps getting worse, I was able to get into my surgeon for a quick check. He is concerned that I may have an incisional hernia and I go to the hospital in the morning for abdominal & pelvic ct.
I am anxious to figure out the cause.. but am more excited that he was able to give me better pain meds. Yippie skippie
So my question to you all... have any of you had an incisional hernia following laproscopic RNY?
I know there is a chance that the ct wont find this.. but would like to be prepared as this is what my surgeon is suspecting.
on 8/3/09 7:40 pm
on 7/29/09 1:44 pm
Is the concern about the size of the capsule or tablet and risk of it being stuck?
Is there concern that because the pouch is smaller and items don't break down as much as with the previous larger stomach, that it would move to the intestines quickly and not be absorbed completely.. thus not receiving full benifit of your medication?
What are your thoughts or info?
on 7/29/09 1:26 pm
Hang in there.. u r not a lone ranger. We can all suffer together.
Aside from the muscle pain/injury on the left area of my tummy, between two incision.. I actually feel pretty good. Hope you are too.
on 7/28/09 9:08 pm
You can also put it in pudding to hide the flavor. This has helped me a lot! I am like you, not a big fan of shakes.. and don't like when they are in water or juice. The ready to drink EAS works for my breakfast.
on 7/25/09 9:50 pm
on 7/22/09 1:38 pm
A year ago I had tried Nutrisystem and ordered many months of food. Some I didn't like and it got hidden in the deep dark corner of my cupboard. Anyhow.. I picked up a cup of Split Pea Soup... Protein 12 g / sugars 1 g. Pre-cooked split green peas, barley, flavored with onion, garlic, sea salt, black pepper........ Put the boiling water in, waited 20 min to ensure all soaked up and soft... actually very runny green soup.. barely tell the barley is there. But WOW.. FLAVOR. I am in heaven.
Maybe I will have to keep digging in forgotten cupboards.. or even seek out to buy some new. Guess there was a good reason not to pitch and save for months.
Hope you all are finding a lil' taste of heaven today