I am new. I just found this site when I was looking around the Internet trying to find out why I am in pain.
I had the Roux en y in 1992 and had not been back to the doctor since 1993. I went from 265 lbs at the time of the surgery to 119 exactly a year later. Right now I weigh 137. I like to stay around 135 to 140. I have to struggle though because of my very poor eating habits and grazing. I am 51.
I haven't ever really had much luck being able to tolerate meat well. Sometimes I can mince some meat and keep it down. Sometimes hamburger or chicken is ok but most of the time it is not. I have also not ever been able to keep down flour tortillas and the other usual problem foods from the beginning. They all continue to give me problems. I can sure still pack on the weight though if I am not careful because starch, junk food, cheese and things stay down very well.
2 years ago I finally went to a stomach doctor, not the one who did my surgery. He no longer practices and I went out of town for my surgery. They had me do an endoscopy and I was also found to have candida, bad. It was up into my esophagus. I had been nauseous almost everyday for about a year (felt like morning sickness all day long - I wasn't pregnant). They gave me Diflucan also and some medicine to settle my stomach down. They also found out I have a hietal hernia, which is pre-cancerous cells. I don't take anything for anything now though. I do take other medicines for other things though and I do take nsaids as I can't take many forms of pain relief if they are addictive due to being a recovering alcoholic. I know the nsaids are bad for me. I also drink diet soda which I know is bad for me.
Since the surgery I believe I have developed bulimia but that is another issue which I work on. Anyway, I say that because I have spent a lot of the last 20 years throwing up or making myself throw up. Most of the time because I ate too much or because I felt so uncomfortable.
This leads me to my current issue. I know I am going to have to break down and go to the doctor and I will, I just wanted to know if there is anyone else out there who has or is experiencing the same thing.
About 2 weeks or so ago, I started to have stomach pain. Maybe it has been longer, I think it has, I think it has just gotten more severe. I have all of a sudden gotten really gassy. I have not been that way - no matter what I ate. I also have been able to eat whatever I want to spice-wise, hot has never bothered me and I eat a lot of hot and sometimes greasy food. Anyway, at first it seemed to be only occurring in the middle of the night when I had been asleep for a little bit. The pain, it almost feels like upper intestinal cramps, will wake me up. Only problem, sorry for too much information but, I haven't been able to fart or burp much since the surgery! Even when I have been able to pass some, it hasn't helped that much. After a while it lessens and I am able to fall back to sleep and when I wake up in the morning it is mostly gone.
Sometimes it almost feels like it is burning between the bottom of my breastbone and my belly button, I have thought at times that it felt like it was on fire in there.
Yesterday it happened during a nap in the afternoon so it is not occurring just during the night. I haven't been able to go to the bathroom much either but have gone a little. I don't think that is the problem because I am able to go some but it is not helping it.
For the last couple of days every time I eat something now I am feeling the pain.
Again, I am going to have to call the doctor on Monday. I just wondered if it's happened before. What happens to that old stomach? Anything ever go wrong with it? Anybody know?
For now, I bought some things tonight to make some homemade chicken noodle soup (no jalapenos this time) for myself for the weekend. I think that I should probably take it easy on my stomach this weekend. Probably some prilosec would be in order also. Maybe I will send hubby for some.
Any comments or support or just empathy for having been there would be greatly appreciated.