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on 10/19/18 8:23 am - Greenbrier, TN
VSG on 12/26/12
Topic: RE: Charlie Horse feeling in the stomach

I had WLS in 2012 and for the last 2 years or so whenever I bend or otherwise squish my stomach muscles into an odd shape I get an intense "charlie horse" in my stomach muscles. Like, I feel like my intestines are knotting and twisting and I have to hold real still and breath deeply until it passes. It is SO intense. I am always scared I will pass out. I also had a C-section in 1995. I wonder if it has to do with cutting the stomach muscles? I've not seen a doctor about it. Every time I go to the doctor, they are pretty much useless and I didn't want to spend the money to get a shoulder shrug and tell me to lose weight.

Bonnie M
on 10/15/18 10:24 am - Sioux Falls, SD
Bonnie M
on 10/15/18 10:16 am - Sioux Falls, SD
Topic: RE: 15 years today


on 10/14/18 7:43 am
Topic: Protein bar without sugar alcohols

Anyone find a protein bar without sugar alcohols? The sugar alcohols make me terribly sick and dizzy. I really need a bar that I can use for breakfast. I do fine with Splenda, just no sugar alcohols.

on 10/13/18 3:50 pm - IN
VSG on 11/20/12
Topic: RE: Binging since my husband passed

Thank you Laura. I am back to recording my food diary and making sure I make time for physical activity. I'm also pursuing grief counseling because I think that is the missing piece of my puzzle.

Prayers and strength and best wishes to your mother and you. Make every day count. For her AND for you. Trust me, you will be much better for her if you take care of yourself.

Laura in Texas
on 10/13/18 9:32 am
Topic: RE: Binging since my husband passed

I am so sorry for the loss of your father and your husband. I cannot imagine how tough that must be for you. Forgive yourself for gaining the weight. You did what you had to to get through the worst of times.

For me, I know I cannot cut back on too much or I will lose my mind and binge. Right now I need to lose 10 pounds of regain, but my mom is battling cancer and I am stressed. I am focusing on making good choices and maintaining my current weight for now. That is working for me. I know in the future I will work on losing the weight, but for now this works.

Figure out what works for you and do it. Best wishes!!

Laura in Texas

52 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 150 (BMI=24)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"If what you're doing doesn't work, change what you're doing - don't complain that it doesn't work."

on 10/10/18 6:17 pm - IN
VSG on 11/20/12
Topic: Binging since my husband passed

Hi Friends,

VSG grad here. I had surgery in 2012. In the last year, I have had a glass or two of wine a night and have been carb binging. After going from 255 lbs down to 142 lbs (which was too thin for me according to friends and family). I did great until my husband passed in Jan 2017. But as the year went by, I am steadily increasing to my present weight of 185 lbs. So I have gained 43 lbs. The concensus is that I looked better around 155 lbs, which I was also comfortable with.

I know it is carb intake. I also know it is related to depression from my father dying and then shortly after, losing my husband. I still have a hard time digesting chicken unless I chew it into sawdust. I went from not being able to stomach fast food to now being able to eat fast food but in smaller quantities. Smaller quantities are good, but it is still not good nutrition. I know the moscato is high in carbs. And too boot, I top that off with buttered popcorn, which I would rather have than dinner.

So I renewed my log in here and also My Fitness Pal yesterday. I am going to get back to loving myself and not sitting on my sofa bingewatching Netflix and drinking two glasses of moscato per night. Tracking the carbs and calories has to be in my daily routine.

And checking in with O.H. We have to have accountability. We can't hide. That is why sites like this are good.

I just had to put myself back out there. For me and hopefully, for someone else that is struggling.

on 10/8/18 10:24 am
Topic: RE: Weight Gain/taking it off 15 years Out

I'm 14 1/2 years out from having my rny about 2 years ago I started to gain some of my weight back but I also stop my workout routine so I know that it had a lot to do with my weight gain. For about 3 months now I started to have so much hair loss that I knew was not normal. Keep telling the doctors but they said my lab work looked good. Finally my pcp order lab work the antinuclear antibody panel. Will my results came back I was to see a specialty got a positive result for sjogren's syndrome. So along with the hair loss I was having constant diarrhea which I knew was not normal. Made another appointment to see my pcp dr. but the assistance was the one who saw me. Told him what was going on with me and he ask if I had ever gotten the UREA breath test I told him no. So I did the breath test and it came back positive for H. Pylori bacteria is known to cause a peptic ulcer. I always had discomfort after eating no matter what I ate had bloating burping nausea and I had notice that sometimes it was relieved by eating and taking antacid medications. But never did I have the weight loss, for me I gained weight from 120 to 160. Just started my doses of methyprednisolone tables and a whole bunch of Lansoprazole amoxicillin and clarithromycin 4 weeks supply. This week i feel so much better and hopefuly this will take care of my health problems so I can get back on track.

on 10/8/18 9:51 am
Topic: RE: 15 years today

I meant 14 1/2 out from having my rny. sorry about that.

on 10/6/18 6:37 pm
RNY on 05/21/08 with

Me, too and it sucks. But it has also fixed a lot of things for me that I struggled with for years after WLS. I simply can't eat 'badly'. At the least I'll feel like crap at worst, it could be life threatening. Like everything else, it's an adjustment. If you decide to just make it, you'll do fine. It took me a couple of years to stop being in denial about not being able to handle carbs anymore. But now, it's freeing. My son ordered pizza tonight. I see it; I smell it and pre-hypoglycemia I might have indulged in a 1/4 slice. Today, I just walked past it. No way am I going to be clutching my head later scared I'm about to pass out.

Good luck. The monitor was a good way to go. My endo had me do that, too.

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