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Twenty Most Recent Questions:

  1. Does anyone else of LOW White Blood Cell count, and terrible leg pain 6 year post op (Apr 28, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  2. Lower stoma not resticting (Apr 24, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  3. As a woman having bypass, my doctor said it's common to see blood while using the bat (Apr 19, 2015) (View) (3 answers)
  4. Hi!!! Fasting (Apr 17, 2015) (View) (2 answers)
  5. 3 Months and 3 weeks out of surgery and my weight has stopped going down for 3 weeks (Apr 7, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  6. Medicare and Medicaid pay for revision (Apr 7, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  7. Does anyone have such cold hands they are painful? (Mar 23, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  8. Anyone here have surgery at HCMC in MPLS recently? (Mar 3, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  9. Medicaid doctor close to joliet, il (Mar 2, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  10. I had stomac stapling in 1987 had it revised in 2010 since 2010 gained 35 lbs can i h (Feb 14, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  11. No longer have the been switched to sleeve change my records to read this (Jan 26, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  12. Is there a forum for memorials? (Jan 24, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  13. What can i do to jump start more weight loss... (Jan 23, 2015) (View) (1 answer)
  14. 4 monts and stuck, NEED HELP! (Dec 18, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  15. Insurance (Nov 21, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  16. is my protein shake ok to use? (Nov 16, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  17. Are there any gummy vitamins with selenium? (Nov 8, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  18. Anyone in AZ with UHC? How long did the Prior Auth take? (Nov 5, 2014) (View) (1 answer)
  19. Had gastric bypass 10 yrs out have regained 50 lbs bmi is 40 never was 20 (Nov 5, 2014) (View) (2 answers)
  20. I'm 12 years post RNY, and apparently 100% lactose intolerant, has anyone else had th (Nov 5, 2014) (View) (2 answers)

Thirty Most Recent Answers:

Q: 2003 bcbs traditional mi......and reconstructive surgery

[May 23, 2015]     Do you know what the procedure codes are for Messa BCBS? They are VERY vague when I called to see exactly what the requirements are. I have the 100#, back ache w/ chiro, sores w/ scripts, but I'm not sure my panni hangs down low enough.     — pigletom     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone else of LOW White Blood Cell count, and terrible leg pain 6 year post op

[Apr 30, 2015]     I personally have not had issues with low white blood cell counts. You might consider posting this on the General Discussion board or the surgical board of the procedure you had. I would schedule an appointment with your PCP and possibly even call your bariatric surgeon. For your leg pain, I don't think it would have a connection but that would be for your PCP to check. Both issues are concerning and should be discussed with your doctor.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Lower stoma not resticting

[Apr 30, 2015]     It is good that you've had an upper gi and have the documentation to show medical necessity. Contact your insurance (Medicare and Medicaid) at the number on the back of your insurance cards. Explain to them what you have per the upper gi and find out if it is covered. If it is, ask for a list of surgeons that accept your insurance that perform revisions. Contact the surgeon(s) for consults. I wish you the best of luck!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: As a woman having bypass, my doctor said it's common to see blood while using the bat

[Apr 21, 2015]     When I had lap gastric bypass, I had a drain without any of the cycle issues you describe. It is good that your doctors know about what you're experiencing. I hope it resolves for you soon. Good wishes to you with your hysterectomy.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Hi!!! Fasting

[Apr 21, 2015]     As a follow-up, below is the URL to OH's Christian forum: http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/christianity     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: As a woman having bypass, my doctor said it's common to see blood while using the bat

[Apr 21, 2015]     Hi Cathy, surgeon and nurses know. They informed me it would happen. However, none of my other friends had same outcome. Yet they all had drain tube after surgery and all I had were 6 incisions closed with skin glue. No drain tube so im guessing thats the only way out?     — SassyNatty8482     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: As a woman having bypass, my doctor said it's common to see blood while using the bat

[Apr 20, 2015]     When we have any time of surgery, our bodies can react in various ways. One of them is having heavier, lighter or more frequent menstruation. I suggest calling your gynecologist, especially since you're having a hysterectomy in a few weeks. You could also call your bariatric surgeon's office to let them know since you just had WLS. Take care!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Hi!!! Fasting

[Apr 20, 2015]     ObesityHelp has on-line support groups, and there is a Christian OH Group. Check it out at the URL below: http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/martineaton_group/ You can also post your question on the surgical board for the procedure you've had or on the General Discussion board. Go to the top nav bar (in blue) and click on Forums. From the drop down menu, you'll see all the message boards there. If you'd like to start your own OH Group, you can! To start your own, go to: www.obesityhelp.com/group/     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 3 Months and 3 weeks out of surgery and my weight has stopped going down for 3 weeks

[Apr 9, 2015]     Weight stalls are part of the weight loss surgery process. They happen to all of us. When a stall occurs, dig in and keep doing what you've been doing since having surgery. Outlast your stall and don't get frustrated or stress out. During a stall, your body is adjusting to your weight loss. Even though the scale isn't showing a weight loss, things are going on with your body. Are your clothes looser? Usually during a stall, you'll see that your body is losing inches. If you've taken your measurements, take them again. You need to give your body nutrition. Not eating is not the answer. Your body will go into a starvation mode and you'll actually undermine your weight loss. Eat protein first and drink water. Remember, this isn't a diet but a lifestyle. Part of your stall could be because you aren't eating so your body is holding on to any nutrition, thus starvation mode. Check out this article: http://www.obesityhelp.com/articles/scale A search for member posts on stalls: http://www.obesityhelp.com/search/action,search_oh/?q=stall&cx=000946886326336472648%3Ae-vpeg4uyxw&cof=FORID%3A9 Hang in there!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Medicare and Medicaid pay for revision

[Apr 7, 2015]     To determine Medicare/Medicaid coverage for a revision, it would be best to contact them directly. For them to determine coverage, explain your current health situation that you want to have a revision for. You might ask them for a list of bariatric surgeons in your area that accept Medicare/Medicaid. Once you have a list of bariatric surgeons, make an appointment to consult with the surgeon(s) to discuss the revision and medical necessity conditions that you believe warrant a revision. Best of luck to you!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone have such cold hands they are painful?

[Mar 24, 2015]     I'm assuming you've had weight loss surgery in answering your question. From having WLS and a significant weight loss, changes in metabolism occur. Possible causes of being cold (not limited to only hands) can be an indication of nutritional deficiencies, especially during the first six months post-op. Post-ops lose the fat stores that normally insulates us from cold temperatures. How are your lab results? Are you on a daily vitamin regime? Iron deficiencies can cause us to be cold. If your hands feel numb or have the "pins and needles" feeling, that can be a B12 issue. Call your bariatric surgeon's office to describe what you're experiencing and to see if you need follow-up blood tests done. It is best to check to make sure by checking in with your surgeon.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Anyone here have surgery at HCMC in MPLS recently?

[Mar 5, 2015]     I'm not sure what HCMC in MPLS refers to. I input MPLS in the "Find a Bariatric Surgeon" at the top of each page and the link below came up: http://www.obesityhelp.com/find/bariatric-surgeon/?location=MPLS If you're wanting to check with any OH members about their surgical experience, post this on your state message board. You can find your state board under: Forums See All Forums (last entry on the far right column) Scroll down to the State area Locate your state and click on it If you have any questions or would like assistance to locate a surgeon, you can contact Member Services at help@obesityhelp.com     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Medicaid doctor close to joliet, il

[Mar 5, 2015]     In order to obtain the more current and updated information, call the number on the back of your Medicaid card. Ask them for a list of bariatric surgeons in your area that accept Medicaid. From the list, you can research each one on ObesityHelp at the URL below: http://www.obesityhelp.com/find/bariatric-surgeon/?location=Jouliet%20IL. Click on the surgeon's name and review their profile. If after reviewing their profile you'd like to meet them, call their office to confirm they take Medicaid and schedule to attend an Informational Seminar. Good luck to you and your WLS journey.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I had stomac stapling in 1987 had it revised in 2010 since 2010 gained 35 lbs can i h

[Feb 16, 2015]     Have you checked with your bariatric surgeon to make sure your WLS is mechanically working as it should? Assuming it is, regain is due to a return of unhealthy habits such as grazing, eating too many simple carbs, not exercising types of habits. You can lose weight regain by returning to healthy habits. Another good thing to do is log your food and activity each day. There is something about having to log in a food choice that can make you avoid unhealthy foods. You can use OH's Health Tracker, found under "MY OH" on the blue nav of OH. I encourage you to join the Back On Track Together group @ http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/backontracktogether too. You can lose your regain with commitment and consistency with healthy habits!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: What can i do to jump start more weight loss...

[Feb 9, 2015]     What surgery procedure did you have? Can you provide some of the food items you're eating? If you are eating mostly carbs, that can account for slow weight loss. Generally, we need to eat lean protein first, followed by vegetables. Complex (whole grains, oatmeal, etc.) carbs are okay but less often than protein and veggies. Simple carbs (sugary foods, white bread, white rice, potatoes, etc.) will slow or prevent weight loss. Have you seen your surgeon or nutritionist since your surgery to discuss this with them? If not, call the nutritionist to check. I also encourage you to journal your food. OH has Health Tracker (located under MY OH's drop down) on the blue nav bar. You can show the nutritionist or surgeon what you're eating so they can assist you with food selection to maximize your WLS and weight loss.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: No longer have the been switched to sleeve change my records to read this

[Feb 9, 2015]     Congratulations on losing 32 pounds. I'm glad you feel terrific. Get used to feeling terrific because it is only going to get more as you lose more weight.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Is there a forum for memorials?

[Feb 9, 2015]     The Memorial page is here: http://www.obesityhelp.com/morbidobesity/members/wlsmemorial.php Thank you for your support.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 4 monts and stuck, NEED HELP!

[Jan 2, 2015]     Your bariatric surgeon should have provided guidelines to follow. Follow-up with your surgeon as far as what you need to do. It is common to reach plateaus. You need to eat more often than just once a day. Break down your one meal into smaller meals.     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Does anyone know a dr who will get rid of my apron for me i have medicare,

[Dec 28, 2014]     There are a lot of doctors that take medicare. I have it and they do cover Panniculectomy and breast reduction. I'm in the process of them fixing to summit mine to the insurance. But take LOTS of pictures for the doctor of any and all RASHES!! And take them with you. I also took pictures of myself holding the excess skin but the doctor will do this as well, they did me. I just had to wait 3 months to be completely away from second hand cigarette smoke. I have another 15 days and will be back at the doctor for them to submit the documentation to the insurance company. Start with your bypass doctor if you had that. They will have the doctors that take medicare. That's where I started. I had to go to him for 3 months to document that it was medically necessary and then got a referral from him as well as on from my general practitioner. Hope this helps.     — gl_champion     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Is 56 to old to have weight loss surgery?

[Dec 28, 2014]     I had my surgery at 70 and a revision at 74.     — Fredannah     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: 4 monts and stuck, NEED HELP!

[Dec 21, 2014]     I'm sorry you are going through this. Eating once a day will definetly stop your weight loss, your body is in starvation mode and trying to hang on to what it's got. You should be eating small high protien meals every few hours. Are you eating too much in that one sitting? That is a possibility. What is it you are eating to only get one meal in and how many calories? Remember we all have plateaus, and i'm no saint....i had WLS in 2002, and had regained some, but not all, however, with the amount of time you have out, one meal isn't sufficient.     — stacey1273     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Is 56 to old to have weight loss surgery?

[Dec 17, 2014]     I am 61 and just had my gastric sleeve surgery on 12/11/14 and doing quite well post op. Although the process is requiring more of me mentally and physically than any other of the numerous weight loss strategies I've been through over the years.... I am feeling hopeful to enjoy the rest of my life and believe it really was the right choice for me, I wish I had done it at 56.     — Cowdog-Lover     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Insurance

[Nov 26, 2014]     Thanks! I did call they said that they get 15 working days once they receive the letter from the surgeon     — Dawn W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Insurance

[Nov 25, 2014]     Insurance approval varies. It is dependent on many factors. I suggest you call BCBS of ND and ask them how long they expect that you'll receive a reply from them and, of course, hopefully approval! Good luck     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: I'm 12 years post RNY, and apparently 100% lactose intolerant, has anyone else had th

[Nov 24, 2014]     I had my RN-Y a decade ago. I never had a problem with dairy until 2 months ago. Now I am lactose intolerant. Funny it took 10 years. I use Lactaid and it does work. Best of luck!     — vanessam     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Had gastric bypass 10 yrs out have regained 50 lbs bmi is 40 never was 20

[Nov 24, 2014]     I had my surgery in 2014. I have gained 25 pounds from my lowest weight. However, they consider your surgery a success if you maintain 75% off the weight lost.     — vanessam     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: is my protein shake ok to use?

[Nov 17, 2014]     Looks like these are the details from the description: Amount Per Serving Calories 140 Calories From Fat 25 Total Fat 2.5 G Saturated Fat 1 G Trans Fat 0 G Cholesterol 75 Mg Sodium 95 Mg Potassium 190 Mg Total Carbohydrate 3 G Dietary Fiber 0 G Sugars 2 G Protein 25 G If these meet your Surgeons post op nutrition guidelines - and it looks like they should - then watch what you mix it with and take the appropriate amount .     — dustinplus4     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Are there any gummy vitamins with selenium?

[Nov 10, 2014]     I did a search and the URL is below. You might try PatchMD since all you need to do is wear a patch for your vitamins. They also have Garcinia Cambogia in a patch too. http://www.obesityhelp.com/profiles/product/multivitamin-plus-topical-patch-30-day-supply/ https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=gummy+vitamins+with+selenium     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Anyone in AZ with UHC? How long did the Prior Auth take?

[Nov 10, 2014]     Post your question on the Arizona state message board so AZ members will see your post. Here's the URL: www.obesityhelp.com/forums/az     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)

Q: Had gastric bypass 10 yrs out have regained 50 lbs bmi is 40 never was 20

[Nov 10, 2014]     I had gastric bypass 13 years ago and had regained 30 pounds. I had a Stomaphyx seven years ago. It helped me to lose 10-15 pounds but that's it. I wouldn't recommend having it because it didn't make a big difference long-term. What worked for me to lose regain is to go back to the basics and do what I did before the regain. I stopped grazing, cut back on my carbs and exercised. I also adjusted my thinking because losing weight regain is much slower than when I lost it after having surgery. It was slow but it did come off. Best of luck to you!     — Cathy W.     (See other answers/post your answer)