Help Regain after RNY

on 2/24/18 7:37 pm - Chattanooga , TN
RNY on 06/13/12

Back Story I have a broke back had to get the injections which of I got sick after one. High does of steroids tends to make you feel hungry. Plus being in and getting pumped on to you I had surgery 6/12i have regain 31 lbs

Than you so much in Adves

Amy R.
on 2/24/18 9:58 pm

Would you mind clarifying your actual question please. I am a bit confused.

H.A.L.A B.
on 2/25/18 7:20 am

She probably want help with losing the regain. She gained weight because she had steroids injections for her back. Steroids made her hungry, and she gained 31 lbs she would like to lose.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

on 2/25/18 10:22 am

Are you still on the steroids?

Is it possible for you to get a lower dose?

Track your food on MyFitnessPal. It will give a clearer picture of where you need to improve.

You should also speak to a dietitian.

Referral: June 2017
RNY with Dr. Neville in Ottawa: January 8th, 2018

Kathleen W.
on 2/25/18 10:37 am - Lancaster, PA

The only suggestion that I can make, along with what has already been mentioned, is to go back to what you were doing the first few months after surgery. Protein first, eat slow (take 20 minutes to eat-that's how long it takes your brain to know you're full), start of kind of activity such as walking, journal what you're eating, and get plenty of fluids and rest.

SW 327
GW 150
CW 126


on 2/25/18 3:20 pm

So sorry for your pain! You know how to lose and I know you can do it. For the hunger I suggest popdicles and sf jello. Won't gain and yet get the satisfaction of chewing .

Kathy S.
on 2/26/18 8:01 am - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with
You have already taken the hardest step by saying enough is enough and now I want to get back on track. I maintained 118-125 for over 10 years after losing 200 pounds. Due to a personal tragedy I gained and hit the 190 mark a year ago. After several starts it finally clicked and I am back to goal losing 70 pounds of regain. Here are some steps that helped me and I hope they will help you too! You may have several starts and stops but don't give up, don't beat yourself up. IT WILL CLICK!!! Our tool works if we work the tool and get back to the basics.


Remember when we were preparing for surgery? How many meetings, classes and such did we attend? We were told the more prepared we were the better our chances were for success. And they were right. Go through the house, car and work place and get rid of trigger foods. Stock up on foods that will keep you on track. I removed every bad carb/sugar temptation and replaced it with lots of protein, veggies, grains and fruits.


Get back to journaling. This will help you identify when you feel like eating, stress factors and any triggers in your life. Once you identify these factors, this will help you put tools in place to keep you from eating. It became clear I was not taking time for me anymore. I worked my day job and then spent the rest of my time caring for my husband. It was easy to reach for fast, prepackaged food. Since I purged my home I have to eat clean as there are no other options LOL

Use a tool to track you're eating and exercise like Getting Started with Health Tracker. Once I started to track ever bite and drink it became clear why I had gained.


Make a list of goals for yourself. Make them realistic and small. Some of mine were move more, purge all junk from my home, eat more protein. If you didn't make a Weight Loss Surgery bucket list when you first had surgery do it now. GREAT reminder of all the things you can enjoy in life after losing weight.


In general, a long term post-weight loss surgery eating plan includes foods that are high in protein, and low in fat?, calories, and sugar. Important, vitamins and minerals are provided as supplements. (if you had a different surgery adjust this to your food plan).


Water is our Best Friend. I have to say I never went back to pop or any bad drinks, however I was drinking tea like crazy. What is wrong with drinking tea? I was either using sugar or 3 equals and 3 sweet n lows per 32 ounce glass. I found once I started carrying one of the metal bottles of water to keep it cold I drank water all day.


I can't say enough about how key this was for me. The reason I kept my weight off for almost 10 years was no matter what, I kept moving. If I could not go to the gym I would walk. Grab a cart and walk all the isles at your local box store. I loved Zumba, bootcamp workouts, lifting weights. When I stopped, the weight started coming back. So for me I am starting slow to avoid injury by walking and using some of the workouts on my Demand TV. Find something you love to do and it won't feel like a pain in the *** to do daily.


If it's an option "run" don't walk to a support group. Come here on OH daily for support and participate in one of the food threads. It helps you be accountable and also great ideas for food prep.

Keep me posted on how you are doing.

HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130

on 3/19/18 3:50 pm - Chattanooga , TN
RNY on 06/13/12

Thank you so much for the advice what my main problem is right now I have a bilateral pars defect in my back which is a break it is at l4/L5 and a bulging disk as well as the nerve roots are impinged on both right and left, left being worse as well as spinal stenosis so very hard to exercise and get moving like I was I was within 10 lbs of my goal up until Nov when this started had 2 epidural injections of dexamethasone (large quantity of steroids) which I had bad reactions to first one lowered my immune system and I got shingles 2 nd injection I cut my finger and had t get stitches well it got infected because of lowered immune system due to the steroids it turned to septic arthritis and landed me in the hospital for 5 days as well as surgery I go to spine dr this week to see if back surgery is in my future. I have gone to pain management they prescribed a back brace I pick up tomorrow cause I can't be on my feet for more than 15 min at a time

Kathy S.
on 3/20/18 2:48 pm - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with

I am so sorry for all you are going through....

HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130