4 year Vet Having Difficulty with food

Marti P.
on 4/2/12 7:41 am - San Jose, CA
Hi, I'm Marti from San Jose.  I had a Realize Lap Band installed 8/4/08.  Recently I have been having difficulty keeping food down (spinach, broccoli, pasta, turkey, chicken, mostly luncheon and dinner items) due to stress.  I have lost 10 lbs. from 144 to 134.  I immediately switched to liquids for 3 days.  Thought things had settled down, added foods back in and darned if the whole cycle didn't repeat itself.

Was in Urgent Care last Thursday where I was looked at from stem to stern and a bunch of blood work was done.  Other than my blood pressure was higher than a kite 174/92, everything was normal.  I'm 68, I walk on the treadmill 3X a week and lift weights 2X a week.

Can anyone make any suggestion as to how I can put an end to this?  Have I forgotten something?

Marti

      
Jo 1962
on 4/2/12 8:03 am - NearHouston, TX
I am not sure about what kind of care a Urgent Care place can give you regarding your band. Have you called your surgeon to ask about a small unfill, since you have been having stress?  Thats the first thing I would do.

Good luck finding relief soon...in the meantime, papaya tablets may help a little.

   
5.0 cc in a 10cc lapband  (four  fills) 1 unfill of .5cc  on 5/24/2011.
.5 fill  March 2012. unfill of .25cc May 2012.  Unfill of .5cc June 2014.

Still with my lapband with no plans for revision. Band working well since

last small unfill.

HW: 267lbs- size 22-24  LW:194lbs  CW:198lbs  Size 14-16

 


 

Marti P.
on 4/2/12 8:49 am - San Jose, CA
Urgent Care is connected to Palo Alto Medical Foundation where I get my medical care.  My doctor's schedule was full for the day, so I was sent down there.  [It's not a "doc in the box."]
Marti

      
Jo 1962
on 4/2/12 9:42 am, edited 4/1/12 9:43 pm - NearHouston, TX
Please don't take offense. I am just worried that the longer you wait to talk to your surgeon (the one who should be contacted first IMHO), your problems could increase, including dehydration.
Ok..hes a pain to schedule but a bigger pain awaits if it goes on too long.

Just trying to help you know.

   
5.0 cc in a 10cc lapband  (four  fills) 1 unfill of .5cc  on 5/24/2011.
.5 fill  March 2012. unfill of .25cc May 2012.  Unfill of .5cc June 2014.

Still with my lapband with no plans for revision. Band working well since

last small unfill.

HW: 267lbs- size 22-24  LW:194lbs  CW:198lbs  Size 14-16

 


 

Marti P.
on 4/2/12 11:49 am - San Jose, CA
Thank you for your concern.  I did ask for input and I am getting it.
Marti

      
looking4hope
on 4/2/12 8:39 am
I would call you doc. Maybe you need an slight unfill or maybe you have a slip.
Highest 317 6/1 start pre-op diet312 6/15 2 days before surgery303 6/22 5 days post-op296  6/28 11 days post-op  290 7/5 18 days post-op 288 8/19 10 weeks post-op 278 9/10 274 11/6 268 2/18 257 3/26 249 5/14 237
                         
Marti P.
on 4/2/12 8:46 am - San Jose, CA
Jonathan,
Thank you for your thoughtful reply.  I had an exam at the end of January, everything was just fine.  I'm due for another one in May.  The Urgent Care doc wanted me to schedule a couple of tests in the next week or so after Easter, so I may contact the Band doc after that. (he's a  pain to schedule).
Marti
      
Jo 1962
on 4/2/12 9:59 am - NearHouston, TX
Please help me understand this.  You are having difficulty eating since last week but the Urgent Care doc wants to wait a "week or so"?    Do you know that the longer you are too tight, the more you risk permanent damage to yourself?      Does your Urgent Care Doc have bariatric experience?  

Please seek an unfill at the very least before you become another statistic here.  I am really concerned for you.

   
5.0 cc in a 10cc lapband  (four  fills) 1 unfill of .5cc  on 5/24/2011.
.5 fill  March 2012. unfill of .25cc May 2012.  Unfill of .5cc June 2014.

Still with my lapband with no plans for revision. Band working well since

last small unfill.

HW: 267lbs- size 22-24  LW:194lbs  CW:198lbs  Size 14-16

 


 

(deactivated member)
on 4/2/12 2:13 pm - Mexico
On April 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM Pacific Time, Marti P. wrote:
Jonathan,
Thank you for your thoughtful reply.  I had an exam at the end of January, everything was just fine.  I'm due for another one in May.  The Urgent Care doc wanted me to schedule a couple of tests in the next week or so after Easter, so I may contact the Band doc after that. (he's a  pain to schedule).
Marti
 
I have to agree with Jo on this one.  The longer you wait the more risk you have to:

1)  Risk organ damage  (BTDT)

2)  Lose your band  (BTDT)

I mean, it's your choice.  But I wouldn't care what kind of a pain it was to schedule with my doc.  I'd have my butt in that office standing there waiting for orders for a barium swallow.


Dev *.
on 4/3/12 6:32 am - Austin, TX
If your band doc is a pain to schedule with call and be specific in telling them that you are having new onset of problems, and also ask about seeing you if someone else cancels an appointment, if you're able to go on short notice.

Banded 03/22/06  276/261/184 (highest/surgery/lowest)

Sleeved 07/11/2013  228/165 (surgery/current) (111lbs lost)

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