I went to Portsmouth Hospital tonight to an informational seminar about weight loss surgeries because I have gained over 75lbs that I am struggling to get back off. My bad back, spinal stenosis and fibromyalgia limit my ability to exercise, so my doctor referred me to check out the program. I am seriously considering it but I'm scared, and of course it is a huge commitment. The question is.. How much of a commitment before wheening back to somewhat of a normal life? My mind tells me I should be… read more
I had RNY(gastric bypass) after having a lapband for 11 years. The bypass is SO much better. But my muscle pain and fatigue especially have been worse...who would've thought that RNY would be so easy for my weight loss , but appear to cause increased back pain? Anyways, I know several people who have had the sleeve and they are doing quite well! I say go for it if you have tried other things and they do not work for you. Weight loss is so good for your overall health!!
@A MyFibroTeam Member...first off I have to tell you that your profile pic is awesome...you're so beautiful - I LOVE the soft/fuzzy effect! Ok...on to "business"...I have mentioned my weight loss journey a couple of times on the site so thought I'd answer your inquiry here as well. I didn't do the sleeve because I had WAY too much to lose and a LOT of health issues to deal with (Type II Diabetes, High BP, High Cholesterol, GERD...just to name a few). After my RNY procedure I lost approx 143 pounds, got diagnosed with fibro and gain back about 45 pounds due to the decreased amount of activity and medication side effects. I completely agree with @A MyFibroTeam Member...WLS is a tool to aid you in losing...it's NOT a quick fix and it does take work. If you're not committed then even this tool can "break" and/or stop working. It is a HUGE commitment for anyone to become fit/healthy and to be honest you'll never return to a "normal" life when it comes to food. In order to be successful you have to change the whole way you view food. Instead of food being a comfort or indulgence it needs to become fuel...once you have WLS you will need to learn how to make choices that will provide your body with as much energy and nutrients as possible. You may have success with the sleeve since you may not have as much weight to lose and this option may cause fewer "side effects" than the RNY. My doctor feels that it was the RNY and its effect on the way MY body now processes food that may have led to my Fibro. Everyone's body is different and everyone can react to things in wildly different ways. Some WLS folks just need to eat normally and take a multivitamin...but my body now has severe deficiency in a number of different areas so I need to take a whole handful of vitamins and supplements to help counter these. But all of my pre-surgery health concerns went away completely within a month of the procedure and I was off all the meds to treat them - my blood pressure is super, my GERD is COMPLETELY gone, my Cholesterol is better than my 15 year olds and I was in complete remission of my diabetes for almost 8 years. Changes to some of my meds for fibro caused my weight gain which in turn caused my Type II to "come back". But thanks to my primary doc and my endocrinologist I started a diabetes med and I got back to basics with my diet - In just 4 months I managed to lose 39 pounds and bring my sugar back under control. WLS is definitely a serious and scary decision but can be TOTALLY worth it in the end. Just be true to your feelings and go for whatever makes sense to you!
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I has the sleeve almost 3 years ago (my rheumatologist thinks this is what "triggered" my Fibro). Losing the weight will definitely help with the pain and should lower your BP (keep in mind that when your body's in pain, your BP will rise). Having weight loss surgery is almost more mental then physical - so while it may help your depression some, you will still be depressed (I've had anxiety issues for years - the surgery almost made it worse since i'm constantly worrying about what I can/cannot eat).
In order to receive the maximum results from the surgery you'll still need to exercise. The surgery is a tool to lose weight - not a "fix". I'd advice to meet with the surgeon - they'll be able to help you decide if it will work for you. Even if you only lose 40 pounds - that's better then nothing.
First off.. Thank you so much for the compliment! And the fuzzy look.. Love photoshop! Lol Mu friend and I were playing a couple of weeks a go doing our hair and makeup, and taking pictures outside. You would think we were teenagers. Lol wish I felt that way! 😳😂
I would definitely go for the sleeve. I just fall in the BMI range that would qualify me for the surgery only be aside of my back issues and blood pressure. My head says just do it! My friend had it done and she is doing great. Said it was the best decision she could have made.. And she eats pretty normal now.. Just smaller portions. Hers was over a year a go.
I wanted to ask more people who go through fibro and other ailments as well.. Because that is the only thing that truly scares me.... Aside from the whole surgery and pain thing. Lol
My spinal stenosis and back fight against my exercise but I try when I can. I am so frustrated because I used to go to the gym and worked hard to take all of my weight off. In two years I put on all of the weight I had fought so hard to take off. So I feel uncomfortable in my own body. It's intensifying my depression and making me afraid to try and meet someone. I'm lonely and I have a great family and great friends. I'm in a room of people and alone at the same time. Not sure what to do.
Thank you! And you are also a beautiful woman as well! I'm glad you have been able to get things back under control. You are a very strong person!! ❤️
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