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Dealing with Acid Reflux after weight loss surgery

Good afternoon beautiful people! I know I have been missing in action lately. Especially since my last child had graduate and just started his first year in college. It has been hard but I got to let my little man grown into the man I raised him to be. I do miss him and I daily dances in the kitchen while the food is cooking. He complains every time I grab his hands…but I know he loves it.

I also I wanted to do a update on my weight loss and how I am doing. I am still the same current weight of 215 and I still have a goal of 175. I fluctuate between 215 to 220 and I hate that. I am working on that big time. Especially after the last couple of months I have had. In previous posts I discussed having issues with Acid Reflux and having to take medication to help manage it. Well recently it seems to have gotten worse and I had to follow up with my gastric bypass doctor. To make a long story short. My doctor thought I had a fissure but turns out it was a small hital hernia. He prescibed some medication for it and told me that no surgery would be needed at this time. I currently take 1 pill twice daily and one other acid reflux pill before bed. This does help to control it but nevertheless I am really disappointed that I still have acid reflux. I did think the weight loss would cure it which it didn’t.

I have consider not drinking just my one cup of coffee to help manage it more successfully. Because this is the only caffeine I have on a daily basis. Nevertheless this is something I have to learn how to cope and learn to live with it nevertheless.

Love, peace and Happiness everyone!

Tracy

Dealing with acid reflux after Gastric Bypass surgery

Good afternoon beautiful people.  I have recently started having really bad acid reflux.  It seems to be sitting right at the back of my throat causing nausea. I take my medication everyday and dodged anything that could make it start burning.  However I have notice that something as simple as water makes it start up.  One thing about Gastric bypass surgery is that acid reflux shouldn’t be a problem anymore because of how the stomach is rearranged.  Well that’s not the case with me.  Mine was bad before my surgery and still is!

Here is the kicker RNY Gastric Bypass procedure is considered the gold standard treatment for GERD in obese patients. The creation of our new small pouch is suppose to diverts most of the acid produced by the stomach away from the esophagus.  I wished someone would tell my body that.  Shoot I had to call my doctor to prescribed something stronger.  I take two different pills a day one in the morning and one at night to alleviate the acid reflux.  I am having a endoscopy and colonscopy  next month at the same time to look at my pouch and I am having the colonscopy  because colon cancer runs in my family.  My mother had stage one colon cancer about two years ago and my Grandmother  passed away from stage four colon cancer.  Because of this I have to start having colonscopy at the age of 44 years old to prevent colon cancer.  

I have to tell you something else I learned while looking up information about acid reflux after gastric bypass surgery.  It was stated in one of the articles that I read that when you eat fatty foods this can also cause acid reflux because my little pouch is trying to break that illegal fat down.  Thus causing extreme acid reflux.  If this is the case it is nobody fault but my own.  I know how I am suppose to eat and I deserve it by eating fatty foods  and not following my nutrition  guidelines.  Shoot I tell you what this heifer right here has learned and I am ignoring all fatty foods…. don’t nobody got time for 24 hours, 7 days a week heartburn.  Plus I am considering cutting out my one cup of caffeine filled coffee in the morning…. All I want is …..to be heartburn free.  I do know when I see my gastric bypass doctor I would never tell him I googled my symptoms because doctors hate to hear that when they are examining you.  

Nevertheless keep me in your thoughts and prayers as we figure out what is going on.  

Love, peace and happiness!

Blessing from Tracy

Why do you want to have the Gastric Bypass?

I have been asked “why do you want to have the Gastric Bypass?”  “Why not just exercise and just watch what you eat?”  Now I know I am not the only one who has been asked this question?  Then the next thing that will roll out the individual’s mouth is…..”I know so and so die from that surgery.”   I don’t know about anybody else but the last dang thing I want to hear about is somebody dying before I have any surgery.

As I stand there I have to debate whether to reveal the truth or not.  See I have try every diets that has been monitor by a doctor.  I tried the HCG diets, low carbs and high protein diets, cabbage diets, soups diets and I may lose 10, 20, 40, 60 pounds only to gain that and more back.  Or maybe I should tell them about my high blood pressure, diabetes, GERD, orthopedic problems, sleep apnea, and the lists goes on and on.  But I shouldn’t have to do.  People should understand that nobody; I mean nobody wants to be cut on for any reason.  “Well girl, (I say in my Kevin Hart voice) I just want to go lie on that table and let those suckers cut and dice and pull and pluck and stick a organ in my ear.  I would love that.”   (Then I give them my famous blank stare)

NO here is the real reason I am going to have this surgery…..…I want to be able to go any restaurant to eat my healthy meal and be able to fit into any booth and not have to get a table.

I want to be able to sit in any chair in a office, church, college, auditorium or roll coaster.  Without having to try and figure out if my big butt, big stomach, thick thighs and wide back will let me fit in the chair.

I want to go sit in any chair without having to give it the strength test. The strength test you say, what in the world is this heifer talking about.  YOU know what the strength test is (Stretching my eyes really wide). The strength test is where you push down and shake the chair to make sure it is sturdy enough to hold all of your weight, without breaking and dropping you on the floor.  Embarrassing the holy crap out of you in the public eye, trust and believe me, I know exactly how this feels.

See most people talk about the simple stuff, like going in any clothing store and being able to shop.  Yea I want that to…but there  are so many  more important things that I would like to.  I believe the most important things is the capability to put on my own stocking and tie my own shoes.

I also want to be able to turn my neck all the way without having my extra weight on my chin, and shoulders keeping me from looking back to make sure I am not pulling out in front a car.

I want to be able to sleep without having to fight with my CPAP every night because it is leaking air around my nose, or my hose done went renegade and is trying to choke me in my sleep.   These are a few of my wants.   I could go on and on but I do believe you get the picture.

This surgery is not something I just want just because I want to wear a bathing suit and strut myself around the beach and not have worry about everybody turning their head in disgust.    This surgery is a tool that will help me reach a goal that I thought would be forever unobtainable. Being healthy and staying healthy.