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Binging , stuck and purging, Catch 22....

princess_mercedes

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I have been banded for almost 14 months now. I have lost 40kg all up but put a couple back on in the past few weeks due to stress. My last fill was in April, which was a bit tight but I did ok. The first couple off weeks after that fill I had to start sleeping o my side and not eating anything late at night or I would get night reflux. But I figured I could live with the tightness as it really controlled my eating.

The last month or so I have been really struggling. Overeating, getting stuck and then having to vomit to clear the blockage. I would overeat knowing that I could then vomit and go to bed with any empty stomach. The reflux was starting to get worse and I have taken to sleeping on the couch to stop the night time reflux. But then 2 weeks ago it got worse. I had a bad day food wise and stuck/vomit wise and had to sleep on the couch. I was waking every 30 to 40 minutes and vomiting up my saliva. Nothing would stay down. So in the end I just waited until the morning, and then the vomiting/reflux stopped. I had a huge sports drink and got a few hours sleep. Saturday night was a bit better but not great. So I arranged to get some fill taken out on Tuesday. When I lay down on the table in the surgery, I couldn’t lay for very long because the saliva was backing up. The dr took out ¾ ml and said that it should take a week or so to settle down.

So, then to celebrate??? I started eating more and now am back to where I was 2 weeks ago. I am overeating, then purging and now my throat feels swollen and I know I won’t get much sleep tonight either. I started off today on just liquids hoping to fix the issue but caved into food when I got home from work.

I need people’s suggestions as to what I should do. I have been super stressed which is why I am over eating, but I seem stuck in a rut at the moment.

Do I go back onto fluids only for a few days and hope the swelling goes down or should I go see the dr and get more fill taken out, knowing that I will probably start eating even more and then start putting weight on?

Any ideas and all honesty appreciated. Thanks



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Hi There, its a good start that you are being so honest about this. If I were you I would go back to the doctor and get advise. Also have you considered speaking to a dietician? Maybe you could be more accountable if you started a food diary and/or counting your calories for a while, I find that this helps me to make healthier decisions. I use a website called myfitnesspal which is completely free and is a great way to easily track your food and exercise calories. Good luck, I hope you find your way out of this rut that you are in.

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I use my fitness pal too and have to say it has really made me look at what, and how much im eating. You wouldnt believe the calories that are attached to some thing you thought were ok! Ive been using it since the 1st October and its my new addiction. I also find if im between meals/snacks and wandering around the kitchen...i have a BIG glass of water (about 500ml) and then leave the kitchen. It usually helps. My allowed snacks (for now) are a yoghurt, a cup of plain popcorn, or a piece of fruit (grapefruit at the moment).

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Life is going to always be full of stresses and i think you need to find an alternative way of dealing with the stress and stop using it as an excuse to eat. You know your hurting yourself! your putting yourself through hell just to eat food... And your putting all your hard work back! Emotional eating haunts us all and we can all understand but sometimes you just need someone to tell you. SNAP OUT OF IT FOCUS! nothing and no one is worth hurting yourself for. Try optifast for a few weeks to help settle your tummy then start writing everything down and if you want to over eat tell someone! Get on here and tell us! we will talk you out of it!

Look after yourself girl! Your special and deserve to be healthy!

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Hi, I have had a similar problem recently, eating next to nothing, and what I was eating was certainly the wrong foods, but my attitude was "something was better than nothing" NOT TRUE!! I was feeling quite lethargic and my weight lost had ceased ( I have lost 48 kilos so far). I wasn't happy with the support from my surgeon and i had moved to SA so at my wits end I decided to get in touch with a new team, and WOW what an experience. I was lead to believe I had 5ml in my band and my new Dr removed 8.6 !!!! I put up with this for far too long and really suffered. I now have an empty band, just for a few weeks, and I am eating very well. I have already lost 1.5 kilo and using my fitness pal works well for me, it gives me options. I will return for some fill in another week but I guess the important lesson for me was don't put up with vomiting, blockages etc .... it is NOT supposed to be like that, I too assumed it was "normal". My doctor stressed that vomiting etc is not normal so I am back to basics, good eating, fluids, and a re-fill program in very small steps. Good luck and keep well.

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Hi here is my 2 cents worth.I also was in a similar situation 4 weeks ago.Had a fill that took my band up to 10mls in a 12-13ml band so pretty tight.I have never really had any issues just 3 or 4 stuck items in the last 18 months but boy that last fill was the killer.It actually did not give me that instant full feel or the I cant swallow my own saliva feel but every time I ate too fast it woud sure back fire and as for reflux omg just say thanks for jason recliners.

I also left it for a couple of weeks and finally gave in and went to drs he gave me a good talking too and made me promise never to leave it again.

So heres the deal-if you are vomitting haveing reflux on a daily basis it is too tight for now,each time you bring up the band area is getting swollen the reflux is also hurting your stomach lining and burning your throat you need to go back to fluids for probably a week but GO TO YOUR DOCTORS get some reflux meds-these work really well trsut me I was back in my bed that night,get some fluide taken out of band and just let every thing settle.Yeah you may put on a couple of kilos but you no what big deal !!!!!

you can lose them again

your long term goal is what is important and your health

so dont give up keep going and you will make it.

good luck to you

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Totally agree, I put up with mine for almost 12 months, having just 2 adjustments, but clearly not enough. My dr said exactly the same, if you gain a kilo or two, in the scheme of things it doesn't matter. You have to be healthy, I kept thinking "nothing tastes as good as this weight loss feels", the reality is, we should be able to have both to a degree!! Don't give up its worth it ....

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