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I am writing this for me but also for others to read as I couldn't belive how much comfort it brought me to talk and read to others in the same boat as me.

Reading that some people can still fall off the Wagon with a band on was news to me I thought because you ate less even if you eat not the best food you would still lose weight. So I am glad to be reminded this will be no easy ride, but the most rewarding im sure.

I had my band put in on the 5th of December 2014, so I am 2 days post op and just this morning noticed it did not hurt as much getting out of bed or moving around. I am still getting my head around the sensation I don't know if its pain from the surgery or if this is hunger as it can sometimes give me an un easy gurgling feel in my tummy, that has always happened if I have not eaten in a long time usually over night so I had 1/4 bannana and low fat milk all mushed up and that helped, but I do have a sharp pain sometimes in my chest if I draw a breath to quick, and I cant lay down fully as I feel the pressure and pain in my chest comes back, its a little concerning but im hoping its just all the swelling from surgery still going down.

I am in a liquid phase till next Friday so I have been told I can have ice cream, icy polls, yogurts, egg nog, custard, jelly, cup of soup no noddles and fresh strawberries and bannana in low fat milk mushed as milk shakes :-) oh and prune and fruit juices. But I can only tolerate about quarter of a cup if that and I take it all off a tea spoon just to make it last longer.


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Ahh fresh off the table! lol Yep that chest discomfort is very likely to be the anaesthetic, which can linger around for a week or so. If you can manage some movement, it will help alot. Heat packs help too, some say Degas pills, but ultimately movement is the best. This will aid in number 2's too!  I see you can have egg nog? Nice to see someone considered the time of year for ya. I had my band put in in April this year, but I am on liquids right now! My last adjustment was a little too tight, so I hope to get in to see my Surgeon today to loosen it off a bit. 

The tummy growling, well I think alot of us have had that. Tummy goes from little piggie to wtf where's the food! Water can help so fill up on that if it starts. Good luck, it's going to be a fabulous Christmas! x

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Oh thank you for the tips, So it can be filled so much you can't eat??? :( wow.

I have been drinking prune juice and I am back at work so trying to move around as I have not been to the Bathroom yet :( but apparently all normal.

I have been told I can have ice cream, custard, juice, cup of soup no noddles!! and yogurt So I have been quite enjoying my diet at the moment :) but I am a bit worried everyone else on here is on diet jelly optifast ect.... hope im not doing myself a dis service...

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Pear juice also helps with the bathroom. 

If your surgeon or dietician has given you some guidelines, I'd say you are safe to follow them. We have all realised on here that all our experts have different advice and rules to follow pre and post op. And we all find what works for us after the initial stages. 

You are welcome to private msg me if you have any questions, or just fire away in the forum, create a topic and just ask! Someone will always answer :)

And yes, there is what's termed a Green Zone (some claim it to be a myth) LOL. A place where the band is happy, you are content, you do not wish to eat all the time and weight loss occurs consistently. Anything either side is either "too loose" = can eat anything at all resulting in little to no weight loss OR "too tight"  = very hard to get food or liquid down, no weight loss occurs as a rule, discomfort and fill needs to come out.

There is a video that is good to watch on the forum site, alot of ppl recommend it. 


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How bad is the pain day after surgery can you get up and walk around etc I'm expecting soreness from the incisions but any other surprises

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Hi Hutch, its not too bad I got up straight after surgery to use the loo, several times hospital will do that to you, I had some nurofen that night and that's it no pain meds, and I didn't get any shoulder pain either, and tonight im rolling side too side in bed with not much pain at all :-), when do you go in?

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