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  1. t_elle

    Nexium

    Has anyone had any luck taking Nexium? I started getting a little bit of reflux/heartburn so started on the Nexium. I kept finding it made things worse not better, I can't have anything dairy if I'm taking it as it curdles as soon as I eat it (cheese, yoghurt, milky coffee.) I stopped taking it and am taking Mylanta and this is working so much better, no more waking up at midnight choking and it's almost instant relief when I take it. Is it just me that hasn't had any luck with it? Has anyone taken anything else that's worked better for them?
  2. shazwayne

    Suggestions Please

    In the past couple of weeks, I have been suffering from really bad reflux (well I think it is reflux) at night. I take medication for it every day, but it doesn't seem to be working. Every night I wake up with a feeling of drowning, fluid in my throat and in my mouth and it burns the back of my throat. I have tried propping myself up with extra pillows and I am taking quite a bit of gaviscon trying to stop it. I try not to eat/drink anything for at least 2 hours before bed. My fill hasn't changed. Anyone had this and has anyone got any other suggestions.
  3. Hi all, So it seems that now I'm de-banded I suffer mild reflux. Nothing bad, I don't have it during the night to the point it bothers me but I do have some acid and I'm taking a low dose of Nexium. My question is, did anyone suffer from mild reflux pre sleeve (I suspect due to the band) and go on to have NO reflux after the sleeve? I'm so scared my reflux will get worse and I'll need to undergo the knife AGAIN for bypass to fix reflux, so wondering if I should go bypass straight up? Confusion. DAMN STUPID REFLUX!
  4. Over the last few weeks I have noticed that I have been eating more, getting quite peckish (and unusually so too). Okay, I have been having a hard time at work with the restructure of the organisation and the change to my job to a role that I HATE and emotional/stress eating was happening....but....I have noticed that my hunger has been increased. winter time, working odd hours, stress, the cold, comfort food, etc, etc all were likely suspects....however....I realised last night that the fluttery hunger pains in my tummy were probably NOY hunger but silent reflux. Again! ARGH! I was diagnosed with silent reflux when I was about 2-3 weeks post-op. I increased my dose of Pariet from 20mg once a day to 20mg twice a day and have been taking that dose ever since. I remember experiencing the same sort of fluttery, hunger pain sensation...feeling hungry when I shouldn't. What did it for me was this morning. I ate my breakfast (a breakfast burrito that normally satisfies me right through to lunchtime, no problems). 45 minutes after I finished my breakfast, my tummy is telling me that it is hungry. really hungry. This is odd, this isn't normal for a sleever to have that much hunger, especially 45 minutes after quite a hearty meal! I googled the symptoms of silent reflux and the last few weeks all made perfect sense now - dry cough (particularly after eating), sore/dry throat in the morning, persistent throat clearing, sensation of a nose drip, the hunger pains/fluttery butterfly sensation in my tummy all pointed to silent reflux! So off the GP I trotted, had a chat, got a prescription for Somac (20mg) to take twice a day. If that doesn't cut the mustard then we'll try Somac at 40mg twice a day and see how it goes. I got the usual questions from the pharmacist who couldn't understand why I was prescribed such a large dose. Not her business really. The GP asked if I would consider something like Mylanta but he explained it was a bit fizzy and expands in the tummy. I said no, I don't think so as I can't do fizzy or expanding things in my tummy as it is very uncomfortable. I do hope that these drugs sort this problem out!
  5. tishtish

    Mini Unfill

    I went to my clinic appointment today and as usual, got weighed. I've lost 4.8kg over the last 9 1/2 weeks which averages out to 0.5kg per week, which they're very happy about. When I mentioned to the nurse that I was a little disgruntled at my weight loss having slowed down and that it came off in chunks now with plateaus inbetween she waved her arm towards the waiting room and said, "You're doing better than most of the people out there." I had a big talk with the surgeon about heaps of things and feel much better now. She said as long as I'm getting to the gym 3-4 days a week that it's enough and reducing my time spent at the gym to 3 x 2 hour sessions per week is fine. She said a lot of people on 'diets' have only 1200 calories a day but that it's just not enough long term and that I should be aiming for around 1400-1500 calories per day. That I can do. I told her that I'm having 3 meals per day but that I'm absolutely not having half cup serves and that I'm having more like 1 cup serves otherwise I just can't get enough calories in as my tastes have changed so much and most of the foods I eat are low calorie. (An example is that if I halved my current breakfast obsession of low-fat ricotta with pineapple and raspberries to only half a cup I'd be having only 80 calories. Definitely not enough.) I told her I know I'm fine calorie-wise but I'm worried about developing a pouch. She told me that as long as I eat slowly I won't develop a pouch. She said people tend to develop pouches when they eat very large meals quickly. I'm just not even able to do that these days so that's put my mind at rest. I also told her that since my last fill several months ago I'm feeling too tight a lot of the time and have a bit of trouble eating, and a bit of trouble with reflux from time to time. I asked if I could have 0.1ml taken out and I know it sounds like a ridiculously small amount but my logic is that the last time I had a fill I had 0.2ml put in which took me from not tight enough to sometimes too tight ... so I figured that if she took out half of that, ie. 0.1ml that it would be perfect. She agreed and took 0.1ml out. I've already noticed a difference as I had a turkey and salad focaccia for lunch and that meal would have usually caused me quite a lot of difficulty but it went down without any pain at all and didn't get stuck even once. I still felt satisfied and have only just now, over 4 hours later, gotten hungry. I've passed the clinic's expected weightloss (under 99kg) so talked to her about what my goal should be and whether or not I need to take into account the estimated weight of my excess skin. I told her I estimate that I have around 7-8kg of excess skin so wouldn't like to go under 80-85kg and she said that sounded like a good goal. Hopefully I'll continue to steadily lose weight, even though it's slowed down a lot now. I live every single day in fear that I'll fall back into old habits a little bit at a time and not even notice. If I stay this weight now, I'm happy, but I don't want to start regaining weight. I've worked too hard.
  6. So, I had all of my fill out today - after 11 months, my band all of a sudden got tight tight tight and I couldnt keep anything down, not even water. My doctor is going to wait a month and then start again. My question is - will it be like it was when I first got my band, with lots of small fills, slowly working up to the green zone again? Can anyone tell me please - I forgot to ask him. I was too excited by being able to drink water (its the simple things in life!!!)
  7. downsize

    Empty Band = No Reflux

    Hi All 2 weeks ago I had to go in for a laparoscopy to sort out some adhesions (from a few abdominal surgeries) and endometriosis. When I went to see the Anaethetist, he told me I had to have all the fluid removed from my band. When I told him I was taking Nexium and having really bad reflux, he was even more adamant and explained to me that if I had any undigested food hanging around and it went into my lungs, I would die. At first when he told me I had to have all fluid removed I went into a flat panic. What would I do? How am I going to manage? I am going to get fat again. Never mind the fact that the reflux has been so bad, I was having night coughs and if I ate too late, I would even wake up sometimes and almost vomit in bed. Anyway, I had all fill removed and OMG, it is amazing. No reflux, no heartburn, no night coughs, no PB's, NOTHING. And on top of that I am still eating the same amount of food, not getting hungry and I can eat healthy stuff that was difficult to digest before eg. proteins like red meat, chicken as well as salads. I am going to see if I can maintain my weight with an empty band and if I can, I will leave it that way. I only have about 6 - 8 kgs to go so I am not too stressed. I have to exercise more and then I am sure those last kgs will start shifting. Hope everyone is travelling well on their weight loss journeys.
  8. Chantilly

    One Last Try

    I guess i'm at the bottom of my tolerance bucket with the ups and downs of reflux vs restriction and ready to have the band removed....the thing is that I only had my band replaced 4mths ago and I feel guilty and ashamed, both for myself and my surgeon, that the outcome wasn't what was hoped for. I think coming to terms that I will never find that sweet spot again with the band without having to deal with reflux at night... Has anyone who's developed reflux after the band REALLY managed to find a solution through medication, watching what they eat and when they eat? I'm after any advice or tricks.
  9. O hisashiburi desu ne. Its been awhile hasnt it. I just wanted to touch base and vent a little as Ive been really struggling with my band. There a days when I really regret that I ever went down this route. I know that my reasons for failure are my own fault but still I seem to keep repeating the same mistakes. For me its a mix of emoitonal eating and drinking way more alcohol than is good for me. But I do find that even though I pb alot im still finding that im quite hungry so I dont know whats going on. So today while I am sitting here in the most discomfit I have expereinced since being banded (Its up there with my post surgery recovery for discomfit) I have sworn off alcohol unless I am out with friends(very rare), no more drinking at home where i can just keep toping up my glass. No more chocolate or bickies I threw my stash in the bin this morning. Ive asked my family to keep me accountable, lets see how it goes. Today I am in a world of disocomfit because I had a few beers then I stupidly started to eat my dinner too fast last night and managed to get some mash and sausage stuck somwehere. After the heaving and choking and general pbing, i am now swollen and sore and even have reflux for the first time since i was banded. (I was already tight because its ttotm) Last night my discomfit and swelling was to the point that I had trouble even keeping water down nothing tastes worse that panadol second time around I can assure you! Today I am still on liquids and i struggled to keep a down a v8 juice and a cupa soup. Ive got some minestrone in the slow cooker and plannign to liquify some for dinner tonight. I really wish I didnt drink those beers last night! Anyway Im just writting this here as I really have no where else to vent it all so yeah here I am. Hope you guys are all doing well and im planning on trying harder from here on out. Has anyone tried the Fulfil meals? my mum goes to Circle of Care and is going to get me some try for my dinners, mainly because by time i get home at nigth its late and I dont want to have to cook.
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