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  1. Mandy22

    Where to start?

    So I'm female, weigh 124kgs and work in a highly physical job that keeps me on my feet 8+ hrs a day. I'm not sure how much longer I can keep going like this. By the end of the day, my feet and knees throb and I'm in so much pain. i have tried and failed MULTIPLE TIMES at loosing weight. Ive been very conscious of what I'm eating and drinking for about a year, thinking it, and the physical job, would mean weight loss, but my weight has only fluctuated from 124kgs to 122kgs and back. I want to have a sleeve put in, but have no idea where to start or about the costs involved. Thanks!!
  2. Hi everyone. I started at 146kg and got down to 114kg. I had to have my band completely unfilled and I've put all of my weight back on in 6 months. I'm finding it really hard to shift the weight. I've only lost 8kg in 11weeks. I'm eating healthy very small meals with light exercise (due to foot injury) but I'm not losing as much or fast like when I first had it done. Has anyone had the same problem or any advice please?
  3. Hi everyone. I started at 146kg and got down to 114kg. I had to have my band completely unfilled and I've put all of my weight back on in 6 months. I'm finding it really hard to shift the weight. I've only lost 8kg in 11weeks. I'm eating healthy very small meals with light exercise (due to foot injury) but I'm not losing as much or fast like when I first had it done. Has anyone had the same problem or any advice please?
  4. Peachi43

    The good, the bad & the ugly

    Hi I'm new here so I'll give a quick rundown of my situation; Chase, 26, female, 120kg, always been a bigger girl but since early 2014 I had a traumatic event that left me with anxiety, depression and my weight has spiralled out of control since. All attempts to lose weight since have failed or left me heavier. I have been through a number of antidepressants but most of them make me really sweaty and also gain weight, this was humiliating and I gave up on AD's over 1 month ago because I can't handle putting on any more weight. I'm looking to have sleeve surgery, I live in Sydney. I do not have health insurance that will cover the surgery. I would like to hear some real feed back about good or bad surgeon's, are there places that are more/less expensive (most places have the cost if you do have insurance) and there places with long wait lists or quick service. And any other information you guys have for me. Thanks Chase
  5. sarahashley93

    Flipped or moved port?

    Has anyone had a flipped port? Or moved slightly wonky? My Dr thinks mine has moved, and I'm trying to decipher it from the x rays, and I can't wait til I see him again on Thursday to find out. Any suggestions on how to tell either feeling it or from an xray would be great. Also if you have had a flip, how did it happen? Ahh so nervous, I don't want to have surgery again!
  6. Ashme88

    Fill fail HELP

    So today I had a fill only .5 of a mil and I could even swallow my own spit was throwing up phlegmy foam looking stuff for hours the hospital finally took 1.5 ml out but I still feel like shit I can swallow my spit and just tolerate liquid tried soup for tea and it came strait back up please tell me I don't have to go back I couldn't bare it I was thinking my stomach may be very swollen from the constent vomiting can any one please shed some light
  7. Pottamouse

    Lost new and confused

    Hi all.... joined up today and feeling BLERGH and have no idea who to chat to that gets it.. :/ So thought I'd share and hopefully get some help advice chat etc... anything really SAHM of two boys 5'4 and 103 kg- pretty stable weight- doesn't tend to move a lot- like me I guess Really interested in Gastric surgery for a while now, fairly sure not considered an appropriate candidate for the band as I have an auto immune condition- and from what I have read that tends to make it a no no- So thinking on Bypass vs Sleeve. I don't binge eat- or over eat really - I know what your thinking i'm in denial how can I not and have so much chunky on my monkey, but seriously I don't drink alcohol, I do do tea or coffee, no soft drinks, no hot chips, no potato chips, no ice cream, no dairy really( occasional yogurt if it is home made) I do tend to skip breakfast which I know is bad, and ok ok sometimes lunch too- with me only eating one meal which would be something like vegies and a small bit of chicken or crumbed fish ( also don't do lamb, pork, beef) So if im honest I would say my one meal would be that of an average size adult meal ( Not counter meal style slab but not French minuscule serve ether) - who isn't dieting. Always drink 2litres a day water, biggest crave would be 2 days before period time I will seek slightly sweeter foods but that's it really, I don't gorge, ok again have been know to eat 1/2 a family size block of choc at period time to regret it the next day...... My down fall would be roast vegies,( pasta meh, steak meh, chips meh), all the "known" culprits I avoid because I don't like them enough to bother eating them. Im the kind of gal who wont eat something just because it is there- if I do happen to have pizza- it is bbq sauce or nothing- seriously I would rather go without than eat something I don't like. ( fussy I know) As I said I have auto immune issues joint issues etc- so I know I don't move as much as I should - that being said im fairly active, participate in city to bay, climb mount lofty etc- im fit- but fat..... apparently we cant be that though so back to my dilemma. ( no I cant even blame the meds as I try to stay off of them at all costs - apparently they cause weight gain ;P ) So my love of real food ( meaning not processed) clearly isn't doing me any favours- so I bit the bullet and started optifast a week ago.... Joint hurting- over not knowing if I have toes down there something had to give. Logic for and against went a little something like this - so many chemicals and additives- ewwwwwww BUT Dr's recommend it before surgery so it cant be TOO bad - so much sugar it's coating my teeth But surely there is some benefit in doing it or why would it be recommended by dr's before surgery - ok so it isn't too bad- I miss my vegies though- and struggling to eat my three replacements. Shhh just hold your nose and do it - really???? "healthy" is teaching my body to eat a choc flavoured gelatinous mousse type substance as "dinner" surely not you see I'm getting no where fast ..... But a week in- (and that time of month later) im down 4 kg. issue well I don't see this as a healthy option... I'm not hanging out for a choc bar here people I would murder someone for a bowl of peas!!!!! I have booked a visit with Dr Michael France- to discuss my options - on 20th August ( anyone know much about him)? Issue now thanks to my last week of artificial nutrients Im now under the BMI recommended for surgery *sigh*( too thin to be fat now whatever next) So no idea where to go what to do etc from here- Some amazing success stories from people on here, but equally some who weren't as happy as they thought. I need to get mass off for my joint and body health- plus it wouldn't hurt re introduce myself to my toes sometime in the near future. Will one of these options help me? or will i continue to avoid food only consuming a much smaller "main" mean at the end of the day still?? Would love to hear from anyone- because clearly I love to talk and feeling a bit overwhelmed right now as to where my path might be... thanks for listening guys -
  8. So I am in the process of getting my health care fund sorted but I have a few questions. I live in Victoria and I was wondering how much people where out of pocket with a PHI? Has anyone succeeded in dipping into their superfund for the out of pocket funds? One more question, apparently with some health funds there are gap cover doctors, which means that there is no gap in the procedure so no out of pocket, has anyone found these doctors? I cannot find the right practitioner on the list for the PHI i want to go with. Apologues for so many questions but I hope someone has some answers to these. Thank you
  9. gleek1982

    1st Consultation coming up

    Hi everyone, I have just joined the site. Have been considering lapband on and off for years and have finally booked in a consultation coming up in 2 weeks. I am so nervous and scared, and even though i'm so desperate to finally win the weight battle, i'm still not too sure if I will go through with it. I am at my biggest ever of 145kgs, and find it hard to even walk to Coles at the end of my street. Would love to hear your thoughts, and what you found the biggest struggles. Anxiously seeking guidance.
  10. Time to Shine

    Help- Melbourne

    Can anyone from Melbourne please help me. I was booked in for an appointment tomorrow and have just been informed my surgeon only performs this procedure in a private hospital my level of insurance only covers me in a public hospital. Is there any clinics out there that perform the Lap band in Melbourne in a public hospital?
  11. Ckcmum

    Self funded

    Hello, I have been considering a lap band for quite awhile but Am now thinking a sleeve might be better for me, my question is, Is there anyone from Brisbane areas that has had a self funded sleeve and if so how much did it cost you and what doctor did you choose? Thank you
  12. Ashme88

    Double wammy days 6&7 HELP!!!

    So yesterday was a good day was hardly hungry had 3 liquid meals and that was it was feeling extra positive =] But then today my goodness morning started off well jumped on the scales and lost 3.8kgs but as the day went on my mood turned sour like i wanna give up all of a sudden and i have been so so positive... i just dont get why im no upset i could literally cry because i cant eat food and its not normal! who the hell cry's because they cant eat! i feel disgusted in myself today and seriously am holding myself back with all my mite not to just go crazy and stuff my face =[ how did people cope when they felt like this im going insane i think its worse because i have to make the kids tea everynight and im just about drooling all over there food cooking it... i thought my will power would of kicked in by now i dont wanna fail at this i cant fail for my kids you would think they would be enough to keep me strong but why does food have such a strong power over people! i wish my mushies stage was RIGHT NOW!!! i went to my local gp today and told him how i miss chewing and he basicly looked at me and said do u wanna see your daughter hit 21 then forget about eating and keep on track! does he not realise that for someone who used to eat from the time they woke to the time they slept that eating was pretty much my life other then my kids =[ goshh i need help but dont know where to go wish they had a food rehab so i could be locked away where i cant access temptations =[ Sorry for the downer blog today but im just so upset with myself peace xo
  13. Hi everyone, I have my appointment with my doctor on Monday to discuss my weightless options. I am 19 and have PCOS and am 120kg (170cm). He seems pro-nasal sprays and less invasive techniques but I've done my research, and with my illness (which results in a lifetime of chronic obesity) I am really keen to get this surgery. So can anyone help me on what to say to my doctor and share your past experiences visiting your GP for the first time to enquire about the surgery? I'm just worried the doctor won't take my decision to seriously and shrug it off. Thanks & love, Jo
  14. Hi guys, I have a few concerns.. I have about 7-8ml in my 10-12ml band. My portions size is smaller, but I think my eating problem is a a lot of a mental thing too. Anyway yesterday I had a small lunch of chicken and thai salad... Dinner was beef and salad stirfry (lots of chili)... I felt I ate heaps less and ate slow plus I also didnt finish everything in my bowl... So I felt a few niggling pains yesterday near my port, didnt think anythink of it... Woke up this morning and I have a little lump near my port! My port feels flat and normal. I have this sensation that I need to burp, but nothing??? I'm having my morning coffee, but I think it will be a shake day. If no improvement by tomorrow I will have to ring the surgery (which is 5hrs away, based in adelaide). Has anyone had anything similar??? and do you know what it was??? I've been banded since 20/07/2012 Cheers, Nicky
  15. JoanneBandit

    Can I get the surgery?

    Hi everyone, My name is Joanne and I am considering getting the Gastric lap banding surgery. I'm just on here asking around to hear other peoples stories after they got their surgery and just wanting to know how to go about asking my GP for it. So before that just a little about myself: I'm 19 years old and I live in Australia. I am 125kg and 5"5' (170cm). I've been overweight all my life, pretty much can't remember ever being a healthy weight. I am newly diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and that pretty much set off my want to have this surgery. Having PCOS pretty much puts me at risk at developing diabetes (actually, I'm going to get it eventually) and heart attacks (7 time more likely). It also signs me up to a lifetime of chronic obesity and depression. A year ago, I was in a really bad place and I was constantly depressed and had terrible anxiety. I couldn't get out of bed and gained 10kg. I hated myself and hated my body and I self harmed to take my anger out against it. This all happened because my education, family and social life were all directly affected by my obesity. I have no relationship with my father because he's ashamed of my weight and has constantly criticised me since I was 12 about it, I was placed on Academic Warning at university because I didn't want to attend class as I thought I was getting judged. And my emotional and physical health was deteriorating. It was just hell. Long story short; my mom came back and started to live with my, and I guess it really helped a bit and I have got some confidence and routine back in my life. I'm much happier. So back on topic - I really would like to get the surgery and I would like to know if you guys think I'm eligible for it and tell me how yours are going. Also, how do I go about asking my GP for it? Sorry for the long post, hope someone can reply. Thanks & love, Jo x
  16. Hi My Name is Emma, I am in the Seaford (SA) area and urgently need help to find a doctor that does the maintenance of the bands. So far I have only found specialists that want heaps of money to start off with, I have had my fill out for 5 months now and the weight is creeping higher and higher and the depression is gettin deeper and deeper! PLEASE IF YOU CAN RECCOMMEND SOMEONE I WOULD BE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL!!!!
  17. Hi, I don't know what to do? I'm 4 days from being banded and all of a sudden my body just won't take the shakes anymore. They make me want to be sick. I've been quite good since starting the 2 week pre-op diet, I've been having 2 shakes a day (with a small handful of berries thrown in. 4-5), a small salad at lunch and a some veggies at night. Today I just couldn't get it down so all I've had is a small apple and a small baked zucchini willed with a few veg. I had a sip of the optifast before dinner (diff flavour) and my body's reaction was worse than earlier in the day. Has this happened to anyone? I don't want to go without protein over the weekend. I already feel quite ill and have a horrible headache. Please help? What should I do?
  18. Hi, I'm slightly worried as I've picked up something yuck, mucus and coughing galore, GP put me on antibiotics but my operation is on Tuesday! I'm already a complicated patient with my stupid throat so it can't be a normal intubation and bad hip, and needing a scope beforehand and being in HDU after just because of all of the above. Has anyone gone in to surgery unwell? On antibiotics?
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