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  1. ScratchCat

    Sleeved 24 April

    Hi People As I've mentioned in my previous posts, I was a former bandit and have just taken the plunge with a sleeve. My surgery was on Monday 24 April 2017 and I was discharged today 27 April to recover at home. You can read about my concerns surrounding >> Anti Depressents during Nil By Mouth I had some teething problems immediately after surgery related to my anti-depressant medication and abdominal pain. You can read about my pre-op concerns at Anti Depressents during Nil By Mouth. I was able to take my medication on the morning of surgery, but had to skip all of the next day and most of the day after that due to delays in getting the results from the swallow test. The lack of medication resulted in increase nausea and a loss of balance resulting in me falling over whenever I tried to go for a walk in the ward. Due to the lack of post-surgical exercise, I was having pretty bad back and shoulder pain when coupled with my surgical abdominal pain became overwhelming and too much for me. I didn't sleep for the the first 2 nights in hospital and by the end of it was an emotional mess. My surgeon happened to turn up in the middle of this "episode" and was concerned at the high level of abdominal pain I was getting. He then asked the nurse to partially pull out my drain which she did resulting in my pain levels going from a 9/10 down to a 2/10 instantly. It appears the drain was pressing against my diaphragm and nerve ending in the area resulting in pain. Not common, but can happen in some individuals. Anyway, im going to go and cradle 200ml of pumpkin soup and try and learn what my new stomach is telling me
  2. tishtish

    Tubing Being Shortened

    So, a bit of background for those who are new to my ongoing pain saga: I've been banded almost 3 years and for that entire time I've had intermittent pain, ranging from a mild annoyance, to "OMG ... I think I should go to the hospital" kinda pain. It's a stitch like pain under my ribs on the left side that radiates down to near my hip. I've had xrays, ultrasound, colonoscopy, 2 gastroscopies and a barium swallow. All came back fine. So now the surgeon thinks the tubing might be rubbing on my diaphragm and wants to confirm this by having a look at an abdominal CT I had done earlier this year for an unrelated issue, and if it IS rubbing against my diaphragm said he will do a simple laparoscopy and shorten the tubing and this should fix the problem. I'm pissed that it's taken so long to get to this stage but also relieved that it's finally looking like it'll be fixed and I'll be pain free. Has anyone else had an issue with the tubing rubbing against their diaphragm and causing pain? If so, did you have your tubing shortened and did it fix the problem? How long were you in hospital for and did they use the same scars? I should also mention that even though I'm not a radiologist, it is glaringly obvious on the scan that my tubing does go right up under my ribs so I'm pretty sure it IS rubbing against my diaphragm. I'll pop up a piccie if I can work out how to get one off the disc.
  3. Those who have been banded - would you do it again or was it a bad experience for you? i am about to go see a surgeon and I am terrified - but I am also terrified of dying from my own weight
  4. tishtish

    Ruptured Port ?

    Firstly ... I've been to see a GP and will be having some tests done next week (xray + ultrasound). When I get the results of those, if need be, I'll call to make an appointment at my lap banding clinic. I've been assured nothing bad is going to happen in the meantime. On Friday night just gone, after eating my dinner I got the all too familiar left sided pain. I put a hotwater bottle on it and tried poking around (I find that if I can poke my tummy in the right place and hold the pressure that the pain goes away.), but it just wasn't working so I gave in and just went to bed. I went to roll over to my right side and right where my port is I got a sudden very sharp tearing type pain. Then the area over my port became swollen and hard. The firmness spread out across the top of my stomach, kinda across the bottom of my ribs and the pain was very very severe. (Much like the pain I've had when I've had ovarian cysts and a kidney cyst rupture.) I know I should have gone straight to emergency but to be honest three things were going through my head. 1. They'll just fob me off and send me home. I'll just be that whinging person who's complaining about abdominal pain AGAIN. 2. I know this pain. It's something ruptured. It'll last about 20-30 and then dissipate. If it's not improved in that time I'll drag my arse out in the cold and go to emergency. and 3. I'm soooooo tired. I just want to sleep and not spend the night being screwed around in emergency. The pain did dissipate after about 30 minutes so I went to sleep and woke up feeling fine. I went about my day as usual but then at around lunchtime I got a bit shivery ... like when you have a temperature. So I made an appointment to see a GP at my local clinic. He said it sounds like my port has ruptured. Great. He's given me a referral for an xray and ultrasound to check the position of the band/port/tubing but said if I need further tests they'll have to be ordered up by my surgeon. He said no rush as long as I got the tests (xray and ultrasound) done this week sometime. (Which I will.) I'm not sure if I've lost all restriction, which would make sense if all the fluid has leaked out, or if I'm just having a couple of 'loose' band days, as happens. I was only able to get through 3/4 of a sandwich yesterday at lunch, but I've been able to eat garlic bread last night which is usually a massive big fat problem for me. (I don't usually eat garlic bread anymore because it gets stuck but I was testing to see if there was any restriction.) I've been able to gulp down fluids (again, testing) and I ate my breakfast a little faster this morning to see if there'd be a problem ... it felt like it was backing up a bit but no PB or anything getting stuck. Anyway ... I'll have the tests done and follow up with the surgeon. Worst case scenario I guess would be having to have the port replaced which from what I've read isn't a real big deal. Has anyone else had a spontaneous rupture of their port ?
  5. nerms

    Bloating

    It's day 5 and the bloated tummy is gone.. I looked pregnant for a few days there. Back to normal with very little pain and am able to get more fluids in
  6. Angel Butterfly

    Setback

    Well here I was fixing to update the blog with the pending surgeon visit tomorrow and expecting my 3rd fill, however the day hasn't panned out that way. After a fun weekend away down south, I've returned with port area pain (first I've experienced since surgery day) and a discomfort in my right breast area and above. Almost feels heart related, but knowing anatomy as I do, I figured the heart was okay. Appetite is suppressed (shocker) and I almost feel nauseated. A constant dull headache most of the day too. Then mid morning the feeling of numbness took over in my extremities and off to the GP I went. E.C.G. came back normal, as did B/P. The physical exam however was very painful and to rule out anything else, I had bloodwork done. Got the call this afternoon from the GP that my blood work showed the "markers" for a blood clot, so tomorrow morning I am off to have scans done and given that tomorrow is my surgeon visit day, then I go to see him for check up and possible fill. I haven't exercised for nearly 2 days and I feel awful, tired and uncomfy with pain. I haven't felt like this since before the surgery when I weighed so much heavier! Something just doesn't feel right and it's a little scary. I hope it's all okay......
  7. Hello out there, I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced pain or tingling in their shoulder blade area post surgery? I am three years out from surgery but at some point after surgery I developed a vague tingling sensation in my shoulder blade, which sporadically twangs painfully or itches but is predominantly tingly. That sort of bloody irritating but not painful tingling where you can't do anything about it. It drives me mad!! I'm beginning to think it has something to do with my band. My osteo has said she sees a lot of lap band patients with mid and upper back pain due to band's placement interfering with your rib alignment (or something to that effect - I was in a coma of 'oh wow she's making the pain go away' at the time and wasn't quite listening!). My doctor seems to think that it's something to do with my neck but the sensation doesn't change no matter what I do with my neck, and all my other back problems are lower back/sacrum/coccyx related. Just curious to hear if anyone else experiences this? VM.
  8. 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
  9. Kazfarout

    Pain in port area

    Hi, I am new to this site. I hit goal weight earlier this year after a March 2012 banding. My port is really sticking out now and is quite sore sometimes. I also have noticed I am starting to eat more and more often. Luckily I am not putting weight back on (yet) but feel it is only a matter of time until I do. Has anybody else had any experience of this and does anybody have any advice for me?
  10. Did anyone get this? I'm 5 days post op and have just noticed a bruise peeking out from behind my bandage. Just wondering if this is normal as I get quite a bit of port site pain and just want to put my mind at ease that this isn't unusual
  11. Nikkiii

    Post Op :(

    Crap but I felt awful! Very uncomfortable..no real pain & what pain I had was well controlled over that first night with something very good the name escapes me though. When I tried to get out of bed the nausea was overwhelming. I was terrified of actually vomiting and dislodging the band at the very least. Thank goodness I didn't. I had lots of dressings seemingly covering my entire abdomen but no ooze so that was a good sign. After one night I was discharged home after a quick trip to x-ray, some disgusting goop and a look to see if the goopy crap went down properly. A girlfriend took me home and I crawled in to my bed and stayed there! I used soluble panadol for pain relief and that was adequate. Gradually becoming more mobile I can not say I really felt human (ish) again until 5 days post op. Not brilliant but less like I had been squished by a large truck. The most consistent thing was the discomfort in the diaphragm and the difficulty getting a good breath of air into my lungs. I had a natty little thing with 3 balls in it. The idea was to suck hard on the tube and one, two or if you were very good all three balls would rise to the top of a tube indicating good lung function. I could barely get the first ball up there and to be quite honest a week later could only manage two. Now I can do it easily but I am 5 weeks out now so I would expect to. I left the dressings intact until reviewed by the Surgeon at the end of week one. He was happy with my progress, we chatted about my Gallstone-a whopper and he told me I could let the dressings soak off in a bath now. I rushed home and ran a huge bath, keen to get the dressings off (they were starting to annoy me) and survey the damage. EIGHT! I have eight incision points! Yee gads-I am surprised I did not leak like a sieve while consuming all that liquid! EIGHT!!!
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