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Hi,
I am greatly concerned about my mother. She had a gastric bypass surgery just a year ago in february. She has lost allot of weight. 187 lbs in a year. She now weighs a mere 100 lbs at 5'2" and she's 52 years old. She looks very unhealthy and cannot seem to eat real food at all, every time ive seen her eat a meal I watch her head to the bathroom to vomit. Although she does seem to be able to consume allot of candy and chocolate without the problems she's suppose to have. My main concern is that at 100 lbs she says she still feels "fat" and she's also telling people she weighs 20lbs more than she does. Including my father.
I cannot help but to wonder where this weightloss will stop? For the past year she has said that when she feels she's lost enough weight she'll change her diet.
What diet?I dont think she's keeping down any real foods at all.
And incredibly can a person starve themselves whether on purpose or inadvernatley after this procedure? Ive been looking for information on this. On a person losing too much weight and found nothing.
Thank you for you time
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First Helper michellep
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replied January 20th, 2004
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Gastric Bypass
I think your mother needs to see a doctor right away. I am not an expert, but it sounds like your mother may have a form of anoxia. Good luck to her. Wink
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replied January 21st, 2004
I was wondering about the anoxia myself. She just had a hernia repaid and a tummy tuck. I dont know how she made it through any sort of psycharicatic evaluation before the gastric procedure. We live in separate states and I see her about every three months. And on this last visit her food behavior as well as her emanciated body bothered me greatly.She see's a psycharist regulary and whoever that may be brought up anexia as well. I did not believe her when she told me at her size she weighed 120.(my father wouldnt know the difference) but told her she's now thin enough. Im going to ask her today, why she's lying about being 20 lbs heavier then she and talk to my father. Thanks
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replied July 31st, 2004
I had my surgery 1 year ago last week and I can tell you that I would definitely do it again. However, I too still think that I am larger than I am. The problem is that you lose weight so fast that your mind doesn't have time to get use to not seeing fat. If that makes since, I also have the feeling that I need to purge after eating a meal, usually it is dinner. I do not eat a lot, but that is part of the surgery. I am aware of the warped thinking that I am still fat and do not give into the feeling that I should purge, it seems like your mother is giving in and does not realize that she is skinny, too skinny in fact, she stills sees herself as fat. The only thing that will help her is counseling. I wish her the best. As for you, just be there to support her and comfort her, let her know that she needs help and you are very worried about her health. The very best of luck to your mother and you.
Holly
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replied August 16th, 2004
Gastric Bypas Complications Pain/loss of Too Much Weight
This has been the fight from hell. I'm sure I would be dead by now if I didn't reverse my bypass. I was dying, without a doubt. I did so well right after my bypass surgery I thought everything would be just ducky. I was so caught up in how great I looked, and everyone telling me how beautiful I was. I had no idea the complications that come down the road. My whole everything was so screwed up. I am still dealing with problems 18 months after having the surgery reversed. I looked like death. My bones and ribs, cheek and jaw stuck out so bad I looked anorexic. I was wearing my 5 year old sons pants. I was smaller than a size zero. I can't even tell you all the problems I am having with my teeth. From all the vomiting I have very little enamal left, 5 root canels, I think I have a decay on almost all of my teeth from the decalsification. The insomnia, depression, pain meds, sleep meds were just the worst thing in the world. You have no idea how being starved throws off your whole body chem. I stopped getting my period, my hormones were so wacked. The bouts of constipation was crazy. I would go weeks and weeks without going.
I had the following problems:

adhesions,
blackouts/fainting (broke my foot),
anemia,
bowel impaction,
freezing all the time,
dehydration,
dry mouth,
dry skin,
gall bladder removal
pancreas impairment,
hair loss,
sever insomnia,
pneumonia from asperating when vomiting
bowel obstruction,
sever depression,
heart problems ( attack a cardia ).
Gastritis
anastomotic problems
staff infection
infection in my blood
massive amounts of pain medication oxyfast and durigesic patch

my marriage was ruined almost beyond repair, my 4 children, whom I said I had this surgery for, ( so I would be healthier for) are traumatized for life. They had a mommmy that couldnt get out of bed for 2 years. I missed so much of their lives. I did go do a general surgeon to reverse my bypass but it wasn't planned. You see, after calling Dr. Andrei and telling him I was so scared of dying when my weight dropped to under 90 pounds, he blew me off and said I would be fine. My mother dragged me to this general surgeon who was going to put a feeding tube into my stomach. You see, I couldnt eat without pain, even the pain meds really didnt help. And if I did eat a few bites it really didnt matter because I would trow it back up. I was eating mild soft food. So anyway I went in for my feeding tube and during surgery the Dr. Came out and spoke with my husband and they decided to reverse my gastric bypass.
It took such a long time for me to get back to some type of normal. I am so happy to report that I take no medication at all any more. Yes I have gained weight. I'm wearing a size 8/10. My marriage and kids are great, although they freak if I get so much as a cold. My 6 year old cries and says she doesnt want me to get sick any more. It's just heart breaking. I wish you all the best. Think long and hard about doing this
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replied April 25th, 2011
I had my RNY in 2010 & did fine until 2 yrs. ago.I started needing iron via IV, then perscription high doses of potassium & D2 (50,000mg 1 a mo)and B-12 shots twice a month. The last year I have lost another 55 lbs. eating more than I ever have. I had a pacemaker put in last June because I kept passing out everywhere. I just had an upper GI today and he said everything looks fine and he wants me to take a medication that will make me eat even more.....my stomach is only soooo big! He also thinks I should reverse the RNY but he would not guarentee that that would fix my problem! He told me my real problem is that I am depressed! I already see a shrink, neurologist, cardiologist, internist, cancer doctor, etc. and now they want me to see a endricronologist. I am just very tired of this whole thing and feel like I keep getting passed around. I don't absorb the food I take in or any of the vitamins, but I still take megatons of them just incase. I really am starting to look bad and wear several layers of closes at a time and people think I look great except for my my face is a little grey when I am tired. I do fall asleep if I sit down for too long but continue working out, Yoga and cardio workout with the cardiologist office 3 times a week. To be honest I could just curl up and not get up. L.
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replied September 9th, 2012
this is me.....
Did all specialists ever find out the cause of the excessive weight loss because this is me right now for the summer. Horrible abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting, weak, anemia, 35 pound weight loss in 3 months, hair falling out, cant work of play with my child. I am gastric bypass for 7 years no complications until this summer. They removed my gallbladder 3 weeks ago thinking that was the cause now seems everyone has given up. No more testing and now being told its psychosomatic and they placed me in-patient psych unit of hospital for a week. Nothing has changed even though I learned a lot about myself. I am 37 years old and 5'10" tall and now 129 pounds. I look like a walking corpse not to mention constant shaking and freezing cold. Panic attacks now because Im so afraid. Never been this sick and everyone thinks Im crazy. Symptoms just started suddenly 3 months ago following a big move and loss of my job. Thats why all physicians keep telling me its psychosomatic. However I think the egg came before the chicken. sickness started May 1st, anxiety and panic attacks began two weeks ago when doctors told me there was no more testing to be done.
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replied December 9th, 2012
Hello there. I am wanting to know if you can contact me so we can talk? I too, had Gastric Bypass surgery, in 2009, I just need some support and a friend that knows what I am going thru..
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replied August 3rd, 2009
Losing too much weight after RNY gastric bypass
Anoxia is lack of oxygen. Are you maybe thinking of anorexia? That is malnutrition, not eating correctly, etc.
I, too am losing way too much. The lap band would have been fine for me. I was 309 July 2008, size 22/24. I had the surgery in November 2008 at which time I was 276.5. Now I weigh, (8/09) 175, size 9/10 or smaller. I am very tall, 5'11 and look horrible. I am 43, never looked that old but now I look like I am a drug addict which I am not, don't even smoke, drink, nothing. Never did. I look and feel unhealthy. I am also looking yellow (jaundice). I loved my decision about the surgery in the beginning, and even up until April of this year and now I am regretting it. I feel as though I am dying inside slowly. Very scared for me and I have 3 young children.

I am very saddened and scared about this. My self esteem was better when I was big. Now it's horrible. I walk hunched over, can't stand up without feeling like I am going to faint, can't have a normal BM, can't eat normal meals, can't tolerate much even though I want to. My depression is up again. I am scared about dying. I heard the RNY can't be reversed. Does anyone know if it can be?

Thanks and good luck to all.
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replied June 10th, 2013
It can be reversed!
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replied November 22nd, 2009
GASTRIC BYPASS COMPLICATIONS
I TO HAD MY SURGERY IN NOV 08 I HAVE LOST 217 POUNDS THE DAY OF MY PROCEDURE I WAS 334 AND TODAY NOV 22, 2009 I AM 117 I FEEL HORRIBLE HAVE HAD 7 ADMISSIONS FOR DEHYDRATION BLOOD IN MY URINE AND STOOL HAVE A ULCER IN MY THROAT AM ION ALL DIFFERENT MEDS. I HAD THIS SURGERY TO LOSS WEIGHT I WAS HEALTHY BEFORE HAVING IT I THOUGHT WOULD PREVENT ANY SICKNESSES. I AM 36 YEARS OLD AND FEEL AS THOUGH I AM 80 MY CHILDREN ARE TEENAGERS THEY HELP ME WALK UP AND DOWN STEPS CAUSE I AM NOT STABLE ON MY FEET I AM A SINGLE MOM HAVE ALWAYS TAKEN CARE OF THEM AND MYSELF I HAD TO MOVE HOME WITH MY PARENTS CAUSE I CAN LONGER WORK BECAUSE OF THE COMPLICATIONS I AM HAVING. MY SURGEON IS NO LONGER WITH THE PRACTICE AND NO ONE WANTS TO GIVE ME ANY ANSWERS I JUST RECENTLY FOUND OUT THEY HAVE A REVISIONS THAT CAN BE DOWN TO REVERSE THE SUGERY MY OPION IS BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR CAUSE AT THIS POINT I'D RATHER BE 1000 POUNDS THEN LOOK AND FEEL THE WAY I DO. EVERYONE TELLS ME THAT I AM A MISERABLE PERSONS MY MOOD SWINGS ARE CRAZY THAT WHEN I WAS FAT I WAS JOLLY NOW ALL I DO IS FLIP OUT AT THE MOST PETTY THINGS PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AT LEAST SOME OF THESE THINGS SO I DONT FEEL SO ALONE
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replied January 5th, 2010
I have had the same experience - down to being unable to function or even bathe and having to move back in with my mother (whom I can't stand). My body hurts more every day than it did after surgeries and tummy tuck (without pain meds for 2 days) but because some people abuse drugs I can't get relief and am left always teetering on the edge of the abyss. I am only alive because I have to sign for student loans for my son to go to college and my youngest has more health problems than I do and there is no one to take over his medical care. My mother is overwhelmed and unable to even pull out the correct medications from their pill bottles without me. I however, am unable to eat and I hurt so much I can't bare it. I do lose my temper very quickly and truly feel as though I am living in hell.
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replied June 15th, 2010
Too much weight loss after gastric bypass
Wow, I have a friend I am concerned about this with, surgery Nov 09 and already to a normal weight with well over 100 pounds lost and going strong. Any tips to prevent this occurrence? I am very concerned as the weight loss continues, and no one can say anything because at this point she still feels great about the weight loss.
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replied June 16th, 2010
I am worried myself. I was only 210, but had long standing high blood pressure, diabtes, reflux and all of that together made me a candidate for gastric bypass. I had a horrible time. At first could not eat at all. Got malnourished and dehydrated, hospitalized. Had an ulcer and was on all types of medications. July 2, 2010 will be my one year mark and I now weigh 105 pounds and am 5'4". I wear a size zero. My medical doctor is very concerned. I just went to see my bariatric surgeon yesterday for a 4 month follow up and he actually seemed concerned and said I had lost too much weight! He hasn't listened to my complaints or problems the whole time. The thing is...I actually am eating. Not like a pig, but I'm doing pretty good. I can eat meat, chicken, even sweets in small doses, or a small slice of pizza and they so want me to put back on a little weight that I am told for right now to eat what I want, so I do. BUT, still losing weight. No one knows why?? It is kinda scary and people are worried. And no, I do not like looking like this. Ribs stick out, have no butt, face sunken in. I would like to gain at least 15 pounds back and maintain.
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replied August 12th, 2010
Gastric Bypass
Wow, I felt like I was the only one. I had surgery RNY July 2005, have had nothing but trouble. I get sick when I eat. I was 310 now I am 117. I too look old and haggard and look like I have been on drugs, which I am not, don't even drink. My teeth are breaking off at the gum line, I have no dental insurance. I do not work, I get a little from Disablity, but I can not afford to have 9 teeth fixed. I been thinking I need to go to Dr. and have them put me in Hosp. and get some weight back on. Any ideals? or help will be apprected.
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replied September 18th, 2010
I'm 5'9" and currently at 135 lbs. I'm wearing a size 8, mainly because I have no muscles and no butt. I'm also big boned (I've never been able to wear womens watches cuz the bands are too small, even now).
I had RNY last October 2009 & I've lost 145 lbs in 10 months.
2 weeks ago I had surgery because my small intestine was blocked. I wasn't in pain but was constipated. They thought I might have an internal hernia so I went in for an outpatient procedure and ended up spending 4 days in the hospital having scar tissue removed and my intestine right below my stomach was the size of an apple, blocked with food. That section was removed. 2 weeks later, I'm constipated again and worried that it's blocking up again.
I keep losing weight at about a pound a day or every 2 days and I'm scared. I get really light headed every time I stand up and have to lean over until it passes. I don't have nausea or vomiting or pain though. My bones are sticking out and I look like a starved person when in my underwear. I'm actually getting paranoid cuz people are starting to say I'm too skinny.
My dr said he isn't concerned because I don't look anorexic but I've lost about 10 more lbs since then.
I've been making myself eat more often and I've gained 2 lbs in the last 2 days, but I'm thinking about calling my surgeon again.
Last week I spent 3 days in the hospital for pneumonia and before they even knew I had it, they told me they were keeping me because my blood pressure was too low and my heartbeat was too slow.
I don't know what to think. I like being skinny but I don't want to get really sick and keep having to stay in the hospital every time I turn around.
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replied July 27th, 2011
gastric bypass surgery
Hi. I had the gastric bypass surgery in October, 2010. I lost a total of 100 pounds! I was 247 when I started and now am down to 147 (a size 6!!!) I too was hospitalized for dehydration, weakeness, malnutrition, etc. etc. the ambulance had to rush me to the hospital because my blood sugar dropped to a 30!!! I still can't hardly eat anything, although I try, but I feel like I am going to vomit. Yeah, I love being told how skinny I am, but I feel absolutely horrible every single day! please help!

Lori
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replied July 27th, 2011
gastric bypass surgery
Hi. I had the gastric bypass surgery in October, 2010. I lost a total of 100 pounds! I was 247 when I started and now am down to 147 (a size 6!!!) I too was hospitalized for dehydration, weakeness, malnutrition, etc. etc. the ambulance had to rush me to the hospital because my blood sugar dropped to a 30!!! I still can't hardly eat anything, although I try, but I feel like I am going to vomit. Yeah, I love being told how skinny I am, but I feel absolutely horrible every single day! please help!

Lori
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replied August 30th, 2011
are there any names of some good doctors in the philadelphia area that might help my son. He had the surgery and is now down to 150 lbs from 400. He looks really bad, doesn't eat for days His doctor says he's ok, but he's not. He needs a better doctor, one that can help him.

Kathy
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replied November 3rd, 2011
Gastric Bypass ...too thin???
Wow this has really opened my eyes to the bad side of this surgery. I am getting fearful now. I am scheduled to have my RNY on January 3 I am 5'6 and weigh 250. I orginially weighed 280 when I first started all of my pre-op work. I am 25 years with severe high blood pressure. Diabetes is all over my family tree and I was trying to be preventative with my surgery. I have been concerned that I will get too thin as I am a size 18 right now. Should I consider a different form of surgery ? However I am scared of not getting it under control now while I am young and without children rather than waiting until it is a necessity or until I get Diabetes, I have struggled with my weight my entire life and wore a size 14 in 2nd grade. I would love to have your feedback as a person who has not gone through all of this yet. Thank you Tiffany
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replied January 31st, 2013
Re: Gastric Bypas Complications Pain/loss of Too Much Weight
michellep wrote:
This has been the fight from hell. I'm sure I would be dead by now if I didn't reverse my bypass. I was dying, without a doubt. I did so well right after my bypass surgery I thought everything would be just ducky. I was so caught up in how great I looked, and everyone telling me how beautiful I was. I had no idea the complications that come down the road. My whole everything was so screwed up. I am still dealing with problems 18 months after having the surgery reversed. I looked like death. My bones and ribs, cheek and jaw stuck out so bad I looked anorexic. I was wearing my 5 year old sons pants. I was smaller than a size zero. I can't even tell you all the problems I am having with my teeth. From all the vomiting I have very little enamal left, 5 root canels, I think I have a decay on almost all of my teeth from the decalsification. The insomnia, depression, pain meds, sleep meds were just the worst thing in the world. You have no idea how being starved throws off your whole body chem. I stopped getting my period, my hormones were so wacked. The bouts of constipation was crazy. I would go weeks and weeks without going.

I had the following problems:

adhesions,
blackouts/fainting (broke my foot),
anemia,
bowel impaction,
freezing all the time,
dehydration,
dry mouth,
dry skin,
gall bladder removal
pancreas impairment,
hair loss,
sever insomnia,
pneumonia from asperating when vomiting
bowel obstruction,
sever depression,
heart problems ( attack a cardia ).
Gastritis
anastomotic problems
staff infection
infection in my blood
massive amounts of pain medication oxyfast and durigesic patch

my marriage was ruined almost beyond repair, my 4 children, whom I said I had this surgery for, ( so I would be healthier for) are traumatized for life. They had a mommmy that couldnt get out of bed for 2 years. I missed so much of their lives. I did go do a general surgeon to reverse my bypass but it wasn't planned. You see, after calling Dr. Andrei and telling him I was so scared of dying when my weight dropped to under 90 pounds, he blew me off and said I would be fine. My mother dragged me to this general surgeon who was going to put a feeding tube into my stomach. You see, I couldnt eat without pain, even the pain meds really didnt help. And if I did eat a few bites it really didnt matter because I would trow it back up. I was eating mild soft food. So anyway I went in for my feeding tube and during surgery the Dr. Came out and spoke with my husband and they decided to reverse my gastric bypass.
It took such a long time for me to get back to some type of normal. I am so happy to report that I take no medication at all any more. Yes I have gained weight. I'm wearing a size 8/10. My marriage and kids are great, although they freak if I get so much as a cold. My 6 year old cries and says she doesnt want me to get sick any more. It's just heart breaking. I wish you all the best. Think long and hard about doing this
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