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Friday, March 23, 2012

Gas...and not the $4 a gallon kind

Remember the gas pains that you had post-op?  Does anyone else still get them sometimes?

I don't really know when gas pressure became an issue for me.  Basically I feel like I need to burp and when I do burp, I feel better.  Sometimes when I am laying down in the evening, watching TV or whatever, I'll constantly feel the need to burp.  I'll do so and then the pressure starts building again.  Annoying.  I don't have any issues with the gas coming out the other end.  I even quit drinking soda because it made it worse.  I discovered Gas-X and it took care of the issue whenever is came up - maybe once a week or so.  Until my fill last week, that is.

I had the fill on Wednesday last week and every night I've had pain so bad that it was really miserable.  At first I thought I torqued my back, but the pain doesn't respond to analgesics at all.  Then I noticed that the pain subsided when I burped.  So I took Gas-X and it works for a half hour or so, but then the pain comes back.  Drinking hot tea makes it go away for 45 minutes or so, but it comes back.  Yesterday I was in pain all day.  Today no pain thus far, but in the past several days, it has hit after dinner.

I did some research and discovered that a few people on LBT have had similar experiences, but no one seems to have resolved it.  I'm afraid that my only solution is to get a partial un-fill, but food and drink go down just fine so I don't want to do that.  Plus at my fill appointment, my fill doctor said that if I had problems with this small fill, I should go get imaging done since I could have a slippage.  I think she was being a little ridiculous since I have zero symptoms of that (She said it because I indicted I had decent restriction at .25 ccs in my 4 cc band and because I didn't gain a significant amount of weight during the year I was essentially un-filled.).  So I know if I go back and have some fluid let out, she'll want me to get imaging done (which I can't afford and have no insurance for) and she won't treat me beyond the un-fill until I do.

So I am a little frustrated at the moment.  Does anyone have any words of wisdom?           


MandaPanda said...

I'm sorry you're frustrated. I would be too and unfortunately I have no words of wisdom. Please keep us posted.

Sarah said...

I'm not long post op but I know someone else who is banded and still has to take Rennie deflatine (not sure if it is available in th US) to ease it.

Do you drink carbonated drinks? or eat any foods that particularly repeat on you?

Tina said...

I have the problem. I have found that if I stop eating sooner and do not lay down after I eat or drink it is much better. I have also noticed that when I put on a little weight it gets really bad really fast. Once thoe 2 ish pounds come off again then the gas gets better again.

The biggest help I had was to take a walk after I ate every time. Not only did I get extra exercise but I usually burped during the walk and got that food through the shoot so to speak. Since the weather has been crap and I haven't walked..and my pain has been worse.

Good luck


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Lady Lap Band said...

I have not noticed any gas issues. Sometimes out of no where I do what I call "throat burp" lol and it's completely out of my control, that is frustrating and can be embarrassing! I hope that gasx is helping you out a little!!


20 to go! said...

Glad Tina helped. I would be a little concerned I guess. My sister got the other sort of gas with the band and couldn't help it! Funny as!