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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?           

6 comments:

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.

http://www.rennie.co.uk/products/deflatine.htm

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

xxxooo

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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!!

Breanne
www.ladylapband.com

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!