Why is the stomach not suppose to stretch post op?

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   Posted 3/11/2012 2:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a diet guidelines from my surgeon that says to eat small frequent meals to keep stomach from stretching.

I did this for the first two weeks.

But why is this?


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   Posted 3/11/2012 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
It pulls on the stitches.

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   Posted 3/11/2012 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Max,
I agree with Denise - she knows what she is talking about. yeah
I see you have 6 threads on the front page and it feels to me like your health anxiety is spiking as you wonder and worry about things re your health. 

While it is wise to be aware of how you are dong physically, it is actually not helpful to pay close attention to your body at all times.  This is because your body naturally fluctuates during the day and at night, and overtime.  Thus noticing every little change provides very little useful information. And worse - any change that is noticed is worried about, and as worry increases, physical changes and symptoms tend to get worse, and as this happens, checking and monitoring increases even more.  In other words, checking and monitoring your body feeds into the vicious cycle of health anxiety.

People with Health Anxiety are likely to seek reassurance about their health from their Dr. and in many cases are told that nothing is wrong.  This quickly makes them feel better.  But...it doesn't take long until the anxiety returns. The reassurance doesn’t last. The reassurance doesn't last.  And the vicious cycle continues. 

A question for you to think about :  How much reassurance would it take to make you stop worrying about your health forever? 

It may be difficult to come up with a precise answer.  This is because seeking reassurance is a strategy that doesn't work well in the long term. No amount of reassurance is enough to convice you in any lasting way that nothing is wrong. 

Remember the purpose of helping you to learn to cope with your health anxiety is not ot make the symptoms disappear - it is to help you become less worried about your health. 

We have a great Anxiety and Panic forum with many members who have Health Anxiety.  Do feel comfortable posting about your health anxiety in the A & P Forum as the members are wise and caring.  They will be able to help you learn new ways to deal with your worries.

If the sun is shining where you are please do go outside and soak up a few warming rays and remember that you are OK. We have your back.




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