6 weeks post op lost a lot of weight

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sammywalker21
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   Posted 3/5/2013 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
People who have had the fundoplication how long before you were putting weight back on and having a normal appetite I can not afford to loose anymore weight it's getting ridiculous

dencha
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   Posted 3/5/2013 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sammy,
By the four month mark I was gaining weight back.  Appetite increased before that, though.
Hang in there!
Denise
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opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/5/2013 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Sammy-

I was about the same as Denise. You could start to eat some high calorie foods to help stop the weight loss. Like puddings, ice cream if you can tolerate the cold, Yogurts and such. My surgeons told me to do this if my weight loss became excessive.
Also small frequent meals, maybe 6 to 8 a day.

Take care,
Bill
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sammywalker21
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   Posted 3/6/2013 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I've lost a lot of weight even before the surgery I was loosing weight due to nausea and not wanting to eat much overall I've gone from 77kg down to 62kg and still loosing lost about 6kg since surgery and am worried I cant afford to loose anymore there will be nothing left lol i't really sucks because i used to be in such good shape I was literally getting to the stage where I was competeing with the bodies on mens health which is really important to me as i'm a personal trainer now I am ridiculously skinny I'm hoping my appetite comes back soon I know its going to take another couple of months before things completely settle i feel now as if the symptoms i was having a week ago are becoming less frequent gradually.

IS WEIGHT LOSS DUE TO THE STOMACH FEELING FULL AND THUS EFFECTING OUR APPETITE ?

OR IS IT DUE TO THE STOMACH NOT BEING ABLE TO ABSORB AS MANY NUTRIENTS BECAUSE IT HAS SHRUNK OR BEEN THROUGH A ROUGH TIME?

if i could understand more about the root causes maybe I could introduce a diet plan maybe some weight gainers and things to help me slowly put some weight back on i'm feeling quite weak too

dencha
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   Posted 3/6/2013 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sammy,
Your weight loss is due to your loss of appetite.  The part of the stomach that tells the brain you're full is swollen from surgery, so it's giving inaccurate information.  The brain is interpreting the swelling as fullness.  Since you eat according to your appetite, and your brain controls that appetite, you're being told to stop eating.
 
As Bill said, you can eat many small meals/snacks all day long, so you don't overfill your stomach and set off the brain's "stop eating" signal.  I understand your feelings of wanting to keep weight on.  My son is a weight lifter who doesn't gain weight easily and (lucky him) has to really work at it.  Of course, he does eat very "clean"--healthy and lowfat.
 
Try to relax, be patient, and go with the flow.  Don't panic.  This will all resolve itself with healing, as hard as it is to believe right now.  Give yourself the job of feeding yourself all day if weight gain is your goal. 
 
This all will pass as you progress through your recovery.
Hang in there!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Post Edited (dencha) : 3/6/2013 6:27:59 AM (GMT-7)


Good Days
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   Posted 3/6/2013 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Sammy, agree eat very small meals but eat every hour or so. Eat all those things that have a lot of calories. Or use ensure.

Try some potato soup with cornbread crumbed (just a little and have lots of liquid in the soup).

Try a milk shake, puree sweetened strawberries and eat in pudding or puree any fruit you like.

Just still don't eat too much at one time - just eat often.

Good luck

Jayne

Andy1986
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   Posted 3/6/2013 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I can sympathise, used to be into weightlifting to and have lost loads of weight just from gerd, nit even had NF. U tried protein shakes with full fat milk, blended with oats? Used to get about 1000 calories in one shake when i was bulking up and they arent too filling

Andy1986
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   Posted 3/6/2013 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh and an old hollywood trick is olive oil and ice cream. Never tried it mysel though :p

SummerGAL
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   Posted 3/7/2013 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sammy, I'm 7 weeks post op and only lost 10lbs and my appetite is already back to normal. I think my meal sizes are still smaller though. During my healing, I eat lots of ice cream and potato soup. I wish I could have lost another 10lbs, but I'm too hungry all the time. I also wish my energy level was as good as my appetite, but no such luck. I'm sure your weight will start to stabilize very soon. smilewinkgrin

Tarachriso
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   Posted 3/7/2013 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 4 weeks post op. and I am nervous I never feel hungry I am noticing that I am never hungry. I hope I will get an appetite back. I feel like I have to set an alarm in order to remember to eat since I never feel hunger. Also I never know when I am full so I am scared to eat too much. Do you think I will get back to normal? This whole thing for me has been so different then other people. I guess do to the fact that before my surgery I couldn’t eat at all. Anything that I ate would come up right after eating so since before I had no appetite might be the reason why I still don’t but all together since December I lost 28 lbs/

dencha
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   Posted 3/7/2013 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tarachriso,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Don't worry, your appetite will return.  The top of your stomach is where the signals for hunger/fullness are sent to the brain.  Obviously, there's still swelling, and things haven't gotten back to normal.
 
Remember that although you'll gradually improve, it takes a full 6 months for most of the healing, and a year for the rest (which is mainly adjustment to the new upper GI tract configuration).  Patience.  It'll happen.
 
Glad you've joined us!
Happy healing,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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