Extreme weight loss after surgery

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   Posted 5/11/2013 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a 43yr old female. I have had trouble with acid reflux for over 20 yrs. Taking up to 8 nexeum a day about 5 years ago I was told my stomach was so bad I had to have gerd surgery, and did so. I knew I would lose weight, but @ 6'2 and 267 lbs, that did not hurt my feelings. Well, in 6 mo I had already lost around 80 lbs. No problem. Before the year was up I lost 110 lbs. PROBLEM! Contacted doc that did the surgery and he didnt feel it was due to surgery so no I wont C u. OK...I have no Insurance but go to reg. DR, 3 ER's, and a free clinic. Found out I have COPD and was sent to a GI dr. for a one time only low fee appt. w/scope. Went to appt, then to the scope.Got a call ..."your surgery is still in place, but your gerd is back, u have IBS, and Barrett's. CLICK! I'm not sure what all that is or what it means for me, but I am now at 125 lbs, muscles r drawing in and starting to act up. I eat a good bit and have taken advantage of weight lose to eat allot of bakery items, but I'm still losing a little at a time. ANY idea whats going on? I've tried GNC's hightest weight gain shake and eat high protein, but dont know what to do.

Post Edited By Moderator (opnwhl4) : 5/11/2013 1:32:09 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/11/2013 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bassysitch,
It sounds as if you have something else going on there.  Without insurance, I don't know how you handle the situation, but you need to see a good primary care physician and get some testing other than endoscopy, etc.  I had he surgery four plus years ago, and while I lost 15 pounds during the recovery, I gained them back as soon as I was eating normally again. I'm wondering if you have some food sensitivities that you're not aware of.
What you describe does not sound like anything that is surgery-related. You can get some reflux after a Nissen...all they do is try to reduce the amount and bring you to a "normal" amount.  Everybody gets some reflux sometimes.  The high volumes that can damage the lungs and esophagus over time is taken care of by the surgery.  There may be times when you eat less carefully when you have some reflux...it's normal. Especially if you have food sensitivities Some people need some much lower PPI dose after surgery.  It's an individual thing. 
I can't really help you, as your issues aren't typical ones, and really require medical attention.  Have you checked with a nutritionist?  That might be another step you could take.  Eating baked goods to gain weight is probably not the best way to do it.  You may have a sensitivity to some of the foods you're pushing, like the wheat or the milk products. 
Please see someone.  Could you qualify for a free clinic?  You need to get some support to help you work through this, but I think it needs to be medical in nature.
Good luck!
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   Posted 5/11/2013 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Denise. This doesn't sound related to the surgery. I lost about 25 lbs and gained some back from the surgery. The amount of weight loss you are having isn't normal at all since you aren't trying to loose weight.

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   Posted 5/11/2013 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Ty I will cont. to work on it. I did set up an appt. with a nutritionist and ordered some things from advocare that I hope will help. Any help, advice, or thoughts, are a blessing and keep me thinking and moving forward. So ty
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