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My doctor has my attention now

 The good news is that my GP doesn’t think my blood pressure is too horrible even though it can stand to improve quite a bit. However she’s concerned with the fact that my back is keeping me from exercising and that I’m in a bad cycle because if I exercise it currently hurts my back but I need to improve my back with exercise.

Also, my weight has stagnated and I even put back on a couple of the pounds that I lost when adjusting to the new medicine and kept me from being hungry. She’s always been easy-going when it comes to how to take care of my medical issues. But she got my attention today for sure because she suggested something she never suggested before and even warned me in advance not to be mad at her.

Gastric bypass surgery. 😳😳
The thought of having major surgery like that scares the crap out of me. But if she’s that concerned, I have to do something now
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Sep. 28th, 2018 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. That does sound concerning. I hope it works out for you!
Sep. 28th, 2018 09:06 pm (UTC)
I am going to look at every other alternative before I even resort to this. But if she’s actually suggesting it, she’s concerned and that concerns me
Sep. 28th, 2018 08:55 pm (UTC)
Oh snap girl :( That is sobering, to say the least.

Silver lining? You GET this warning, you have another chance <3 Somebody else that same day got told he or she needs that surgery, NOW.


If I can help in any small (or big!) way, please let me know <3 Even just for motivation, if you want that!
Sep. 28th, 2018 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I don’t want the surgery so I have to do what I need to do as carefully as I can to make myself healthier. Otherwise it’s going to be the only option left.

So clearly I am going to have to get my act together as well as start posting on my healthystart community here for support suggestions and all the other stuff.
Sep. 28th, 2018 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ohh, can I join the community?

Sep. 28th, 2018 10:06 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! The more the merrier!
Sep. 29th, 2018 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yay!! I just requested to join :)


Sep. 29th, 2018 08:12 pm (UTC)
LOL Spikes approved you while I was in NYC today. Guess she loves you more 😉
Sep. 30th, 2018 03:58 pm (UTC)
*LOL* whatever--I'm in! hehe!
Sep. 28th, 2018 09:32 pm (UTC)
The surgery can cause serious, lifelong gastrointestinal problems. It is a very serious surgery.

Most insurances require between 6-12 months of formal dietary counseling before they’ll approve the surgery. This is a very good thing.

Many of us, and I am including myself, who are overweight eat to try to ignore certain feelings or to comfort ourselves.

When the bypass surgery prevents you from overeating, you still have all those emotions inside that played a large part in your overeating.

Losing weight is one thing. Changing long-standing behavior patterns is harder. If you’d be willing to commit to counseling on an ongoing basis to help you face and work through whatever feelings are at the core of your overeating....after surgery ... you’d increase your chances of permanent weight loss.

Sep. 28th, 2018 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the information, Sparky. I truly appreciate it.

In 1972, my Dad had the equivalent of a gastric bypass to try to fix his ulcer and was in the hospital for a year (I was only 3 at the time so I don’t remember it). He still has gastro issues to this day. Also, I already have my own gastro issues which is a big deterrent for me. A woman that worked in the department I used to work in who wasn’t much bigger than me died from complications a few months after the surgery.

I want to avoid having it unless it’s the absolute last resort but for my doctor to even suggest it means she’s concerned about my health. So I have to figure out how to slowly and safely lose weight again and keep it off and also find ways to get exercise and not compromise my back.

One thing I did ask her to prescribe is an anti anxiety med that’s safer long term than Xanax. When I was going regularly to a therapist (yay, burnout from work stress), we tried the med (Buspar) and it did a great job on relieving my anxiety. Unfortunately I couldn’t adjust to the side effects of brain zaps. However, the psychiatrist had me on other meds for depression and I wondered if the problem was a med combo rather than the Buspar on its own. I figure it’s worth another shot because I know my main issue is stress eating/nervous nibbling. If I can reduce my anxiety, I will tend to have better focus at work and will usually be less likely to turn to food for comfort
Oct. 2nd, 2018 10:41 pm (UTC)
I would get all the info I can on it, but it sounds like she has your best interests at heart here. It is a last resort type of thing, but I know people who have had this surgery and they are healthier and happier for it.
Oct. 3rd, 2018 01:44 pm (UTC)
Even if I wanted it, I may not be approved anyway since I'm so close to the lower end of their BMI cutoff. That and I do already have issues with occasional kidney stones and with upper GI issues and acid stomach so it's very likely that they'd reject me for those.

But either way, it got my attention so while I'm trying to figure out how to get active, I need to use the diet to slowly get the number down
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