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Mon, Mar 2 8:11am · Weight Gain after Weight Loss Surgery. Let's support each other in Healthy Living

I didn't have the sleeve but had the roux-en y. I managed to lose 150 pounds and was actually asked to gain 5-10 pounds. When the scale started going up, I was terrified. I too have had complications. I had difficulties at the beginning and had to stay on the liquid diet longer than normal. Less than a year out I had kidney stone removal surgery followed by gallbladder removal surgery one week later. At the very least, I was completely wiped out. I had zero energy, had to go in daily for fluids, and slept a LOT! My energy level is still not where I need it to be and I'm another year and a half out from that whole mess. I too need to get on a regular exercise program and start feeling like myself again. What does anyone do when you start to see the scale going up? How do you reign things back in?

Dec 13, 2019 · Feeling at my wits end with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

Hallmark is my favorite. I'm a total Hallmark Christmas movie junkie!! My husband and girls laugh at me all the time. They say the acting is bad and that the endings are all the same. I don't care. They make me feel good! Well, most of them. There are a couple of sad ones mixed in there but even those tend to have happy endings. Great job on getting exercise in! Super important! Keep up the great work!

Dec 13, 2019 · Feeling at my wits end with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

@sandytoes14 – I am so sorry for your loss as well. My husband has an aunt who had many miscarriages and they never did have any children. I think adoption was just not something they were interested in. I think it's an extra special way to give AND receive a wonderful miracle a life they wouldn't necessarily have otherwise. Congratulations on keeping the weight off. I seriously hope I keep mine off! I've been about the same weight now for almost a year so I'm hoping this is where I stay. Happy holidays to you!

Dec 13, 2019 · Feeling at my wits end with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

@astaingegerdm – I think my mom might be the only person who truly remembers each year of my loss. I tend to disappear during our Christmas Eve activities every year for at least 10-15 minutes just to be alone. I say prayers for my lost child, I allow myself to mourn the loss once again, and I thank God for my blessings and that I have a very special angel up in Heaven to look down on me and my family. Fibromyalgia is a beast. It rears it's ugly head at the worst moments – when you are stressed! It's brought on by stress, sometimes by weather, sometimes by activity, etc. Going to the Pain Rehab Clinic at Mayo was a Godsend, but it's still a struggle. The flares catch a person off guard and can be very difficult to get under control. AND you never seem to know if the pains you are having are fibro related or something serious that you should be going into the doctor or ER for. I also have a history of kidney stones (so far 6) but that pain is unbearable on my own, so I know to go in. At the age of 42, I've been through quite a bit. I had gastric bypass a couple of years ago to help with the fibro, other aches and pains, borderline diabetes, etc. I have lost 150 lbs which is great but had many complications through the process and they'd actually like me to gain about 5-10 lbs back at this point. I have had 3 kidney stones in the past year and ended up having my gallbladder removed because of gallstones and stomach issues that just weren't going away. One of the kidney stone surgeries and the gallbladder surgery were within a week of each other and the recovery time was incredibly LONG. Anyway, you don't need to hear all of this. I guess I got on a roll. I will pray for your children, as I pray for those suffering with pain often. Take care.

Dec 12, 2019 · Feeling at my wits end with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

Good morning to All! The holidays are difficult for me as well. Not only does the cold affect my pain symptoms but I miscarried a baby on Christmas Eve 17 years ago. That pain never goes away. I was only 12 weeks into the pregnancy so there was no determination of anything but for me it was still a great loss. We have 3 beautiful girls that I love with all my heart and wouldn't give up for anything, one of whom would not be here if it weren't for the miscarriage so I consider myself blessed. I had a great massage with a wonderful woman yesterday and feel like a whole new person! She was so gentle with me and tried a few different things to relax me and get my pain to lessen. Finding things to take care of ourselves and remembering that we need to take care of ourselves is one of the biggest things in dealing with pain. Remember that! We take care of everyone else in our lives but forget about ourselves.

Dec 3, 2019 · Feeling at my wits end with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

I believe they would accommodate the physical therapy for your limitations. We had a few people who did stretches from their walkers. I wasn't in their physical therapy sessions so I'm not 100% sure what they did there, but maybe they concentrated more on other parts of the body for strength and flexibility. It's definitely worth checking into and letting them know upfront what limitations you might have going in. I'd love to know what you think and how you do so please keep me updated. Take care. Thinking of you.

Dec 2, 2019 · Feeling at my wits end with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

I am so sorry to hear about the pain you are suffering through. I too suffer with fibromyalgia and chronic pain as well as other symptoms that they don't seem to be able to get a handle on a diagnosis as of yet (frustrating). The best thing I ever did for myself, my family, my co-workers, and everyone around me was to attend the 3-week course in the Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It is an intense program that lasts three weeks and are full days five days a week during that time, but it is so worth it. You have physical therapy; occupational therapy; group sessions to discuss stress management, time management, etc.; a morning stretch of some type to start your day; and a relaxation technique of some sort to end your day. I would definitely check it out! I am no longer on pain meds at all. I can't say the pain is gone but I can say that I handle it differently. Best of luck and happiest of holidays to you and yours!