Re: Is Gastric Bypass the answer for a Mom who is quite obese?
I had gastric bypass surgery 5 years ago, at the age of 36. I was generally healthy, but weighed close to 300 pounds and had a few co-morbidities related to my weight. I felt very healthy and blessed my good fortune in having the surgery during the "honeymoon" phase of weight loss, more weight loss, and yet more weight loss no matter what I ate or did/didn't do. Now, 5 years later, I have kept all of the weight off and have a so-called 'normal' BMI. I am also very anemic, with deficiencies in B & D vitamins, and although I'm only 42 I feel decades older than that: weak, rickety, fatigued, sore, depressed, and damn tired. I've been taking Vitron-C as well as other iron supplements, calcium citrate, B-12, multivitamins. My body simply doesn't absorb enough of the supplements and absolutely NONE of the nutrients in food.
If I had it to do over again, I'd have chosen nutritional counseling and a medically supervised diet. It wouldn't have been easy, but then, I'd rather live in an overweight body (remember: I mentioned that I had very few health problems prior to having WLS) than one that is chronically unhealthy. I am beyond tired of this. Of the transfusions, the temporary foothold in regaining some vitality, only to spiral back down into the never-ending cycle of fatigue and muscle spasms and crippling palpitations that mark the beginning of yet another trip to the lab and yet more painful infusions and injections.
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