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Have you had Gastric Bypass Surgery? Need meds help...

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by iwantsimple, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. iwantsimple

    iwantsimple

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    Hi. I'm looking for pain relief ideas from people who've had gastric bypass surgery. The surgery means we can't take NSAIDS, so I'm using very little for pain relief. Anyone who has had gastric bypass find anything that works? THANKS!
     
  2. Dufresne

    Dufresne almost there...

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    I think if I had this problem I'd be looking to opiates or another delivery mode; perhaps transdermal or intramuscular administration. I've read of NSAID patches and always thought they'd be much better than the orals, which are so hard on the gut. However, I have to confess I'm responding for another reason. A while back Stone posted the following in the thread "does anyone feel better when they don't eat?" The post is about a significant reduction of ME symptoms following gastric by-pass surgery. I know there are a few different techniques, was your surgery the same type? And was there any change in your ME symptoms?

    Hope it works out for you.

     
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    I would suggest asking your doctor or practitioner for advice, with the goal of finding the safest, least addicting painkiller. NSAID's are one of the worst, most dangerous drugs ever invented...they deplete glutathione, can cause liver damage, kidney failure, on and on...

    Good luck!

    d.
     
  4. Valentijn

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    Thanks for the info ... I was on a high-ish dose of Aleve (naproxen) shortly before the poop hit the fan.

    Haven't needed any NSAIDs since I got sick though ... fish oil takes care of my headaches way better than anything else ever did :p
     
  5. iwantsimple

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    Well, I had RNY 4 years ago, but I only came down with ME/CFIDS 1 year ago, so I can't really answer your question. I'm sorry.

    I have not noticed any difference in symptoms when I eat less. There are days when I don't eat much at all, or I only drink protein drinks, and I don't notice a reduction in symptoms. Wish I did!

    My doctor has offered Tramadol as an alternative to NSAIDS, but I am VERY VERY VERY afraid of anything that could be addicting. That is the catch-22.
     
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    Thanks for telling us. Do you know how many meters of your small intestines they removed? And if the stomach was made smaller as well? (sorry if you feel I am asking personal questions :).

    Reason I am asking is because a publication have shown that a type of gastric bypass can releave the pain in FMS sufferers:

    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18401670/
     
  7. iwantsimple

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    Feel free to ask anything. I'm an open book.

    I know that my doctor bypassed about 75 cm of bowel. I had a proximal bypass, which is the "shortest" of the bypasses. My stomach was made into a little pouch about the size of an egg.

    I will read that publication, though. Thanks!
     

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