• 1 month ago

    Pain and Bloating 6 years after Bariatric Surgery

    I’ll start this off by saying that I have an appointment scheduled for next week, so I’ll be seeing my primary doctor about this issue… I just wanted to put this out there and get thoughts or opinions from others who may have had something similar.

    I had bariatric surgery six years ago (vertical sleeve gastrectomy) where 80% of my stomach was removed. I lost a significant amount of weight and have maintained the loss well. Over the last year I’ve noticed a change; when I eat certain foods (i.e.; strawberries, raspberries, apples,) my belly would bloat significantly. So, I reduced these “trigger” foods and just went about my life.

    Now, for the last six months or so I’ve been having more and more bloating with every day foods I eat, except now it’s accompanied by upper and lower stomach pain. I wake up in the morning and my stomach feels fine and looks fine. By mid-morning after a normal breakfast I can feel the bloating begin and the pain starts. By the end of my work day my stomach feels so uncomfortable and distended, even though not much food was consumed. And the pain is worse by the end of the day. It’s not a horrible pain, but it’s present and it’s nagging.

    I thought perhaps GERD, so I started Prilosec (which is what I was on right after my VSG surgery.) But so far, I’ve not noticed an improvement. I’ve tried eliminating other foods thinking maybe it was something in particular I was eating, but it seems like anything I consume has this affect.

    Has anyone experienced anything like this before? I’ll be sure to update here once I meet with my primary.