Gastric Sleeve Back Pain

by John
(Denver)

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I’m happy I found this site because i feel overwhelmed with the list of effects I keep reading about. First, can any of you good people get me pointed in the right direction as far as all I should be doing to prepare for surgery? It’s August 17, 2017 and my surgery is at least 90 days away.

I do have some other issues I need to talk about:

I have very bad chronic pain due to spinal problems to include spinal stenosis, degenerative disk, ruptured disk and bulging disk. I also suffer arthritis in my hips and other joints. I have COPD, and PTSD with panic attacks that are crippling. I already take on average 40 pills a day, plus a 25mg fentanyl patch. I can’t imagine how I’m going take meds after surgery!

I am dedicated and resolved to go ahead with gastric sleeve. I won’t change my mind. For the last 3 years, I spend 99% of my time in my bed because walking, standing, and even sitting up causes me so much pain. I have even contemplated suicide. The only reason I’m still here is because of my wife, children, grandchildren, and faith.

I’m only 57, but was forced to retire from my career in law enforcement in 2010 due to my not being able to keep up with the physical aspects of the job. At the time I retired, I was 5’8″ 180 lbs and 15% body fat. Now I am 310 lbs and live in one room of my home. I know without drastic change, I won’t be around much longer. I decided that there are too many thing I want to do still to before I die.

Because of issues aside from my weight, exercise is impossible. Please let there be someone out there that reads this and can help advise me! Thank all of you that have read this. If you can’t offer any advice, your prayers are very much welcome!

Thanks,
John

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by: Patrick

Hi John,

Great job taking ownership and resolving to address your health concerns. I suggest doing a few things:

1. Check out our page on Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery. Also, seeing as you’ve selected Gastric Sleeve as your surgery of choice, it may be worth reading that page as well.

2. You did not address your dietary habits in the comment. Due to your limited physical mobility, it is vital that you begin eating healthy as you report being unable to exercise. Portion control, buying the right foods, and learning how to read nutrition facts on food labels will be vital to your weight loss.

3. Speak with your surgeon or find one in our Gastric Sleeve Directory. I don’t know if you’ve established a surgeon yet, but follow all of their preoperative advice to the letter. Reading online will help add to the information your surgeon will give you, but your primary source of information should be a doctor and their team.

4. Know you’re not alone, and know things can get better. Weight loss is possible and bariatric surgery helps many people. We strongly recommend you look into a weight loss surgery support group near you. There are countless people with improved physical and mental health following surgery and learning directly from them has proven to be one of the single best things you can do for your health before and after surgery.

Take care,

Patrick,
LS Free House

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