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I had gastric bypass 2 years ago. I'm having horrible gas problems. I started taking active charcoal pills, am i harming myself?

I had gastric bypass 2 years ago. I'm having horrible gas problems. I started taking active charcoal pills,  am i harming myself?

No: Charcoal will not harm you. What gas comes out after gastric bypass is completely dependant on your diet. Try to reduce carbohydrates. See your bariatric program and see if they can help you. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Gastric Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure to help lose weight. Restrictive is in the fact that the stomach is down sized to a 2 oz pouch and malabsorptive is in bypassing part of the stomach and 100 to 150 cm of the small ...Read more


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Every time we have sex, my girlfriend gets severe gas pains! why? She's 41 & has not had any kids. She used to be overweight before her gastric bypass!

Every time we have sex, my girlfriend gets severe gas pains!  why? She's 41 & has not had any kids.  She used to be overweight before her gastric bypass!

Gas pains: It might be coincidental in relation to happening after intercourse. However, gastric bypass patients can get bacterial overgrowth which can cause gas pains, excessive gas production, and foul smelling gas. She can get a simple breath test to determine if she has it. Treatment is fairly simple. Sometimes just taking probiotics can help. Other times it requires rifaximin. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass surgery on may 2nd 2012 and it's been great up till now I have and belching and having stomach pains radiating around my back?

I had gastric bypass surgery on may 2nd 2012 and it's been great up till now I have and belching and having stomach pains radiating around my back?

Biliary colic: These may be new symptoms unrelated to the bariatric surgery. Weight loss increases risk and incidence of gallstones. Gallstones can cause biliary colic: belching, bloating, upper abdominal pain after eating fatty foods that radiates into back. Okay to get see your doc. An ultrasound of the gallbladder can lead to a diagnosis. Avoid big meals and fatty meals until you can get evaluated. ...Read more

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I am having epigastric pain with excessive belching that leads into rlq abd pain. I have had a gastric bypass done 8 yrs ago and a ulcer. What's wrong?

I am having epigastric pain with excessive belching that leads into rlq abd pain. I have had a gastric bypass done 8 yrs ago and a ulcer. What's wrong?

Ulcer or GB : The pain in upper abdomen could be an ulcer. You absolutely must avoid tobacco and Aspirin compounds. Might also be due to sludge or stones in gallbladder. You should see your surgeon to evaluate. ...Read more

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I have had gastric bypass surgery and am having issues with painful gas?

I have had gastric bypass surgery and am having issues with painful gas?

Gastric bypass: After having gastric bypass surgery it is important to stay on the recommended diet and not vary from it. This can cause gas, and other problems. Also drink plenty of water or healthy fluids to stay adequately hydrated. If you do both of these and still have problems then follow with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass surgery 3 days ago now I am having some pain in my right upper chest.could thi be gas or should I worry about a PE? no leg pain

I had gastric bypass surgery 3 days ago now I am having some pain in my right upper chest.could thi be gas or should I worry about a PE? no leg pain

Yes, it's possible!: Your chest pain can be from any of the following causes: PE, heart attack, heartburn, ulcer, pneumonia, pneumothorax, medication reaction, or other causes. You should call your surgeon ASAP for immediate consultation. If they are unavailable then go to ER immediately for evaluation for possible PE or other causes. ...Read more

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What health problems are needed in order to qualify for gastric bypass?

What health problems are needed in order to qualify for gastric bypass?

Obesity, and...: Obesity is the main health problem to qualify. Bmi (body mass index) >40, or >35 with associated health problems such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension. Formerly had to be "morbidly obese" >100 pounds (45 kg) over ideal body weight. Bmi=wt (kg)/sqht (meters). Can be thrown off if very muscular. Measures weight not amount of fat. ...Read more

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Had gastric bypass 2 yrs ago. Health problems more now than before surgery. How come veins show dark all over my body? Can't gain weight and I eat.

Had gastric bypass 2 yrs ago. Health problems more now than before surgery. How come veins show dark all over my body? Can't gain weight and I eat.

Not enough info: You may have several problems going on and should consult with your doctor. YOU may need an ultrasound to look at your veins, but better to get seen first ...Read more

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What is causing my post gastric bypass problems?

What is causing my post gastric bypass problems?

Bypass problems: Hard to answer without knowing your problems. Constipation would be from not drinking enough. Abdominal cramps, smelly stools/gas may be from bacterial overgrowth. Upper abdominal pain may be from an ulcer in your pouch. Left upper abd pain may be from an internal hernia. You should see your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a high level of Vitamin B12 (2000). I wonder if taking METANX CAPSULE PANAM could be causing my problem? Also I did have a gastric bypass in

I have a high level of Vitamin B12 (2000).  I wonder if taking METANX CAPSULE PANAM could be causing my problem?  Also I did have a gastric bypass in

Probably: Metanx does, in fact, contain B12 vitamin supplement. It also contains the active form of folic acid, known as methyl folate. Gastric bypass patients usually do not absorb vitamins from their food as well and many physicians will use supplements to make sure patients get the nutrients they need to promote health and well being. ...Read more

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Since i made my gastric bypass surgery I have problems with low blood sugar what i must do with this .Should stop taking sweets please help me .Thanks?

Since i made my gastric bypass surgery I have problems with low blood sugar what i must do with this .Should stop taking sweets please help me .Thanks?

Dumping syndrome : Gastric bypass results in very rapid absorption of sugars and then sudden drops call dumping syndrome eating smaller portions, less items with concentrated sugars like soda, avoiding liquids and eating complex carbs helps seek the assistance of nutritionist used to dealing with bypass patiens. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass 3 years ago, after which i was diagnosed with a stricture. It seemed to resolve on its own but problems seem to return, possible?

Yes, can recur.: Yes, stricture is a term that describes narrowing within the g-i tract. Could be caused by excessive scar formation at the site of a surgically created connection. There are two of these connections in a patient with a gastric bypass. The symptoms could be intermittent, but at some point the narrowing could lead to partial or complete blockage. Endoscopy or radiology could help to evaluate. ...Read more

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I had the gastric bypass on 11/03 never had a problem had a baby in 12/13. I have been having stomach pains right after I eat. What can I do?

Call your surgeon : You should call your gastric bypass surgeon and let them know what's going on. Recurrent abdominal pain could be from an ulcer, intussusception, or even an internal hernia. Urgency of appointment depends on severity of symptoms. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My friend had gastric bypass (stomach stapling) surgery and now has constant problems with dumping, gross.?

My friend had gastric bypass (stomach stapling) surgery and now has constant problems with dumping, gross.?

Yes one of complicat: Morbid obesity it self is a lethal disease if untreated. Gastric by pass several will have benefits, will lose weight, will be able to go back to work if they are not working due to disability, b p & diabetes will be under control or even cure, quality of life improves, how ever some will have untoward effects or complications due to by pass as you mentioned all patients will have this info. ...Read more

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I Had Gastric Bypass Surgery Rny and I'm having constipation problems my surgeon told me I could use stool softener I don't know witch one is good?

I Had Gastric Bypass Surgery Rny and I'm having constipation problems my surgeon told me I could use stool softener I don't know witch one is good?

DSS: A commonly used stool softener is docussate sodium, or DSS (brand name Colace). Its a gel- capsule, and it softens and lubricates your stools. Increasing soluble fiber and drinking plenty of fluid is an even better and more healthy way to soften your stools. Add at least 2 tablespoons of soluble fiber (Metamucil, Citrucel, etc.) to a glass of juice or on cereal each day is usually enough. ...Read more

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Gastric bypass 4 yrs ago.1 yr ago throidectomy TSH &t4 normal T3 low always feel sick low vitamin d no energy or strength what's the problem?

Gastric bypass 4 yrs ago.1 yr ago throidectomy  TSH &t4 normal T3  low always feel sick low vitamin d no energy or strength  what's the problem?

See your doctor: After gastric bypass it is possible to develop many vitamin deficiencies that can be corrected with supplements. Make an appointment to have a full bariatric profile checked to see if any of your vitamin levels are low. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass in 2007. I have a severe eating disorder. I eat till i'm so sick I can't stand up. What kind of dr can I see for thi?

I had gastric bypass in 2007.  I have a severe eating disorder. I eat till i'm so sick I can't stand up.  What kind of dr can I see for thi?

Envision Ur Recovery: Ideally, treatment would include careful medical ; mental health assessment, followed by individualized treatment involving medical ; nutritional support, plus long-term individual ; family psychotherapy. From mental health perspective, conditions like depression ; anxiety would be treated ; treatment might include meds. Hardest thing = finding ; sustaining motivation 2recover. Http//www.anad.org. ...Read more

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Why are you not able to have gastric bypass surgery if you have severe mental disorders?

Major surgery: Having gastric bypas surgery is a mjor undertaking and requires the person to have stable cardiac function, stable lung function, and yes, stable mental health. Mental health willplay a large role in the eventaul succes of gatric bypass, so it is importatn to be mentally sound to get this surgery, so a person will have the best possible outcomes. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Belching (Definition)

Belching (big burps) is a symptom in which a person forces air noisily from his stomach out through his mouth. Belching can be due to too much air or gas in the stomach. Sometimes, people purposely swallow air and belch it back ...Read more


Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more