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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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My legs are bowing. I had gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago. Could this be the cause.

My legs are bowing. I had gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago. Could this be the cause.

No: Bowing of your legs is due, most likely, to arthritis, not to the gastric surgery. Increased weight can cause increased joint wear and changes in your mechanical axis. The weight reduction likely is currently reducing your symptoms, but arthritis and mechanical axis malalignment is common in the general population in your age group.

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I am trying to avoid gastric bypass and started working out. But my body is so sore, mainly my legs and back. What should I do or take?

I am trying to avoid gastric bypass and started working out. But my body is so sore, mainly my legs and back. What should I do or take?

Start Low / Go Slow: Take Ibuprofen or Naproxen with cool compresses. Hire a trainer if possible to help guide you to exercising properly so you don't overdo it and injure yourself; then you can increase your intensity as tolerated. Swim or do water aerobics in between for less intense exercise. Remember to include a healthy diet with meal planning and portion control (try food diary app), and get adequate sleep.

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I had gastric bypass 7 years ago and now have horrible leg crampring in the inside of my thighs. What can I do?

I had gastric bypass 7 years ago and now have horrible leg crampring in the inside of my thighs. What can I do?

See your doc: Could be related or not. Religiously taking your vitamin supplements, watching your diet? On any meds? Got diarrhea? Heavy periods, pregnancies? All could be factors. Can't tell here. See a doc, get examined, get blood tests.

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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.

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I have u to 50 muscle spasms a nite it wakes me up. In my legs and feet some last a 5 minutes could this be related to my gastric bypass surgery?

I have u to 50 muscle spasms a nite it wakes me up. In my legs and feet some last a 5 minutes could this be related to my gastric bypass surgery?

Nutrition: Gastric bypass surgery alters how your body absorbs nutrients, and can also cause dumping syndrome which can cause vital nutrients to be lost. Please speak to your doctor about this right away. Make sure you are taking a multivitamin. Good luck.

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Gnawing left upper/center quad pain that's more constant lately. Goes away when eating a meal. Had gastric bypass 2 yrs ago?

Gnawing left upper/center quad pain that's more constant lately. Goes away when eating a meal. Had gastric bypass 2 yrs ago?

Gastric bypass pain: Epigastric and left sided pain can be a marginal ulcer, reflux esophagitis, a gastro-gastric fistula (which can cause the ulcer too), an ulcer in your gastric remnant, and an internal hernia. You should see your surgeon, get started on a proton pump inhibitor to see if it helps. Other tests to get would be an endoscopy to look at your pouch, and if that us neg, a ct scan to r/o internal hernia.

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I am almost 7 years out from gastric bypass in 2007. I have upper left quad abd pain and cannot lay on my left side. What could this be? Bowel, ulcer?

Abdominal pain: It could be an ulcer in your gastric pouch. It could be a gastro-gastric fistula. It could be an ulcer in your gastric remnant. It could be an internal hernia. You need to see your surgeon. If a ct scan is normal, then get an upper endoscopy.

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D&c 10 days ago. Bad leg cramps, bad migraine, and really moody. It was for miscarriage?

D&c 10 days ago. Bad leg cramps, bad migraine, and really moody. It was for miscarriage?

Exam and possible re: Miscarriage is a loss, and a D&C adds physical trauma to the situation. This stress should be managed by an exam by your primary care physician and possible referral to a doctor specializing in stress and loss management. Wish you well.

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How do I help stop leg cramps.?

How do I help stop leg cramps.?

Review meds, exercis: It depends on what is causing them. Lots of reasons exist for leg cramps, including medications, electrolyte problems, vascular problems, etc. If it is from a cholesterol drug called statins, then sometimes stopping or changing the medicine can help. Other times, over the counter medicines help, like naproxyn or ibuprofen. Coq-10 is a supplement that can help. Exercise may help too!

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What can I do for sever leg cramps?

Consider veins: As dr. Isobe rightly said, there are many things that can cause leg cramps. However, venous insufficiency is a more common cause of leg cramps that calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium defiencies combined.

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What causes leg cramps at night in men?

What causes leg cramps at night in men?

Many: Not limited to men! Usually fatigue. Could be due to medications taken. Diuretics exacerbate this by causiing low potassium, magnesium and perhaps low calcium. Poor hydration contributes to this. If one has poor circulation to the lower extremities (pvd), leg crams can occur. Sometimes we just don't know why they cramp. You may be helped by some meds. See your pcp and discuss.

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What causes leg cramps, and why does stretching help?

Cramps are common: A muscle cramp is a involuntary contraction of a musle, especailly common of the legs and feet. Most commonly caused by hyperexcitability of the nerves that stimulate the muscles. Can also be the result of an injury and vigorous activity. Dehydration and electrolyte, element imbalances can also be causative factors. Simple stretching lengthens the muscle and stops the contraction.

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Can sotalol cause leg pains or leg cramps?

Can sotalol cause leg pains or leg cramps?

Yes: According to the drug literature pain can occur in 2-7% cases depending on dosage. I would not change any medication that your doctor prescribes before talking with them first.

Dr. James Isobe
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