Weight Loss Surgery - Erm... All stopped up from the protein

03-12-2013, 07:45 PM
Drinking a nice cup of smooth move.:o

Am I not more likely to have the OPPOSITE problem after surgery? My sister did, but then they removed her gall bladder at the same time. My gall bladder is already gone so I'm much more used to the opposite of what I'm dealing with tonight.

My ERG is at the hospital at 6:30 tomorrow. Clear liquids only. I'm saying the smooth move counts.

03-13-2013, 05:40 AM
From my observation and personal experience, constipation is more the rule than the exception with RNY. I never suffered from it preop and it is a constant battle to keep it at bay now. Many people have their own "recipe" for keeping it at bay, from probiotics, colace, magnesium oxide supplementation, to making sure to drink coffee daily.

I've never tried smooth move. I hope it works for you. Good luck on your ERG today.

03-13-2013, 10:12 AM
first - make sure you're getting enough water. And part of that means not counting your protein drink in your daily water intake.

And ya need fiber. As Zeitgeist noted - there are lots of OTC forms. or you can make sure you eat enough [which might mean more than usual]. My family each has their own little trick. Oranges and coffee work for me [but i don't usually drink coffee]. Bananas work for someone else. lentils and chick peas work, too.

good luck! and i don't usually have a problem with constipation as long as i eat at least one piece of fruit a day and at least 2 servings of veggies [with some whole grain something or other as well. brown rice works well, so does barley]

03-13-2013, 10:17 AM
I've always battled with constipation, even as a small child. Since surgery it's been worse and when I was pregnant it was ****! Finally I discovered powder fiber a couple of months ago and when I drink a protein shake I mix about 6g of fiber in it. I also drink lots of water throughout the day but if I don't have the fiber powder, I will end up constipated no matter how much water I drink. I drink about 2 protein shakes a day and them alone will make me constipated if I don't mix it with fiber. Fiber powder is my friend and you can mix it with anything and even add it to g2 gatorade. I poop about once a day or every other day. I also use a squatting platform but that's a whole other long story lol