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Old 08-05-2018, 09:10 AM   #1  
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I haven't posted in a long time but I remember this site helping me when I was losing weight last time. I lost 80 lbs. on Phentermine, stopped taking it, lapsed back into my old eating habits and not much exercise, and of course, gained most of it back.

In the meantime, I developed debilitating lower back pain I have been struggling with for over two years. I have tried everything like PT at multiple places, an egg crate bed topper, yoga, working out with a personal trainer to strengthen my core, meditation, a cocktail of Tramadol, Diclofen, and Cyclobenzaprine, massage for pain relief, facet block shots, dry needling, I got a standing desk, ice packs, Salonapas patches, and a lot more. I've spent thousands of dollars living in near constant pain. As part of trying to heal, I went to a new physician in addition to the specialists I was seeing. I told her my main concerns were my back pain and my weight.

She recommended a Sleeve Gastrectomy, but I wasn't ready yet. I continued trying to treat my back pain without realizing that the extra weight I was carrying, largely in my stomach was most likely contributing to my pain from lumbar spine degenerative disc disease.

Now that I have read many studies about back pain and being obese, I have decided to try to kill two birds with one stone and get a Sleeve Gastrectomy to both help manage my weight and ease my back pain. I'm going through the process of meeting the team at the hospital I picked, getting insurance authorization, etc. I'm scared, but also excited.

I plan to blog about the experience here.

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I have my first informational meeting at the hospital tomorrow. So far I have downloaded the BARIATASTIC App, matched it to my Apple Watch, and tracked some food and water. I also set my goal weight at 150, which would be 100 lbs. lost. I am happy to change that if it doesn't seem right to the doctors or to me later.
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Hi JessLess. Welcome back to 3 FatChicks. I'm sorry to hear of all the pain issues you have been going through. I hope the bariatric surgery helps you. It has helped many, as long as you eat a healthy diet to support it. It will be interesting to follow along with your progress.
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Hi Carol,

Thanks for the kind words. I hope you're having a great day!
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