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My question is Any good Medifast recipes for Italian Spumoni(Spumone)? Hoping for any answer or 2. Another question on my mind: I don't get it.... all you guys who had their.

Surgery.

And experienced so little pain. Or bruising. Or anything. I am freakin' miserable here! I'm up and around but my middle feels like someone made chopped meat outta me! I generally tolerate pain well and resist taking pain meds because they make me so loopy. I heal fast, which is a good thing, for someone who was SO insulin dependent up until a week ago. Hopefully this will heal quickly, too..

Yesterday I was up most of the day from noon on, took a shower, dried off by myself for the first time, dried my own hair, blah, blah... it was a pretty good day for me. For being one who works hard to outwardly hide emotions, it was probably the most emotional day I've had in ages. I sobbed everytime I saw Elizabeth Edwards' face on tv. I broke down.

Talking.

To my step-mom and tried to tell her what I'd done (GBS)..

I'm not happy right now. I'm miserable. I'm keeping well hydrated with water and ice chips, I'm getting in protein with Isopure and Instant Breakfasts made with milk. My vitamins are even yummy to me..

I want my life back. I never understood how I could have gotten so fat when I'm so active all the time. I've never been one to sit still. Even when I watch something on tv I have to be DOING something else, and often that means being on my feet, DOING, in the same room as the tv. And now I want to DO, but my body won't let me. It hurts..

My temp is fine. No excessive swelling, hot spots or anything. I had gall bladder.

Surgery.

By a "storefront butcher" as I call him in 1981 and at the time had 3 kids, 4 1/2 to 1 and we lived on the 3rd floor in a German village I survived THAT! In 1995 I had a bikini-line hysterectory that got infected (why? from the sweat I built up while helping my friends clear fallen trees in my yard after hurricane Opal, 3 wks PO hey, it was MY yard, I HAD to help!).....

So this should have been a breeeeeze! And it's not. And I'm miserable beyond words. And I wish I'd never had it done. Why couldn't I have lost 50 of my needed 100 lbs just by waking up and getting control over my body???.

Am I alone in this, or is this normal?..

asked May 09 at 12:26

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Griffin
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I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the right answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I discover an answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can answer it..

answered May 09 at 13:33

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Kara
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You are not alone, and in the beginning, it is worse before it gets better..

It doesn't seem like it, but the pain will only be a little while more. You can do this!!.

This process is so hard in the beginning. Even the most optimistic person before.

Surgery.

Comes out feeling "blech!".

The emotional toll after.

Surgery.

Is another thing...I promise it gets better..

Journal, vent, cry, walk...do what you need to do to get through it..

You will be ok. I am and always have been active as well, so I totally understand how you feel about "why in the world did we need this.

Surgery.

." Darn metabolism!.

You will be ok, keep the.

Faith.

Dear one!.

Veronica..

answered May 09 at 14:28

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Victoria
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Make sure you copy and print this entry, at least email it to yourself. It will be precious to you someday! It's pretty precious now...{:>}.

I hurt like a mother for 3 weeks. I didn't even get good drugs in the hospital. You'll live and be so happy, very shortly actually, that you made the reight decision for your life.....

answered May 09 at 15:34

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Francisco
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I was on pain meds (hydrocondone and acetominaphin liquid) for about 10 days and kept it up at night for another few days. My husband couldn't see me for a few hours after.

Surgery.

Because of "pain managment issues." Not fun. I didn't drive for 3 weeks because having to sit up in that position hurt too much and you can't take the good meds and drive. I was not one of those who was off the meds on the way home from the hospital - thats for sure.. But once it stopped, and it was sudden, I don't think I took another.

Tylenol.

For 6 months. If the pain is gas - walk it off (or stand in front of the TV rotating your hips in a big circle) If it is incision pain, check with the surgeons office and see if they recommend hot or cold, I don't remember. Try to.

Sleep.

In a fully reclined recliner - that is a pretty comfortable angle. The pain will go away soon enough and you will be on the road to a whole new world of experiences, WOW moments are coming your way..

Lin..

answered May 09 at 15:49

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Jared
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At 2 weeks I was doing good. No meds for pain. Then I woke up in the middle of the night and could not lay on my left side. It HURT so bad. Turned out I had an infection..

Watch for those signes. Fever, pain let your MD know how much pain you are having. May or may not be important..

19 weeks out. I FEEL GREAT! hang in the time really does fly by...

answered May 09 at 16:43

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Sydney
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It is not an easy road, but it is worth it. I had good days and bad days. It will get better, Yes it will get better...

answered May 09 at 18:12

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Grace
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Stop playing games.....the pain only lasts like two weeks and then it will be time to learn to eat again...which is painful because it feels like they did.

Surgery.

To your throat it feels so small....you made the decision to be able to live again so be happy and keep it moving......

answered May 09 at 19:07

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Mallory
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I think you may have had false information about no pain. I definitely had pain, got an infection and had to have an incision re-opened and packed for two weeks. But I can honestly say now that after 4 months, I would do it all over again!! I never thought I would say that, I had many days of regret. You will get through this and I promise it does get better. I have lost 100 lbs. still have 75 - 100 to go, but oh the joy I have in feeling so much better and being able to do things I haven't done in years. Hang in there!! You CAN do this!!..

answered May 09 at 19:59

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Bethany
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BTW ppl wish they could be in your shoes.....

answered May 09 at 20:50

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Emerson
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I too was miserable the first few days of my post op. I had the why did I do this. My stomach hurt I couldn't get comfy in bed. But whe I started to feel better after a week I realized I made the right decision...

answered May 09 at 20:54

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Yasmin
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I don't get it.... all you guys who had their.

Surgery.

And experienced so little pain. Or bruising. Or anything. I am freakin' miserable here! I'm up and around but my middle feels like someone made chopped meat outta me! I generally tolerate pain well and resist taking pain meds because they make me so loopy. I heal fast, which is a good thing, for someone who was SO insulin dependent up until a week ago. Hopefully this will heal quickly, too..

Yesterday I was up most of the day from noon on, took a shower, dried off by myself for the first time, dried my own hair, blah, blah... it was a pretty good day for me. For being one who works hard to outwardly hide emotions, it was probably the most emotional day I've had in ages. I sobbed everytime I saw Elizabeth Edwards' face on tv. I broke down.

Talking.

To my step-mom and tried to tell her what I'd done (GBS)..

I'm not happy right now. I'm miserable. I'm keeping well hydrated with water and ice chips, I'm getting in protein with Isopure and Instant Breakfasts made with milk. My vitamins are even yummy to me..

I want my life back. I never understood how I could have gotten so fat when I'm so active all the time. I've never been one to sit still. Even when I watch something on tv I have to be DOING something else, and often that means being on my feet, DOING, in the same room as the tv. And now I want to DO, but my body won't let me. It hurts..

My temp is fine. No excessive swelling, hot spots or anything. I had gall bladder.

Surgery.

By a "storefront butcher" as I call him in 1981 and at the time had 3 kids, 4 1/2 to 1 and we lived on the 3rd floor in a German village I survived THAT! In 1995 I had a bikini-line hysterectory that got infected (why? from the sweat I built up while helping my friends clear fallen trees in my yard after hurricane Opal, 3 wks PO hey, it was MY yard, I HAD to help!).....

So this should have been a breeeeeze! And it's not. And I'm miserable beyond words. And I wish I'd never had it done. Why couldn't I have lost 50 of my needed 100 lbs just by waking up and getting control over my body???.

Am I alone in this, or is this normal?..

answered May 09 at 22:23

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Kate
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Forgot to add that I had a hernia repaired and also my gallbladder out at the same the time as my gastric bypass. So I was in a little but more pain than I thought I would be in. You will be fine. Goodluck..

answered May 09 at 22:31

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Zayden
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I went through the exact emotions on day 5! Cried my eyes out all day long and asked myself "what in the world did I just do to myself?" I then had to find my mental status again and remind myself of why I did it! Also, I think it is so much easier to discipline yourself because you want to instead of a do or die situation! When you can figure out that life doesn't have to be revolved around your past ways, you will be happy! I am only 3 weeks out and those feelings only lasted 2 days! Good luck!..

answered May 09 at 23:56

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Emanuel
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I also had significant pain. But I never have "tolerated pain well"..

The first 2 weeks were really rough. Then a little better each day...

answered May 10 at 00:47

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Nina
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Yes it hurts but each day is better and better.

Get up and move as much as you can.

Think about other things than yourself.

This time of the year look around and help someone perhaps a child have a better Christmas etc....

Life is good..

answered May 10 at 01:59

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Lucas
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I was really miserable, and depressed the first two weeks after, and I typically am not that kind of person. I can however tell you after that as I was able to get back into some routine things, like getting out, excersise, family time and friends it was much better. I will be five months post op next week and I have no-none- zero- regrets Im done 56 pounds in 5 months, my face is new too me, and I have gone down 10 clothes sizes, if that was the price to pay for two weeks of hell, so be it, your almost there, freedom to the person you used to be is near:).

Sorry you feel so crappy right now..

answered May 10 at 03:27

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William
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Thanks for all the words of kindness. Please understand I'm not trying to take pity upon myself, nor do I want pity. I'm just the type to be totally open and honest and I say what I feel. There have been so few postings about the reality of week one that I've seen since joining, and it seems mostly people start geting back into posting after the pains are ceasing and they don't mention what that first week is truly like because they're so excited about having dropped 10-15-20 lbs already!.

I think it's important to put something out here that the pain is REAL, the pain in my case has been unbearable, the doubt at this point is totally alive in my head, and I wish I could turn back time..

I'm not a vain person and have never judged people for size, appearance, color of skin, religion or how much money is in their pocket, so I don't know if losing weight to "look better" will ever be a big factor for me. Healthwise, I know it will be beneficial because of the amount of insulin I used each day, and it was a matter of time before my individual body parts started failing me. For that reason alone, I can agree GBS was a good move. But that still doesn't quell the disappointment I have in myself that I didn't try harder to get hold of myself and make drastic changes to my activity level and my sweets habit..

I certainly don't mean to offend anyone. I'm trying to place reality on the initial impact to life and one's body at the very onset of GBS. My daughter even suggested that to many it might be like childbirth most soon forget the pain and do it again I had an easy 6 hr labor and went on with 2 more easy births, while she went through one 38 hour HARD, grueling labor and made the choice that once was enough. Granted, you don't do GBS again, but it's seeming like the pain is so easily forgotten for most. And I just really, really, really wish someone would have been totally upfront with me about the pain and discomfort. Even the GBS people I talked to face-to-face never emphasized it..

In actuality, as I start week 2 PO, I feel no better than I did on day 4. As I stated before, I'm tolerating my Medifast diet well, staying hydrated, getting up and around as told to, have no temperature or problems with the sites, so I don't feel there's anything "wrong". Perhaps it's like my husband says, that I over-analyze my feelings too much because of my psychology background. I think it's more because I am such a realist..

Good night all, thank you for.

Reading.

My rantings. I honestly have appreciated the words of comfort and support I've received...

answered May 10 at 05:01

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Ezekiel
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This too shall pass..............I had my.

Surgery.

On monday and yes, I am also in pain.. this is my first evening home and I am a bit scared.................but I am going to do it because I know in 6 months it will all be worth it.............it willl......right?..

answered May 10 at 06:21

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Adalyn
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Hi Sweetie!.

Remember your words in 6 months.... We these days are just a faded memory! You will look good and feel good too. We have been there. It does get better!.

Altheia..

answered May 10 at 07:37

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Lyla
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I had more problems with the pain meds then the pain. The ocydodone made me feel like I was going to puke non stop. I walked and walked. The pain after I did that helped SOOOOO much I would recommend.

Walking.

!! Not only do you feel better, but it helps you to heal faster !!!..

answered May 10 at 07:42

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Emilee
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Although I did not have the pain and discomfort you are experiencing, I did have pain in the hospital and a few days out. You will get through it and the memory of the pain dwindles too. Once you start getting on the scale and putting on clothes that were too small, you will see the smiles coming, promise...hang in there!!..

answered May 10 at 08:54

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Braiden
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My pains just felt like I did a million sit ups and they are all gone now. I am 9 days post op today. Yesterday when I saw my surgeon, he asked me all the typical questions... are you on pain meds, are you sick, are you in any pain, and so on and so on..... I answered all his questions and he said he wished all his patients were like me. I'd say day 4 and 5 sucked for me mentally.



Seriously, if you are having that much pain, go to the dr. It doesn't sound right to me. I've known a few people who have had the.

Surgery.

And none of them had that much pain. So to say that you wished people were honest with you, well, they probably were. If your pain isn't getting any better, go see your doc...

answered May 10 at 09:12

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Summer
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I would have discussed my pain if I had been a member of this site at that time...i can tell you this....i was miserable...when I got home I had fevers every night and had to call the doc several times at 10pm because I was unsure if it was normal...he stated my lungs were probably not cleared and to keep breathing thru that thingy they send you home with....i was depressed and didn't even want my husband in the bed for two weeks because I didn't want him to accidently bump into me...pain felt like after I got my tubes tied and c section....it was there but I knew it wouldn't last forever....i didn't want to eat any broth or drink because the smell made me sick. so of course no one feels 100% after.

Surgery.

.....

answered May 10 at 10:39

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Jadyn
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I am glad you had a place to vent your frustration here. So sorry it is harder than you were prepared for..

Ive had several surgeries (2 c-sections,.

Hysterectomy.

, GBS, tummy tuck with breast lift and augmentation) and, looking back, I think the GBS was the hardest/most painful. Although I didnt complain a lot about the pain, I took full advantage of the pain meds for 3 weeks. Im a week out from my tummy tuck/breast lift.

Surgery.

And am totally off the pain meds..

It sounds like you are a pull yourself up by your bootstraps and do whatever needs to get done kind of person. While that is admirable and very useful most of the time, those of us with that view of life can find it very difficult to REST without feeling stir-crazy and guilty. I pushed it too quickly after my GBS went for a 1 mile walk less than a week after.

Surgery.

Then I paid for it and so did my family. I had to learn that my job after.

Surgery.

Was to rest and take care of myself. Right about then, someone on here (Brett?) posted something about the crazy women who were doing way too much (exercising, etc) when they had just had their entire insides rearranged. He told us to nock it off and take it easy. It was good advice..

Please dont beat yourself up about not being able to lose the weight on your own. Very few people can and of those that do, the majority of them put it back on again within 5 years even harder on their body than never losing it. Statistically and medically speaking, your decision to address your weight surgically was a very wise decision. Please dont let anyone, including yourself, tell you otherwise!! The.

Surgery.

Wont.

Lose weight.

For you you still have to do the work, but now your body will be working with you rather than against you. For me, that has been a precious miracle after all these years of fighting my body..

Anyway, sorry for going on so long. I.

Hope.

I dont sound preachy. Again, thank you for being vulnerable and for your honesty. Youll get through this!!.

...and you will get your life back..

JJ..

answered May 10 at 11:42

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Amira
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I am sorry you are having so much of a hard time - obviously a lot of people here "have your back" but honestly I agree that maybe a visit to the doctor is in order. Also, I struggled so much with the "I SHOULD be able to do this on my own" mentality but my diabetes was getting to the point where I couldn't afford to wait to do it NOW and with help so I had the.

Surgery.

3 weeks ago. I had it done laporoscopically so pain was not much of an issue but the nausea from the anasthetic lasted 3 days and I was so sorry I did it but it is alot better now. Hang in there - and maybe your body is telling you to take this time to slow down a bit...

answered May 10 at 12:06

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Cody
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I had the same thing happen to me. I went through exactly what you described! I am 20 days post-op and it all started changing for me around day 10 or 11. I felt HORRIBLE until then. I still have bad days now, but not nearly what it was in the beginning. I still on occasion have moments, not days, but moments wondering why I went through this, but they are further and further in between as the days go by. I am told by so many that this is totally normal.

Hang in there, it will get better!!!!!..

answered May 10 at 12:18

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Heidi
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I have to laugh, with relief, not for any other reason..... everyone is OPENING UP and I'm finally hearing what I would loved to have heard 3 or 4 months ago. The pain is real! And it's very much a part of this whole journey! "Sue" had just a little pain, "John" had horrible pain, etc, etc..... but we all had pain from.

Surgery.

Up until it finally went away 2 days, 14 days.... granted, it's a given that we're all going to have some pain , or at least discomfort, and it WILL go away, I know that. We each have different tolerances to our pain. We each had our own experiences on the table that causes our pain to be different from each other's. But in this forum, if just one low-pain-tolerant person who is pre-op, whether it be 2 months out or 1 day out, has read about the the pain that they will experience, from a little to INTENSE, and can mentally prepare themselves ahead of time, then I'd be very happy. Not one book or pamphlet that I came across ever expressed a whole lot on the subject..

As for my pain, yup... day 8 PO and pain is still very much alive and well. I did talk to my team leader in the surgeon's office, and she said it's normal, expecially with the sudden cold and dryness NW FL is having (any other time Dec would be in the 70s with 90% humidity but it's barely been making it to 50 with 45% humidity!) and the fact I'm coughing alot from dust in the air for a change. Yes, that keeps the old muscles and all working even harder, as well as keeping the pain alive..

Thank you, thank you, thank you all for reliving your early post-surgery experiences!!!!! The honesty I've felt has been overwhelming...

answered May 10 at 13:47

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Hazel
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The first few weeks are not fun. I was very sore in my abdomen too. You need to remember that the doctor was flipping your body all over the place and digging around in your stomach! Of course you are going to have pain!.

Hang in there! I would not lie to you! it DOES get better!.

I am almost two months out and I feel great!!!!!.

I definitely questioned my decision in the first few weeks after.

Surgery.

I was very sad, almost in mourning for my "old ways.".

It gets so much better!.

You will be fine! Hang in there!.

Jill..

answered May 10 at 13:58

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