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Hi CarolAnne! Welcome :) I found what your doctor told you very interesting. I am 50, diagnosed almost a year ago. I was never underweight--always 20 lbs or so more than I wanted. Right before I was dx, I was very sick and lost 15 lbs pretty quickly. After going gluten-free, I regained that weight in 2 months and have put on another 10. Since I went undiagnosed for many years, it makes sense that my body got confused. I'm glad that your approach is working for you. Funny thing--the only weight loss plan that ever worked for me was Atkins--it's no wonder!

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Please dont consider surgery as the answer..it rarely is. Let me share briefly my story..

Ive always been overweight..actually when i hit puberty ..and with each pregnancy it got worse. I couldnt lose weight no matter what diet i tried. Lost weight with diet pills...gained it back when i stopped taking them. Finally I heard about a new weight loss surgery that was supposedly safer, less risks than the bypass. The Lap-Band. I joined a support group..learned everything there was to know about it. I proceeded with the surgery in 2002. From the moment I had it i had constant and severe pain. Went to tons of drs who couldnt figure out why...was told it was in my head..etc. I wasnt eating too much or forcing food..i did everything by the book. It hurt to drink water. They said it must be my gallbladder so i had that removed.

Got pregnant right after..spent the entire nine months in agony..crying myself to sleep from the pain and not being able to take anything for it. Had the baby by c-section in dec/03..3 months later i started bleeding severely, rectally and vomiting blood. Taken to the hospital had an endoscopy and discovered the band had eroded into my stomach. I couldnt find a dr in ca that was experienced in erosions so i went to mexico for an experienced surgeon. Had the band removed and my stomach repaired..it was a horrible experience..they didnt have any narcotic pain relievers so when i woke up from surgery i could feel everything. Went home two days later thinking the worst was behind me ,,then i had trouble breathing..rushed again to hospital ..had a pulmonary embolism..nearly died. Spent yet another week in the hospital and had to be on blood thinners for a year.

BTW, gained back all the weight i lost after having the band removed.

There is no magic answer, exercise exercise exercise...and watch your total caloric intake...higher protein less carbs usually helps the most. Good luck

Claudia

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"I have two relatives that have had the surgery and know several other people that have had it... ALL of them are continuing to have MAJOR health issues because of it. The surgery does not fix the reason why you can't lose weight, it only forces your body into starvation. It is NOT a healthy way to lose weight at all and extremely dangerous." Nini.

I read this statement and shook my head. This is not the case every time; and there are different ways this type of surgery can be performed. My wife is so happy she had her stomach made smaller and has lost weight successfully with few problems. True it could lead to some dangles under the arms etc. but that can be dealt with. She is not a Celiac; I am. The real problem with these surgeries is the patient himself or herself wanting to cram down the quantity of foods they had gotten used to eating. Also Diet Pop is your biggest enemy because it somehow stops the weight loss and prevents the goal weight being achieved.

Go here for any inquiries and great forum www.obesityhelp.com

The Duodenal Switch worked for my wife and I am so happy to see her dancing around in her new clothes.

I was only relaying my personal experience with this. EVERYONE I KNOW that had the surgery is STILL having major health issues, truth. I've lost over 100 pounds WITHOUT the surgery and am keeping it off. Your comments have got ME shaking my head... we obviously aren't going to agree on this one.

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What is disturbing is the fact that the doctors do NOT have to report the statistic for the outcomes or results. Are people losing weight? Well yeah- you cant eat anything!! Are people healthy? No one can anser that honestly. They can say X number of people went from being morbidly obese to normal weight so therefore, all those risks involving obesity is gone. But they cant or dont want to say how many people die, want a reversal of the surgery, have complications or the health status outside of weight. And they dont mention how many people GAIN weight eventually. The stomach can and does stretch allowing larger meals.

The bottom lines is:

- expend more calories than you eat

- eat fruits, veggies, lean meats, nuts, beans and you will lose weight

Yes it is hard to lose weight. But if you have celiac and have to monitor every morsel that goes into your mouth- make sure it is a natural, high-nutrient morsel!

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Call me crazy, but any elective surgery that requires you to take liquid vitamins the rest of your life because you can't get enough nutrition from your foods doesn't sound like a miracle cure to me.

JMO :)

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I was only relaying my personal experience with this. EVERYONE I KNOW that had the surgery is STILL having major health issues, truth. I've lost over 100 pounds WITHOUT the surgery and am keeping it off. Your comments have got ME shaking my head... we obviously aren't going to agree on this one.

This is very sad .I think maybe more peple should look into what they are doing to themselves a bit more and investigate all of the types of surgery.

I have attended the support group my wife visited on a regular basis and its full fo very happy people bar one who did have problems.

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