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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My port hurts. I'm tired. Am I eating too much?

My port has been hurting since Sunday.  It started all of a sudden.  More like an ache. Then a localized pain. Now it even feels swollen.  Before I could put my palm on my port & I would just feel the port. Now when I put my palm on my port it feels like my palm is "full" as if the port & muscle are pushing against my palm.  I am finding it hurts when I get up and can't straighten myself completey out and am walking kind of hunch backed.  It also hurts around the port a little tender around the area.  Should I be concerned?  Did any of you feel this?  Does it go away?

I have been extremely tired lately.  I have also been feeling a bit dizzy when walking. I can best describe it as a floating feeling.  I have had high blood pressure since I was 16 and weighed 141.  They call it the "silent killer" for a reason because you can't tell if its high or low. I am wondering if maybe my blood pressure medication is too strong since I have now lost 57 lbs.  I am seeing my primary care physician tomorrow.  I am hoping that is all it is and is that simple.  I would hate to have him say it may be because of my lap bad and I'm not eating enough. 

How much do all of you eat?  I can eat a cup of mushies and feel quite full. I checked in with my bariatric nurse and I felt chastised.  She told me "Eating more is not the goal, you should be eating no more than 4 ounces It doesn't matter what fits in the pouch, that is a stretchable moving stomach". That was in response to me saying "I am finding I can eat more and more often now.  It is much easier to eat too. 8 oz now fits. Is that normal? Or am I over doing it? I do measure." I still feel as if though I got a spanking. :(

I have lost 16 lbs since surgery on Aug 19th.  I have heard through the grapevine that if you have lost more than 10 lbs in 6 weeks post op you don't get a fill.  I am starting to feel like a failure. 

Please share your thoughts. 

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  1. I think you are doing fine. My nutritionist said 1 - 1 1/2 cups was acceptable. I try to stick to that.

    About your port sounds like maybe you popped a stitch. It's not a major thing from what I've heard, just hurts like hell. Try not to lift anything real heavy and just baby it for a few days and see if it feels better.

    Your really are doing great. It gets easier, I promise :)

  2. I measure 1 cup of food per meal. That's all. That nurse sounds like a real biatch! Sorry about the pain in your port...Amey might be right. I have no idea...glad you are going to the dr. Good luck.

  3. You should be doing ok foodwise. As for the port, mine took what felt like forever to feel better. Then I got evercising good and it started hurting again. All is good now, it just takes time.

  4. Hi! About 3 weeks after my surgery I had port pain for about 3 days. It just felt like I had pulled something or over did it! I babied it for a couple of days and it has never hurt me agian! I stick to the 1 cup rule. Never more than 8 oz by volume not weight! Hope this helps!

  5. I think it has to do with the healing process but keep an eye on it for anything abnormal!

  6. I agree with port pain still comes and goes depending on what I've done that day. As for the nurse...whatevs. A cup of food sounds about right and yes you'll be able to eat more and more often until you get some restriction. As for the no fill thing, every doctor is different. You've been on liquids/mushies for a month...of course you'll lose weight. Try not to worry.

  7. I eat about 1 cup. My port pain still comes and goes. Especally when I jog. Remember your port is stiched to your muscle so it will be sore on and off. You'll be fine :)