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Surgery Date: October 20, 2009:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The dirty little secret of gastric banding...

constipation. 

Yes, I am going there.

That's what this post is about. 

If this is TMI for you, then move along to the next blog and read about thanksgiving or something more cheerful.

Since bandsters eat small portions of high protein foods, constipation becomes a problem.  It's wierd how no one ever told me about this when I was pre-op.

Well, I gotta hand it to my primary care physician to tell me about Miralax.  It's a stool softener....NOT a laxative.
I mix the packet of powder into my moring 16 oz water bottle/crystal light and drink it on my way to work.

I have been taking the miralax now for 6 days.  OH MY GOODNESS.  What a difference. :)

So this is today's public service announcement:

Give Miralax a try. just be sure to mix it into a beverage that has a strong flavor.  I use grape crystal light...most crystal lights cover the slight taste of the Miralax.

PS: My Zumba game for the Wii came in the mail yesterday...can't wait to tell you all about it.

17 comments:

  1. I had to use Miralax for my daughter because she had TERRIBLE constipation when she was 1. It was the only thing that would help her. Good stuff!

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  2. Thanks for the hint!

    Also I'm so thankful you advertised my blog. Its been a god send to meet so many nice an supportive folks. Have a wonderful holiday.

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  3. I am right there! I do love a little Miralax now that I'm banded...

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  4. Wooohoo! Let the poop games begin!
    Congrats on the success!

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  5. Miralax is my friend! Nothing better!

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  6. Yeah, no one told me about the pooper troubles either. But as you said it makes sense that our bowel habits should change, less volume and higher protein. Thanks for the hint!

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  7. So so glad to know about this in advance! Thanks! I can't wait to hear what you think about the zumba game too! Yay

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  8. Thank you - I will put this on my list of things I need to get :)

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  9. I had a band placed in 2001 (it's called vertical banded gastroplasty, a band that doesn't deflate or inflate). Anyways, I have the total opposite effect. I constantly have the runs. It's a miracle if I have a regular BM. TMI, but you went there. :)

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  10. So far this hasn't really been an issue for me, but I'll keep it in mind for when/if it is! Thanks!

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  11. I'm a daily Miralaxer too. Makes a bigggg difference!

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  12. I've heard good things about Miralax, but I am a devotee of Benefiber (or rather, the Walmart knockoff). A tablespoon in my morning tea or in a protein shake keeps me regular without going the laxative route. Occasionally, I'll have another tablespoon in my evening tea. As a former laxative-using bulimic, I had NO desire to go back to laxatives unless absolutely necessary.

    The Benefiber is not a laxative, but adds enough fiber to my diet to keep things truckin' along nicely. :)

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  13. worst kept secret of banding for sure..i might have to try the miralax..

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  14. YES, this stuff is a godsend. I've only needed it a few times but it works great. Other than that, I snack on gummy fiber chews and Fiber One bars.

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  15. Just wanted to say how safe miralax is also. I have a 5 year old with chronic constipation who's has been on miralax over a year now. I hate that he is so young and has to take it 3-4 times a week but the pediatrician has assured me it is safe.

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  16. The reason why you had a problem with your vowels is that, gastric lap band makes you reduced your appetite, and slows your digestion pattern. It was designed for sustained weight loss with a low malnutrition risk. So some may experience this kind of problem due to food you intake.

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