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My Thyroidectomy and Weight Gain

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Why Is the Thyroid Important?

Most people don't realize that the thyroid is one of the most important parts in human body. I discovered this only after I no longer had one.

Your thyroid is a small gland located at the base of your neck, just below your Adam's apple. Although small in size, it is one of the largest endocrine glands in your body. The thyroid gland consists of two small, cone-shaped lobes roughly the size of your thumb nails. It lies against the trachea and larynx. The thyroid is involved in the following tasks:

  • controlling how quickly the body uses energy
  • making proteins
  • controlling how sensitive the body should be to other hormones
  • regulating the metabolism rate in your body

In other words, the hormones produced by the thyroid are directly involved in supplying energy to every cell in the body. This is an over-simplification, but it's how my doctor described it to me so that I could understand why it was so important for me to take my thyroid medication. Imagine if the cells in your heart and cells in your brain no longer received energy? What would happen to you then?

There are two main disorders of the thyroid that sound very similar but are quite different: hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

  • Hyperthyroidism is an over-active thyroid, which means your body produces too many thyroid hormones. This can cause an enlarged thyroid commonly called a goiter, protruding eyes, weight loss, sweating, diarrhea, palpitations, and sore, weak muscles. This tends to affect more women than men and can be an auto-immune disease called Grave's Disease. This is usually treated by the patient drinking radioactive iodine.
  • Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid does not produce enough hormones, resulting in weight gain, palpitations, fatigue and lack of energy, baldness, and intolerance to hot and cold.

Neither disorder is pleasant. In addition to these two disorders, one can develop nodules on the thyroid that are mostly benign, or thyroid cancer, which mostly affects women. You can also develop a goiter from an iodine deficiency or a bacterial or viral infection.

My very enlarged thyroid after the operation!

My very enlarged thyroid after the operation!

My Thyroid Story

All my life I've struggled a bit with my weight, having to eat way less than anybody else to not pile on the kilos. Of course, to a twenty-something year old this was never fair. You just read the label on the food item and you put on weight. A couple of times over the years, doctor's had looked at my thick neck and thought I might have a problem with my thyroid. They took blood, but my thyroid hormone levels were always within the normal range so they never pursued it.

In 2006, I developed an irritating cough. Every time i started to talk, I'd start to cough. This got worse and worse, until I was actually choking and unable to breathe when I spoke. As a teacher, gagging in front of the class with your eyes nearly popping out as you tried to breathe was not a good look. I went to my doctor who felt my neck, looked at my throat and thought that I had an enlarged thyroid. However, blood tests still put my thyroid hormone within the normal range. An ultrasound showed that I had tumors on my thyroid. A fine needle biopsy was inconclusive. I was referred to a thyroid surgeon to investigate it further. It was thought that somehow my cough was related to my thyroid.

The thyroid surgeon looked at the ultrasound of my thyroid and decided that he was only looking at the tip of the iceberg. He felt that the bulk of my thyroid was sitting in my chest. Nobody had checked my chest cavity before, as a thyroid doesn't usually belong there. When I'd had all my drama with breast cancer, nobody then had noticed a thyroid in my chest cavity. The MRI on my chest showed that my thyroid was severely enlarged, covered in large tumors, and the weight of it had caused it to drop into my chest cavity, pushing itself in between my heart and lungs and compacting on my trachea. In effect, it was slowly suffocating me to death. The surgeon said if it wasn't removed in the near future, I'd be dead within a year. Charming. He also said it was a hereditary disorder, and I've since found out my late uncle had a goiter removed when he was sixteen.

Apparently, I'd been growing this thyroid since I was eighteen, hence the struggles to maintain an ideal weight. I did not have hyper- or hypothyroidism. My TSH levels were normal. Another doctor said it was an auto-immune disease where your thyroid fights itself and against the body. I was confused. I didn't appear to fit any of the textbook thyroid disorders.

The date for the operation was set. The surgeon said it would be a very tricky surgery, as if they damaged my vocal chords I wouldn't be able to speak again. Also, as my thyroid was so large he wasn't sure they'd be able to remove it through my throat. There was a good chance they'd have to crack open my chest cavity and remove it that way. He was also afraid that my trachea would collapse once the thyroid was removed and he warned me that there was a good chance I'd have to go into ICU after the op.

With those encouraging words, I was ready for the surgery. The surgeon took eight and three-quarter hours to remove my thyroid in a total thyroidectomy. He also had to transplant my parathyroid glands. He was determined not to crack open my chest, and rather persevered through a small incision he'd made on a crease on my neck. Eventually, he used obstetric forceps to remove my thyroid.

It took a while to get my TSH levels right in my body. The TSH is the different thyroid hormones your body needs to work. Since the operation, I have put on 20kg. When my levels are a bit low I get tired, lethargic, depressed and sometimes I get a tingling feeling on my face and leg cramps or back muscle cramps. When I feel good and energetic, then my TSH levels are too high. Then my nails break and teeth chip, and I get palpitations - a result of having too much thyroid hormone.

So you have a choice. Low energy and good nails, or normal energy and broken nails. However, I'm not very good at taking medications and I often forget. When I don't take my thyroxine for a few days, my memory starts to go, I start to slur my speech and I feel very tired, it is almost an effort to sit up straight. Maintaining my weight so that I don't pile on even more kilos is a real challenge.

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Weight Gain

If you are scheduled for a total thyroidectomy, be prepared for weight gain. Doctors will tell you that if you maintain your TSH levels you will not put on weight. Unfortunately, this is what science tells them should happen. In reality, this is not what happens even if you take your thyroxine diligently. For some reason, you still put on weight, you still get tired easily, even if your blood work shows that this should not be happening.

Doctors will refer you to Weight Watchers and other weight loss programs. You will be told to exercise to lose weight. But no matter how hard you try, nothing will work and doctors will not understand and will make you feel as if you are not trying hard enough.

As far as they are concerned, you have enough hormones in your system—so weight should not be an issue. (Doctors will make you feel inadequate and bad about yourself.) They will not accept that even with the right levels of TSH you are gaining weight. Your metabolism will never recover, even with thyroxine. I know that I sound negative, but this is the reality and you need to be prepared for it.

However, after the initial weight gain following the thyroidectomy, you can maintain your weight or slow down the weight gain by doing the following:

  • Exercise. Keep up an exercise regime. It won't make you lose weight but will stop you from putting on more.
  • Diet. Cut down on the carbs and try and eat healthy foods in moderation. Once again, you won't lose weight by doing this, but you also won't gain so rapidly.
  • Sleep. The most important thing to do for you to be able to function properly is sleep. You have to sleep a minimum of 8 hours a night. This definitely recharges your energy levels more than anything else.

Someone once told me that it can take up to 5 years after a thyroidectomy for your body to return to a normal state. Plus your pituitary gland goes into overdrive thinking you still have a thyroid. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do until the pituitary gland returns to normal.

The tragedy is that people don't understand what is happening to you. They associate being overweight with over-eating and not exercising. They don't believe you when you tell them that you watch what you eat and that you have a regular exercise regime. They'll tell you that anybody can lose weight.

People who have had their thyroid removed struggle to lose weight—and that is the reality. Doctors don't even get it. They believe if you take your medication then you should not gain weight. The science of it doesn't fit with what happens in real life. Obviously, you thyroid is more important and does a lot more than even doctors know. After your thyroidectomy, even when your TSH levels are right, besides the weight gain you will still experience periods of low energy, memory loss, brittle nails, dry skin, muscle cramps, and depression. There are many medical forums on the internet where you'll find people who've had a thyroidectomy begging for advice on their weight gain.

If you have had a total thyroidectomy and have found something that stops weight gain and helps lose the weight, please post it here.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Comments

Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on July 11, 2019:

I have been going through this for the last 3 years. I have gained weight, felt exhaustion, and all the rest of what you have described. I also had to have my thyroid removed because of tumors and the fact that it was growing around my esophagus. I think your hub is excellent in describing and explaining the pitfalls of having a thyroidectomy. It is so sad that you have to have a procedure that will do this to you.

JoAnna on July 02, 2019:

Went into early menopause at 42 years old. Went from weighing 110 to 130. No biggy. A few years later I started having problems with gagging and breathing without strain. Ultrasound showed huge nodules on left side. Had partial thyroidectomy. Less than a year later the nodules took over the right side so had to have total thyroidectomy. I was the one everyone hated because I could eat whatever and not gain weight. My weight always returned to 110 within two months of giving birth to my five children. Those days ended swiftly. I've had massive memory loss. Tested for dementia. Severe depression and anxiety. Advanced osteoporosis with major broken bones to include a stress fracture and massive spinal issues rendering me disabled and unable to work. And I now weigh 180 lbs. Most of it in my belly, butt and thighs. Nothing I do helps with my weight. Nothing. I am 49 years old. My rheumatologist said I have the bones of an 80 year old. I'm in constant pain and live a life of physical and mental misery. No one tells you this. So I am.

Julia Davies on April 10, 2019:

I had partial thyroidectomy in August 2014 since then I have gained 3 stone. I eat healthy snd in fact I am eating less now than I ever have and yet my weight will not shift. My thyroid levels show as normal. I have discussed my weight gain with my doctor and she says there is no evidence to support weight gain following partial thyroidectomy. I am beginning to feel depressed about my weight gain. Is there any advice you can give me please.

Sheree on April 01, 2019:

Hello, I had my thyroidectomy 6 months ago and i've been gaining weight nonstop ever since. I recently started going to the gym 4 times a week and hoping that it helps control the weight gain. Its very upsetting and i'm glad im not alone in this.

Grace on February 17, 2019:

Lost my thyroid to cancer 2 and half years ago and during this I also developed Psoriatic Arthritis that has left me house bound.....death would have been better then walking about limping and shuffling like I'm 90 yrs old.....I regret my decison everyday..Boo!

Elaine on December 17, 2017:

Ice! Ice melts fat away. Try it on a double chin, or on your tummy. Make sure you protect your skin. I use Saran Wrap on my ice pack.

Joycellyn on November 09, 2017:

Wow...I feel like your story is a mirror of mine. Total thyroid tony four years ago due to modular thyroid. The thyroid had grown three times the normal size because of nodules.

Weight gain like never before ever since. The GP doesn’t believe me...thyroid specialist says the thyroid doesn’t have an impact in weight - he actually told me that all the published works are wrong. Lost for words...

Sad and tbyroidlezz on August 28, 2017:

Thank you! You could not have explained better. im going thru the same...it has been less than 4 months and removing my thyroid was tbe worst mistake of my life. Im just balooninģ up. very sad!

DMBerlin on July 29, 2017:

My thyroid was removed 20 yrs ago due to nodules & goiters. My tests go up and down. There is no such thing as normal. My endocrinologist that I see every six week either increases my medication or decreases it. It's like a yoyo. Now that I'm a senior citizen, it is harder to control my weight and keep my energy level up. A year ago I was hospitalized off & on for 2 months and the doctors couldn't figure out why I wasn't eating. I kept telling them it is my thyroid and no one was listening. Finally, after 7 months of not eating various stomach issues constipation & diarrhea. When I was released from skilled nursing, I googled thyroid & gut. Guess what - there is link between our gut and thyroid. Now I am lactose free, gluten free, no pteservatives, no sugar, no liquor, I didn't smoke anyway, more exercise, lots of fresh fruits & vegetables organic chicken & grass fed beef, some fish. I don't eat out because I don't know what is in the food in restaurants. I have a thyroid diet posted on my refrigerator so I know what to buy when grocery shopping. This is to let other people know that doctors don't know everything. That it is very important as thyroid patients we know what affects our body. Be aware of your symptoms and be aware of the connection between your gut, digestion and your thyroid. I am eating now, have gained weight but I still lack energy,still have thyroid brain fog and get fatigued very quickly. I do feel lucky that I'm better and trying to lead a "normal" life. It's better than being in the hospital. Hypothyroidism is a chronic disease and we just have to adjust as best as we can. Others just have to be patient when we don't have a "good" day.

Ruth Barron on May 26, 2017:

Thank you for posting with such honesty. I thought I was in this all alone, but you have described my situation precisely. I have wondered about my energy, sluggishness and weight gain thinking that maybe I have just become lazy. Sometimes it angers me to hear my husband criticize my weight gain and then say to me, " I care about you and I'm going to tell you the truth" It only sounds insensitive to me. There are days when I feel like I lost a pound. There are days when I buy clothes in "the next size" because the one I am wearing is fitting tight only to fit tight in the new clothes too.

But you have been very helpful with your advice. I know now what to expect. And by the way, you are also correct about doctors attitude towards your situation. Sometimes I feel like there was nothing so wrong with my thyroid that couldn't be fixed another way but they took it out anyway because it increased their bank accounts and gave practice to the intern. So many days I wish I had taken back that very moment when I made that decision. You have helped me. Again thanks.

SmokieC on January 28, 2017:

Iodide supplements, I hear iodide supplements help people with Normal thyroid function shed incredible amounts of weight. Now if you're taking your thyroxine and the doctors say the levels are normal than why wouldn't iodide work for us now as well? Pls repost if get the chance to try before I do. And you're right doctors must have no idea of what all the thyroid functions truly consist of. We are all sadly their lab rats the only difference between us humans is everything! There are no two of us the same...

Mary Craig from New York on July 01, 2015:

Hope things have straightened out somewhat for you. I just had my thyroid removed and yes, I was told it shouldn't effect my weight because I will be taking medication to simulate the thyroid hormone. We'll see.

My thyroid was low, behind my clavicle, no where near as low as yours!

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Cindy Vine (author) from Cape Town on January 25, 2015:

My goal this year is to lose the weight I put on post-thyroidectomy.

Mary on October 01, 2014:

I did go to another dr. in OK, a neuro/chiro. He did all kinds of tests. I am gluten sensitive and very depressed-even tho my sugar was 86-90 all the time, my AC1 was high and other things. He put me on a strict/basic diet and taking his supplements. In a couple of weeks or less, I lost 5 pounds but it was inflammation from swelling. It has been almost a mo. I haven't gained or lost but he assures me that I will lose. Like Debra said, no wheat/oats/barley, no soy products, fresh or frozen veggies & fruits, no packages foods at all, no pork and little beef (grass-fed & hormone free) just to name a few. I do not get hungry or crave anything plus you are getting your health back before you had all these problems. I still have a long way to go but this seems to be helping.

Stacy on August 03, 2014:

I had my thyroid removed 2 years ago. In the past few months my voice has been cutting in and out throughout the day. If I hollar it cuts out. Not sure why this is happening now. Any thoughts??? I was thinking scar tissue but if that's the case how bad can this get.

Mary on August 02, 2014:

I've had heart palpations for over 20 years thinking I was going to have a heart attack each night, fear set in which made it worse; finally went to a Endo dr., after tests he said I had 2 bad parathyroids but nothing is required to do for now, just keep an eye on them; after a couple of years of this I went to another dr., he did an US and needle biopsies and found out I also had thyroid cancer; 2 months later I had my thyroid out and the 2 parathyroids that were inside my thyroid and that took him an extra 1.5 hours digging around. I was put on 100mcg of Synthroid and was doing real good but 4 months later I had to take the Radioactive Iodine pill to kill off the remaining thyroid and since I've put on 20 + pounds, hair still thinning, paper thin nails, severe back cramps, feet/legs swelling, the list goes on and on. The dr. upped my Synthroid to 112mcg then; 8 months later still the same symptoms-he said I got hypothyroidism after the thyroid was taken out and my weight gain had nothing to do with my thyroid (????) and I am hyper too. My TSH is just below the low side and said he wants to keep it there so the cancer cells won't return. So now I am going to try another dr. in another state-hopefully he can do more-will let you know.

Cindy Vine (author) from Cape Town on March 22, 2014:

I agree, doctors only go by the blood results not by the signs that missing a thyroid is critical for your general health.

StuartJ from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 16, 2014:

I have a hypothyroid problem and while a regime of levothyroxine has gotten my weight down -- it had ballooned up -- other symptoms are still present despite my test results being OK. It seems I am far from alone in not being happy with the results of my treatment. My Doctor, of course, takes the fact that the test results are OK as meaning there cannot still be a problem. I'm not so sure. The medical profession is convinced that throwing thyroxine at the patient until his or her test results are "right" solves the problem. But, while I'm not against orthodox medicine -- quite the opposite -- I think there might be a bit to be learnt about the treatment of thyroid problems.

Cindy Vine (author) from Cape Town on July 11, 2013:

Diane the trick is finding a doctor who does listen to you. I have finally found the time to start exercising now I am on holiday. I go to the gym every day and after 3 weeks of it I don't think I've lost weight, but I have back my pre-thyroidectomy energy levels!

dianenothyroide on June 18, 2013:

2.5 years ago I had a complete thyroidectomy because I had several large nodules. I had severe chest pain, high blood pressure (188/92) and I was gaining weight despite following a low carb diet and walking 4 miles a day. My blood tests were reporting normal thyroide function but it was determined that the thyroide should be removed. So it was. My blood pressure is great now at 120/70. My weight has gone up 12-15 lbs. My endo says my readings are in range but I have been suffering with muscle, bone pain and extreme exhaustion. I'm now on 175 mcg levo and my pain has gone away except now I have a lot of palpitations. I couldn't convince my endo that my meds needed to be changed so I went to my family doctor and begged him to check. Blood was drawn and tests were done. All my levels were way out. That's why the family doctor increased my synthroide from 150 to 175 and switched me to levo. I'm not happy with severe constant palpitations so I am going to see my family doc again tomorrow. I think I will ask for t-3. Why don't doctors listen?

Cindy Vine (author) from Cape Town on June 10, 2013:

I hear what people say about the importance of exercise. I'm at work by 6.30am and only get home after 6pm each day. By then I am too exhausted to exercise and have to cook dinner. I know it's all relative.

Jane on May 26, 2013:

Cindy, I sympathise greatly with the difficult time you have had after your thyroidectomy. I read your story before I had my thyroidectomy & RAI for thyroid cancer, and it really scared me. But I want to reassure others that your unfortunate experience is not always the case. I weigh exactly the same now (18 months after surgery) as I did beforehand. Sure, you will gain weight (mostly fluid retention) during the brief spell when thyroid hormone is withdrawn before RAI, but as long as you eat sensibly and take the hormone medication correctly and get the correct dosage, this will slowly go. I just want to offer a voice of hope to those reading this website that a thyroidectomy does not always mean uncontrollable weight gain.

RandiSusan from Austin Texas on March 23, 2013:

Oh my gosh! I am an old Pharmacologists daughter and remember when medicines were made the natural way, with herbs and a mortar and pestle. My heart goes out to you all. My mother too had her thyroid removed, but Daddy used to concoct natural remedies with herbs to keep her healthy. She was never overweight. Today the problem is compounded because of all the Growth Hormone and Antibiotics in the food chain along with harmful chemicals in the food chain (thanks to Monsanto). That being said, there ARE natural remedies and such that will STIMULATE the body to repair and rejuvenate. I've found one called Laminine. It Re-awakens OUR OWN stemcells and then nourishes them with the 22 Essential for Life Amino Acids. Once that is done our OWN Stem Cells can repair and rejuvenate whatever needs fixin' in our body. I had Adrenal Fatique that mimicked Thyroid. Gained 20 lbs in 11 months, black/purple circles under my eyes, couldn't sleep, bad skin, brittle nails, breaking hair... you will all notice those symptoms. 3 months on Laminine and I dropped 18 lbs (didn't do even finger exercises, lol) and all the other stuff went away. In fact, I have to cut my nails every 2 weeks and they are the strongest they have EVER been. If you are interested in learning more OR to see how Lammie might help you all, I found it at http://BackToAHealthyFuture.com Remember, Doctors do not always know or want to know natural ways to help us. We must learn to put ourselves in charge of our own health!

blossom41 on January 28, 2013:

Hi everyone and Cindyvine...thought I would just give you an update as its been a year. Well I still have ovarian cancer in Feb/march my onc said 3 yrs so One year has passed by. I sorted my dosage myself and told my GP that I now take 100 thyroxine (told him after he told me my results were 18 which he approved of) BUT my weight is still 91k..I have dropped back to 89 when I have been nauses with the Chemo....I am on my 3rd recurrance and currently having chemo.. I feel ok..I do notice my moods go up and down and I get energy spurts or tired all the time..but its livable and the weight is good to have there for back up when the chemo makes me sick..and when you have terminal cancer its just good to wake up and take in the beauty of the day.....my best to all you people out there..I dont believe Doctors are gods..I do a lot of research on the net..print it up and take it to them..they have busy lives too. Bye from Australia. Maureen.

Katrina on January 26, 2013:

I am due to have a TT next week and have been doing a lot of research on the whole weight loss/gain situation. I have come to the conclusion that if you have ANY thyroid problems, the only way you are going to lose weight is by diet and exercise (that's life). You are going to need to cut out refined sugars and carbs. You will also need to muster up enough energy to exercise 30 mins a day for 5 days/wk. That is the ONLY way it's going to come off. Please stop depending on medications to do the dirty work for you!

Cindy Vine (author) from Cape Town on October 16, 2012:

Alison it sounds like you had a torrid time, hope things get better for you.

TN, just make sure if the doctor removes your thyroid, they put you on both T3 and T4.

Patty, please keep us posted. I seem to have leveled out. Hopefully it stays that way.

Pattypty on October 06, 2012:

Hi, Ive been reading your post before my surgery because I have always been overweight and the fact that I might gain more weigth after my surgery frigtened me to the point that I ran to my surgeon office last week and almost cancel the operation. Well , I got operated last thrusday ( a week ago) went in weighting 226lb and its been a week and I have lost 5 pounds. I think its becuase of the fact that the first 3 days i only ate liquids , I have been eating normally now, I wont hide the that I have been eating whatver I like and i am not watching my food like i should. I am take eutirox 200 mg a day plus calcium. My first appoitment with the doc after the surgery is this monday ( in 2 days). I will keep you guys posted about my weight. I am planing to start exercising ( walking) this week and watching my diet. But so far no weight gain which is encouriging.

TN on September 30, 2012:

Tough time getting pregnant to find out I had Hyperthyroid. Already have Celiac (which has been fine controlled with diet). IVF with ICSI first try resulted in ectopic and emergency surgery with tube removal. Second try and I now have a wonderful baby boy who put my thyroid in check and remission. But, it's back, thyroid levels going nuts and I have to have surgery. I'm 5'2" and 104 pounds --- petrified I will be even more exhausted and gain a ton of weight!!!

Alison80 on September 29, 2012:

I had a total thyroidectomy in Dec 2011 after 18mths on neomercazole, 9 tablets a day! I have Graves Disease and my thyroid had enlarged so much that i had trouble breathing and because of that and the fact my levels were not going down even with the large amounts of meds i had the surgery.

I had a thyroid storm during surgery which it was still happening in recovery, i was packed in ice! 1 of my parathyroids was attached to the thyroid and had to be implanted into my neck muscle. I was sent to a high dependency ward and closely monitored.

I remember telling a nurse that i had a slight pain like heartburn, it really wasn't bad but i was mostly worried about vomiting after surgery so i told them every little thing that i was feeling! She gave me a heartburn tablet, BAD IDEA i found out a few days later in intensive care!

Because of the parathyroid having to be reattached i had to be very closely monitored for calcium levels (the parathyroid controls calcium) if it gets to low it can cause "Hungry Bones syndrome" which is where your bones suck all the calcium out of your blood and without calcium in your blood it can lead to heart attack, severe cramping ( which i had) etc

After a day of blood tests every 2 hours, covered in needle marks, including feet OUCH!! i was sent to intensive care to be closely monitored overnight.....i stayed there 5 days! I ended up have an attack which my whole body cramped up, my hands looked like a crab all curled up and turned purple! It turns out they worked out later on i should never have been given the heartburn tablet as it stops you absorbing meds, the calcium! You need acid in your stomach to help absorb meds. A picc line was put in my chest which is what a cancer patient has to get there chemo etc and i was pumped 24/7 with calcium/magnesium.

I put on 20lbs in 5 months after and my weight has stayed the same for the past 5 months. Honestly i haven't really tried losing the weight, its taken 7 months to feel closer to "normal" or better than before surgery anyway!

In the end it was completely worth doing even with my complications.

Im taking vit D and large amount of calcium, which will be for quite awhile.

I know this forum was about weightloss after the surgery, and the reason i told my lonnnnggggg story is just to remind you, the surgery takes a huge toll on your body and it takes quite awhile to get your body to get back to a new "normal". i am the biggest i have ever been my whole life, i didn't even weigh this much having my 10lb babies!! It wont be forever and I'm hoping that by letting myself get better, the exercise and weight loss will will be easier later. Im just happy to be feeling better mentally, thats the worst part of the whole thing i think!

Cindy Vine (author) from Cape Town on September 23, 2012:

Thanks Jessica, I'll definitely look that up!