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Question: Dumping syndrome? I've been having a few problems with my stomach after surgery, I had my gall bladder removed. My dad was talking to one of the girls we work with who is a nurse & she suggested Dumping Syndrome. Does anyone know what this is? Or if that is what it could be? I've been having severe stomach aches, a sharp pain in my right side, I haven't been able to eat with out getting sick. I am going to see my surgeon tomorrow. Any help would be appreciated!! I have also been looking around on WebMD and Google, but i was wanting some personal experiences exct.

Answer: It does sound like Dumping Syndrome. I know many people that have it due to weight loss surgery. I get it because I had my entire stomach and gall bladder removed. Many people have different experiences with it. Because I have no stomach, I am unable to vomit and get severe diarrhea that usually results in severe dehydration requiring 3 bags of ringers IV fluid. Because of that, when I know I will be eating something higher in simple carbs and/or sugar, I usually take 2 Immodium before I eat and then 3 Carb blockers during the meal and that prevents me from dumping. I am a seller of Carb Blockers and have found them to be very helpful. (not trying to advertise here) I know others that take Gas X after meals if they get bloated from a meal. Being that you still have a stomach, you may be able to change your diet and find relief. I have provided information below on dumping syndrome and dietary changes that can help. This is what it is: "Dumping syndrome is a relatively rare disorder in which the stomach's contents are delivered too quickly to the small intestine. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and dizziness. In addition, people with this syndrome often suffer from low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, because the rapid "dumping" of food triggers the pancreas to release excessive amounts of insulin into the bloodstream. Dumping syndrome classically develops after gallbladder surgery, although it may also occur after other abdominal operations, such as ulcer surgery or surgery for severe reflux." According to the Mayo Clinic, this is how it is treated: "Eat smaller meals. Try consuming about six small meals a day rather than three larger ones. Avoid fluids with meals. Drink liquids only between meals. Change the makeup of your diet. Consume more low-carbohydrate foods. In particular, concentrate on a diet low in simple carbohydrates, such as sugar (found in sweets like candy, cookies and cakes). Read labels on packaged food before buying, with the goal of not only avoiding foods with sugar in their ingredients list, but also looking for (and staying away from) alternative names for sugar, such as glucose, sucrose, fructose, dextrose, honey and corn syrup. Artificial sweeteners are acceptable alternatives. Consume more protein in your diet and adopt a higher fiber diet. Increase pectin intake. Pectin is found in many fruits, such as peaches, apples and plums, as well as in some fiber supplements. It can delay the absorption of carbohydrates in the small intestine. Stay away from acidic foods. Tomatoes and citrus fruits are harder for some people to digest. Use low-fat cooking methods. Prepare meat and other foods by broiling, baking or grilling. Consume adequate vitamins, iron and calcium. Discuss this nutritional issue with a registered dietitian. Lie down after eating. This may slow down the movement of food into your intestines. Even with dietary changes, you may continue to experience severe symptoms associated with dumping syndrome. Medications Your doctor may prescribe certain medications to slow the passage of food out of your stomach, and relieve the signs and symptoms associated with dumping syndrome." While this information is more geared towards people that have had weight loss surgery, some of it may be helpful to you. However your surgeon will be able to provide you with the best advice as he/she knows your history and performed your surgery. This is just information that I thought may be helpful to you. I hope this helps and good luck! Michelle

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