So my hernia became large and hard above my belly button, so my wife talked me into getting it checked. She wanted to go to the emergency room since it was so scary looking (you can see a bulge about 8 inches wide) but on the way I decided to go to the walk-in instead.
The doctor was concerned, but an x-ray showed it was not fecal matter backed up (which is what I feared) and thought the condition was not life threatening.
I am waiting for surgery until I lose enough weight to make the likelihood of a recurrence much lower. This will be my third hernia surgery.
The WTF part comes when I tell him that I have lost 55lbs since Feb. (About 5 months). He checked my charts and it supported my claim. He was impressed but felt bad for me because I can not exercise. (my knees are bone on bone. There is no cartilage remaining, so walking, jogging, bicycling, etc are all out of the question and with the large stomach hernia I can’t lift anything heavier than a gallon fo milk).
He asked me if I would consider Gastric Bypass Surgery.
NowI told him that I found a way of eating that works for me, where I feel great, am never hungry and I am consistently losing weight month after month. So why recommend surgery?
Years ago I had to have my gallbladder removed in an emergency that nearly killed me when Bile backed up into my pancreas. This was caused by a low-fat diet (I should really write about this sometime. It’s so obvious now. I wish I would have known how dangerous a low-fat diet was).
These repeat hernia’s are a result of incisions they made into me for that surgery. So why would I want MORE INCENSIONS creating more weak spots in my stomach wall?
I am amazed that doctors still think surgery is a preferred answer for weight loss. EVEN when you find a healthy diet, that makes you feel great and lose weight and is completely sustainable!
I call it healthy because all my blood tests are looking GREAT!
I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I have FINALLY found a way of eating that I will do the rest of my life and even though I am 45 years old and I can not exercise, I am shedding pounds and going down clothes sizes and feeling strong and calm along the way. No more brain fog and no more hunger. Ever.
Why would I want doctors to go in and remove parts of my digestive track? How is the considered sane or reasonable?