For the last 12 months I just haven’t felt right. I have been tired, run down, depressed and just physically and mentally exhausted. I continue to lose extreme amounts of hair even though I am 2 years post lap band surgery. I pick up handfuls of hair from the bathroom floor, out of the shower drain and from my hair brush every day. This doesn’t bother me because I have very thick hair, but it is just so messy! Almost every day when my alarm goes off to get up for work I have thought about calling in sick because I just didn’t feel like I could get out of bed. For the first time in my life I learnt how to use the snooze button on my alarm and I became one of those people constantly rushing into work 5 minutes late. That is just not me, I have never in my life pushed snooze on my alarm and I have never been late for work. I just wanted to hide away from life and be left alone.
I was taking chewable multi vitamins but I never seemed to get any sort of boost from them. I do try to eat foods full of protein and fats to keep me going, but it just never seemed to be enough. Of course I am not perfect and I do eat a little too much chocolate and most weeks I’ll indulge in a decadent meal out or a take away at home. My typical daily menu looks like this (critique welcomed!):
Breakfast: oatmeal with skim milk and a cup of tea
Lunch: 2 boiled eggs and 2 pieces of cheese
Afternoon snack: dried fruit and nuts
After work snack: small bag of pop corn
Dinner: soup or casserole with lean meat, vegetables, lentils or legumes
Dessert: hot cocoa
I had spoken with 3 separate lap band doctors at my surgery about this and asked for advice, but they all dismissed me. The last doctor I spoke with said that I should talk to my GP if I felt like something was really wrong. So I spoke with my GP and said she really didn’t think that the lap band would be causing these problems because deficiencies are usually seen in gastric bypass patients and not lap band patients. She ordered tests anyway and, just as I suspected, they showed that I was anaemic and had a vitamin B12 deficiency.
I know this doesn’t sound too serious (and it’s not) but constant fatigue, weakness and depression makes life very difficult. I am now receiving a course of B12 injections and also taking iron tablets and after about a month I am starting to feel like my old self again. I don’t think I realised just how bad I felt until I started to feel better. I am cheerful at work, talkative and energetic at home, enjoying exercise and a much more positive person to be around.
So I guess the main reason I wanted to talk about this is because if you have a lap band and you feel like something isn’t right, chances are you might need some support from your doctor. It doesn’t have to be so hard and having the right balance in your body makes all the difference. I would love to hear from anyone else who has been in a similar situation and how you’ve dealt with it!