Steroids do make you gain weight, and make you very hungry. I was on steroids for three months and gained close to 20 pounds with the band. I felt like Ms Packman wanting to eat everything in sight, but was limited due to band, thank God!. I was very grateful to have the band because it kept me from really eating everything I wanted, the weight gain could have been much worse. You need to get more fills. I did not feel any restriction after my second fill. My weight loss started taking off after my third fill, the fourth fill was the charm. I have had five fills as of today and am in need of another one. Go get a couple of more fills, you are waiting too long to go get your fills. Give it a chance, it does work. I agree with you it is a money making business, but toss those thoughts aside and tell yourself that you are doing this for you and no one else. Hang in there Susie, you will see that it does work. Now go get another fill, by the fourth fill you will really fill it. Remember that as we lose weight on the outside we are also losing weight on the inside. So make sure that as soon as you feel no restriction to go get another fill. All is well Susie, just do it.
I started at 341 lbs, went down to 254 lbs, went up to 272 lbs due to steroids, have been off steroids for one month, am on way down again weigh 268 lbs, am going to go get another fill sometime next week. I also have joined Curves, and I smell and embrace success!
Be blessed and stay strong Susie!
I am convinced at this point that the band just doesn't work for
everyone. I have had mine for 9 months now and went back for my
second fill on Jan 14th to discover that I had in fact gained 3
pounds instead of losing anything. I am getting four protein shakes
down a day plus 3 oz of lean chicken or fish daily. I eat slowly,
don't drink when I eat, and don't eat any sweets or fat filled
items. I try to exercise as much as I can, but am limited due to an
auto accident several months ago. I have had 11 steroid shots due to
the accident in my neck, so maybe that is making me gain the weight,
but I don't know. I wouldn't know what restriction is, as I have
never felt it at all. I understand that the band is a useful tool
for some, but personally I don't think it works properly for
everyone who gets it. I am not impressed with my doctor either as he
seems so overloaded with patients, he doesn't even remember why you
are there from one time to the next. If more doctors could take the
time to listen and understand their patients, instead of worrying
about the $ it would be a better world. Most of the time my doc
doesn't do the fills, rather his staff does and I am not sure that
they are even trained properly to do them correctly, they hardly say
a word before, during and after the fill, instead they treat you
like a number instead of a person. I am considering having the band
removed as I really don't see the point in keeping it. I am sure
some of you would see this as failure on my part but I'm eating
properly and following the bandster diet to a "T" but as I said I
just really think that the lap band doesn't work for everyone. At
the last fill I was talking to two ladies who also had the band at
one time and it failed for them also so they had their bands removed
and had the gastric sleeve surgery. I don't think I will go have
that done but it showed me that the band doesn't work for everyone.
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