I’m a 39 year old female with secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) and mild hypertension. I always had issues with weight like most people looking for these types of surgery. I have bounced around from 150 lbs to my current 215 lbs.
I used to run and be in decent physical shape despite my weight. I go walking now whenever I can but I have huge fatigue issues.
I’m followed by Neurology every 3 months. I’m also followed by Pain management due to the pain caused by the MS. I’m compliant with all my medications given by the Neuro and pain doctor.
I have 4 children and I have huge fatigue issues due to this disease. I use a cane to get around now and used to be a a volunteer firefighter and pediatric RN.
I was wondering is it safe to have bypass or the sleeve procedure done with my type of MS?
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I have RRMS and I underwent the Duodenal Switch procedure. Besides not be able to wake up after surgery and remain awake there were no real problems for me. Mind you I have Asthma, COPD.
You really aren't that heavy and if you only have mild HTN you may want to reconsider having surgery. What is your BMI?
I was 232 pounds and had many health issues besides the MS. Oh BTW I am also an RN. That is why they did my surgery as my BMI really wasn't bad. Today I weigh in at 125 pounds. Almost 13 months after the Switch was done.
I will admit to you it has changed my life entirely now. No more Insulin, cholesetrol meds, or Tricor, down to one BP pill daily from 3. As a matter of fact my HA1C was 9.9....for 6 months now it has been 5.8....I'll take that any day.
I wish you all the best if you do have the surgery but it really won't affect your MS. HUGS!!!!
Debating gastric sleeve but i have RRMS
by: Qiana covington
I have Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and I've been battling my CONDITION for 3 years. My weight has been up an down.
Will the sleeve be best for me?
I was diagnosed w/ MS in 2005. In 2014 my diagnosis changed and I am now in a power chair. My MRI shows my MS is concentrated around my spine.
In addition, I have hypertension. I want to know is it still possible to inquire about WLS. If so, which would be the best option for me?