Can your band give you discomfort in your back instead of your stomach?

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Had a band fitted NHS 8 weeks ago. No problems. Had 4ml added at 4 weeks and a further 2ml at week at week 8 and started to get pain/discomfort in my back/shoulder blade when I eat. Is this normal? I don't feel any restriction in my stomach yet, can eat everything still and portion sizes have crept up in last 3 weeks. Lost 22lbs but really struggling now as have no signals or feelings of fullness but started to get this back I just this my signal unique to this my retriction feeling? Anyone got any ideas?

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    Sorry it seems like you've had a large amount of fills in a short period of time, it could be your body getting used to it.

    It could also be your "full" feeling too.

    The band does affect people in different ways because we are all different.

    I have had discomfort in my bottom and pelvic area but just put it down to my general pains.

    I would say not to ignore it though. If it persists or gets worse you should get it checked.

    Sorry I couldn't be more helpful than this. Hope you're feeling great and back on track again soon.

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    at 8 wks post op i would say you are still relatively new and having lost 22 lbs so far is really good going - it took me a yr to get full restriction with around 6 fills over that period of time - at 8 wks post op i didnt have as much in m y band as you but i def did not have much restriction either - i was always told that the testing time was if i could eat bread and I could up until a yr out - the  further along the line you get however, the smallest fill can make the biggest difference as you approach that ultimate level of restriciton and as to how much further you can go will depend on how big your band is as they vary in size and hold diff amounts of liquid -

    sorry cant advise on the pain in your shoulder/back - i know people often experience this when newly post op but if you didnt and are now suffering this perhaps you should consult yr GP for advice as it could be that it is not related to yr wgt loss surgery - 

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    My nurse told me that, when they pump your stomach up during sugury it can fill other areas with gas which can create pain in your shoulder. i beleive its concidered as 'normal'. Ive never personally experienced this but im sure if you talk to your nurse she will be able to give you some advise smile 

    Hope this helps x


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