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I have seen similar things happening to individuals who have gastric bypass surgery or other surgeries, like a Whipple, that affect the small intestine, where nutrients are absorbed. It seems they are finding that affected individuals over time may have weakened bones, anemia, loss of weight/energy, etc. I'm sure radiation and chemo have some lasting effects.
I too was also over weight when I had the surgery, lost 40 pounds and never gained them back. I was fine with that but recently for a variety of reasons some due to change of diet and diabetic medication(was on Metformin for a while which caused extreme nausea, loss of appetite and weight loss). The weight just fell off and, like Charlie, my legs became sticks!!
I think the medical profession lacks interest and knowledge about the health of individuals living years after a Whipple or related surgeries. I try to eat healthy with lots of grains, fruits, vegetables, fish but I think my body is limited as to what it can absorb. I take fish oil, probiotics, B vitamins, tumeric, extra calcium and vit. D3 (they are finding many are deficient in this important vitamin).
Of course I take enzymes and if I eat more fat than usual, take additional. I believe the weight loss is often due to inability to absorb fats so with Charlie I agree that maybe an increase in enzymes might help. Also when I try to gain back lost weight, a diabetic diet cannot not allow large amounts of sugars and fattening food!!
Sorry to go on so long without offering much help. I wish I could find a good medical professional (nutritionist??, internist??) who could address my overall health status. I seem to know more (which isn't much!) than most I have spoken to.
Wishing you and Charlie the best and hope to see you soon. Love, Ellen
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