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Monday, February 13, 2012

Make A List Monday - Shoulder Pain Theory


Welcome to Make A List Monday .  Lovely Robyn will put a category out there and your job is to copy and paste the question to your blog and make a list of up to 10 things that match the category.

The category for Make A List Monday is: You are forced to use the 10 items or less line at the grocery store and can only go to the store once a week.  What will be in your cart?

1. Chicken breasts
2. Coffee
3. Eggs
4. Milk
5. Frozen Veggies

6. Apples
7. Cheese
8. Breakfast sandwiches

9. Beef (whatever's on sale)
10. Clif Bars


Keep in mind...I have a family of four.  My oldest takes her lunch every day and Hubby works from home so this is just the food I would need for me.  There's no way I can feed all of us 10 items or less. LOL.  Also, I picked things on a relatively healthy eating week, but not paleo.  So excluded from this list, is a Starbucks gift card, fritos, ice cream and little debbie snacks.

Oh! I had forgotten to touch on this the last few posts but wanted to share my little experiment.  For anyone who doesn't know, I have had off and on shoulder pain ever since being banded.  Early on, I asked my doc about it and he said it was due to eating too fast, causes the stoma to stretch, rub against the diaphragm and creates referred pain in my shoulder.  Made sense.  Well, the pain had become more frequent and even when paying extra close attention to what I was eating, how much, how fast, etc., it was still happening.  So I started paying even closer attention and I think I finally hit on it.  Carbonation!  I can link back each day that the pain started with either having a soda or beer.  Not lots, mind you.  Maybe even just a few sips.  So last week, I gave up carbonation.  So far, pain free.  I even had one time where I knew I ate too much at one sitting but still no pain.  So I think I'm on to something.  I also think that maybe the reason I have this and a lot of other people don't (including my hubby) is because I'm short.  I'm 5 foot even so I figure all my organs are smushed up a little more than everyone else so my stoma doesn't have to stretch as much to hit other organs.  I know that's completely unscientific but this is my theory.  Anyway, since soda and beer are just empty calories anyway and I should never have started drinking them again in the first place, this is a good study for me.  I shall keep you posted.  If the pain comes back, I'll know it's something else.

11 comments:

Ms. M said...

I could eat off of your list... but yeah I would definitely not be able to feed the family with that list, lol.

A.J. said...

I struggle with carbonation too. I don't get the shoulder pain -- mine is infrequent and IS usually from eating too fast. However, I gave up carbonation for a long time but now and then I will have a soda. It makes me swell and bloat soo bad. It's not worth how uncomfortable it makes me. It's so much easier for me to "give" stuff up when I am giving it up for a real reason rather than just "it's bad for me" or "it's fattening". I am the same with french fries -- 9 times of 10 I will end up PB'ing fries back up so I just quit eating them. There is only one type of fries that are good enough to me to take my chances. Nobody else's is worth the hassle.

RockBand Barbie said...

I have only had carbonation once since being banded, but I do get the shoulder pain (and it hurts like hell!) if I eat too fast.

I am only 5 ft tall too!!

~Sandi @ This one time at 'band' camp... said...

Glad you narrowed it down, hopefully this is it! I can not drink anything carbonated either as I used to ge the same pains...weird, haven't had one in 15 months!!!

chloes_countdown said...

Carbonation is not good for me, either!

chloes_countdown said...

Carbonation is not good for me, either!

Chris said...

You're such a scientist :) Glad you could figure out the reason behind your shoulder pain....I'm taking notes on everyone's experiences here, so thanks for this insight!

Andrea said...

Glad you found the cause of the shoulder pain! I've been able to stay away from the carbonation since being banded, but I'm glad I read this because it will definitely help me to keep staying away from it.

Elizabeth said...

Same issue with carbonation here!!!

Sam said...

There you go, maybe that the real reason they don't recommend we drink it, having said that I enjoy a glass of sparkling wine once in a while :o) I hope this sorts out your problem, just means you'll need to find a substitute for that drink :p

Robyn's Nest said...

oh, fritos, I have been jones for them lately.