ADD following RNY surgery
I was diagnosed with ADD about a year ago and have spent most of my time adjusting to meds and doses. Ritalin, while being very effective with my concentration, gave me too much stomach irritation and nausea. After switching to Adderall, it is like night and day. I’m calm, peaceful and can concentrate without feeling edgy, blurting or rambling on from topic to topic.
I had RNY surgery (gastric bipass) about 8 years ago. I will say that prior to surgery, I was symptomatic of ADD and undiagnosed, my symptoms were mild and somehow, my PCP told me, I had provided my own behavior modifications to deal with them.
Since surgery, it was a slow spiral to the point where my mild symptoms were now raging out of control as well as showing signs of risky behavior..actually very risky behavior.
My husband would tell you I am now an entirely different person. With adderall, I’m starting to feel like my old self.
My question is.. I wondered if anyone else had ever heard of this happening? I did ask my surgeon and he had no idea. I also asked my PCP (who is also ADD) and she said it was highly possible there could be a connection.
I’m not saying that it should be a factor in whether or not to have surgery.. I’m just curious if there could be a connection.
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