Can you figure out what is wrong with a 27-year-old woman who develops nausea, vomiting, weakness and confusion after weight-loss surgery?
The Patient’s Story
It seemed as if it all started after the surgery. Her daughter had an operation to help her lose weight five months earlier. The operation, called a gastric sleeve, went fine. Her daughter came home just a couple of days after the surgery. She had no pain. She said she felt great. And she looked bright and eager.
But then the nausea and vomiting started. It seemed as if she would go for days at a time hardly able to keep anything down. She would eat, but a lot of the time, she would throw everything right back up. The surgeon tried giving her medications for the nausea, but none of them seemed to do much good. She had the surgery in order to lose weight, but it seemed as if she was just melting away — she was losing weight so fast.