Judi’s Story

“My couch was my prison.”

I was unable to enjoy going anywhere and doing anything with my son and husband. I had PCOS, and had always been slightly overweight. But in December 2018, I woke up one morning and both of my feet were completely numb. I couldn’t feel my feet. I went for two years and through many doctors that had no clue what was wrong with me, and progressively got worse and worse, with daily headaches, severe eye pain, and sharp pain from my head to my toes on my right side. My body was wracked with nerve pain and walking was excruciating. After two years, I happened upon a curious ENT doctor who reviewed my brain scans himself and discovered I had a hole in my skull base, which allowed my dura matter and a small portion of my front lobe to seep into my ethmoid sinus cavity, and caused a CSF leak. I had brain surgery 2 years ago to patch the hole. A side affect of the brain surgery was severe intercranial hypertension. This condition causes imbalance issues, headaches, and vertigo which made exercising an impossibility. One reason mine was so severe- my weight had skyrocketed to 352 lbs.

I had never really considered weight loss surgery until my physician spoke to me about it. I was not in a good mental state, and I was in pain every day. But I had some Stepping on the scale and seeing 352 lbs was a wake up call. Having to ask my son to tie my shoes was a wake up call. I was also the breadwinner for my family, and not being able to work and take care of them was scary.

Fabulous. And so easy! Dr. Patterson is amazing, and I love her straightforward nature.

My 14 year old son and I hit the gym every day. Because of my choice, I’m teaching him how good it makes your brain and your body feel to move! It made my year to hear him say to me, “Mommy, there is nothing about my body I don’t like.” Lifting weights and exercising has increased both his and my confidence levels. I love to move now! And I hate sitting on that prison couch now.

* Please note – Results and individual symptoms may vary.

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