Rouen-y bypass & depression

Questions Asked to Hyla Cass, MDRouen-y bypass & depression
pix asked 4 years ago

Dr. Cass
Almost 16 years ago I underwent a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.  While the benefits of losing so much weight so quickly at first seemed great, I am now diagnosed as bipolar, addicted to alcohol (wine), and in the past three years have attempted suicide six times.

I have had a few doctors over the years who prescribed B-3, B-6 and B-12 injections, and bio-identical hormone therapy (expensive). I felt great! These doctors told me because of my bypass surgery I can no longer absorb vitamins and nutrients like others.  But in the last 3 years it has gotten very bad. I have lost three jobs and because of medical bills had to file bankruptcy.

I am 59 years old. I look fit and young for my age. I took wellbutrin and Lithium for a couple years now but went off both as it felt like my brain was becoming “stupid.”

Long winded, I know, but can you help me figure this out? Have you seen others like me? When they send me to the hospital for my suicide attempts I always run into other patients who had this same surgery and now have troubles!  Do you know any doctor in this area (north of Atlanta) who can help me?

I just lost another job this week…Icannot believe my life is crumbling like this.

1 Answers
Hyla Cass, MD Staff answered 4 years ago

I am so sorry you are having these difficulties and glad you are looking at a more nutritional approach! You have a complicated metabolic issue and need to see a functional medicine doc who will investigate your nutritional deficiencies and treat accordingly. You can look up the various organizations like http://www.functionalmedicine.org and http://www.acam.org.

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