I am nearly (tomorrow) 12 weeks out from my sleeve. I am noticing lots of similarities with my sleeve and my prior Lap Band. One of the strangest things I am noticing is that my sleeve tightens up during pms just like my Lap Band did. I think this is very strange... for some reason it made sense with my Lap Band, but with my sleeve... it is still just my own stomach. I noticed this week that eating has been slower and more difficult. I get really bad reflux if I eat one too many bites, normally that would never happen. I also notice that I am a lot more hungry during my period and days before much like with the band. It is legit real hunger, not head hunger.
I also notice a somewhat similar feeling when I eat too much. I get this tight chest stabbing pain. The difference now is that it doesn't last very long and I am not likely to throw up, which I was with the band. I have thrown up once since I have been sleeved. It was unpleasant but very fast.
Some things are very different though. First off I love my sleeve, I never really loved my band. I can eat pretty much anything just within reason, something I couldn't have done with my band. I had a whole list of off limit foods, one being salad. Now I live off of salad and raw fruits and veggies.
I also had instant restriction. I never had good restriction with my band. I was either too tight or had nothing. It has been a delight to have just the right amount of restriction. I don't think I stay full quite as long though. I really need to eat every 3-4 hours and eat good quality foods.
One other thing that is different, sweets sometimes make me sick. This NEVER happened before. I ate a snickers bar one day and got super nauseous. My mouth was watering and I felt horrible. I am not sure why this happened, it may have been the amount of sugar I ate. It is really hit and miss. I may just be more sensitive after cutting back on sugar. I still eat sweets, I had a piece of pie on Easter and had no problem with that. I eat a cookie here and there and have no issues. Ice cream can give me trouble, but most of time its perfectly fine. Another weird thing is that I am WAY more sensitive to smells.
I am so extremely delighted with my sleeve. It was most certainly the right decision for me. It is all the things I wanted my band to be. The band just didn't work out for me. I am so happy for those who have worked with their band and had great success.