tubby and happy, or thin and sad?

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alightinthenite
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   Posted 5/26/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
First let me say that the 'period' button on my computer doesn't work!
 
Started on 75 mg, and 18 months later i am on 100 mg
I have gained 25 pounds!
I admittedly get a little less exercise than I used to, but I have not changed my eating habits enough to be packin on the pounds
I weigh more than when i gave birth!
It never occured to me that it could be the medication
I just thought I was getting older and destined to be tubby
I'm glad to read all of your posts about this issue
I talked to my doc today about weening off of it
I'm a little nervous about it, as I've done really well with it, asside from the weight gain
I really hope that the weight drops off
My fattest fat clothes are impossible to even squeeze into!
I'd love to hear from anyone who lost the weight after weening off zoloft
 
 
 
 

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 5/27/2010 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   
hi jamie here, male, 37.
 
zoloft was the first a/d i was put on. this was 20 plus yrs ago. it was not for long, i had some scarry s/e whilst on it. i have heard that a lot of people have put weight on whilst being on zoloft. definately ween of it carefully, also there are some wonderful a/d's avail-that will not put weight on you. keep speaking with your doc. me tubby-moreso because of lymphodaema, tummy. i am who i am. hoping you feel better soon. with compassion, jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 5/27/2010 1:26 AM (GMT -7)   
thx siobhan, it is excess fluid that is in the gut; the lining of it. some days i am ready to give birth to triplets!!! thx, jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
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REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


alightinthenite
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   Posted 5/27/2010 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the positive words, guys
started my 'weening' today
typically i don't experience withdrawal side effects until the third day
two more days of goodness till my son and hubby are in danger of having their heads bitten off! =0)

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 5/27/2010 11:06 PM (GMT -7)   
hang in there. healings to you, jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 5/28/2010 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
att: siobhan. absolutely no salt or associated products. because it retains fluid....and real badly. this is cholesterol and lipid related. we are trying...doc and me. diabetes helps non either!! just shoot me now!!! LOL!!! :-] JAMIE.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


alightinthenite
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   Posted 6/10/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
hi there everyone
well, it's been a few weeks now, and with the doc's help i'm down to my first day of taking only 25 mg of the stuff
it was a pretty rough day today
i told my hubby when i first started weening off of it about how it is, but today i had to explain to him in more detail the reality of the hours spent in bed crying for no reason (hasn't happened yet, but i felt it kind of going that direction) and he got to see first hand the forhead wrinkle and perma-frown
the sweet guy took me out for dinner where my tubby self put away a pound and a half of king crab! talk about exacerbating the problem! emotional eating at it's best, eh?!
doesn't help that i'm pms-ing today and had a pretty rotten day at work
but, it's bedtime now, and i've gone without a total meltdown, so, i look forward to a better tomorrow
definately feeling it though, now that the dose is so much lower than it's been
hope you all are well
keep your chins up!
 
~alightinthenite

getting by
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   Posted 6/11/2010 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alightinthenite,

Losing weight is a slow process. But it is better that way. Losing 1 to 2 pounds a week is the way to go. The faster that you lose it, the faster it comes back. So slow and steady wins the race.

I am sorry that you had a rough day. Tomorrow will be better. Keep us posted on how you are doing. Life gets difficult at times, but can be so beautiful at others.

Hugs, Karen
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alightinthenite
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   Posted 6/15/2010 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
alrighty, sooooooooo
zoloft zombie is in effect now
sunday i had the wonderful opportunity to reveal the RAGE side of me (didn't know i had one until then) to my hubby
poor guy looked like a deer in headlights!
monday proved a continuance, and since i drive disabled people around at m y job, i decided it would best and safest not to work for a couple of days
i live forty miles away from work and made it there in 15 minutes yesterday
not good
i wanted to kill everyone in my path and i couldn't stop crying
i felt like a zombie had taken over my body and my mind knew it but couldn't change it
i went to a safe place and after being 'mothered' for a while, i slept for FOUR HOURS!
even hiking didn't soothe my soul!
today i am staying home and just being as proactively peaceful as i can be, and i absolutely will not get behind the wheel of a car until i know it's safe for me and everyone else on the road!
i feel like a crackhead in detox!
the doc of course is not in until tomorrow and the stand in doc says to stay on the drug, not realizing that i am determined to get loose of this monkey
i was SO close to driving straight to the psyche hospital yesterday
glad i made it through without them
anyone else ever gone crazy out there? is this par for the course? and how long until i am me again?

getting by
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   Posted 6/15/2010 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad that you are safe, along with everybody else that was on the road. I am glad that you are being careful now. This could have led into something bad. It is never good to drive when you are feeling this way.

I hope that you are having a better day today. Know that it doesn't happen over night. It takes time. In the meantime nurture yourself. You are a wonderful person and deserve to treat yourself good.

I am sorry that the walking (hiking) didn't help you much. It usually helps me whenever I go. But I guess there are times when nothing helps. And we just have to ride it through. Keep your chin up. Keep trying. you will get there. It just takes time.

Hugs, Karen
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Isabeau
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   Posted 7/14/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Zoloft's benefits have been amazing for me. After years of living without medication and resisting therapists and doctors recommendations that I try medication; I started taking Zoloft approximately 2 years ago.
 
It helps me ruminate less, as I tend to be obsessive in my thoughts and have a hard time letting go. I had tried regular excersice and various homepathic remedies including supplements, herbs, roots; you name it. I also see a therapist .  But it wasn't until Zoloft that things really turned around. It helped me to become more resilient. It puts a "space" between my thoughts and feelings. Instead of obsessing on a thought, and becoming depressed, I could still have the thought without the  pain. I can observe my thoughts and say to myself; its just a thought, and then let it go. I still feel my feelings. I am still emotionally responsive to friends and family. But I tend toward despair without Zoloft.
 
But here is the problem. I have gained 30 pounds over the past year. My dose is up to 200mg. The self esteem issues and stress surrounding my weight has really made me feel awful. I don't know if I can attribute it completely to the Zoloft though. THe only way I'll know is if I try to wean myself from it. This is really scary for me. I plan to see my psychiatrist tomorrow. Any suggestions? shocked

getting by
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   Posted 7/14/2010 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Isabeau,
 
Welcome to the healingewell depression forum.  I am so glad that you have joined us.  Maybe you could try welbutrin.  It causes us to lose weight, in most people.  But for obsessive thinking, I take abilify.  It works good for me.  I am also on pristiq.  and Xanax.  That is for anxiety.  It really helps. 
 
I hope that you find what it right for you.  As you are new on the forum, if you feel like it, feel free to start your own thread.  You will get a lot more responses to your question that way.
 
Best wishes to you.
 
Hugs, Karen
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Aurora60
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   Posted 7/14/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alitinthenite, I have been on a/d meds for at least 8 yrs. Been on so many I can't remember but I have been on remeron for most of that time. Yes, once I reached the hightest dose I put on weight, try 50 lbs! Did I feel better emotionally, yes. I then tapered to the lowest dose and lost about 30 lbs. Had to go up to the
next dose because the depression crept back. But I feel I am better off despite the fact that I hate the overweight. Feeling so down and sad is not worth it to me. I am happier but heavier. It's six of one half a dozen of another. I think it is a decision you have to make yourself.  Good luck, I hope you do well and remember tomorrow is another day.
 
Aurora
 
Just wanted to add, diet pills are not something to mix with the meds you are on.
Hoodia is a dangerous weight loss supplement. Do as Karen suggested and lose the weight slowly. It is better for you in the long run.

Post Edited (Aurora60) : 7/14/2010 8:08:05 PM (GMT-6)


Aurora60
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   Posted 7/14/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jamiee, I know what lymphedema is. I have to be careful of this condition since I have had breast cancer. Anytime you have lymph nodes removed you risk having this as there is no where for the fluid to drain except the area of the lymph
node removal. I cannot have blood pressure, immunizations, blood draw, cannot lift more than10 lbs., watch bug bites, bruises anything that will harm my right arm as any of these things can start the swelling and once you get it you have it. Also
in my case I have to wear a compression sleeve from my fingers up to my upper arm if I fly. Not to be taken lightly and I hope that you are doing OK with this.
Take care Jamiee, glad you are posting, I always look forward to hearing from and about you. You are the man!
 
Many hugs,
 
Aurora
 
 

alightinthenite
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   Posted 7/15/2010 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone!
Well, after a long two months struggle  ( by struggle i mean the WORST TWO MONTHS you could imagine)  to ditch 'the habit' I am officially off of Zoloft!
I'll start by stating that I know I'm not out of the woods yet
 
With that in mind, I have been off of the lowest dose for four days now!
I'm feeling great!
In the past, the third day of no meds and I would be crazy shocked
 
Furthermore, I've lost ten pounds!
Now I can't say that it's all the meds, because I've been doing lots of little things to try to lose weight, but I don't honestly think the little things were significant enough to do a ten pound drop
 
Another cool thing is that I seem to be dealing with life's daily struggles in a more productive and 'real' way, as opposed to just being happy all the time and wishing things away
 
Not sure that makes sense, but I feel better anyhow yeah
Good luck to those of you considering going off the meds, and if it's the right decision for you, then it is worth the fight!
 
 
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