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   Posted 7/15/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I posted in depression forum too just need some help encouragement, is weight gain a major part of fibro. sad sad sad   sad  hel-p please
Ifinallly weighed my slef so i can know what i weigh at the beginning of my herbal tea program
I cant do much phyically, walk a short while, floor exercises and some yoga easy yogo and some stretches. My weight was alarming high i weigh 60 pounds more than i did this thim last year, lst year i got real sick and coulnt eat anything, well now i can, need to watch what i eat. Not be goodlately but gonna try, i have to take allot of medicines to be able to eat celrry salad, fruits and veggitabls. ANd many othr things too. Its just got me so down, we not doing wel finaincially i dont even know if my husband will bring home my prescriptions are, we are not doing well with each other, he thinks im lazy, doesnt know how much i really do hurt. I just need to vent, im very digusted with my weight, nevr thoguht i would weigh this much, and now i got edema, and i dont have high blood pressure, or diabetes. so i dont know its all got me down, need encouragement
which i dont get at home..

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   Posted 7/15/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sheryl,

I don't think that weight gain is a symptom of fibro but it follows that if you are less active and your diet remains the same then your weight will go up. It's also easy for many of us to sooth our pain, either emotional or physical, with food. We might find it's common among us, but not a true symptom.

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   Posted 7/15/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Chutz, I think it's just a difference in our lack of exercise.  When I'm off from school for the summer I tend to put on a little more weight because I'm not walking near as much.  I have been on the computer more than ever this summer and I have put on a few pounds since school was out.  I also have a tendancy to eat when I'm upset.  In fact I'm an emotional eater.  I treat myself when I'm happy, depressed or what ever mood I'm in. 
My rheumy put me on Lyrica and I have always heard that it would cause weight gain, but I've heard from people on this site that they need to gain weight and can't, even taking Lyrica.  Everyone of us react differently to things, but I don't think the weight gain is due to Fibro.
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   Posted 7/15/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe some of the medications you are taking is putting the weight on, Sheryl.
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   Posted 7/15/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sheryl. I am sorry you feel so down. I also believe some of the medication could cause weight gain. In the past, I could hardly eat anything, but I also didn't lose weight. I used to get so upset over the fact that I couldn't eat anything without getting sick, and I didn't even get the benefit of being skinny! I tried an anti-yeast diet for several months, and actually started to lose weight again.

There may be some connection between yeast over load and fibromyalgia. Many of my fibro symptoms have gone away or diminished since I did the yeast-free diet. The diet is sort of hard to follow at first, but you get used to it after a while. I followed the yeast-free diet strict for 4 months. Now I just am conscious of what I eat, but I do allow yeast in my diet. If I start to have a flare-up, then I try to eat yeast free for a few days or a week or so and it seems to help.

I have a couple of yeast-free cook books, but some of the best recipes you can find on-line for free. Give it a try and see if it helps.

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   Posted 6/6/2015 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Fibromyalgia often causes weight gain in individuals due to a number of factors that are both directly and indirectly related to the disease itself.

Fibromyalgia leads to hormonal imbalances, affecting levels of cortisol, thyroid, serotonin and insulin, as well as the production of growth hormones. Because of this hormonal imbalance, metabolism slows down and weight gain often follows.

Fatigue associated with fibromyalgia also leads to increased weight. Because fibromyalgia initiates an arousal disturbance in the brain wave pattern during sleep, the individual can’t get enough quality sleep; the individual can also suffer from sleep apnea (pauses during night time breathing and snoring) and restless legs (tingling in the legs), which increase tiredness.

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   Posted 6/7/2015 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   

I tend to gain weight when I go into flare-ups because I'm not as active as when I was feeling better. Almost every time and when I have very bad flare up, it has lasted up to a few months. I eat my normal diet but BC I'm less active, I gain. I have been using a free app on my smart phone called myfitnesspal and it helps you calorie count. I can totally relate - it's so hard when you gain. I hope you will find what works for you because it does cause additional stress and depression. I'll keep you in my prayers.

PS Jessy Ann thank you for the info. Its nice to have addtl info abt this topic.


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   Posted 6/8/2015 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you taking Cymbalta or Lyrica for your fibro by any chance? Both of those are famous for rapid weight gain. If that is the case talk to your doctor. I'm taking Savella which can make you nauseated when you first take it but that goes away after your body adjusts but a reduced appetite seems to continue. Unfortunately I haven't lost weight while taking it, but I haven't gained either.

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