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Gamma
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   Posted 7/21/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Monday to all of you,
 
I wanted to share some good news. I've finally lost 6 lbs.!  That may not sound like much to some, but for me it is a real ego boost.  I have been trying for so long to lose anything, that I didn't think I was ever going to lose any weight at all, and believe me I sure have been trying for the last few yrs.  I don't know if it is because I am finally taking my synthroid correctly or if it is the apple cider vinegar tablets.  Whatever it is I am thrilled.
 
I have also been taking 5-HTP for a couple of months now and have seen a great difference with that also.  Still not having any nightmares, thank heaven.  Still waking refreshed and ready to face the day after getting a good nights sleep.  The other day it struck me that my calf and arm muscles are no longer like cement,  they actually move and flex when I squeeze them.  Wow!  Haven't had that happen in so long that I can't remember when they were that loose.  It feels great.
 
I guess that I am sharing this because I feel as though we are all kind of like a family and I want all of you to know that no matter how long you have had this, things can improve when everything comes together.
Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 7/21/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
That's great Gamma. Every pound lost is a pound your not having to carry around. It could be getting the thyroid straightened out.
 
Do you think the 5-HTP is helping??? I did some research on it and it says not to take it with anti-depressants so it's not for me. But if it is helping you that is great.
 
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Gamma
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   Posted 7/21/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Marlee,

I know what it says on the internet about not taking it with antidepressants, but if you'r really interested you could ask your doctor or pharmacist.  I was on an antidepressant for a while and the doc and pharmacist said it was ok to take with the 5-htp.

Gotta run, thunderstorm coming up and I don't like to have the computer on during that.


Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
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   Posted 7/21/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I love hearing good news and congratulations on the weight loss!!! I've battled extra weight as far back as I can remember. Still do every day. So I do understand that any loss is a reason to celebrate.

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   Posted 7/21/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
ummmmm Gammma????
 
 
CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yeah yeah
 
Try to hold six lbs of butter, or even a 5 lb bag of potatoes, 6 lbs is very impressive girl!!!!!
 
How long did it take you to lose that much?
Keep it up Gamma, this is very encouraging news, you should be proud of yourself scool
 
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   Posted 7/21/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, Gamma!  That's wonderful!  I've struggled with my weight since I was in fifth grade...I can't count that high!  sad    That helps you feel better.  I'm happy that your muscles seem to be better, too!  I love good news like this.
 
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   Posted 7/21/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
That's wonderful!!! It's so encouraging when you finally see success!!! Give yourself a BIG pat on the back for that :D

I keep saying to myself I have to get back on the wagon with my diet and exercise program. I was doing great. When I stopped during the kids' March break, all my other problems started :(
in the land of Limbo, taking OTC meds only.
Don't know what's wrong, can't fix it, doctors are so sloooow!!!


ericsmom
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   Posted 7/21/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to add, I am very sure that alot of us here have had weight problems for years....I was underweight during my teens and 20's...then came 30, 40, 50 eyes
I think I am a fairly healthy weight...but some would disagree. I am pleasantly plump tongue    If I could lose 20 lbs, I would be a great weight (150 ish), but now...I am finally comfortable with the way I look.  I am never going to be that skinny girl ever again....and that is OK with me. I am built for comfort thats for sure LOL It's what is inside your heart that matters, but if someone can lose the weight they want so much to lose..then congratulations!! I will admire, and support you yeah   yeah   
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   Posted 7/21/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Gramma,

I am so very proud of you. I have been thinking about asking my doc about the 5htp. I know that they put that in some weight loss meds. I think that it is suppose to help curb the appetite, plus make you feel good. So I am going to check and see if I can take it. With my luck they will probably say no. Oh well, there is only one way to find out, right?

Have a wonderful day,
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   Posted 7/21/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Gamma,
 
Woo-Hoo!  I totally understand how great you feel about yourself when you lose weight.  I've struggled with my weight since I turned 13.  I was this skinny little girl, and then overnight, I had the body of a 21 year old!  LOL-yeah, Jr. High was hell with the boys. eyes    But, I started to gain weight and now I'm just too darn fat.  I am really trying to lose weight.  I've cut about 75% of my sugar intake and I make sure I eat 3 meals a day-even when I'm not hungry.  My metabolism was -10, and now I think it's hovering right around 0. tongue    Anyway, the last time I went to the doctor's, I had lost 5 pounds.  I did a little fat girl, happy dance! yeah
 
This thread brings up a question for me?  It seems like a lot of us are overweight.  I wonder if there's a fibro/fat *** link?  LOL-seriously, I wonder if there is any connection.  I'm still in lupus limbo, but I've found a lot of people who have lupus have had gallbladder problems.  I had mine out when I was 20.  Weird, huh? confused

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   Posted 7/21/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Gamma, congratulations!  I'm always so happy to hear someone has lost weight.  I've had a weight problem since I was a teenager also.  I know how hard it is.  I lost 56 pounds last year after my double knee replacement and felt so much better.  My dr. put me on iron because I was anemic and I have gained 20 of it back.  Keep up the good work.  If you loose it slowly it won't come back as easy. 
 
BTW, when I was really anemic I craved crushed ice all the time.  My dh would buy me crushed ice from Sonic.  It's the best.  Anyway a teacher told me a long time before I found out that I was anemic that she craved ice and the doctor told her that was a sure sign of anemia.  I just wondered if anyone else had ever heard of this.
 
God Bless!
Shannon
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ericsmom
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   Posted 7/22/2008 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Morning Kelly
 
Makes you wonder for sure.  We also touched on PTSS too, purely by accident, and wondered if it may play a role in fibro as well. I have been doing a little more researching lately because of my interest in melatonin, and found that some doctors are treating fibro pain with increased doses of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds. Sure has me wondering more than normal lately about this whole "fibro" and sleep deprivation theory.
 
Shannon, I have never been anemic (touch wood LOL), so I dont know about the ice cravings.  Our bodies are such complicated machines...like us women are tongue    Maybe that is another connection with fibro affecting more women than men eyes                                                                                                                                                                               Hope you are all having a decent start to your day
 
Gentle hugs
Diane
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Brenda K
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   Posted 7/22/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on the weight loss!! Not to provide too much info to you gals, but my first baby was 5.5lbs. so a little less than what you just lost, and let me tell you, that was a heap full of baby coming out!! Like Diane said, hold 6lbs or butter or potatoes, that is a lot of weight! Bravo to you!!

Shannon, I live on crushed ice! It is my treat every night, and sometimes I even squirt some lemon juice or lime juice over it and just crunch away! Yum, I just love it. For someone who is severely underweight (so yes, you can have Fibro and be rail thin too!) it is not the best snack for me to crunch on every night, I am gaining no calories from it, but yup, I crave it and am severely anemic as well. My rheumatologist told me that anemic people do crave ice chips. Now if only I could crave some potato chips........

Marlee2
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   Posted 7/22/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to doc yesterday and I'm always questioning him on fibro to get his opinion on the causes and everything and of course I never run out of questions. He is patient but I hate sitting there for an hour drilling him on fibro every time I go. I do get money's worth.
 
Anyway he said our temperature problems come from the hypothalamus. I did do some quick research this morning and the hypothalamus also controls appetite. Now I can't remember what else it controls but I think mood is in there. We do hear hypothalamus mentioned in therories on the cause of fibro. A lot of hypothalamus problems is caused from stress or overload.
 
He leans more towards the anti-depressants than pain meds and would like for me to try cymbalta.
 
I'm sure everyone's doc has a different apinion on this.
 
luv and hugs
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Meggie
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   Posted 7/22/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Gamma,
I'm so envious! I really need to lose 20 pounds and just can't get anywhere with it. I have struggled my whole life with my weight and about 7 years ago I finally did it and dropped 63 pounds. Then Fibro hit me and I gained 23 pounds from the anti-depressants and inability to keep up with my exercise program. It's really hard to take that weight off so "Great Job" and keep up the good work.
Meggie

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   Posted 7/22/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Gamma-
I love hearing good news and things have improved so much for you! That's wonderful! :)

Shannon-
It's so "true" about craving ice when your anemic. When I was pregnant with my second son I would eat glass after glass of ice- it's amazing I did not break all my teeth! Well come to find out I was anemic, my Hemoglobin was down to 8. :( Started on iron and the craving for ice improved, but it was not till the day he was born that the craving left immediately. I didn't want to look at another ice cube for months after that.
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Gamma
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   Posted 7/22/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for all of your kind words.  It's great to have wonderful people to share good news with.  I don't know if the connection between weight gain and fibro is the problem, or if it is the meds we take.  I was one of those people who never gained any weight, didn't weight over 130 until I was 48 and the neuro put me on neurontin.  Wow! the weight went up like a rocket and I have had difficulty taking it off until now.
 
Diane, to answer your question, it took only 2 weeks to drop the 6 lbs. and I haven't change any of my habits except for taking the synthroid correctly and started taking the apple cider vinegar.  My hubby has been taking the cider vinegar for some time and believe me, that man doesn't know what the word exercise means, but he has lost about 20 lbs. n I took melatonin for quite a while and it did help me sleep, but after several months it didn't seem to work as well, so I stopped taking it.
 
Getting by, the reason I started taking the 5-HTP is because it raises the seratonin level and all of us with fibro have low levels of seratonin.  It also has a calming affect and is supposed to suppress the appetite.  That last part didn't seem to have an affect on me. :-)
 
Once again, thank you all for your responses.  Here's to losing another 6. yeah
Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
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Statgeek
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   Posted 7/22/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on your weight loss! that is truly an admirable feat.
Sue

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   Posted 7/22/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have eaten ice my whole life. Drove numerous people over the edge--the crunching you know. And my dentist scolds me every time. I had anemia once and took iron for a while. I still eat ice. I just thought it was a bad habit. tongue Diane
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   Posted 7/23/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
yay! that's awesome to hear!
: ))) congrats!!
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   Posted 7/23/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Exercise for People Over 50

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.
With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms
straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can.

Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. Each day you'll find
that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato sacks. Then try 50-lb potato sacks and then
eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato sack in each hand and hold your arms
straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each of the
sacks.

yeah I'm really sorry.... I just had to do it after all the talk about the bags of potatoes

~Jeannie

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   Posted 7/24/2008 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Ah Jeannie.........You are a hoot!! Don't be sorry.......Hahahahahahahaha ROFLOL
I'm making a copy to bug my email buddies
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   Posted 7/24/2008 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie-
That was "hilarious", you got me on that one! I'm reading it and I'm thinking, "you've got to be kidding", just "thinking" about the 5 lb. bag about killed me, let alone the 100 lb.!!!!! GamJill
 
 
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