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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/24/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I know there are a few of us here struggling with keeping our weight up. That's where I am right now. I found this great online article posted by a nutritionist. I thought I'd share. Hope this is okay.

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QUESTION: "My wife fell and broke her hip two years ago. Ever since then she has been underweight. She only weighs around 94 pounds. When I try to sneak in larger portions, she notices it and leaves some. I can't get her to eat more. Do you have any suggestions? She can't walk very far either."

ANSWER: "You didn't say how tall you wife is, but if she is over five feet tall, she is underweight. Her muscle mass is probably smaller because of her low weight and low activity level. Inactivity can cause a poor appetite, which in turn effects a person's strength.

When trying to get a person to gain weight, some usual dietary advice may be thrown out the window unless she has some other health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes. If she is on a special diet, you will need to see a Registered Dietitian to help you combine all her dietary needs, including weight gain.

Since she won't eat larger portions, I would suggest four approaches for weight gain. Try one or all of the following approaches to help your wife gain weight.

First, increase the calorie concentration of the food amounts she does eat. For instance, put margarine on everything you offer her, including toast, cooked cereal, pancakes, French Toast, potatoes, rice, noodles and vegetables. Cream or cheese sauces poured over potatoes, noodles or vegetables add calories. Put peanut butter or jelly on top of the butter on her toast, but vary what you put on the toast each day. Offer your wife whole milk only. You might want to try offering double strength milk. It has 50 percent more calories and double the protein of regular milk. (Double strength milk is one cup of whole milk with 1/3 cup of nonfat dry milk powder added.) You could also make eggnog occasionally. Use whole milk instead of water in cooking some foods such as cooked cereal and mashed potatoes.

Second, if volume is a problem, offer your wife smaller amounts more often. Instead of the usual three meals per day, offer six or eight smaller meals. Some people's appetites get turned off when a large plate of food is placed in front of them. The large amounts seem overwhelming.

Also, she may get too full on an 8 ounce glass of milk at mealtimes. Try a 4 ounce glass of milk with meals and the same amoung in between meals. You might want to flavor the milk with chocolate, strawberry, banana or another flavor. Remember, you would get bored with the same food and so will your wife. Another suggestion is, if volume is a problem, don't offer soups or lots of liquids with her meals. They will fill a person up fast and may be low in calories.

Third, you may want to consider using a nutritional supplement. Since there are several hundred on the market, you should consult a Registered Dietitian for her/his advice on the best one for your wife. You did not mention if she has diabetes or high blood pressure. Some nutritional supplements are not recommended for these people. If she doesn't have any medical problems other than her hip, I would recommend a formula that has 355 calories per eight ounces. There are several on the market that would probably be available in your local pharmacy. As a supplement, choose one that is high in calories, average in protein, lactose free and good tasting. They come in many flavors as well.

Fourth, you mentioned that your wife couldn't walk very far. Minimal exercise does help to stimulate an appetite. Encourage your wife to walk the same distance, only more often each day. It will build up her tolerance and endurance. I would suggest she see a physical therapist for exercises that would benefit her walking.

One last suggestion, remember, it is more enjoyable to eat with someone else than alone. Your mealtime with your wife should provide companionship and conversation for you both."
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

Post Edited (TheChickenPrincess) : 8/24/2010 6:37:08 PM (GMT-6)


javamommy77
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   Posted 8/25/2010 2:24 AM (GMT -7)   
very cool thank you. I just recently lost 7 pounds in a week because I'm so tired i can even barely manage to eat. Then if i cook FORGET IT!!! I'm a good cook but i'm so exhausted and in so much pain afterwards that eating makes me want to vomit. I deed notice today though when i put on my swim suit to go sit in the horse trough(yes you read that right some people have hottubs we use a horse trough)that it looks like I've ost more weight noy good

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/25/2010 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Awww, Javamommy, sorry to hear you lost in an unwanted way, too!

Hey - my b/f uses a big trough for a soaking tub, too. :D I hope one day when I have my own place to have one for myself (with a heater!) I even found web sites dedicated to this topic one day. You're not alone, it seems!

Hope you can find a way to stabilize your weight, too. I know it is hard.

*hugs*
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

Acheybody
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   Posted 8/25/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
cool  Thank you for posting this, Princess (you are so thoughtful!) as having to gain weight is often seen as something to envy.  It's not!
 
Having watched both my parents waste away (my dad went from 200 to 130 lb. in about a year from ALS - not fun) I'm particularly unhappy about losing myself.  I hope it's just IBS stuff that will resolve with time and effort.  I've been around 120 -125 for decades, now within a few months, I've gotten down to 112 and no matter how little I eat, I feel uncomfortably full, and just keep dropping. 
 
Tomorrow I go back to my gynecologist to see if he still feels "something in there that shouldn't be."  I've had the colonoscopy, so next would be the reproductive organ checkout - never a dull moment, is there?  One way or the other, we all have very full plates (so to speak.) turn
 
Debbie

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/25/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
((( Debbie )))

I actually cringed a little before posting the article wondering if anyone would be angry with me thinking, "Need to gain? Are you nuts - you're lucky!" Like you, I don't feel lucky.

I'm so sorry about your parents. That has to make this hard now that you're struggling to keep weight up. *hugs*

You're one or two pounds lighter than me - how ironic. It freaked me totally out yesterday seeing that number the doctor's office. I was p.o.'d actually. I am short - but I just am not comfortable at this weight knowing that another illness would drop me down way too low. Having a little extra on your bones isn't a bad thing at all. I've been putting butter on everything since yesterday. It tastes a little weird under peanut butter ... lol. I'm trying very hard to graze all day and snack. I think the idea of moving around more to get an appetite like they said above might help in my case, too.

Will cross my fingers and wish good things for you for tomorrow. I hope you'll let us know how it goes. By the way, how is your daughter doing after her gall bladder surgery?

I better stop - I'm writing too much again. That's me!

PS: I read that peanut butter is one of the most calorie dense foods in the kitchen.

Acheybody
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   Posted 8/25/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Princess,
 
Once again, it is good to know someone understands - and you always seem to.  Grazing seems to be a good strategy, as good as any I've come across yet.  I love peanut butter, too! 
 
Thanks for asking about my daughter.  Unfortunately, she's still having problems with abdominal-area pain.  We were so hoping th gall bladder surgery would end it, but it hasn't, although it hasn't been AS painful.  Three times now, it's been bad enough to get her out of bed and hunting down a heating pad.  She's very busy and very strong-willed.  Right now, she's taking a 2-week crash course to become a CNA, even though her long-term goal is to go to law school.  (She's re-taking the LSAT, the apptitude test, in Oct.  In the meantime, she wants to support herself better than she can as a cashier at Home Depot.  So getting her to take the time to make a doctor appointment is out of the question.  Hopefully, next week.)  Twice, it's seemed to be pizza-related, but the third time, no apparent cause. 
 
Javamommy, I hope you can manage to put back on some weight, too!  People in our culture always wish to be thinner (I used to, too) but then there's the other side of that fence, where it ain't really so green, after all.....
 
Debbie   

MrsCavbar
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   Posted 8/25/2010 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you! I went from a healthy padded 120 lbs to 70 lbs last Oct (I'm 4'11"), I found out that Flexiril can kill the appetite and I stopped eating and ended up in the hosp from vomiting blood. I have managed to gain up to 85 lbs and maintain it since Dec. It seems like I eat constantly snacks and small meals through out the day, my favorite is a double mocha frappe which contains chocolate syrup, chocolate ice cream, powdered chocolate milk mix/hot chocolate mix, dry powdered milk, whole milk and espresso. I've even tossed in different candies and left out the espresso.
Lola

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
Anton Chekhov

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moonmatrix
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   Posted 8/26/2010 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I was relieved to see this topic today. I too am losing weight for no apparent reason. I have lost 63 pounds in less then a year. I eat a lot anbd very healthy so it isnt from lack of eating on my part. They have run the gament of tests, from a gastrocopy yesterday to see if I had Celiacs, to every blood test known to man or women. Today I am calling my rumatologist to see if it could be my Savella doing this to me. I am underweight and scared as hell. I only weight 125 and I am 5 foot five. This is at the last weight in a week ago so I could be less by now. People think I am starving myself on purpose. I pray it isnt the Savella it is the only thing that has ever stopped my pain. without it I will be back to not even being able to get out of bed. I hope all are well.

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 8/26/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I am now RELIEVED that I posted this topic. There are more of us!

Welcome, Mrs.Cavbar and Moonmatrix. I'm glad you're here and I hope you'll keep hanging out with us all.

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Mrs. Cavbar - Wow - that had to scare the daylights out of you. I'm so glad you've been able to gain and hope you'll be able to keep up your good work. That drink sounds like a great idea! I remember reading about some people using half and half in place of whole milk, or to replace part of it. Since you seem to tolerate dairy well, maybe you could mix that in for an even more calorie rich drink? Yours sounds EXCELLENT as it is though - I'm just thinking of how to sneak in even more. ;-) I'm glad you shared that because it will be a good thing for others here to know about. Did you replace the flexirill with anything else? How are you feeling overall?

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Debbie - Your daughter must be tough as nails. I'm glad you're keeping an eye on her to make sure she doesn't tough out too much pain though! Sounds like she's really driven to get a better career - I admire that. I was hoping that the gall bladder removal would have totally cured her problems. It is a bummer to hear she's still having issues. I think Sherrine posted to me once that when her daughter's doctors couldn't find the problem for her, she said, "What about a gyno?" That gyno found what other docs didn't. I know you're seeing one yourself - so maybe you've exhausted this for your daughter as well. Just throwing it out there cuz what Sherrine said popped into my head. I will keep wishing good things for the both of you. *hugs*


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Moonmatrix, I think it would be good to bring this up with your rheumy. Please let us know how you do with this? We do care here. Your 5'5" and 125 is a lot like my situation of 5'2" and 113. I totally understand your fear. *hugs*

I just looked up Savella on drugs.com here:
www.drugs.com/savella.html
http://www.drugs.com/savella.html

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

* fast or pounding heartbeats;
* painful or difficult urination;
* easy bruising or bleeding, nosebleeds, bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood;
* confusion, hallucinations, severe weakness, seizure (convulsions);
* high fever, sweating, chills or goose bumps, memory problems, trouble concentrating, loss of coordination, overactive reflexes, vomiting, diarrhea;
* high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats); or
* stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Read more: http://www.drugs.com/savella.html#ixzz0xinT9StR

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We're all in this together, ladies. At least we're not alone!

Post Edited (TheChickenPrincess) : 8/26/2010 8:34:43 AM (GMT-6)


GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 8/26/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
when i had weight gaining problems what helped me was avoiding high fiber foods and eating lots of carbs.. white rice.. and things with more fats in them.

MrsCavbar
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   Posted 8/27/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
When I make it for others I use whole milk, but usually for myself I mix in a little heavy cream too LOL
After they took me off flexeril, they put me on Savella and after 10 days on it my blood pressure had gone from the bottom of normal to stroke high and I had begun to black out, massive headaches, visual disturbances. So then they switched me to Lortab 5's and Zanax. That combo worked well for me, I actually had a life but the doctor that prescribed them wanted me to see a pain specialist and a mental health center medication manager, but my medical card never arrived and that doctor left at the end of his contract. So I went cold turkey off of both at the end of June. Right now I only have Tylenol not allowed NSAIDs because of my stomach.
Lola

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
Anton Chekhov

FM, costocontritis, degnerative polyarthritis, fibroid tumors, PTSD, 2 heart attacks at 22, PID, anxiety disorder
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