Rapid weight gain...UPDATE

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   Posted 9/2/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have gained 10 lbs this week.  The clothes I wore on Monday, are not the same clothes I can wear today.  It is all accumulating around my mid section.  I look 9 months pregnant, and that's impossible!  I am 45, wear size 4-6 and it's noticable.  I can suck in to an extent, but I can barely bend at the waist. 
I see a doc tomorrow, but it was supposed to be for pain.  I have yet to find a doc to give me anything for pain.  But I think the focus needs to be on this problem.  I quit smoking in April, but I would have thought that gradual weight gain would have occured from that, but this is rediculous!  I had every test imaginable in March/April when I started to feel crappy.
Any suggestions or quesions/thoughts I should bring up tomorrow?
Update:  I wasn't able to see my regular doc.  He must have realized that when I made the appointment, it was a holiday, so he cancelled my appointment!  I was able to see the nurse practitioner.  I told her of my weight gain, and she looked at my abdomen.  It was huge at this time, and I had a hard time breathing.  I felt as if I couldn't stretch my chest anymore! 
She thinks it is because of my diet and I have a build up of gas.  I have noticed that this past week, I have had horrible flatulence...sorry to tell you this, but it's part of the story!  She wants me to cut out my carbinated sodas, cheese, and dairy products.  I am supposed to keep a diet diary of every thing I eat for the next week, until I can see her again.  Funny how I can get in to see her at a moments notice, but it takes 3 months to see my PCP!!  I don't eat much sugar, and I'm not a lover of bakery items, so she ruled out any Candida, which many times causes stomach distention. 
In my head, I keep thinking that so many of my problems started after I had "quit" smoking!  My blood pressure was lower, my pain level was lower, I didn't have any of this gas, etc...I have always been an opposite of other people.  My doctors were always amazed that I was a smoker because I had no symptoms.  I had smoked for 28 years.  I know I am trying to make excuses for how poorly I am feeling, but I need something to blame this one!  :)  I've been smoke free since April 15.

Post Edited (Ntish) : 9/4/2010 9:25:26 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/2/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Ntish, that's very strange!  Are you constipated at all?  (Even if you were, 10 lb. seems like a crazy gain in 1 week.)  Have you had your thyroid checked recently?  If it's underactive, that could be a factor.

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   Posted 9/2/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you retaining fluid. Anything swollen? It's good that you are going to the doctor tomorrow so he can see what is happening to you. Good luck. I hope the doctor can help you a.s.a.p.
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   Posted 9/2/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
are you on any medications? SSRIs? or other antidepressants? Many medications are notorious for weight gain. Lyrica is one of them, Cymbalta too. I gained 7 lbs in one weekend from Lyrica. My doctor said that's impossible...well, hello! I did it. I also gained a ton from SSRIs over a long period of time. You can Google any medication you are on to find out the side effects of the drug
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   Posted 9/2/2010 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Many SSRI's/SNRI's cause fluid retention around the stomach, hands and feet.  I gained 12 pounds in ten days from Lexapro.  Are you taking any meds in this catagory?  Oh...just noticed...MT beat me to it!


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   Posted 9/2/2010 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not taking any meds, and I had my thyroid checked in March, with everything else.  There is hypothyroid in my family, but my neck is not swollen, plus the blood tests in March would have indicated that.  I guess I do take Tylenol PM at night to try to get me to dream, but that's it.  Nothing else!  I've always said that I won't take the typical Fibro meds because of the weight gain.  To me, it's counter-productive, since I am small framed, and that much weight on me would add to my symptoms.

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   Posted 9/2/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you are seeing the doctor tomorrow.  Tell them what you are telling us.  I had a rapid weight gain when I was pregnant and it turned out to be a large ovarian cyst.  I know you aren't pregnant but that is an example.  I gained 7 pounds in one week.  So be sure to get checked out and let us know, okay?  We do care about you.
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   Posted 9/2/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I wear a size six but I have clothes in all sizes, up to a 9. My weight has always done that and then one day I will not knowingly loose about 7 lbs. I quit giving my "big" clothes and my "regular" clothes. All bloodwork is really good and have been tested for many other things.

I know what you mean about that extra weight not looking too flattering and I can't stand tight pants. I will be 49 on Sunday ((((cringe))))
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   Posted 9/2/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
hi i just wanted to say i agree with sherrine reg the cyst, my sisters tummy got very swollen and in a week put on over 1 stone it turned out to be a cyst. im very pleased your going to see your dr soon.
the only advice i can give is please dont leave your dr until you have an answer your happy with as to what has caused this.i hope your ok.please lets know how you get on. good luck,


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   Posted 9/3/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   

I have also gained weight and noticed more over the last year.
Not as quickly as you but still a weight gain.
I've put on 20 lbs since last year.

I too used to be able to wear a size 6 but haven't seen that in a few years.
Mine is mostly in my mid section as well.
I can't do a lot of physical exercise due to the fibro but I do walk and try to on a regular basis along with portion control when I eat.

I am getting my thyroid checked this month when I go in for blood work.
I noticed a significant difference after I had surgery for uterine fibroids.
That little pooch in my lower stomach just doesn't want to go away no matter what I do.

Sending you hugs and prayers.
I know it's hard dealing with all the changes.

BTW: I will be 44 in Jan :D

Don't think about what you used to be able to do............Think about what you DID do today !
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