Excessive Weight Gain?

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/21/2006 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I opted for a splenal renal shunt rather than the TIPS procedure about 5 years ago. This was following a major bleed. It was successful in eliminating the varices. However, I immediately gained 8 pounds each month for 5 months.
Diets and food intake monitoring have no impact. The nutritionist told me it's not what I eat, but how my system processes the food...healthy or not. What did the procedure do to trigger this?
If anyone else has had this weight gain issue, I'd love to know what can be done, short of a transplant, to stimulate digestion or liver function to handle it.

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   Posted 11/28/2006 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know much about the procedure you have had done, but I'm assuming that they have checked you for diabetes and thyroid using the new thyroid guidelines. I have autoimnmune disease resulting from a past hepc infection and NAFLD (fatty liver) and my fatty liver was due to my liver not processing sugars properly and this often happens afer interferon therapy, he told me. For me, they tested my insulin and found I had hyperinsulinemia (metabolic syndrome x) and treated me with glucophage (a diabetes medicine that works by getting the sugar out of the liver and making it work like it should--my uneducated explanation) and putting me on a diabetic diet. My LFTs went back to normal once I lost 60lbs (I lost it in three months) but I was able to do some agressive dieting. My hepatologist recommended I stay on the diet I used even though he wouldn't have recommended it because it was so effective for me and did involve limiting my carbs and sugars which is what a diabetic diet does. I have since made modifications and gone on a more regular diabetic diet now that a lot of the weight is off and am satisfied with a few pounds every couple months, that stay off. I also have hashimotos, which causes me to have weight around the middle and I have to take thyroid hormone for that. I also take diuretics. I don't know if any of this in any way could be related to what is going on with you but you might want to bring it up with your nutritionist or doctor if they haven't been there already.

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