Can someone please help with this :) (weight gain ?)

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kgrl17
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   Posted 8/9/2006 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
hey,
I've had IBS for about 5 or 6 years but I've always worked out and eaten healthy so I was thin unless I was bloated from food. about 3 months ago I started gaining weight and have gained around 20 pounds and it just continues to go up. I record everything I eat a(I eat around 1200-1600 calories a day) and I work out and weight train about 6 days a week.

It's gotten so bad that I wont even leave the house anymore. I can't even get my old pants up my thighs and all I wear are big t-shirts because I can't afford to keep going out and buying new clothes every week.

Does anyone have ANY suggestions? I'm 17 years old so it's not like the weight is coming with age and I'm really healthy but this is seriously making it so that I don't want to even live anymore.

7Lil
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   Posted 8/9/2006 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi kgrl17,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
You are not alone with this IBS weight gain.... You will find at least a couple members on here can't seem to keep weight off.
BUT, because you are so young, active and healthy it makes me wonder if you have anyting else going on. Have you spoken to your family doc about this? Have you had your hormone levels checked? Your thyroid as well?
Again, welcome to the board! Feel free to ask any questions you may have.
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kgrl17
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   Posted 8/9/2006 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for responding! It's just getting frustrating because I used to be a size zero and I went out and bought a size 5 pair of jeans three weeks ago and I can't even get those on anymore! I'm actually going to a doctor tommorow so I can talk to him also. So could this be related to the ibs or does it sound like something different? oh, the only other thing I forgot to mention was that I am taking bentyl or hyoscyamine, along with probiotics, iron and hydrochloric acid supplements to help with the ibs if that makes a difference.
But once again thanks for the welcome/reply :)

Keriamon
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   Posted 8/9/2006 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
As far as I am aware, anti-spasmodics don't cause weight gain. I've gained weight while exercising and eating 1600 calories a day or less, but then I blame that on dieting messing up my metabolism. If you've not been dieting and/or losing weight beforehand, then there's no reason to be gaining so much weight with your diet and exercise. Anti-depressants/anxiety meds are bad to cause weight gain, but you don't mention being on anything like that.

Bloating will make you look like you've gained weight, but I've never heard of bloated thighs--it should be around the middle that your clothes don't fit. If you suffer from constipation, that can increase your girth, but again, it shouldn't around the thighs. A good indicator of whether you have actually gained weight or have just increased in size due to something else is the bust. If your bust is bigger now than it used to be, then you have almost certainly gained weight because no one that I know of gets bloated boobs, lol. If you're still fitting into the same bra you've always worn, then it may be something about your IBS that's causing you to get bigger.

You should definitely mention the weight gain to your doctor, as that can be a sign of something wrong with your hormones or your thyroid gland. And are you sure you're not pregnant? (The doctor's office will almost certainly check anyways, even if you're a virgin and tell them so--they never believe you.) Even if you're on birth control, even if you take it religiously, it can still fail of it's own accord. Antibiotics are bad about lessening the effectiveness of certain birth control pills too. So, if you're sexually active, you may want to get a home test and check just to make sure (or have your doctor run one). And of course birth control in and of itself can cause weight gain, so if you started on it not long before your weight started piling on, or switched kinds (even from brand-name to generic), that may be it.

kgrl17
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   Posted 8/9/2006 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks :) No I'm definitely not pregnant- I'm not sexually active and I'm on birth control so if I am there is something a little off! I will mention it to my doctor though because it seems like none of this is related to the ibs. Could I possibly gain a full 20 something pounds from not eating enough though?

Keriamon
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   Posted 8/10/2006 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
You can always gain weight when on certain medicines and/or if your hormones or thyroid is messed up. Make sure they check your blood sugar too, because if you have become diabetic, that can make you gain weight. And some people just have a metabolic disorder. I guess it can start anytime. I read an article sometime back (it's posted on here somewhere) about a man whose metabolism was so fast he has to eat in excess of 3,000 calories a day in order to survive. He has always been dangerously underweight and only through a lot of hard eating was he able to get his weight up to nearly 100 pounds. And this is for a guy who's like 6' tall. So I don't see why that kind of metabolism disorder can't swing the other way.
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