Hi, I'm new and have a lot of questions

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   Posted 10/20/2008 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from Fibromyalgia, and take two different antidepressants, Ultram, and Lyrica. But I still hurt. I am only now beginning to recognize the signs of low-level but disturbing pain: I grind my teeth, wiggle, or sway. Basically, I have to constantly move so that one part isn't touching anything all the time. Is this normal? Also, does anyone know if I eat, say, a pound of chocolate, why does that not translate into a pound of fat, and how long after I eat the chocolate should I expect to see it show up on the scale?

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   Posted 10/21/2008 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi suzi and welcome!

I too have fibromyalgia. Please come to the fibro forum and join us there too. What you describe is very normal for people with fibromyalgia. Sometimes just brushing against the skin is painful, clothes are painful, brushing your hair even hurts.

Now, about the chocolate...I've seen this same question worded as a 'joke'. The weight of your food has nothing to do with the calories it carries. The calories are what pile on the extra pounds, not the weight of the item. Think of a pound of lettuce...not much there to stick on the hips...but that pound of chocolate is loaded with fats that go right to the thighs like a magnet.

Good luck!
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   Posted 10/21/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess I just worded my question wrong. I know that it is calories and not the weight of the food that makes fat, and I know if you eat more calories than you burn, it is stored as fat. What I was actually asking was, if I consume too many calories in one day, how long is it before I see the excess calories as fat? (Eg, I ate a BUNCH of peanut butter cookies this weekend, but my scale as of today still doesn't show them as fat. Obviously I cannot keep doing this [*sigh*]!)

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   Posted 10/21/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you thought about a consultation with a nutritionist? It sounds like that may be helpful to you.

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