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   Posted 11/20/2008 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Can we discuss weight gain, or more specifically lack of weight loss?

I have a lot of weight to lose from my pregnancies. I gained 50 lbs for each of the first 3. #3 was conceived just as I was startign to lose the weight from #2, so I've been very overweight for the last 4 years. This past January, before I got sick, I was dietign and exercising, and the weight was coming off 2 lbs/week, easy peasy. I was doign great. I had lost all from #4, adn only 10 lbs left from #3. I'm back in the swing with my diet, I do 20 minutes ab work every morning, 30 mins treadmill every afternoon, and 15 mins stretching most nights. But the lbs aren't coming off! I lost 1 lb in 3 weeks. Is this fibro? Or somethign else? My gut has gone down a bit with the way I'm eating, I've lost 2 inches of bloat. But if I have a heavier meal, out it poufs by another inch. My belly is bigger than my hips, I look like a round ball, or still pregnant. I'm getting discouraged. sad
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline

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   Posted 11/20/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
have you had your thyroid checked? low thyroid is very common in people with fibro. Also as we get older, it gets more and more difficult to lose the weight, actually any time after the age of 30 your metabolism begins to slow down. I have read, and I don't know if this is true or not, that people with fibro have more success with a low carb diet.
I hope this helps you...

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, microdiskectomy C5/C6, bulging disks L3/L4, compressed nerve L5/S1, disc compression L5/S1, IBS, hypothyroidism (now FINALLY well controlled) Also angioplasty, and angiogram, high bp, well controlled, high chol, now normal, well controlled


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   Posted 11/20/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought he checked my thyroid when I first went to see him (my doc that is). I'll keep that in mind when i see him again. I am already on a low carb diet too. I'm eating pretty much the way my dietician showed me when I had gestational diabetes, but I'm watching fat adn lowering portions now too. It's so hard to stay motivated when you don't see results. Thanks for your reply :)
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline

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   Posted 11/20/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   

I am battling my weight gain from over the last couple years and getting nowhere! Over the last 4 years I have gained approx. 65 lbs! I think it started back when I really began having problems from Fibro. I hurt so much that I didn't get out and do the things I used to do.

Then all the meds began and it seemed like every one the doc tried out made me gain. I was on Lyrica for 6 months and gained 30 lbs. I have been trying so hard to lose, because I know the added weight is not helping the pain in my legs and feet.

At my last Rheumy visit he was happy with finally getting me on meds that help and mentioned we would keep an eye on my weight gain because some of the meds do cause it. I wanted to scream! He already knew I was depressed about my weight, but acted as if it was nothing to worry about.

I've tried exercising (starting out slowly) but it seems to hurt me more than help. I always end up feeling worse. (I also feel so tired all the time, like I don't have the energy to exercise) I have a sister who also was diagnosed with Fibro and she has also gained weight.

Oh well, maybe it is harder to lose weight with Fibro. Sorry this turned into all my complaints and problems. I just meant to answer your post, but this is such a sore subject with me! Thanks for listening and I wish you good luck on your weight loss.

Hugs!  Margie

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   Posted 11/20/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   

You said that you were losing some inches around your tummy. You may be building muscle, which weighs four times that of body fat. So you wont see a weight loss as much as losing inches. Go by how your clothes fit you, not by the scales.

Good luck, I have yet to lose some weight. I am not gaining, but not losing either. I am ready to give up.

Hugs, Karen
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