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need help im weight gaining like a pump and a empty ballon

Postby jason25 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:56 pm

ok i changed my diet after new years eve from having a seizure and thought it was my diet and then couple weeks later i got told by my neuglogist that its most likely my blood sugar being to low and thats what caused it so ive kept my diet down eat ready breck in the morning and have a healthy dinner at night and have a kit kat bar or two in the afternoon and im gaining weight like nether befor for example two months ago i was 14 stone a week ago i was 15 stone and a quarter now i am 15 and a half stone i dont understand it ok i cant run at all and can barely walk and i cant bend so exercise is out the question fibro really got me good ..... yea so i cant understand it i used to be 13 stone befor fibro but i been gaining weight none stop since my first seizure does anyone have any idea y this is happening im on amitriplin 50 mg 1 a day, sertraline 100mg 1 a day, methocarbamol 750 mg 6 a day and pregabline 300 mg 1 twice a day and finnaly paracetamol 500 mg 8 a day to stop the headaches can any off these pills be the reason i just need some help asked my doctor and he said its because i can not move about to lose the weight but eating healthy should of stoped it but it aint aaaahhhhh ..... so anyone any ideas
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Postby wigglebuguk » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:24 pm

I put 2 stone of weight on in 3 weeks while on gabapentin :(
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Postby FluppyPuffy » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:32 pm

Only got phone access at the moment Jason so a bit limited in what I can say.

This is something that affects a good number of us, and there have been a few topics on it recently, so having a look thru some of them might be somewhere to start.

A good diet that id higher in protein and lower in carbs tends to be the usual sort of suggestion to start off things.

Being unable to exercise will more than likely be having an effect as well as meds. Will try to come back and add a bit more when I've got lappy access.

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Postby Spange » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:39 pm

I have put on 4 stone in the last year or so and believe it is the Gabapentin. I am also on Tramadol, cocodamol & Sertraline (although am coming off the latter as it clashes with Tramadol; time to try something else). I have seen many people write about the weight gain with Gaba but my GP doesn't pay any attention, he just says to take more exercise. I am so fed up. :cry:
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Postby Whiddershins » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:55 pm

I think it might help to eat more - I know that sounds mental but it has worked for me. I eat little and often - avoiding large meals. At first I thought I feel like Im eating all the time this Has to make me fatter. But no it stimulated my metabolism and I am about a stone and half lighter than I was this time last year. I also take 1 kelp tblet every day which boosts your thyroid function - and therefore your metabolic rate. Obviously these small meals arent junk, I have a few slices of cheese and an apple or some nuts and bag of crisps or a piece of ham and a chopped up tomatoe. I am very careful to balance my protein/carb levels. I try to eat low carb, things like piles of spuds just make me sluggish but I dont eat a boring diet I still eat crisps sometimes and chocolate everyday, just not heaps of it because again I notice it can make me feel lethargic. I also force myself to walk (or hobble) round the block almost everyday, Its very hard some days but Ive found if I stop doing it my general health gets worse. Dont know if any of that helps? just a few ideas xxxx
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Postby funny_wonder » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:08 pm

Pregabalin (Lyrica) is notorious for causing weight gain. I went from 7.5 stone to 10 stone on it.
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Postby lolo73 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:05 pm

Slightly off topic but repeated use of paracetamol is linked to headaches.

Secondly, ready break is more refined than normal porridge and can cause high blood sugars. Kitkats will cause your bloodsugar to rollercoaster, causing it to rise initially then drop dramatically and cause you to crave and feel shaky and unwell.

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Postby Moobaloo » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:24 pm

Hiya Jason25,

Like a lot of us, I've been clapping weight on at an alarming rate. I posted a thread about it a few days ago viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16620

I've found a free website to use, www.myfitnesspal.com, that tells you how many calories to eat each day to lose weight. It also has an app for smartphones, which is very useful. When you join, you enter your weight, height & measurements (chest, waist etc) and what your goal weight is. Then you enter how much weight you'd like to lose each week (eg: 1lb) and it works out how many calories you should eat each day to achieve that loss. You enter everything you eat and drink into an online food diary, and it deducts those calories from your daily calorie allowance. You can earn extra calories by being active, be it walking the dog or cleaning your house.

I've been doing it for just under a week and have lost nearly 4lbs already! And I ate some chocolate every day without going over my calorie limit! :lol:

If your weight is getting you down, you need to actively do something about it. By limiting your calorie intake, you will lose weight even if you can't exercise or get out of the house because of your fibro. Give the online food diary a go, it's free and you've nothing to lose except weight :-)

Hope that helps a little, even if it doesn't explain your weight gain.

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Postby LouLou » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:20 am

Hi Jason

I found that when I was on pregablin I put on weight and I wasn't eating any more than I did before. I an quite limited to the exercise I can do, gentle walks with the doglet and some stretches and that's it. Even my OH questioned why I was gaining the pounds as he saw what little I ate. It wasn't till I raided it with my GP that he said it did cause weight gain in some people and he took me off them. That was about 6 months ago and only now do I feel like I'm back to my "normal" weight.

All I can suggest is that you do something like moobaloo has done, that way you can see the actual calories you are eating as you would be suprised at how quickly they all add up. Plus the way moobaloo is going about it is the sensible and safe way to losing weight - crash diest never work in my experience.

I hope you can find a solution jason.

Moobaloo well done on your progress!!! ;-) It's great you are seeing positive results already and can still have your little treat too.
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Postby shrimp » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:42 am

i gained 3 stone on amitriptaline in about 7 months - have been off them for about 3 years but weight hasnt shifted but didnt go up further, i am limited to what i can do...have always had a battle with my weight but never had i ever gained weight so fast as when on the amitrips...dreadful meds - as if you dont feel bad enough with all the weight gain on top.
follow what moobaloo has said - i just read it and am gonna look the site up tomorrow (well later today as its near 1am now)
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Postby sjc » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:24 am

Hi there,

Sadly medication can cause issues with weight gain. Some medications increase appetite. Some medications have bulking agents and lactose in them, so this in my opinion would cause issues, especially to those who are sensitive to all sorts of chemicals. Doctors will end medications over like toffee, and will deny that they cause any issue, but I think that even the best of medications can cause some slight issue.

I have put on alot of weight on since having fibro and other conditions, used to be a size 12 but now I am nearly a size 18...I have been trying to go swim and the gym, but as you all know that with fibro or any kind of disability, it can interfere with how one performs things...lately I have had a flare up, so exercising has been difficult.

Doctors or any member of the public will say "well eat properly and you wouldn't be that big." But we all know that it is not easy dieting, but when you feel so ill with pain or fatigue, it is very difficult trying to stand for a hour three times a day preparing and cooking fresh unprepared food.

The only thing I could suggest to you is perhaps speak to your GP or specialist again about your medication and side effects, and discuss the issue with your weight.

Take care and all the best. :-)
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Postby Moobaloo » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:08 pm

Hiya sjc,

I totally agree with you that our medications can drastically affect our weight and, coupled with the exhaustion and pain we're in on a daily basis, our activity levels drop in a similarly dramatic way. There are times when I feel too ill or tired to cook, but even quick meals can be quick & healthy - you don't have to spend an hour in the kitchen, 3 times a day. My go-to recipe for when I'm shattered is (vegetarian) 'chicken' fajitas. It takes 15 minutes to make, is low fat, full of fresh veg & salad and is filling (you can use real chicken of course, we just don't eat meat in our house) - my whole family love it, and if I'm too tired to make it, my other half takes over as it's so simple. Usually, there is enough left to box up & stick in the fridge for me to have for the next day's lunch, removing the need for me to prepare one of my meals. I know all of us have different circumstances and are affected to differing degrees by our conditions, but with a small amount of planning, it really does become much easier to make your own healthy meals, many of which you can stick in the fridge or freezer to have on days when you're not feeling well enough to cook.

As people with a chronic and painful condition, we know that we have to dramatically alter our everyday routines and adapt our actions and lifestyle to stand a chance of learning to effectively manage our conditions. What works for one of us may not work for another fibro sufferer, but we all accept that we need to change something until we find what works for us. If a fibro sufferer is gaining weight, and is unhappy about that, then the same principal applies; they have to make a change, or changes, to their diet and/or lifestyle in order to do something positive themselves and help gain some control of the weight gain.

If your weight is upsetting you or causing further health problems, it is very important to consult your GP before trying any new diet or exercise (or something more drastic, like diet pills), but don't expect them to give you any amazing advice, agree that your weight gain is purely down to your medication, or be able to prescribe you something else to make you lose the weight. My doctor was supportive but pretty useless when it came down to explaining why I was gaining weight, or telling me how to lose it again!

Try using the calorie-tracking food diary for a day and you'll be amazed at how many calories you're able to consume - many of them without you even realising it. If you can't exercise because of your health, the only way you will lose weight is to eat less calories every day. Diets can be hard work, but there are free tools out there to help you every step of the way if you look for them: Pinterest (on-line pinboard/scrapbook site) is brilliant for discovering new recipes; myfitnesspal helps you work out how many calories to eat & it's phone app lets you enter foods into the diary away from your computer.

And of course you have this amazing forum, where we all know exactly where you're coming from and are here to support you! :-)
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Postby millymoodoo » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:01 am

Hi

I too am having major problems with my weight so I have invested in a soup maker!!! I can make wholesome soup in 30mins from start to finish and it is filling, tasty and very nutritional. I use pules and different lentils and chic pea's etc so no need for meat as I am not keen but since using it I have started to lose the extra weight and am full all the time. It does 4 portions each time but it can be kept in the fridge or frozen for another time. Today I am having mushroom and lentil soup with lots of fresh garlic yummy. I cant believe how quick I have taken to it you just chop everything small and chuck it all in with the stock, garlic and herbs and plug it in and you choose either a chunky soup or smooth. The only thing I have to remember is to steep the pulses etc overnight!!!!!

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Postby Bethany » Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:12 pm

Hi sorry to hear you've put that much weight on in the last few months I also put two stone on in a couple of years I've been on every tablet there is for fibromyalgia and I kept saying to myself I'm putting on weight cause of the medication but when I reached 13 stone 5 weeks ago a button must of triggered in my head I realised I can't go no bigger and so I decided to eat 3 meals a day eat fruit and nuts to snack. It's been hard but in 5 weeks I've lost almost a stone. Being in medication does make you terribly constipated so if you are by eating healthy will help the constipation. But I kept telling myself its the tablets making me eat where truthfully it was comfort eating caused my feeling so sorry for myself. I lost that by just diet cause I can't exercise and I can't walk much. Just say to yourself you can loose weight and you will do it. Thanks Beth :-D :-D :-D
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Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:33 pm

MMMmmmmmm mushroom and lentil with garlic sounds lovely Milly :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: We have a soup maker here...............it's me :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: :bear-dancing: You can come up with all sorts of tasty combinations when you're into it, and the pulses are brilliant for bulking it out, plus they also count as part of your 5 a day :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Tinned lentils, chickpeas etc don't usually need soaking overnight, so having a few of them in stock for the times when you find you've forgot to soak them might be something to think about doing. Just be careful of what else is in the liquid of the tinned ones, altho most are generally in water, some brands also add salt and sugar, which will have an influence on how things can taste, which would mean you'd need to be a little more careful with seasoning, stock etc.
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