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The UKFibromyalgia Forums • View topic - Weight Problems !!!
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Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:59 pm
by fabme
Mell

Coming on here and ranting-getting it off your chest to people who understand can really help. You mention that you're having breathing problems along with the pain etc do you think it is weight related only oe could it be linked to asthma or a chest condition :?: May be worth mention to your doc as all it will take is them listening to your lungs/chest and a blow into a peak flow meter to rule that out. I only mention this as I have asthma and a chronic lung disease which brought on the fibro and huffing and puffing is so not fun :(

Just in case this helps in the 18months i've had fibro i've put on 3 stone in weight :( but I used to be a health visitor and a slimming world consultant so I have the training and knowledge yet despite that i've fought a loosing battle against the fibro, meds not being able to walk. So if i'm like this goodness knows how anyone else manages

fab

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:15 pm
by FluppyPuffy
I've piled on loads of weight as well, thanks to wonderful FM :tongueout: At one point I'd virtually doubled in weight, and managed to shift about half of it by managing to eat healthily and walking to and from school when DS was ickle. But that was before I started to need more and more meds. Since then, I've gained back about a stone and a half :evil: I've tried going back to what I was doing, and I'm surprisingly more active now, thanks to DeeDee (altho I do pay a very high pain price for walking her) but nothing much happens :roll: :shock: :? I've even resorted to the tricks I used to get up to when I was a teenager and banging on anorexias door :( :oops: and not even that does anything :shock: :shock: :shock:

There is a self-referral weight-loss program running in my area that I'm going to try and get on to see if it helps, but TBH I'm not very optimistic about it, unless there is someone running it that understands about all the things that FM does to us, the meds etc etc :dunno: :dunno:

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:16 pm
by mellabella
Hi Lilley.

We certainly do seem to have an awful lot of the same associated problems, what with that and the same sort of feeling about rebellious politics, i'm begining to wonder if we were separated at birth :lol: and my poor dog is forever looking at me wondering if today is going to an half hour walk day, a ten minute walk or just a quick shove out the back garden day. and like you I had to give up " you know what " with my ex. It was Ok when doing the actual biz but my goodnessd, i felt like id been run over by a train the next morning! mind you, you know it's time to end a relationship anyway when in order to do "you know what" You have to increase you wine intake from one or two glasses to one or two bottles :wine:

Hi Fabme. I have recently been to the docs about this breathing business and she's sent me for some tests. Have to go back in a week for results but i'm almost certain its weight related. There is athsma in my family and i've had a touch of it myself over the years but this breathing stuff is quite different in feeling.. I was on the phone to a friend today sitting and speeking for about half hour.. i got quite breathless just talking to her.. it feels like all the air is being squeezed out of me,i'm wondering if its the fat suffocating me from the inside out :dunno: as when i sit it feels like my stomach is pushing up into my chest.. I haven't been able to wear a bra for a few months as it feels like i am being strangled by it. I'm beginning to wonder if this is all fibro related or is there something else going on with me as well.. i have become fairly incapacitated. I wake up feeling totally unrefreshed and exhausted, and by exhausted i mean unable to think clearly and just want to sleep so i have to carefully plan any activity and weigh up the costs of it.. it lasts all day then about 7 in the evening the tiredness suddenly lifts, my mental capacity comes back and i feel energetic and restless on the inside but physically i'm all worn out... it's so maddening. I;m practically living on pro plus in the day and co - codamol in the evening.

Hi Fluffy Puppy. I'm sorry to hear about your weight gain, it is so upsetting to have this happen and have no controll over it, its like loosing your whole identity as a woman under a heaving mound of gloop! I hope you have success on the self help programme, though i hear what your saying about having someone running the scheme who understands the problems of fibro.. what a vicious circle fibro is and yet so few in the health and fitness industry have any understand of how it affects diet and exercise. I have put a few adverts out in my area asking for fibro diet buddies to go off and do some excercise with.. gently stuff like walking or faffing about in the pool, but so far i've had no response... :(

I wonder if we could have a dedicated thread on here to act as a sort of diet club.. with weekly weigh ins, emotional support.. Goal setting and motivational talk.. cooking tips and recipes and all that, a bit like a real diet club... Like you, i used to run a diet club but that was years ago.. they were called slimming magazine clubs, I don't think they exist any more.

Mel. XX

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:50 pm
by denys
If enough of you want a diet thread I will organise it just put a post on here saying me too or something similar thats all it takes :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:29 pm
by mellabella
Hi Denys, Cheers, personally i think that would be great.. I'll post a new thread up tomorrow and see what sort of response it gets. :fingerscrossed:

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:09 am
by denys
Dont worry Mellabella, I've asked for the new section to be added it should be on later today thanks :hugs: :hugs: :wave:

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:24 am
by mellabella
:clap: :flowers:

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:54 pm
by Mayham
Hi Mellabella,

I know how you feel exactly about giving up on relationships. I really identified with your post and can only offer sympathy and a gentle hug.

I am only 36 but feel exactly the same. No man would understand that you simply "arent in the mood" and that you feel bad about your body because of the weight gain. Before I was diagnosed I thought there was something mentally wrong with me as everyone else seemed to be swinging from chandeliers and I was too tired for anything!!! My ex used to say "how about an early night" and I would be like "brilliant - im knackered!!!" Poor guy.

We are still friends and he is really supportive of my illness. Now we can have a bit of a joke about how awful our physical relationship was - I think I gave the poor beggar a complex till I found out I was actually ill!!!!

Since being diagnosed I have gain 2 and a half stone - partly through the medication but mostly because I cannot exercise any more. I cant go swimming because as well as fibro I am covered in psoriasis from top to toe (I know you are thinking "what a catch!!!") Ha ha!!!

Im trying to stay positive but it is hard going all round. Im in a lot of pain today and feeling a bit low but as we all know - some days are better than others.

I went and got myself a rescue house cat which made me feel better as he listens when im moaning (sometimes!!) and occasionally tolerates me giving him a cuddle!!! I wanted a dog but unable to walk it and im still working full time (which is so exhausting) that I felt it wouldnt be fair to get a dog. My cat is quite happy to prowl about my flat when im not there and sleeps most of the time. It sounds daft but I think he has made my life better.

I also got counselling last year - it helped unload a bit of dead wood from my past so would recommend it.

Anyways - hopefully you are feeling better this week and things go a bit easier for you.

Sending warm wishes to everyone who is struggling at the moment. Its not easy is it!

Mayham xx :hugs:

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:31 pm
by budda
Diet thread yes please.

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:37 pm
by denys
Done Bud, this is it :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:06 pm
by mellabella
Update... i'm still fat! :banghead:

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:42 pm
by mellabella
Ok, so after re reading my earlier postings here, it has struck me in black and white just how affected by it a am. A week ago i went out to my local Iceland and bought loads of weight watcher ready meals and desserts, not bad at between a £1 and £ 1.50 each.. then i went to the pound land shop and got loads of weight watcher snacks and crisps and biscuits and jams and sweetner.. I'm not calorie counting anything but for the past week whenever i have felt hungry i have eaten the weight watcher stuff or had one of their desserts. there was even one evening where i had a binge on their ginger cookies and cheese puffs :banghead: but i have to say that i am already feeling better. I haven't weighed myself as i don't want to get defeated before i start but i am sure that eating like this has somehow managed to curb my appetite a bit.. for some reason i am not craving sweet stuff about half hour after eating like i was before and ( and its a cautious and ) i think i might feel like i have slightly more energy. The other thing i have been doing, and which i am determined to keep up, is that i am taking my dog out for ten minutes walk every morning. the first four or five days were horrible as my calves were killing me and i spent half of Saturday in bed as i walked more than ten minutes but.. touch wood.. yesterday and today i have been feeling a little better and even though i don't think i have lost weight, i am certainly a lot less bloated.

I just went and stocked up on another weeks supply of weight watchers, i know it's not ideal but it's a start. i'll keep you posted and see how i'm doing next week. :clap:

Mell

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:29 pm
by denys
Well done Mell :fingerscrossed: it is going to work for you and as you say its a start keep going and if you feel you are flagging come on here and sound off we can try to keep you going, you never know this thread may start to help others too :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :flowers:

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:47 am
by FluppyPuffy
:fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: mell. One of my aunts' has lost a lot of weight by swapping to the weight watchers stuff. She has a lot of health problems and a lot of her meds have weight gain as a side effect like ours do. It was a struggle, but she's kept it off for almost a year so it can be done with some thought and determination :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Re: Weight Problems !!!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:09 am
by garyb
Ive put 9st on since i became ill and im still expanding, somtimes wonder how my partner can bare to look at me anymore,i am now 21stone i still eat the same amount i did when i worked and so hence the weight gain, it also dosnt help that im on steroids every day ,and have been for the last 5 years. the way i look at it is, i didnt ask to be ill, i didnt make myself ill, and im afraid people are just gonna have to accept it, i go without any other luxurys in life and im sure as hell aint gonna start starving my self as well.loads of people tell me how fat ive got ,and that i need to do more exercise ,but as we all know that aint happening, i did use to worry about it but dont anymore..... because that worry and that feeling bad about myself made things ten times worse and my doc agrees with me. the stress will kill you a lot faster than the fat..............sooooo be happy and dont worry and im sure once i get my pain under a little better control i will start to shed some pounds bit by bit :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :tongueout: :easter1: :crazy: :wave:

Best wishes garyb aka ...RHINO remaining positive