Discussions By Condition: Autoimmune Disease

Lose weight and you'll be cured.

Posted In: Autoimmune Disease 0 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 16, 2007
  • 01:33 PM

So, I don't know where to go with this. I have several autoimmune issues, and I saw an internist for the first time yesterday. The gist of the meeting was that he said if I lost weight and walked 4 miles a day, all my autoimmune issues would go away. Now, while I'm a big girl, I'm not mammoth by any means, and I've never had a doctor be so condescending in my life. It was really an upsetting experience as I was told that I needed to have a positive outlook and be happy I wasn't actually suffering like people with cancer. All I had to do was eat less(mind you, he didn't care what I ate, which seemed insane to me) and walk 4 miles a day so I could be skinny and healthy and I should be happy like him. Huh?
He then admitted that he didn't walk 4 miles a day. When I explained that I was working out 4-5 times a week and lost a ton of muscle mass in a very fast amount of time when I got sick very quickly, he didn't have an answer. Just that I had trained my body to be tired all of the time now, and I should force myself to exercise despite the pain and if it'll kill me, then let it kill me. The logical part of me knows better, but this really upset me and now he's got me thinking it's my fault for allowing myself to get fat and lazy.

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