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Help, after accident my girl can't quit gaining weight.

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  • Posted By: bigpapakus
  • July 22, 2008
  • 03:00 PM

Someone please help.. We don't know what to do anymore. The love of my life was in a car accident a few years back and almost died. She had a lot of damage and had head trauma in the accident. They dont' know how she survived. Here is the problem now. Before the accident she weighed 107 and now is around 160lbs. She works out 2 hours a day and doesn't hardly ever eat and all that does is maintain her weight. She can't seem to lose and just keeps gaining weight. Next month now they are gona try the lap band and see if that helps. To me it seems that her hormones aren't working right because of the damage and I'm a littel leary that the band will help. I thought the band is to slow you from eating but she already doesn't eat. Has anyone else experience this? If you have any info please help.> I love this girl so much and want her to be happy with herself which right now she isn't. Please any info you have would be appreciated.

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  • Have you seen an endocrinologist yet. Head injuries can damage the pituitary and hypothalmus and start off a whole chain of misfortions. In addition if she had brain damage, do you know if at any time if she was hyperammoneamic or if her liver was damaged --there are some disorders that can cause the body to store fats and never burn them. Hugs.:)
    Abbydoodle 138 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks so much for the info.. I don't know all the details about the accident but I do know that yes her liver was damaged or they had to remove part of it I believe. If she has what you say is there a cure? What do they typically have to do? She is scheduled for the surgery on August 14th but if this can help I much rather her do this than some surgery that may not help her.
    bigpapakus 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks so much for the info.. I don't know all the details about the accident but I do know that yes her liver was damaged or they had to remove part of it I believe. If she has what you say is there a cure? What do they typically have to do? She is scheduled for the surgery on August 14th but if this can help I much rather her do this than some surgery that may not help her. Please do your research on this surgery - it has a lot of scary complications and is not a simple procedure! I agree that she needs to have more testing done. Also, is she taking any medications? Unexplained weight gain is a common side effect of many medications. Doctors overlook this. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • "If you only have ten or twenty pounds or even fifty pounds to lose, weight loss surgery is not an option. Patients considered for WLS must be at least 100 pounds overweight and have a BMI of at least 40. Sometimes patients who are about seventy-five pounds overweight with a BMI of 35 are considered if they also have a combination of certain co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, or sleep apnea. " The above was from an article on women's health and lap band surgery. This sounds too extreme for her, and I would be very leary of doing something so severe after all that she has been through. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • 1. You do not say how old your daughter is. Am curious. 2. If your daughter had liver damage, then lab band surgury becomes an extremely dangerous surgery to have. She could have damaged the liver where by cutting off nutrients could trigger seizures and other disorders. 3. If her liver was damaged, you need to check to see if there is a possibility of hyperammonemia or ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency. This is the most common liver disorder from damage. Any type of of surgery could but your daughter in danger (coma and death) if the protocals are not followed. 4. If she has OTC, there is the problem of gaining wait. Essentially the body stores the fat but forgets where it stores it and never retrieves it for burining. 5. when such accidents occur, you can also damage the pituitary and have hormone damage. 6. The lap band surgery may only be working on a symptom, not the root cause. Recommend looking deeper before the surgery. Doctors should have done this!! Especially after liver damage. There is materials out that say be careful. 7. I have to agree lap band surgery is not an answer until the endocrinology issues are reviewed as well as the liver is examined for OTC. She is playing Russian Rulette with her body.
    Abbydoodle 138 Replies Flag this Response
  • i wonder if its possible she could have cushings, maybe caused by damage to her pituitary caused by the accident? I don't even know if its possible, its just a suggestion. "Symptoms vary, but most people have upper body obesity, rounded face, increased fat around the neck, and thinning arms and legs. Children tend to be obese with slowed growth rates.Other symptoms appear in the skin, which becomes fragile and thin. It bruises easily and heals poorly. Purplish pink stretch marks may appear on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts. The bones are weakened, and routine activities such as bending, lifting or rising from a chair may lead to backaches, rib and spinal column fractures.Most people have severe fatigue, weak muscles, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. Irritability, anxiety and depression are common.Women usually have excess hair growth on their faces, necks, chests, abdomens, and thighs. Their menstrual periods may become irregular or stop. Men have decreased fertility with diminished or absent desire for sex." http://www.endocrine.niddk.nih.gov/pubs/cushings/cushings.htm#symptoms
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies Flag this Response
  • qwertyuiop123 good add. Which we still would not advise the surgery would we?
    Abbydoodle 138 Replies Flag this Response
  • Oh sorry i didn't realize they were talking surgery when i wrote that.. HORRIBLE IDEA. If she is hardly eating anything it won't help anything to get the surgery, I would expect she'll end up starving or dehydrated, just hold off on surgery until you find out why she is gaining this weight. Once they find out why they will treat her, and then i can almost guarantee you will both have changed your minds about her needing the surgery. She should see an endocrinologist, then go from there. I can't believe someone is actually willing to do the surgery in this situation. I just reread that and realized I'm being a bit harsh, you don't actually think she should have the surgery, take her to an endocrinologist, you would feel awful if the lap band only makes things worse, and you didn't take our advice.
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies Flag this Response
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