I tried to let my title at least give you an idea of whats inside, but I believe my need to be very long winded and wordy cut down on its effectiveness, since the title is only a select number of characters. Maybe you can help me out anyway!
This thread is actually about my mother, because her whining about these symptoms is getting a little out of hand. :rolleyes:
First thing first, she's obsessed with finding the "miracle" diet. Like many women, she gained a lot of weight when she had her kids (50lb~), but managed to lose most of it every time save the last. In that case, she had to have her gallbladder out relatively soon after nursing. She remarked how odd it was that the folks who were at the hospital with her who could only eat a little bit lost weight while she, who couldn't eat anything because she'd instantly be sick, gained 20 lbs in eight days.
Since then it's been a downhill slide. It's coming up 20 years since then. She doesn't gain weight massively anymore, but nor can she lose it. To that last bit, she went on a "very strict diet" for over 9 months, did enough excercise that she hurt her foot and got it put into a cast, and didn't lose anything (nor gain it thenafter, so the body hadn't gone into 'starvation mode'). We've tried to convince her to stop trying random "miracle pills" or "miracle diets", but a few times a month she's asking to research a website on a new one. Right now I believe she's taking CLA, claiming that it says, "If you don't change your life, CLA will!", saying maybe if it makes her lose at least 1 lb, she'll be more motivated.
And while weight is the major influencer behind this, it's not the only factor. A good while I personally "escorted" then to the grocery store to monitor what they bought, while keeping the price tag down, and took an active effort to get them out walking every day for some excercise. She runs out of energy very quickly, and for a while thought she might have fibromylgia because her muscles tend to bother her. This is to the extreme where it takes an active effort for her to take a flight of stairs, or where after five minutes of walking, she needs a break. While lack of energy and weak muscles can happen in obese people, I wouldn't classify her as obese. She is overweight as she complains, but not to the point where it should affect her like it is.
That said, I know nothing about medical issues. I understand it could be something to do with the thyroid, a surgerical procedure, old age, or various hormonal organs. But those are just words I sprout off in ignorance.
If you can, please interrogate me into the ground with specific information that might help me help her get her life back, or at least give us some clues. She is in the 50-60 year old range.