I've been to endicrinologists, internal medicine professionals, gynos, shrinks, nutritionists, dieticians, and joined diet boards.
Here's the VERY short version-- I eat 1000 to 1200 calories a day, of healthy, well balanced meals. One nutritionist was so sure that I was lying on my food diary that she offered to STAY at my home for a week. Eight days later, after her supervised approach, she nearly fell over when she saw I GAINED six lbs. (She had me eat two meals more a day than I usually do.)
Since the start of last year, I went from 140 to 198. The year before, I went from 119 to 140. I had been 119 for six years. Before that I was 139 for four years, and then 123 for 13 years.
See the problem? Neither does the forum of doctors. No one has an answer. Every one TRIES to toss answers out.
"Oh it's cushings for sure.." tests come back, "Nope not at all."
"HEY, it's got to be thyroid!" tests come back, "Not even close."
"Oh wait a minute, fibroids, PCOS, or how about estrogen?" another parade of tests go by, "Well geez, not even menopausal."
I'm only 5' 2.5", and despite the fact I keep getting heavier, I get told, "Oh you don't look fat, its got to be muscle weight." Well, no, I'm disabled, and I use bands, and housecleaning as my only form of exercise. "You must be eating when people aren't looking." Not a chance..I have to be reminded to eat. I don't do it except by scheduled meals.
I don't drink. I don't smoke. I take medications, for depression, (went through 11 formularies just to find ONE that wasn't putting on 4 to 10 lbs a week.) When I was put on steroids after a sinus infection, I BEGGED the doctor not to put me on prednisone. The very first weight gain happened after a bout of these meds after I dislocated my shoulder. Although I LOOKED like I had cushings, no tests indicated that as the truth.
I am visiting Dr. 18 tomorrow. This is the first doctor to look at me and ask me when I had my baby. I have NEVER been pregant. Never plan to be. She said, "you have breasts like a woman nursing." Yes, and I have been complaining about having milk issues, too, but alas, my prolactin says nothing of the sort is happening. In fact, I've gone from a 33a to a 40C in less than four months. (Doctor 17 was the gyno who found no cysts, no abnormal hormones, and despite my decreased libido, decided I had no reason to have any lack of a sex drive.)
She sent me to a shrink after our first appt. He put me on Lamictal. And he had the nerve to say, "You probably like those breads, though, right?" As if he wanted to trick me into telling him that all of those tests were a waste of time, and I was on the couch wolfing down bon bons or something. I was sent to him for a very poor body image issue. Unreal.
Is there ANYTHING doctor 18 will find? I am just gaining weight, and in the last two weeks since our first visit, it's been 8 lbs. This is faster than when I was on prednisone. I'm just beyond depressed, and am I really beyond help? Is there no way to stop this from happening over and over???
I hope someone here can point me to something that isn't "OH try green tea" or, "did you try hoodia?" That's not the issue. I have to fight to be hungry, not fight not to be. I'm even embarrassed to be seen in public.