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Uncontrolable Extreme Weight Gain

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  • Posted By: charissa74
  • January 12, 2009
  • 09:20 PM

Until I was 23, I never had weight issues of any kind. I was naturally pretty thin and petite (115lb and 5' 3"). I ate what I wanted (which was pretty healthy) and never exactly exercised, but, I was moderately active. Then all of the sudden in late 1997 (I was doing absolutely nothing different) I started to gain weight very fast and with about 4 months I was 35 pounds heavier. I tried eating less and exercising everyday for at least 30 to 40 minutes. For a year, I could not lose a pound no matter how little I eat or how active I was. Then, all of the sudden in late 1998 I started losing weight very quickly and lost 40 to 45 pounds in another 3-4 months. I was losing weight so fast that every week I had to wear a new size pant. I went from a size 10 to a size 0. Then a year later I was still eating healthy and was active as always and I began to gain weight again. This time within 2-3 months I gained 70 pounds. I was now 175lbs and a size 18. I exercised and a Chinese Doctor my Mom knew gave me herbs to boost my metabolism safely. I lost 30lbs and when down to a size 10. Then a three months later I gained weight very fast and became a size 22 and about 220lbs. I now have practically starved myself and exercised madly for the 2 months and now fit into a size 20. I tried the several small meals for years. I am a vegetarian. I drink only water. Do not eat cheese, pasta, sodas - let's just say I eat very small portions of food that are from extremely healthy to maybe just somewhat (but the somewhat is when I eat out - and I still eat a small amount). I have been a vegetarian since about 1996. I did start taking medication for anxiety and severe depression in 1996. I have continuously brought the issue up to my psychiatrist. He has changed meds several times but does not think that it is my medication. I have been tested for thyroid issues 3 times and there has never been an issue. No one knows what it is b/c they know how healthy I am with my eating and exercising. It makes no sense that my weight fluctuates so severely and so fast and I have changed nothing. I am in fear for my health and I feel my beauty was taken from me. I hope someone knows what this is and what to do about it - you do not know how incredibly, extremely grateful I would be. Thanks for taking the time to read this long life story.

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  • Cushing's?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 05:20 AM
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  • I guess you've had your hormones tested??? sounds like some kind of hormonal issue of some kind. Many hormone issues can make us gain, eg imbalances in the female hormones, or loose weight. (thou i havent heard of any affecting like youve described). you may want to think about getting some cortisol testing done too as i know too much can cause weight gain eg cushing's syndrome.. and too little can cause weight loss. Maybe there is some kind of dysfunction going on affecting the adrenals???
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 09:28 AM
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  • I agree with taniaast1.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 04:05 PM
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  • Thanks for your analysis! You right, I have had my hormones tested. I also believe I have had my cortisol levels tested. These tests I think were not too in depth. My primary doctor's office drew blood and just said everything looks fine. I might test the cortisol again. I do not think I have had my adrenal glands checked, so I could try that as well. Thanks again! If you have anything more let me know!!
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 07:29 PM
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  • Anyone else have any ideas??? I do not have health insurance and would like to have as much testing done at once.
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 07:32 PM
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  • Anti-depressants are known to cause weight gain, especially Paxil. I started taking it in 1990 and have gained 70 lbs. Can you match your weight gain / losses to different medications?Pam
    pamelasmc 82 Replies
    • January 14, 2009
    • 00:04 AM
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  • :)I know that meds for anxiety and depression can cause weight gain. As I said, my Dr. and I have tried numerous meds and different combos since 1997. What is very ironic is that I kinda actually think I lose weight on Paxil. In 1996 I took Paxil and lost about 15 pounds. We eventually changed meds I do not remember why. I just recently (about 3-4 months ago) went back to Paxil and lost about 20lbs. I do not lose much. However, I do not gain on Paxil. I find that so odd. Good suggestion, I just have a wacky situation. *?If you do not mind asking did you stop taking Paxil? I would think so. When you did, did you lose the 70lbs? Did you get on a medication that helped with weight...and if so, what is it?Thank You!!
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 14, 2009
    • 05:53 PM
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  • I have a whacky situation myself. About 15 years ago I went to the Hospital with a very fast heart rate, about 200bpm. I was diagnosed with "anxiety"...They just love to blame that. So I was put on Paxil and propranolol and Xanax. After a month or so, I started to feel better, but I started to gain weight after a year or so. Tried to go off and had BAD reactions, especially with heart probs...waited a year, gained more weight, tried to wean off again, same thing...over and over..tried different meds, same heart palps, skips, rapid beats, etc... Finally after a few more ER visits, I was sent for Tilt Table Test. Turns out I have POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). So, 15 years ago I was put on the right meds for the wrong reason and everytime I try to wean off, I get severe POTS symptoms. So, no, weight still up, no idea how to lose it. Went from a size three (too skinny for me) to a 14 (too big in my opinion, but my Fiance loves me just fine). My ideal would be a size 10 and I've just sent for the Acai berry tablets that are supposed to help, we'll see:oGood Luck to youPamela
    pamelasmc 82 Replies
    • January 14, 2009
    • 11:02 PM
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  • Omy my gosh!!!! I have been battling the same issue my doctors have no idea whats been going on with me i have like 10 different size off clothes in my closet! Cuz i never know when i am going to gain or lose i have had this situation since i was 20 years old and i am now 25 its the most irritating thing i have ever dealt with its sending me in a deep depression my marriage is hurting because of this for some odd reason im gaining and gaining....gaining 20 to 25 lbs in a month is just not right but every test and every doctor keeps saying the same thing diet and exercise but i am! (i cant even look at something to eat without gaining a couple of lbs for it) they just dont understand and neither do i...i feel defeated, lost and helpless!!!!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2010
    • 05:54 PM
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  • Omy my gosh!!!! I have been battling the same issue my doctors have no idea whats been going on with me i have like 10 different size off clothes in my closet! Cuz i never know when i am going to gain or lose i have had this situation since i was 20 years old and i am now 25 its the most irritating thing i have ever dealt with its sending me in a deep depression my marriage is hurting because of this for some odd reason im gaining and gaining....gaining 20 to 25 lbs in a month is just not right but every test and every doctor keeps saying the same thing diet and exercise but i am! (i cant even look at something to eat without gaining a couple of lbs for it) they just dont understand and neither do i...i feel defeated, lost and helpless!!!!!! I am very sorry. Thank you guys for sharing your experiences. I hope we find help soon! Let me (us) know if you hear anything.
    charissa74 13 Replies
    • January 11, 2010
    • 11:07 PM
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  • I know its been a white since anyone has posted, but I was Curious if anyone has gotten any answers. I am experiencing the same heart breaking condition since 1998. Fluctuating from 140 to 215, I have cycled about 7 times now. as soon at I get to 140 within a month the cycle begins again and the weight comes on quick, 60lbs in 3-4 months, then usually as fast as it comes it recedes. All my test are normal, I have requested numerous times to see an endocrinologist, being denies every time. One quack to me the only reason I gain weigh is because I eat too much, made me so mad because I eat like a bird, lots of veggies, and plain chicken. she also said yoga and getting myself aligned would help. Quacks!! i am so frustrated, my husband even left me at one point because I was so depressed over it, and now I am at my heaviest and he hardly looks at me. I am desperate to find out whats going on. I know it isn't normal to continually fluctuate 75lbs back and forth without change in diet or exercise.
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