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Weight loss, stomach pain, and blood pressure

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  • Posted By: silver_raven
  • December 1, 2007
  • 03:41 PM

My blood pressure is typically on the extreme low side of normal, my whole life. I'm vegan for the last (almost) 2 full years (january). I was normal weight for myself for the first 1 yr and a couple months of veganism, so that's obviously not my problem.
I did become concerned over my weight and tried a couple diets that aren't your typical "lower intake calorie" but rather, diets that trick the body into losing weight, and eating more calories than usual..
During this time, I was avidly avoiding wheat gluten (to an extreme) and many starches (but ate fruits galore, as well as sugar in coffee, etc). This went on for about 4 months (I lost modest weight and went down to a reasonable weight, and decided no more need to diet), and then about one month ago, I decided to up and eat cake. Lots of it. A whole cake in about 3 days. I lost 6 pounds total (after consuming cake? with frosting, cake was made with 1/2 cup canola oil, not applesauce), and now down to a rediculous weight and do not know exactly why and eat whatever I want but i'm struggling to maintain my weight!!

Ok, so it sounds like a dream come true, right? Whenever I eat big meals, my low BP goes through the roof (i don't know the numbers, but my veins protrude really badly, even on my hip bone, so all over my body veins veins and more veins, and what's worse is I can feel the heat from all of it, and don't know if there's a correlation.

Onto the stomach pains. I've gone to the doc in the past for this to no avail, and the pain is more phantom pain. Has nothing to do with whether I eat, don't eat, how much I eat, how spicy food is, etc. Basically, I had tests done and it's def. not an ulcer. It's also not cancer, or anything like that. guessed not to be pancreatitis, and wrong side for it to be my spleen? I think it might be that, but who knows.

Ok, now...when I was tracking my food and not eating everything in sight, I was at a comfortable 113#, right now I'm at 105-107# depending on whether I ate/just got done sleeping/etc.
I'm 5'1.5"...I know my doc won't worry until I'm underweight, but I was down to 107, and can't maintain it, so it'ss been inching downward (big meals inflate my weight, but it's just appearing to be a higher weight, my weight drops down to lower than it was before when I sleep it off or whatnot.)...so it goes up a lot, goes down a bit more than the starting point, and yoyo's ever so slightly on a downward sliding scale.

Of course this is reason to concern and I don't think I can get a diagnosis in a reasonable amount of time. My bone structure is very large so I look anorexic at 105-107#. 113 I looked fine, but my rib cage, hands, head, all too big for this weight.
Ok, thanks
Silver_raven:confused:

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  • honestly, I think you really did start having problems back two years ago when you went vegan. Gradual starvation can lead to edema, or water retention, in particular protein deficiency causes this (ever see those starving kids in africa and wonder, what's up with the big belly if they're starving?), which supports why you may have started having problems when you went vegan. Dieting and low blood pressure don't mix :P In particular if you're vegan you have to be very careful to get all 21 essential amino acids (proteins) that you ordinarly would easily get through meat, which has all 21. If you did not, this is almost definately the problem. It's also possible, though very unlikely, that you could have adrenal insufficiency, but your veins swell up when you eat so I doubt that. Edit: Your "stomach pains" could be your liver (do you bruise easily?) or maybe your kidneys (is it closer to your back?). Edit: oh.. um.. you might have a parasite!!! Anyways, you really need to see your doctor again. And make sure to reeeeeeeally bug him about this.
    not a fifty five 34 Replies
    • December 2, 2007
    • 02:02 AM
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  • In the mean time I would suggest eating lots of high calorie food unless you become nauseas as a result. Also, I know its embarressing to talk about, but what are your bowel/voiding habits? Eh actually don't take my advice about eating.. I really don't know how to deal with parasites if that is a problem. But yes, talk to your doctor about a possible parasite.
    not a fifty five 34 Replies
    • December 2, 2007
    • 02:28 AM
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  • You are taking Vitamin B12 supplaments?Others out in the World Wide Web would say, "A diet high in Canola oil is dangerous" Regards
    TerryG 120 Replies
    • December 2, 2007
    • 10:50 AM
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  • I did shangri la for...um...2-3 days or so. Not much of a dent on my 26 yr lifespan...lolIt could be parasites,any oil can be bad if paired w/ other things or overheated.I am vegan, but not scared of consuming bee products, so I take Spirutein regularly (it's technically vegetarian, not vegan), getting about 500% b-12/day on average.)I'm actually obsessive about making sure I get a full 100 grams of protein, minimum per day (though try to get 120+ as I'm trying to build muscle). There's complete amino acid makeup and availability in the spirutein, but I also take veg protein and eat the fake meats and tofu and almond milk, peanut butter, etc. I actually have very very good muscle build right now. Fantastic, really. I have not had a problem with muscle building. My stomach only "protrudes" if I eat enough to make it do that, I mean 3 plates full of chips with guac and 5 drinks and a big bowl of veggies...lolOtherwise, i look very very thin. try beanpole...lol...being vegan, it's more for health reasons related to cancer than health reasons related to weight. I'm not afraid of sweets or anything like that. So, it's not like I'm eating 1 carrot a day and stopping at that. lol (no, not at all, and I don't like raw carrots unless it's with hummus)I become nauseous from certain blends of food, but just tend to avoid those and have no problems with that. ok, so there ya go. lol...thanks for the help ^_^:eek:but, no, not starving myself.
    silver_raven 3 Replies
    • December 2, 2007
    • 02:40 PM
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  • *shrug* well if you got muscles then I'm sure the vegan diet is working out for you then. Btw, do you have a fever?
    not a fifty five 34 Replies
    • December 3, 2007
    • 02:22 AM
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