I am female in my late twenties who this time 15 months ago was 10.5 stone and now I am 13 stone, 2lb.
Just prior to this I had lost both my father and 18 year old brother in the space of 10 weeks. My father died within a few months of being diagnosed with lung cancer and my brother committed suicide which was obviously very traumatic for us all and still is. This caused me to have severe depression, anxiety and heart palpitations so I was given Oxactin in October 2007. I took this for one year and I came off them last November as I thought the unexplained weight gain was due to these pills and couldn’t bear to be any heavier.
I have not changed my eating habits or taken less exercise at all over the last few years to explain this. I eat very healthily, everything is homemade, I don't snack at all, drink fizzy drinks and have never smoked. I did start drinking more alcohol during last year- a few glasses of white wine each night which I stopped doing a few months ago as I felt that I was becoming reliant on it. I now only drink a few glasses on the weekend. I walk daily for 40 mins (to & from work four times a day) and I also walk my dogs for an hour each day in the evenings at a fast pace. I drink at least a litre of water every day. My partner has the same eating habits & exercise as me but has not put on any weight.
Since coming off the anti-depressants in November, I have not lost any weight, only gained. I also even came off the pill in December in desperation that I would lose some weight as I have done in the past but to no avail. These are Marvelon that I have taken for many years and decided to go back on them last week as it wasn’t doing anything being off them.
Instead, I continue to gain weight, approx 1-2 pounds every couple of weeks. Even after trying more cardiovascular exercise 2-3 times a week for an hour and cutting down on my food portions hasn’t helped. Here’s an idea of my weight over the last year:
May 2008 – 11 Stone, 8lbs.
November 2008 – 12 Stone, 4lbs.
March 2009 – 13 stone, 2lbs.
I was recently sent for a blood test for Thyroid problems, Glucose and Liver (possibly a few others but am not sure) and to my bewilderment it came back fine.
Please help! I am trying very hard to come to terms with my losses and my weight gain is making me have very low self esteem and depression again. I cannot fit into any of my clothes or wear my jewellery. I am also getting married this year and I am obviously desperate to lose weight before then. I have just had to get my engagement ring which I’ve had for under a year enlarged by two sizes as my fingers are so swollen and have had to put an extra link in my watch. I don’t feel like this is my body anymore and cannot understand why I keep ballooning in this way. I also feel completely exhausted most of the time even though I sleep well and don’t feel I have any energy.