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What's happened to me, please help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 25, 2009
  • 04:02 PM

Hi,

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.

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    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Tigger: I kind of had the same problem. gained weight, although I didn't eat anything. Water weight. swollen fingers, I still have them. Have you checked your heart function? I had basic blood tests and they all come back normal. But they are the basic tests. If you have specific tests, it would give you a detailed diagnoses. I had liver test, they came back normal, and then I had detailed tests done on my liver and they found two lesions. So I wouldn't really rely on those basic tests. Go see a specialist who would give you individual tests, because if your fingers are swelling, something is wrong. Good luck.Hi, 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.
    bluebydc 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • How are your stress levels? Stress can cause weight gain.How much are you eating each day? How often do you eat? What types of foods are you eating? Do you know how many calories a day you are eating?Do you smoke?Do you do any weight lifting?Sorry about all of the questions, I just want to understand everything.It sounds like there may be a few underlying factors here. It's great that you are exercising. I would recommend some weight lifting to develop some muscle mass, which is fed by fat. Decreasing your food intake too much can cause your metabolism to slow down. Your body will go into what is called "starvation mode" and hold on to fat. I would also get your stress level checked.My best advice would be to talk to a health and wellness coach in your area (NOT a personal trainer because most of them don't have a clue what they are doing). They will be able to figure out what is going on in your life that may be affecting this, as well as develop a good nutritional plan and exercise plan to help you out.Do you have a desk job? Is there anything else in your life that may be contributing to this?
    cupofnoodles27 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, Thanks for your responses.I am planning on going back to the Doctors next week and asking for more test to be done as suggested above. My stress levels aren't too bad I don't think, I still have a lot of emotional problems with dealing in particular, my brothers death and also supporting my Mum. I don't and have never smoked. I don't lift weights. To be honest I find it hard enough to do the walking I do daily as I am always so tired and have no energy so the thought of doing weights as well at the mo would be a bit much.. I eat healthily, my portions are probably slightly larger than normal but not that bad, however I don't eat bad foods, fizzy drinks, etc.. I am trying to cut the portions down though. A normal day would be:Breakfast - Banana late morningLunch - Chicken salad wrap or Ham salad sandwichDinner - Something like - Fish/meat with veg & potatoes or Grilled chicken with cous cous or pasta in tomato sauce... all home made. Drinks - Water all day, two cups of tea a day, pure Orange juice and 2/3 glasses of wine on Sat & SunSnacks - NoneIt's hard to work out how many calories I eat due to everything being home made including lunch but I find it hard to believe that I eat more than 2000 a day.Yes - I have a desk job which doesn't help at all.. Nothing else in life to contribute to this except for above but still believe the anti-depressants did something to me as it's too much of a coincidence putting on all that weight whilst taking the pills. Trouble is I can't lose it now. Thanks for your time.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • hypothyroidism? or polycystic ovarian syndrome? Are you losing your hair? Are you sleepwalking...to the kitchen? People can actually do this when under stress. Are you missing food from the frig in the morning? Do you take Ambien? Many instances of sleep-eating.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Tigger. I'm very sorry to hear of your losses. It really sounds like you have been through the ringer.....but congratulations on your upcoming marriage. Turning lemons into lemonade, it seems. Good for you. The anti-depressants that you have been on obviously have contributed to your weight gain. I agree with other that stress, anxiety, or grief alone can trigger the body to produce too much cortisol, which in turn causes your body to not metabolize glucose well and store fat. Chronic stress causes your body to store fat especially around your waistline. Practicing daily relaxation techniques, like the yoga or meditation, are a great way to combat this. It also seems as if your exercise routine has stayed relatively the same over a course of time. Our bodies get 'used' to the same routines....sometimes it helps to switch it up a bit. As in...walk one day, maybe run the next. Try a new exercise like cycling or kick-boxing--anything different to give your body something new to adapt to. By changing up your exercise routine, your body will have to develop new ways of responding (such as releasing fat stores). I don't think you necessarily need more exercise, just different exercises.Last bit... what test was done to check your thyroid? Sometimes they just do a TSH, but really a Free T3 and Free T4 can give you a more accurate picture of what's going on. You might see if your doc would be willing to run these. It's possible to have a thyroid issue and have a normal TSH. I really do wish you the best. You have been through a lot, but you are proving that you are a survivor, a fighter. Keep up the good work and find joy in all you do!! :)
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
  • try to avoid Dangerous Diets:Fad DietsStarvation Diets but Eating a Healthy Diet is Cutting out fast foods, fatty and fried foods, and sodas is a must.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
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