Does weight factor in with FM?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by basket21, Mar 8, 2003.

  1. basket21

    basket21 New Member

    I had read in a magazine that this woman lost a lot of weight and she said her fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue cleared up.
    I wonder if anyone here is a FM sufferer and skinny. Everyone I know who has fm is of normal or bigger weight. I'd like to hear from someone who is below normal weight (skinny) and if they still suffer the pain, stiffness and all that goes into the FM package.
  2. nogilroy

    nogilroy New Member

    i am 5ft 2in when this all start with the fm i was 128 then last year do to stress i am 106 i still have the pian and the stiffness and everthing also some times i think that i am woures now but it might be due to are weather
  3. truthseeker67

    truthseeker67 New Member

    Greetings Basket21 (et al)...

    I am one of those elusive FMS types you were wondering about. I am a 35 year old Mother & wife. I normally weigh in around 105 and am 5'4". From what I have read, I am not the norm since often times those with FMS have metabolic disorders.

    My personal take on the issue deals with trying to achieve optimal health. It would only make sense that if you are eating better, exercising regularly, and keeping your BMI(body mass index)at a healthy place that you will improve. Granted, I have suffered regardless of my weight, but I truly believe without better eating habits (easy on simple carbs) and exercise I would be far worse off. There have been times I have overdosed on simple carbs and let go of my workouts and within days my whole attitude changed, thus affecting my health mentally, emotionally, and physically.

    Also, I take Zoloft for my anxiety and occassion depression. This apparently does not affect your weight like many of the other remedies such as Paxil, ect.

    Yes, weight is not THE key, but I do believe it is a part of this puzzle to optimizing our quality of life.

    I hope this helped answer some of your questions and perhaps encouraged you and others somehow.

    Blessings.......truth
  4. 2girls

    2girls New Member

    I do not believe weight is a major factor regarding FM. I am 5'5" used to weigh about 130 but lost 30lbs in one month from what I think was stress. I am slowly gaining some weight back but I eat more than my husband who is 6'4" and 230lbs!
    I still have and have always had the pain, stiffness, and the rest of the lovely FM package.

    2girls
  5. basket21

    basket21 New Member

    We sure have a difference of opinions. I appreciate everyone taking time to let us know what they think. Thank-you everyone and if anyone else wishes to tell us what they think, I'd be happy to hear what they have to say. again thanks.....basket21
  6. *Isla*

    *Isla* New Member

    I'm 5'8" and weigh about 120 lbs. I have always been skinny and had trouble keeping my weight up. If I lose even 5 or 10 lbs, my energy dips and the pain gets worse. I am on a high fat, high protein, and high salt diet to keep my weight from dropping and to raise my blood pressure. I guess it all depends on what your individual body type is.

    God bless and keep smilin'!!
    *Sonia*
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I think a lot of people with our illnesses put on weight from some of the medications (several are notorious for adding weight rapidly). Couple this with the natural tendency to add weight as we age and the fact that many can no longer exercise at the same level, and it isn't hard to see why so many start having weight problems.

    The problem with rapidly putting on weight is that it can affect blood pressure, lipids, and insulin resistance which can lead to Diabetes. Carrying around extra weight is very hard on the heart and joints.

    Many of us feel better on a low-carb diet.

    Love, Mikie
  8. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    When I first got Fibo I weight 100 pounds, I am 5'5'! I fit your skinny profile.

    I have had Fibro for 20 plus years, I now weight about 115, which is still thin. No difference with the pain. According to the weight charts I should weigh 125-135.

    I was 125, but got bit by a spider last September, then a few months later had virus/bronchitis and could not gain my ten pounds back, still trying.

    I personally don't think that weight has anything to do with this illness. I have had pain so bad along with spasms that I could not walk.

    Now, I do think diet has something to do with the whole thing.

    I did quit eating all white flour, cut out caffeine, no sodas at all. I have never had a sugar problem, and I never used any type of artificial sweetners, and do not eat fast food.

    Hope this helps.

    Shalom, Shirl
  9. Lana56

    Lana56 New Member

    I have thin friends that have a lot of pain with FM.Infact two suffer worse than I do.I am overweight and doing a low carb diet.I am having luck losing with little exercise when pain is unbearable.Cutting sugar out of the diet does help alot.I have lost and have seen no change in pain at all,but...this diet has helped me feel better over all.I am not tired like I was and have more energy too.I don't believe that getting thin will change FM-although I will feel better.For those who are thinking of gastric bypass-I would think the surgery would be trauma to the body and not help FM even after weight loss. Lana56
  10. stillafreemind

    stillafreemind New Member

    I am 5ft 10in and 145 the last I checked. Some might think that is thin enough..but I actually flet better thinner. At 130 I had less fatigue and pain.
  11. debbiem31

    debbiem31 New Member

    I am almost 5'9" and I'm lucky if I weigh 110. The most I've ever weighed (besides being pregnant) was 125. I was not in that much pain then. It was before the FM got really bad. I was then in a very bad marriage and weighed only 95 pounds. That, I believe, is what triggered my FM. I have tried all my life to gain weight, and it's just not happening. Yes, I'm in as much pain as the next fibro sufferer. I don't think weight has anything to do with it.

    BTW, my mother is about 325 pounds and also has FM.
  12. basket21

    basket21 New Member

    Thank you and everyone else who took the time to tell us their opinion.
    Carla nl you mentioned lemon juice in the am. Straight or mixed? what's your secret?
    The reason I asked this question is in about 6 weeks(without trying) just being in too much pain I lost 35 lb. My specialist noticed and had a ultra sound requested, ultra sound came back with enlarged ducts and lympt node there and should not be in my pancreas. Warned cancer depending on cat scan. I was put on the list for the cat scan under high risk and it still took 13 weeks to get the cat scan. I was also 4th on the cancellation list. The cat scan day finally came and my doc called me Sat. a.m. that I was fine!!!!!!!Thank God.....
    Next time I see him in a few weeks I'll check what we are going to do regarding the flaws on my pancreas. Maybe take them out?
    I will say after a scare like that it makes living with FM much easier. Anyway I got off the track...
    I'd like to hear from other as to their opinion regarding the weight issue. BTW I felt better after losing the weight but not till after the cancer scare.
    regards............basket21
  13. basket21

    basket21 New Member

    The sudden weight loss is what made them do an ultra sound as it usually is a sign of cancer. The ultra sound showed on my pancreas ducts larger than they should be and lymph nodes there that should not be there, hence the cat scan to make sure and thankful a negative result of cancer. I haven't seen the specialist since but due at the end of March to see him. With the ducts and nodes being foreign, that's what I wonder he'll suggest to do.
    Regarding how I lost the weight it was simply a loss of appetite due to pain. Some days I thought I should eat something and would have a banana before bed. Drinking coffee all day which I do when in agony, kept me full up.
    Take care.........basket21
  14. PEACH

    PEACH New Member

    HELLO SAW THE POST ON LEMONS AND THOUGHT THAT I WOULD REPLY TOO. LEMONS ARE VERY GOOD FOR YOU THEY ARE A NATURAL CLEANER. MY CHILDREN NATURALLY KNOW TO GO REACH FOR THE LEMONS THAT I ALWAYS HAVE ON HAND WHEN THEY FIRST FEEL THE SIGN OF A COLD COMING ON OR SORE THROAT. THE WAY THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO WORK IS THAT THEY BREAK DOWN THE FOOD IN YOUR TUMMY QUICKERR THEREFOR GIVING THE REST OF YOUR BODY FUNCTIONS A BREAK AND ALSO ALLOWING THE BODY TO NOT HAVE TO WORK SO HARD AT RIDDING THE BODY OF TOXINS AND SUCH. SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY WOULD BE HARD ON YOU STOMACH BUT NOT SO. THEY ARE VERY HIGH IN CALCIUM TOO SO ALSO VERY GOOD FOR ARTHRITIS AND HELPS EASE THE JOINTS. I HAVE TAKEN THIS INFO FROM A VERY OLD BOOK I HAVE HERE CALLED OUR EARTH OUR CURE AND IT IS A VERY GOOD BOOK EVEN THOUGH IT IS VERY OLD.
    GOOD LUCK WITH THE LEMONS BUT BE CAREFUL NOT TO EAT TOO MANY ALL AT ONCE BUILD UP FROM A HALF TO WHAT EVER YOU CAN TOLERATE AND FOR A NICE BED TIME DRINK MIX HALF A LEMON WITH HOT WATER AND SWEETEN WITH AS MUCH HONEY AS YOU LIKE THE HONEY IS A NATURAL SEDATIVE SO MAY HELP A LITTLE WITH SLEEP PROBLEMS. DON'T GIVE HONEY TO A CHILD UNDER TWO YEARS OF AGE AS THERE TUMMY'S MAY NOT TOLERATE THE BACTERIA THAT IS IN MOST HONEY'S.
    SINCERELY PEACH
    [This Message was Edited on 03/14/2003]