Weight Loss and Fibro?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by beluvdlily, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. beluvdlily

    beluvdlily New Member

    Has anyone lost a signifcant amount of weight? If so, do you think it helped with your fibro? I have a lot to lose. I've lost about 20 lbs. so far. I don't feel any better yet but I do wonder if I lose enough if I would feel less stiff and achy.

    Any opinions?

  2. SkeptikSharon

    SkeptikSharon New Member

    Hi Amie,

    I've lost a significant amount of weight, but it was unintentionally and due to my stomach issues. Unfortunately, I ended up losing way too much weight, which has probably caused a whole host of other issues and added stress to my body.

    I'm not sure whether losing a healthy amount of weight would decrease FM symptoms, but I know that being at an unhealthy weight, either over or under, can cause or add to symptoms on its own. I know that being overweight can create added stress on joints and other body parts, so I can't see how it would hurt to lose the weight if you need to. And if it does bring a reduction in the aches and pains, even better!

    20 pounds so far is excellent! (So long as you needed to lose that amt to begin with of course...) Good for you! Good luck in your continuing quest to lose weight. I do hope that it will help you with at least some of the symptoms you experience. =)
  3. hensue

    hensue New Member

    How did yu do it? With fibro your metabolism or something happens and you cant excersise. So you lost twenty so far?
    That is wonderful. I can say when i first got it might weight went up immensely on zoloft or i think combo of zoloft and fibro. I have gotten off the zoloft so i dont crave carbs so bad. How do you get your metabolism going?
    i cant excercise.
    I hate it doesnt help your pain but i could feel a huge relief in just trying to move around extra weight. your heart is not working as hard.
    Can give me some tips on your weight loss?
    I think you will gradually feel better! i hope
  4. celeste1226

    celeste1226 New Member

    I lost 15 lbs since august when i was diagnosed with FM. I take cymbalta and doc said it would make me lose weight since it takes your appetite away he said zoloft and lyrica can make you gain weight. i was also put on Topamax last month which doc also said makes me lose weight. I was actually only 15 lbs overweight anyway so I am at my goal weight now and feel a little better but its more the meds that make me feel better than the weight.

    Good luck and congrats on the 20 lbs. Its hard to get off the weight and keeping it off is even harder. Good luck

  5. beluvdlily

    beluvdlily New Member

    Okay, no big weight loss tips here! lol.

    Basically I took in a stray puppy which needs to be walked about a million times a day in order to keep her from going indoors and I pretty much have to keep on top of her to keep her out of stuff.

    At first I was really upset and after a few days said I am absolutely not up to taking care of this dog whatsoever and I was hurting so much from just going up and down our front steps (4 of them) and her pulling on the leash but she is such a sweetheart and while I am stiff and sore, I'm probably no more so now than I was before or maybe a bit more. It's just that she's a Jack Russell and VERY active.

    We do not go on long walks. Just a few times around the house and occasionally around the block or so if I feel up to it. I just think it's being more active in general.

    The second change which occurred right around the time of getting the puppy is my husband who was an over the road truck driver and gone for two weeks at a time got a job driving locally so he is home every night.

    I loooove having him home but let me tell you, there is way more work! More cooking and more shopping and more everything. Some days I don't do much but others I do. I really try hard to have meals for him and get his lunch together, etc. because he works long hours and I stay home and so I do push myself a bit.

    Of course, you all know how it is with FM. I feel bad most of the time, often feel like I'm never doing enough (even though hubby never complains or minds a tidy but dusty house or eating out when I don't feel up to cooking) and I get aggravated at achieving about 1/10th of what I'd like to each day.

    At any rate, I think it's just being more active that has done it. I'm hurting a lot right now just sitting here but I'm just trying to find a happy medium between pushing on and resting and hoping the weight loss helps. You know how it is, no matter how bad we feel, there are still things to be done and I'm thankful that I can do what I can do. I'm hitting the bed with the heating pad in a minute!

    I hate to admit what I weigh but I will since I'm among friends. I weighed 259 this morning, down from 280 at the beginning of the summer. I lost only five over the summer and the rest since the middle of August when the puppy came. It's slow but I'm happy to be losing. I'm 5'7" so I need to weigh considerably less.

    I'm also diabetic and need to lose desperately for that reason. Also had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and definitely don't need this pressure on my joints. I'm just hoping it may help the FM as well. As you can see, I have lots of good reasons to lose.

    Anyway, that's my secret. If you're single, get a spouse and take in an active stray puppy and you'll lose! lol.
  6. beluvdlily

    beluvdlily New Member


    I forgot to mention, I too took Zoloft years ago and boy did I pack on weight soooo quickly. That stuff is something else. I've known others who gained considerable weight from it too. My doctor at the time blamed me and acted as if I were just eating that much. I couldn't possibly eat enough to gain what I gained! Idiot!

    I wish you the best and I'm so glad you're off of it.

  7. hensue

    hensue New Member

    My husband bought this dog for himself he travels. Well after traveling with him he decides he cannot take him.
    I told him i cannot take care of him. The dog walks me!
    If it wasnt for him i probably would keep laying in bed.
    I only need to lose about 20 that is now. You understand i have gained 15 since i quit work. I have really tried but it is hard. I got on topamax also, i even went through the side effects. My kidneys were killing me though and i wanted to stay on it i had no more migraines and my neck and a lot of things it helped. It even stabilized my moods better. I have cut the 25 in half and just got on that dosage this week. That was a great drug i just hope the little i keep in me helps. That it doesnt hurt my kidneys again. I was drinking water doing everything i did not mind all the side effects once you get through them.
    So right now i am on wellbutrin 150 mg sr twice a day and 12and half mil. of topamax in the morning and one ultram.
    Did quite a bit today so we will see. I think i went overboard on the topamax i could that and not hurt so bad.
    anyway any suggestions just let me know.
  8. amber333

    amber333 New Member

    I take Metformin (for Insulin Resistance), Nortriptlyne, Ultram ER on a daily basis and I have been gaining so much wright. In fact I went to my doctor and asked what to do. I walk on our treadmill every day of the week for as long as I can stand it. Some days only like 10 mins. But somedays I can get up to 3 miles. I've found that there is an initial hump that you have to get past the hump being an extremely painful few days. When I've consistanly been walking I find I'm a bit less tired and I have a bit more ability to think and such. I used to take a water aerobics class which did help me a lot but the gym was so far away and I can't always make it. I was very excited to see there is a new one coming like 3 blocks from me so I can't wait for it to open and me to get back into water aerobics. So anyway the doctor gave me a weight loss medicine to try I've been on it a month and haven't seen any results. Congrats on your 20 lbs. My doc said I've lost 10 since the begining of the summer, so thats something. :)
  9. beluvdlily

    beluvdlily New Member


    I took Metformin for a long time for insulin resistance too. I finally got aggravated with my stomach hurting and quit taking it. Some people really seem to lose weight on it but it didn't work that way for me. Frankly I got aggravated and have quit taking most of my medicine other than a half a Vicodin a day and a Voltaren. Everything hurts my stomach and I'm tired of it. I'm just hoping that losing enough weight will fix a lot of my problems.

    I totally agree with you about being in water. I worked part-time here at my community this summer as a pool monitor and while some days were really hard to make it to work, overall, swimming and getting out in the sun just felt so great on my body. At the beginning of the year, I could hardly swim across the pool twice without feeling out of breath but after just a bit, I was just swimming around like a fish and enjoying the no gravity feeling! It was great. I'd like to join the Y or something so I can swim year round.


    That is sooo funny that you have a Jack Russell too. They are active little buggers and I wonder if God sent her to me to get me moving more. The neighbor found her and couldn't locate her owner and couldn't keep her. Rather than having them call animal control, I said I'd take her.


  10. celeste1226

    celeste1226 New Member

    Too funny. I have a jack russel also. she is 4 1/2 yo. She is a busy body. LOL. she is always doing something. She is an inside dog so is always running thru house. I have a doggie door so she runs in and out all day. I also have a chiuaua mix. he is half chiuaua and half dodson. has the body of a dodson but the head and face of a chiuaua. she is so cute and chubby. Anyway thought I would let yall know I have a Jack Russell also.

  11. chrysty

    chrysty New Member

    hi Amie,
    I'm 34, and last year a rheumatoid dr told me he was going to give me "garbage can" diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. I went to a specialist and they confirmed it. I never went to see the first doctor again. : ) I really need to lose about 50 lbs. I asked the specialist if I lost weight if that would help and he said it couldn't hurt any. I would really like to try but I am at a plateau and exercise just hurts. I've eaten next to nothing and tried many diets. Can you tell me how you started losing weight? With all of the meds and everything everyone tried and being new to this, I really don't know where to turn. How long have you had it? Do you have any advice for me? I've recently just lost my job and I think its because of it. hmm. I am new to chat rooms and websites too, but a psychologist told me to reach out. Sorry.
  12. chrysty

    chrysty New Member

    Ok, I've read some of the responses. My husband also says I do enough, even though I don't see it. I had tried Cymbalta, am still taking Zoloft, and the Lyrica only worked for about three weeks before it wore off and they wanted to up me to three pills a day. I think that confirms it for me about the weight gain, etc. We did just adopt a Shit-zu from our local SPCA (since I am home now)and he is 4 mos. old and very playful. All of your letters, you and everybody made me cry. I guess I should have logged in alot sooner because I felt very much alone. Does anyone forget things alot? Like a word or jumble their phrases?
  13. beluvdlily

    beluvdlily New Member

    Hey Chrysty:

    You are definitely not alone. I'm having a very bad day today. Just hurting all over. House is messy and I don't feel up to tidying it even though it bugs the crap out of me. Just had to take my son to work about two miles away and didn't even feel up to that but did it. Had to take the crazy dog and was short-tempered with her. I just hate this stupid fibromyalgia soooo much.

    I had a rheumatologist give me Effexor but I won't take it. I'm really afraid of getting messed up on anti-depressants because I know they affect different people different ways. I definitely do not want to take one that will make me gain weight. Plus my stomach is upset all the time.

    Sometimes it's just so hard to feel this way. Always feeling bad. I had to remind myself today that there are people much worse off who are paralyzed and God knows what but I'm really feeling pretty down myself today.

    But I just try to remember that every day is not like this and some days are better than others. And it's nice to come here and talk to others who understand. Hang in there and I'll do the same!

    [This Message was Edited on 10/20/2008]
  14. dani78xo

    dani78xo New Member

    I lost about 30 lbs in two months (june/july) in 2007 through exercise, and more has come off gradually since. I've now lost over 40 lbs.

    I can get on day-to-day easier than I used to, but whether that's the weight loss or the fact that I've learned how to deal with the FM, I'm not sure.

    I know it definitely helps when I'm actively exercising, but when I'm not exercising there's really no pain reduction. I can't exercise right now because of the cold, and I'm in a severe amount of pain.
  15. neldwn2me

    neldwn2me New Member

    Can your husband call and talk to my fiance. he was blessed to have very healthy family members and mom. Doesnt understand my illness. He doesnt complain but I can tell when the house is messing and im saying im tierd, know one undestands.
  16. beluvdlily

    beluvdlily New Member


    I'm so sorry to hear that. It is so frustrating when dealing with people who are fortunate enough to have good health. I have worked with many people like that and they have no idea! Just know that everyone here certainly understands what you are dealing with.

    I'm not sure if there is any way to make someone understand this. I wish there were because I'm sure it's hurtful to you that he doesn't get it. My hubby doesn't always respond in the way I would wish but he is good to tell me to take it easy and not do things and all of that.

    Yesterday he got up to go to work and I was in a lot of pain and he told me not to bother with dinner. Little did he know, I already had dinner made, had fed son earlier and all I had to do was heat up his dinner. The poor man. I felt so bad that he would be willing to go without eating or grab something out because of this stupid FM. That's why I try hard because he works hard and tries to understand.

    Maybe your husband could read some of the posts on the message board and get a better idea what FM involves. It's hard when people don't get it, especially our loved ones. I will keep you both in my prayers.

  17. chrysty

    chrysty New Member

    Neldwn2me and Amie:
    I hope you are both ok today. It is really really cool to be able to log on and listen and talk. It has helped alot. It was hard for my husband at first mostly because i was mad at myself for getting/having the FM when it was finally diagnosed, we were only married two months! I thought for sure he could do better than me. But now we are ok. If he doesn't understand that's too bad because you are a wonderful person and you have to be appreciated no matter what you have or don't have or physical haves or have nots, because of who you are. Easy for me to say today, right? yesterday I was so depressed. Bad day yesterday, I probably would have told you to ditch him! : ) But Amie is right, maybe have him read the boards. I truly believe that is the difference in what was going on with how I felt yesterday and today. Just having people with FM that know exactly what I'm going through. today I stood at the library counter almost in tears cuz I couldn't find my card. Knew I had it but was not leaving til I found it. I was so embaressed. Will your hubby talk to someone? Counseling or something? Here's a funny story. My friends husband would leave his clothes lying around evrywhere and if they had company she would scramble to clean up, she finally lost it and when her husband's boss was coming for dinner, instead of picking up his boxers from the floor, she nailed em down. Seriously, nailed them right to the floor. Every piece of clothing he left on the floor. She didn't have FM or anything, but she sure taught him a lesson! No, they're not divorced yet, thank goodness, but we still joke about that. Maybe find a funny way to get him to understand? Best wishes and God bless al of you and thank you sooooooo much!!
  18. chrysty

    chrysty New Member

    I take Zoloft, the lyrica wore off after three weeks and after they upped to me to three pills i said forget it, what's Topamax and what is used for?
  19. libbyann

    libbyann New Member

    I am new to the board, and have felt alone until now. I have had Fibro for along time and it has nothing to do with loosing weight. At least for me I have gained about 40 pounds, loss 10. I gained because I can't do the things I did before. I am not sure if loosing helps with the pain, but it helps feeling better about yourself. I think it means a lot if you could feel good about yourself even with all the pain.
    I have a very understanding husband, I don't know what I would do without him. He started cooking about 10 years ago, he enjoys it. Not only cooks, but brings me food when I am to sick to get out of bed. Not good with trying to loose weight, but he is really good to me.

    God bless,