• 6 months ago

    Appetite loss with weight gain

    I was diagnosed with FM in 2004. A few years later, along with other symptoms, I began to mysteriously gain weight even though I was doing nothing different. For the last few years I've lost my appetite. I'm never hungry, don't eat much, but I don't lose weight. I even continue to gradually gain. I take Klonopin and Tramadol for the FM and have for several years. Anyone else have a similar situation? Any suggestions about what to do?

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  • 6 months ago

    RE: Appetite loss with weight gain

    Yes! I know what you are experiencing. I was diagnosed in 2006, by 2008 had put on 10lbs. I have since added another 40lbs! I made drastic lifestyle changes in my diet, adopted a rescue dog that I walk daily (1-2 miles, rain or shine) in 2011, initially lost 10lbs then gained 15lbs.
    I am at a loss for idea's and I had been a perfect size 8 all of my adult life (except when pregnant) and now weigh more than I did when 9 months pregnant.
    I am unable to take Lyrica or Cimbalta medication due to allergies, so my Doctor prescribes Naproxen & an opioid for the past 10 years.
    This is the first time I've ever seen this message board, I hope we all can help and support each other, for this is the most debilitating condition you can have that affects every aspect of your life.
      • 6 months ago
        Hi, sueprize. See my response to the above post. I'd like to see if I could help you guys out. It's an all natural beverage that you mix with 8-10oz of water. I started taking it recently to replace coffee and have had positive effects from it. Please let me know if you would like more information.
      • 5 months ago
        I started meal replacement 8 months ago, I drink a GNC high protein shake for breakfast and 1 for lunch, I have a handful of nuts or a mixture of fruit nuts in a bag for a snack "if Im hungry" it takes about 6 months to show anything, but I am telling you at the "6 month mark" all of sudden the weight just falls off and "everyone" notices it all of a sudden. Stick with it and it will pay off abundantly. I also eat ANYTHING for dinner and I am not a shake person on weekends either, I just do things in moderation. I have lost 3 pant sizes and down over 40lbs. and it all happened at the 6 month mark and still loosing. Hope this helps but I don't feel like I am on a "diet" because I can have anything I want for dinner in moderation of course.
  • 6 months ago

    RE: Appetite loss with weight gain

    Hi, gomeznoles. I don't actually have FM but I have recently starting taking an all natural beverage that has had past success with individuals with FM. Of course, it's different for all cases but if you would like some more information, just let me know and I'll be glad to help out anyway I can.
  • 5 months ago

    RE: Appetite loss with weight gain

    I was diagnosed in 1995, weight began increasing in 1998. I keep a medical diary and through a six year period I gained 100 lbs and it will not go down. I was at the gym 3 days a week and busy every day with a business but the weight climbed from 145 to 240! Now, just recently I lost 9 lbs, it will drive you crazy but keep in mind that it not your fault, our nervous system is 'shorted'.
  • 5 months ago

    RE: Appetite loss with weight gain

    I was diagnosed in 2000 and also put on 25lbs. I thought it was my thyroid, but it is functioning normally (I have hyperthyroidism) but it is stable and has been over 25 yrs. I attributed it to peri menopause, but never thought about fibro. It could be that my metabolism has just slowed with age, I want my size 4 back, my body type struggles with extra pounds and then add the fibro. It is hard. I only take opioids---nothing else works. It just seemed useless to take med's that could not fix the condition. So I take med that lessens the pain. I do feel horrible about the opioids crisis- but I also feel awful without my treatment. I am a mom and I have to keep moving and I don't like being "high", which is the effect that I got from the many med's I have tried.
  • 5 months ago

    RE: Appetite loss with weight gain

    My mother had FM for years and nothing she did worked and she also experienced weight gain for no apparent reason, she even went through gastric bypass and still only lost minimal weight. I want to share someone with you, he has helped myself and many others, I have never met him but he is a wealth of information on any illness a-z. Google: UTUBE:John Bergman fibromyalgia, he has an amazing sermon on it and you will find him very helpful. He has helped me and many ways, I really need to email him on all he has done for myself and many others that I have introduced him to. Hope this helps :) Tammy
  • 5 months ago

    RE: Appetite loss with weight gain

    Could this be why my weight keeps going up? I don't know when I was diagnosed with FM because my doctor didn't tell me - I found out after he retired and the new doctor started issuing medical history printouts after each visit. I'm not on any medication (its a long story that needs a different ending) but I am menopausal and thought that was the weight gain culprit.
    Most medications have side effects and many cause weight gain. That doesn't solve the problem but may explain why its happening. Two suggestions:
    1) Even though you don't eat much, pay attention to the calories you are consuming. Some of the smallest nibbles can pack enough of a calorie bomb to more than make up for a smaller quantity. This is the case with all of my favorite foods.
    2) Keep a food diary, noting the number of calories in everything you eat and drink. Yes, beverages too. You might be surprised (as I was) at how quickly a little bit here and a little bit there can add up around your waistline.