Fibromyalgia and Weight Gain

fibromyalgia and weight gainFibromyalgia and weight gain.  I wouldn’t have thought the two were as connected as they are until recently.  Since June I’ve put on 13 pounds and can’t figure out why.

I’ve conjectured that it might be my craving for bad carbs and sugars.  It seems I might be right. Apparently there’s a hormone called leptin that helps control appetite.  The cravings or hunger feeling might be due to the fact my leptin level is out of sync.

Fibromyalgia and weight gain can also go together if your thyroid levels aren’t where they should be.  It would be a good idea to have your doctor check this out.

I would like to think that my particular weight gain is, in part, due to the fact I’ve been working out more and building muscle.  But even I know I haven’t built 13 pound of muscle in four months.  Besides I’m not losing inches, I’m gaining them.

Fibromyalgia and weight gain can be a problem because of the disease itself.  For one thing, fibromyalgia is painful and might not allow you to exercise.  Also the disease slows down your metabolism and that can also contribute to weight gain.  Fibromyalgia patients can have as much as 25% less metabolism than other people. That’s the equivalent of 500 calories a day that aren’t burned by your body.

Medications can have weight gain as a side effect.  Lyrica and Savella both do. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., medical director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and author of From Fatigued to Fantastic states that fibromyalgia patients can gain as much as 30 pounds depending on the combination of stuff going on.  Oh Goody.

There is hope though.  Exercise can be a key component to losing weight and reducing your fibro pain.  Burning calories helps shed the pounds and keeping your muscles active throughout the day can make it easier for you to have less pain.  Mild, consistent exercise can help reduce muscle soreness, muscle spasms, and trigger points.

It is suggested that exercising in a warm water pool is very beneficial.  It gives you a good workout without stressing muscles, tendons, and joints. You might need to call around to find warm water pools in your area but it could be well worth the search.

Just remember to start your exercise routine slowly.  Two or three minutes a day to begin with and then work up from there.  Just be careful not to overdo at any time.  If you do overdo you can use massage to help ease your sore muscles.

OK, here’s the one near and dear to my heart.  Constantly craving sweets! Research has shown that sugar can be addictive; now I’m sure I’m an addict.  Eating some can make you want more and more and…Also sugars release insulin and too much insulin can pack on the weight.  Having low levels of chromium, magnesium, and vitamin-B’s can create food cravings so it’s a good idea to take supplements to keep these levels where they should be. Getting rid of sweets and eating fruits is a good way to start changing your diet.  Also stay away from sodas and foods containing anything ending in ___ose like fructose.

It might not hurt to have your thyroid checked to make sure you have the correct amount of iodine in your system.  Low levels of iodine can also cause weight gain.

As well as doing all of the things already mentioned fibromyalgia and weight gain can also be corrected by the tried and true method of eating better.  Yes it’s true, what you put in your mouth will eventually show on the scale.  By changing some eating habits and including more vegetables and fruits in your diet you will not only lose weight but you will improve the way your body flushes out toxins and I truly believe that a build up of toxins contributes to soreness, body aches, headaches, brain fog and poor sleep.

Now it’s time to practice what I’m preaching.  Today is the beginning of some lifestyle changes that I hope will help me get rid of that 13 pounds and decrease soreness and improve sleep.  Wish me luck dear friends and I’ll do the same for you as we try to tackle fibromyalgia and weight gain.

Fibromyalgia and weight gain

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