I’m not sure if it’s common or not but I suffer more from water retention since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia than what I remember prior to that. I was diagnosed in 1995 so my memory might be a little off but I don’t think so.
Now I’m sure that my diet has something to do with the water retention and fibromyalgia. Like many other “fibromites” (I saw this term is something I read earlier today and liked it) I crave carbohydrates and not the healthy kind either. My desire for cookies, cakes, salty chips and nuts is doing me in. These cravings have been particularly worse since I started work at a restaurant. Hmmmm, makes one wonder doesn’t it.
To put it bluntly, I’ve put on 12 pounds since April 1, 2012. Now I know it’s not ALL water weight but a good share of it is. What convinces me of that is the way I gained it. All but five pounds has been gained in the past six weeks. That tells me it’s water. Is anyone else suffering with water retention and fibromyalgia like this? If you are let me know.
Now that I’ve confessed to this, how do I get rid of the water? My old standby of lemon and hot water isn’t doing much good. Usually I could drink that for a couple of days and get rid of at least 5 pounds. Not this time!
I know, I know, I have to give myself a mental kick and stay away from the things that cause me to retain water. That’s easier said than done sometimes. I fought so hard two years ago to lose 30 pounds and I don’t want to gain it ALL back. I know that this will be more than water weight if I’m not careful…So let’s investigate.
Water retention and fibromyalgia can go together depending on what medications you take. Savella, which I am on, has severe water retention as one of its side effects. It’s rare but it’s there. Trazadone, another one of my medications, doesn’t have this as a side effect – thank goodness. Well, what else could be causing this unpleasantness?
As I mentioned earlier I crave the wrong carbs. I’m thinking that’s my main culprit. Of course it is, who am I trying to kid. The cookie case is within arm’s reach at work. Not always being able to take a real lunch break and having to grab something on the run makes it easy to grab a cookie or dinner roll instead of meat and vegetables. When the restaurant gets busy it’s what we all do. I know I have to change this trend. I’ve done it before and can do it again.
All (yeah right) I have to do is get back to my vegetable and lean meat lunches. I just have to figure out how to do that at work. Getting rid of the bad carbohydrates will do wonders for losing the water weight and actual fat I’ve put back on.
On the other hand, water retention and fibromyalgia do go together. Because of the cravings we fibromites have those very foods cause water retention. Also the fact that it’s hard for us to exercise to redistribute the water and then shed it doesn’t help. Combine with that the fact that some of the medications we have to take have water retention as a side effect it’s not surprising that we bloat easily. No wonder some of us have problems.
Well gang, this is my story. Now I have to write a new chapter and get rid of this baggage I’ve picked up. Wish me luck and I wish all of you in the same situation luck too.