April 30th, 2013
|irishjeeper||02:08 pm - Coming up on my first NEW birthday |
Hello, Everyone! I was hoping you all could give me some advice.
I'm coming up on my 1yr anniversary on May 21st, and I have lost over 125 pounds. I'm 5'3-3/4" and now weigh 135 lbs and despite taking in plenty of calories, protein and fat each day* I can't stop losing.
Back in September of 2012 I was diagnosed with Guillian Barre Syndrome. Essentially it is an auto immune syndrome where my antibodies ate the outer coating of my nerves, then destroyed the inner parts of my nerves. I had to relearn how to walk and while I'm doing better (so much better) and out of the hospital (coming up on my 4 month anniversary of my discharge on the 10th), I know this had nothing to do with my surgery.
How do I know this? I take in a minimum of 70g of protein per day. I take 4 bariatric multi vitamin tablets per day, 2 over the counter regular vitamins per day, 2 bariatric calcium tablets per day, drink at least 2 full cups of milk per day, eat 3 square meals per day plus 3-4 snacks per day. I exercise to the best of my current ability, and before the GBS I was walking 2-3 miles per day with my dog, as well as doing weights and the treadmill. Now I take my dog for shorter walks, do pool therapy once a week for myself, do weights and machines as instructed by my physical therapists and on Sundays I rest and take it easy, only taking my dog for her daily potty walks. My bathroom habits are normal with a daily bm and of course I spend so much time during the day going wee ... my boss (who is my father) just laughs as I end up in the bathroom 2-3 times per hour for a wee. LOL. I drink a crap load of water and juice during the day.
Unfortunately I'm at a little bit of a war with my bariatric surgeon. He has insisted that I did this to myself (the GBS) and that my levels were low (this was in December of 2012 when I was readmitted for a flare up in the GBS), and that it was not GBS. What he did not know is that I have copies of all my blood work sent to me, and I found out later when I was released a month later that he was full of poo and NONE of my levels were low. I had 3 other doctor confirm that my levels were either mid range or at the higher end of acceptable ranges. I also have the top Neurologist in town (who is also a longtime family friend and who knows what is going on) tell me that I.DID.NOT.DO.THIS.TO.MYSELF. and that it is not vitamin deficiency. (he has also received copies of my blood work).
So ... my question to all of you is this:
How do I stop losing weight? I can't eat much more than I am, I can't take in too much more protein and even when I "Pig" out on unhealthy stuff, (chocolate or loading up on carbs) I can't seem to keep the weight to stick. I have lost 10lbs from February to now, and while that's not a lot I seriously am looking too thin. I really never thought I would say that. I wouldn't mind adding 5-10 lbs to my frame, and am contemplating ordering equine weight gain to do so (j/k), but if I could hold steady at this weight I would be just as happy.
I have blood work to get done in May and have to schedule an appointment with the surgeon in the same month. I really don't want to, but I know I have to and I will, it's just aggravating to do so when I know he is pulling an attitude with me.
So since I won't be going there for a month, can you all give me some advice? Words of wisdom? Tried and true fail proof methods?
Thanks for reading and thanks for any info!
*other than my protein I don't know exactly what I take in of fat and calories, but I eat a lot!*
Is it possible you actually have an overactive thyroid now since the surgery?
Sure, it's possible, but I don't know if I do. I will put it on the list to have checked out. TY!
Make sure you're not drinking right before during or min 30 min after eating
Right, haven't been doing that. Did it one time by accident and felt so ill for hours after that I haven't made that mistake since.
First, if I were you I'd fire the surgeon, because he's an ass. You don't really need him anymore -- your GP (mine is an internist) can get all the bloodwork done you need. I fired mine after he mismanaged a post-surgical infection and nearly killed me.
Then get your thyroid tested.
Second, track your carb and fat intake as well. You may not be taking in enough fat.
Third, how much are you exercising? Maybe you need to cut back on how much or how intensely.
I pretty much have, but I am going in for the final appt and be done with his asshole nature.
I will start tracking my carbs and fat intake starting tonight. Ty.
I am not exercising that much, honest. I do 30 mins of strengthening 6 x a week to keep from relapsing with the GBS (per my Physical Therapists). Maybe that is too much?
Thank you!!! <3 <3 <3
Have you also thought about taking enzymes to help you stop the loss? I don't know what kind of WLS you had, but a friend who had the DS had this issue...and she had to take them for awhile to reset her body!! GOOD luck!!!
Around my 1 year anniversary I had the same issue. I really got lower than I should have, my face looked gaunt. I am now 2 1/2 years out and I was able to put on 10 pounds and feel great but now I have to weigh myself at least a couple of times a week to keep at that weight or I start to gain. Your body goes through a lot of changes after that first year.
I think a lot of people go through this. I got too small at about a year and a half out, but then started gaining. It will probably happen to you as well. I would wait at least 6 months before you start worrying.