In addition to the myriad of problems that plague fibromyalgia and CFS patients, our recent study found that these individuals have an average weight gain of 32 pounds. The metabolic problems that occur in these syndromes make it almost impossible to lose and keep the weight off until proper treatment is.
Although we do not know the mechanism for this, we have repeatedly seen excess weight drop fairly easily once this overgrowth is treated and eliminated. The main causes of fungal overgrowth are excess sugar intake and antibiotic use. Clinical experience has shown that fungal (also known as Candida or yeast) overgrowth contributes powerfully to both sugar cravings and weight gain.
To treat these problems, lose weight and ultimay get well, there are a few simple lifestyle changes to be considered.
Highly recommended is Armour thyroid and as noted above, it should be adjusted to the dose that feels best while keeping the Free T4 blood test in the normal range.
A diet modified in protein and lower in carbs may help. Side effects of medicines used to treat Fibromyalgia can cause weight gain by decreasing metabolism, altering hormones, causing fluid retention, and increasing appetite. The most common offending medicines are the antidepressants.
[Note: Dr. Therefore:. “Orphaned” carbs will increase the risk of hypoglycemia/insulin hypersensitivity in someone with Fibromyalgia, so foods that have some protein in them should be consumed every time we eat. Think Protein Always A key with this diet is not to eat any carbohydrate foods by themselves, even if they are considered good carbs. Pellegrino’s detailed list of FOODS TO AVOID includes what you don’t see here, such as sweets; breads & pastas, especially white-flour based; rice, especially white; potatoes; partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats); carbonated drinks; alcohol except in moderation.
Severe fibromyalgia symptoms have been shown to be linked to obesity and weight gain; furthermore obesity can worsen symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. The findings further suggest that fibromyalgia treatment should include weight management in order to reduce symptom severity. Study author.
This was the first study to look at distinct groups of obese patients and determine how weight correlates with levels of symptoms and quality of life.”. Terry Oh said, “We see an association between body mass index with symptom severity and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia. Study author Dr.
Lead researcher Paul Mork said, “Women who reported exercising 4 times per week had a 29% lower risk of FM compared with inactive women. Similar results were found in the analysis of the summary score combining information on frequency, duration, and intensity of exercise; women with the highest exercise level had a somewhat lower risk than inactive women.
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Medication. A number of medications commonly given to treat the symptoms of FM – particularly antidepressants – have the side effect of weight gain. Weight-loss Strategies. Since our pain makes it difficult for us to increase our exercise enough to burn more calories and our slow metabolism means eating.
Decreased Activity. Because of their level of pain, most FM patients are not able to increase their exercise to the levels needed to increase metabolism rates and burn the calories required for significant weight loss.
Eat Proteins First. Always eat a protein first. When you eat a protein first, the protein digestive enzymes are activated, which then slows the absorption of carbohydrates. Never eat carbohydrates – even good carbs – by themselves.
Before starting any new diet or exercise program, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor.
Since I started taking the drug Pamelor for symptoms of fibromyalgia, weight gain has been a persistent problem. My doctor prescribed it to ease pain and sleep disturbances, but although I exercise regularly and eat sensibly I have gained 25 pounds. Is there a link between my medication for fibromyalgia and weight gain?.
The cause for this isn't clear, but tricyclics appear to increase appetite, especially for carbohydrates. While tricyclics are often effective in promoting sleep for people with fibromyalgia, weight gain sometimes results.
I recommend you speak to your doctor who might consider changing your medications.
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Serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a newer group of antidepressants that includes drugs such as fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil), cause little weight gain and may even contribute to weight loss. Fortunay, there are alternatives to taking Pamelor and the other tricyclics.
I have a question about fibromyalgia and weight gain. Is there a link between my medication for fibromyalgia and weight gain? If so, is there another drug I could take instead?. Since I started taking the drug Pamelor for symptoms of fibromyalgia, weight gain has been a persistent problem. My doctor prescribed it to ease pain and sleep disturbances, but although I exercise regularly and eat sensibly I have gained 25 pounds. Q.
A: Pamelor (nortriptyline) very well could be responsible for the higher number you're seeing on your bathroom scale. A member of the tricyclic class of antidepressants, Pamelor is frequently used to treat fibromyalgia symptoms.
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