What a dreaded name for a blog entry, right? But, how many of you fibro warriors have this on your mind regularly? My guess is that it’s most of you. It’s rare that I encounter someone struggling with Fibromyalgia, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for that matter, that hasn’t struggled with weight due to various factors including: medication, difficulty with exercise, poor sleep, the list goes on. So, instead of blaming yourself for the weight gain, here’s some ways to understand why the weight gain is happening.
M G Rana, M.D. has written an article entitled Fibromyalgia and Weight Gain because “a specifically depressing problem about fibromyalgia is gaining weight, even if we eat less we continue to gain weight and due to pain it’s very painful to exercise.” Dr. Rana lists several reasons for the weight gain:
It is estimated that fibro patients in their first year of diagnosis gain have an average weight gain of 32 pounds in the first year. That’s a pretty significant number but it’s not necessarily because of what you have or haven’t done. Dr. Rana give a list of things we CAN do to help abate the gain and possibly help us lose weight. Some suggestions include:
Dr. Rana has some excellent explanations as to why we gain weight so easily as well as suggestions in how to address this weight gain. Please take the time to read the article to help you on your way to feeling better. If you need help, I have helped many clients make dietary changes and I’d be happy to help you. Schedule a free consultation today!
I’m Kate Straus and I’m a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor. I help Jewish women feel confident in their ability to practice their faith while navigating the ups and downs of fibromyalgia. I’m using the disease that at one time knocked me down, to help support others live life to their fullest.