100 lb. Club - What a wake up call!




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DaughterOfVenus
11-02-2010, 02:00 PM
I joined 3FC in August and started eating healthy. Did really really well and lost just under 17 pounds. Then as usual, life got in the way. I called it "a break," started eating crappy, but still weighing myself every day so that I wouldn't gain back what I'd lost. I told myself if I could keep off the fifteen pounds until the holidays are over, I'd be happy.

I've been pigging out for a couple days and then eating very restrictively to make up for any gains. I've done this for about a month and thought I was getting away with it. People were mentioning they noticed I had lost in the face. Feeling pretty good. But the truth is, I had gone back to binging. I just was over restricting and over exercising after the fact to compensate.

Well this week I got my rude awakening. I woke up at three a.m. (after a dinner of huge amounts of pepperoni pizza and lays) in excruciating pain, and had to have my grandmother bring me to the emergency room (no insurance!).

Turns out I have a bad gallbladder and my months of dieting followed by weeks of binging caused a massive gallbladder attack. They gave me meds and set up an ultrasound to see if I need surgery.

To think that I caused actual internal damage with my eating habits is sickening!!! I'm a little relieved, because knowing I have gallbladder disease explains a lot of physical issues I've been dealing with for the past few years, but at the same time I'm scared out of my mind because I'm without insurance until it goes into effect in January. Now I have a pre-existing condition and it could be a horrible situation.

I have been shocked back into my good eating habits. As scary as it is, I'm almost thankful for it, because I feel like it's a slap in the head from the universe, screaming at me to take care of myself.

Has anyone else had a scary wake-up call like this?


caryesings
11-02-2010, 02:45 PM
I had something called CIU a few years back. Basically your body becomes super-allergic for no apparent reason resulting in full body hives for months or years. My episode lasted 8 months and it was horrible to either be itching so bad I was crying or drugged so bad I could barely sit upright in a chair.

When it was over it really started me thinking how my morbid obesity WAS going to end up affecting my health with a chronic condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Nothing bad had happened yet, but this episode proved to me that I wasn't immune and also how much I didn't want to live with an ongoing condition I could have prevented.

beerab
11-02-2010, 02:53 PM
OMG scary! Glad they figured it out!

I've seen this before with two people, one friend and a coworker's wife, it is scary.

Take care of yourself! Good luck!


findingfawn
11-02-2010, 03:12 PM
I have gallbadder attacks from greasy meals, at first I had no clue what they were and one day it dawned on me that I was getting those horrible pains every time I ate too much grease. Yeah lesson learned.

The good thing.. now you can move forward, chalk it up to a lesson learned (and acutally learn from it), and move on keeping this in your rear view mirror so you don't back into it ;)

ps. didn't they do away with the whole pre-exisiting conditions thing with insurance? I don't pay attention to politics, but think I remember hearing something like that?

cherrypie
11-02-2010, 03:17 PM
ick I had a gall bladder attack after having my oldest. Apparantly it isn't unusual reaction when the organs start moving back into their proper places. I wouldn't wish that on anyone :(

annie175
11-02-2010, 03:21 PM
Yes, there are no more pre-existing conflicts with insurance. They HAVE To cover whatever you have regardless to prior issues.

lottie63
11-02-2010, 04:58 PM
wow, great to hear on the pre-existing conditions thing, that will help so many people. A lady here in Pittsburgh just died because she had some blood pressure problem, couldn't get insurance cuz of a pre-existing condition, and died 5 months later. She was married and I believe had one or two little boys. Tragic.

I had my gallbladder out in 06. I wish it had been a wake up call for me.

But mine came a couple years ago. I never knew my real dad, he left when I was 2. I had met him once when I was 15 but that was it. I received a mystery e-mail on myspace from someone I knew was related to him. They gave me their number and told me to call them. I did and she told me that he had just died of complications from diabetes (which also runs on my moms side and has killed my great grandmother and my great aunt).

Turns out that he had lost both legs and went blind before his kidneys finally failed and he died. I didn't know him, and I figure it's karma, he was a bad guy. But either way she wanted me to know for health reasons.

I'm kind of terrified. My last A1c was only 5, which is GREAT. But, I know it's something I have to stay on top of. That A1c was quite awhile ago anyhow, I'm getting another in February. Hoping ALL my labs by then are better. :)

This happend a few years ago and I still have not managed to keep the weight off. I lose, I gain, I lose.

I'm finally working on the mental issues that go with it though and I think it'll work out this time. :) I'm too young to be worried about this stuff. :(

Hope all works out with your insurance!

ghostgirl811
11-02-2010, 05:02 PM
is there a certain age to get this?
i had never heard of it and i looked it up and several of the symptoms i had a few weeks ago, i dont remember what i ate that day though but this was the worst pain ive ever felt, im 15 so i didnt know if maybe im to young or what but my mom wasnt home, only my dad and i sometimes tell my mom is im hurting or not but i never tell my dad, i hardly ever talk to him but it was so bad i was about to say something to, i couldnt stand up straigh and felt like i was going to throw up and it was night and i tried to fall asleep but it was so bad i couldnt get to sleep.

rockinrobin
11-02-2010, 05:08 PM
Yes, there are no more pre-existing conflicts with insurance. They HAVE To cover whatever you have regardless to prior issues.

As far as I know that pre-existing conditions clause is only valid provided you have continuous coverage . In other words it can't be held against you as long as you go from coverage to coverage with no breaks or pauses. I hope I'm wrong.

I hope you are feeling better. I hope this is a true wake up call for you. I had plenty of wake up calls in the past - I just quickly hit the snooze button and fell back to sleep. :(

DollyR
11-02-2010, 05:11 PM
Wake up calls can be pretty scary from what I read. I hope I never have one but get it in gear before one comes my way. I see so many people with health problems and my own Mom and Dad both have or had heart problems. I see a change on the horizon and believe whatever steps I am taking as of these past couple of weeks are going to help get to a person in much better health. That's what it is all about for me....being in better health.

JayEll
11-02-2010, 05:39 PM
GhostGirl811, you should see a doctor. Pain like that is definitely not normal. But it's hard to say what it was (and none of us here are doctors). I think you can get gall bladder disease even if you're young, but it could be so many other things... It could be a kidney stone, even. Do you drink enough water?

Jay

beerab
11-02-2010, 05:45 PM
I agree you should see a doctor ghostgirl, the pain being that bad you should go to urgent care. My friend had a pain so bad she could barely stand turned out she had some intestinal infection and had to stay at the hospital for treatment- they told her she could have died if she ignored it. DIED... And she was 23 at the time.

Pain is bad, pain to where you can't move is VERY bad- don't ignore it.

ghostgirl811
11-02-2010, 06:33 PM
GhostGirl811, you should see a doctor. Pain like that is definitely not normal. But it's hard to say what it was (and none of us here are doctors). I think you can get gall bladder disease even if you're young, but it could be so many other things... It could be a kidney stone, even. Do you drink enough water?

Jay

well i dont drink any water, i know crazy, but ive been addicted to caffine for as long as i can remember ide drink 4-6 cans a day but now im down to 2 which i only drink when i eat, twice a day but ill occasionaly have a little snack and take a drink, thats my hardest thing right now just starting

PaulaM
11-02-2010, 06:41 PM
I had a blocked bile duct before they finally figured out I had a gallstone trapped in there, my liver was spasming, it was excruciating. Long story short, the nurse asked me after my surgery if I had recently lost a lost of weight. I had been going to Jenny Craig and had lost 30 lbs. Nurse said if you lose too quickly that can cause stones to form, and that they saw it all the time. I think that's why I'm hesitant to this day to lose fast, I'm taking it nice and slow from here on out.

JayEll
11-02-2010, 07:57 PM
well i dont drink any water, i know crazy, but ive been addicted to caffine for as long as i can remember ide drink 4-6 cans a day but now im down to 2 which i only drink when i eat, twice a day but ill occasionaly have a little snack and take a drink, thats my hardest thing right now just starting


Oh dear--I didn't drink enough water either, and that's how I developed kidney stones. I would bet that's what the pain was. But again, I'm just guessing.

Try this. Drink a small glass of water before you drink every soda. And try to drink a small glass every hour that you're up and about. I don't mean any 16 ounces! Just a small cup would be better than not drinking at all.

:hug:
Jay

ghostgirl811
11-02-2010, 08:10 PM
Oh dear--I didn't drink enough water either, and that's how I developed kidney stones. I would bet that's what the pain was. But again, I'm just guessing.

Try this. Drink a small glass of water before you drink every soda. And try to drink a small glass every hour that you're up and about. I don't mean any 16 ounces! Just a small cup would be better than not drinking at all.

:hug:
Jay

thanks, are they something that goes away on their own? no need of meds or anything. and its only happened that one time

JayEll
11-02-2010, 09:48 PM
If the pain stopped, and if it was a kidney stone, then it may have passed on its own. But stones can form at any time in people who don't drink enough water. That's what my kidney doc told me. Some people are also more disposed to them than others, but not drinking enough water is the main thing.

I also have had my gall bladder out. They both cause reeeallly bad pain. But in my case the gall bladder pain was more in the middle of my body and the kidney stones were more to one side (or the other--I've had them from both kidneys).

Jay

Eliana
11-03-2010, 07:33 AM
Oh wow. A lot of you have really been through the ringer.

I've been very lucky. I had the THREAT of diabetes, and I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. That was enough for me.

I did have some severe gastro-esophogeal reflux attacks and those were pretty scary, and 100% caused by diet.

MyChoice2bfit
11-03-2010, 08:54 AM
I had my gallbladder out over 25 years ago...I still remember the pain from the attachs. Hope you feel better soon.

I just recently had a wake-up call. I went for a routine mamogram and it came back as abnormal. Long story short, when they did an ultrasound they didn't see a tumor or a mass but they will be rechecking me in 6 months. I have read about how being overweight contributes to cancers, especially breast cancer. I sure don't want to contribute to a diagnosis and I'm DETERMINDED to get this weight-off.

Besides, I've noticed that whenever a over-weight person has any sort of medical problem weight is always mentioned. I sometimes wonder if other things might be overlooked because it is all blamed on being overweight. When it comes to my health, I want to be seen as a person, not a overweight person so it's time to do something about it.

runningfromfat
11-03-2010, 09:03 AM
This actually happened before getting pregnant with DD so I was at a lower weight than I am now. However, I got a cyst on my ovary that turned into a tumor. Now that can happen to anybody but I had a BMI of around 30 at the time, which put me at a MUCH higher risk. I ended up having to get the entire ovary remove and was very, very worried we wouldn't be able to have kids (obviously that wasn't the case! :D) but after my surgery I lost a lot of weight and got within 20lbs of a healthy BMI.

Then I gained way too much during my pregnancy :mad: and I'm back at square one but that experience has ensured that even though it's taken awhile for me to get really serious about weight loss post-partum I did start exercising right away. Now I'm slowly going back to a healthy weight and I think my eating habits are significantly better than any other times I've lost weight in the past! That being said once I get out of the obese category I'll be breathing a HUGe sigh of relief!

lazylioness
11-03-2010, 10:27 AM
I had my gall bladder taken out years ago, it flared up when I was pregnant.
But my OMG moment was when I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I am questioning that diagnosis just because of how the doctor got to it, but regardless that was my big wake up call. I lost a bunch of weight, and my skin cleared up and all was good, then I gained it back. Now I am on the journey again because the scale hit "that number" that we all have.

beerab
11-03-2010, 11:09 AM
When it comes to my health, I want to be seen as a person, not a overweight person so it's time to do something about it.

Amen- I think so many of my problems were dismissed because I was overweight and told "lose weight." It was super frustrating.

"Oh you have a brain tumor? Just lose weight."

:mad:

Ky30
11-03-2010, 01:09 PM
It really shows what being overweight can do to your body I had a gold size kindney stones stuck in my tract at 18 years old, then I had gallstones and a infected gall bladder at age 25, Found out I had hyperthyriodism at 29, and had another kidney stone the size of a grain of rice this year at the age od 30 I didnt wake up because of these things I guess in a way I denied it was because I was fat I only woke up recently because I am SO tired of being fat and struggling to walk, bend over, run, etc and now I feel great about losing weight. Im so glad you woke up with this cuz as you know other things can come along. Good luck on your journey and if you have to have your gall bladder removed you wont be in that much pain afterwards but just know you may have IBS after not having a gall bladder ive had it every since and so does my Mom but it has gotten better with eating healthier.

mmel3283
11-03-2010, 04:12 PM
I had surgery a few weeks ago, they thought it was endometriosis because of all the pain I was in. It wasn't. I had a fatty tumor grow that is attached to my colon. I put on 30lbs really fast...apparenty most of it is in that tumor. It's definitely scary when things like that happen.

ghostgirl811
11-03-2010, 04:13 PM
I had my gallbladder out over 25 years ago...I still remember the pain from the attachs. Hope you feel better soon.

I just recently had a wake-up call. I went for a routine mamogram and it came back as abnormal. Long story short, when they did an ultrasound they didn't see a tumor or a mass but they will be rechecking me in 6 months. I have read about how being overweight contributes to cancers, especially breast cancer. I sure don't want to contribute to a diagnosis and I'm DETERMINDED to get this weight-off.

Besides, I've noticed that whenever a over-weight person has any sort of medical problem weight is always mentioned. I sometimes wonder if other things might be overlooked because it is all blamed on being overweight. When it comes to my health, I want to be seen as a person, not a overweight person so it's time to do something about it.

i hate when doctors blame everything on your weight. i get headaches sometimes multiple times a day and all she said is that i need to lose weight and it could be my posture, so i started sitting right and all that and it just made it worse so i quit, but everytime i got to the doctor they have something say thats wrong with me just because of my weight and yeah i know it contributes to some things but not everything and i dont think its cause of my weight why i get headaches

DaughterOfVenus
11-03-2010, 08:16 PM
GhostGirl811, I don't know if you have gallbladder disease, but as for if you are "too young," I don't think so. I started getting gallbladder attacks when I was around sixteen, I just didn't realize what they were. I thought I had indigestion or had pulled a muscle doing sit ups.

UPDATE: I found out my insurance that I'll have starting in January covers pre-existing conditions. My father is a federal employee so he has bangin' insurance. Thank god!

I'm back on my diet though and going strong. I don't ever want to feel that again!

summershine
11-03-2010, 08:48 PM
i hate when doctors blame everything on your weight. i get headaches sometimes multiple times a day and all she said is that i need to lose weight and it could be my posture, so i started sitting right and all that and it just made it worse so i quit, but everytime i got to the doctor they have something say thats wrong with me just because of my weight and yeah i know it contributes to some things but not everything and i dont think its cause of my weight why i get headaches

Hey Ghostgirl! I reckon the headaches you're getting are from not drinking enough water. (I used to get the same thing all the time when I was younger). I recommend carrying around a water bottle with you where ever you go, and take a sip every once and a while. If you're needing more water (even if you don't really feel thirsty), you'll want to drink more as soon as you've taken that sip. :)

As for wake up calls...well o_o I think this thread is certainly one! I thought "stones" were only for old geriatric people!

*goes off to drink some more water O_o*

goal4agirl
11-04-2010, 01:16 AM
I had my gall bladder out in 2001. I was in a lot of pain. The pain was on my back near my shoulder blades. My attacks were always at night around 1:00 am. I would hurt so much I would walk the floor. I had previously had kidney stones (another story) so I knew this was different. I also have Crohns disease and you have pain with that, so I thought at that time I was suffering with pain from my Crohns. So I didn't go to the doctor.
A month or so later I was having my yearly colonoscopy (yuck) and they also looked at my abdomen with a sonogram. I was told my gallbladder needed out. I was surprised, I thought the pain was the Crohns. The doctor told me my gallbladder was very diseased.
I think if pain continues it should be checked out by your doctor. They can get to the bottom of what is going on. There have been times I have hurt in my stomach so bad I thought I was dying. Fear of being hospitalized would make me hold back from getting help. It would get so bad I would be forced to go. I was told it was gastritis not too bad a case and given Nexium and sent home! ;)

Natasha1534
11-04-2010, 03:03 AM
I had my gallbladder out just over a year ago. I was very lucky in that I never had any problems (that I knew of, at least) from it. My doctor picked up on it b/c my liver levels were a little elevated. Set me up for an ultrasound and, lo and behold, my gallbladder was full of gallstones and needed to come out. I encourage you to have the surgery if it's recommended b/c not doing so can lead to pancreatitis and liver problems and you definitely don't want that. Plus, it's a super duper easy surgery (first one I ever had) and the worst part (sorry if it's TMI) is the gas pains. Mine were in my shoulder and arms and OMG they sucked. Good luck!!!

susiemartin
11-04-2010, 07:04 AM
Count this for what it's worth...........
A have a girlfriend who had gallbladder problems. Her doc wanted surgery and she didn't. She did some kind of "gallbladder cleanse" (http://curezone.com/cleanse/liver/default.asp) and never had a problem again.