Weight Loss Support - Decreasing Ailments! What have you noticed?




LightRaven
04-14-2011, 10:19 PM
Hey Everyone,

So I was laying in bed last night, just thinking about random stuff before I drift off to sleep when I realized "Hey, my hands aren't asleep!" :carrot:

I actually have carpel tunnel in both of my wrists. It's not so bad that it required surgery, not that I had health insurance to do so when I was diagnosed almost 10 years ago, but it did prevent me from getting my BA in music performance because I could no longer play my instrument 5-8 hours a day and perform my senior recital. (Seriously, that is all that stood in my way of my degree, and even though I begged and had doctors write to my college, they refused to overlook it.) ANYWAY...

My CT never bothers me in normal situations.. IE, computer, etc. Just weird ones, like playing any of the instruments I can play, brushing my teeth, putting on making up, holding things in my hands (like clothes shopping when you drape the clothing over your arm), doing my daughter's hair, and the positions I prefer to sleep in (on left side, with arms wrapped around me like I'm hugging myself :lol: or crossed across my chest...and on my stomach, hands folded underneath the side of my face)

I actually noticed this winter that my carpel tunnel was getting worse. It was being set off earlier, and taking longer for the tingles to go away after correcting the wrist position, etc.

Almost every night I start off on my side, with arms wrapped around me, and within 5 mins, my hands would be asleep and eventually I'd change positions. But last night, my hands didn't fall asleep after the normal amount of time. I mean, they eventually did, but not when they usually do. I've also noticed I'm able to put on make up without them falling asleep now.

I don't think I knew that weight could be a contributing factor to CT. I guess it makes sense. The added weight and fat is adding pressure to the carpel tunnel (A rubber band like tendon that wraps around the nerves and tendons that lead into your hands) and because of the extra weight, the symptoms I get in certain situations are being set off earlier.

It was so great last night when I realized my hands weren't asleep yet. I know it sounds silly, but it's a symptom of loosing weight :D

Have you noticed anything... any ailments decreasing as you continue your weight loss journey? :)

LR


geoblewis
04-14-2011, 10:51 PM
Hey, me too! Awesome!

My knees can take more stairs now. My blood pressure is down and I don't have heart flutters anymore. But that's more stress related for me. Still, I'm attributing it to managing my overall health better.

j0lamo01
04-14-2011, 11:03 PM
That's awesome! I havent noticed ailments improve because I dont have any weight related ailments but I have noticed my skin improve. I used to get one or two zits per week and I just thought that was normal for my skin and I lived with it. Since making the lifestyle change I haven't had any zits at all!


sonickel77
04-14-2011, 11:22 PM
My back has improved exponentially. I used to be in constant agony, requiring hard core muscle relaxants and painkillers to cope. Now I can bend, stand for 4 hours at a time, and work out at the gym, all with no meds, and with barely a twinge.

kimmieval
04-15-2011, 01:03 AM
...actually it is the reverse for me, losing weight has not made my fibro or connective issues any better. My doctor promised me that it would improve if I ever decided to lose weight, but sorry to say, weight loss has only benefited my self esteem and overall health, but my pains are no better

WeightForMe
04-15-2011, 01:22 AM
Don't have any previous ailments but I have noticed I haven't been sick since I started eating cleaner..like not even a sneeze! It's great!

toobig
04-15-2011, 05:51 AM
My TOM has become way easier!

LightRaven
04-15-2011, 08:47 AM
...actually it is the reverse for me, losing weight has not made my fibro or connective issues any better. My doctor promised me that it would improve if I ever decided to lose weight, but sorry to say, weight loss has only benefited my self esteem and overall health, but my pains are no better

:( Well it hasn't gotten worse though, right?

I'm sorry that you have fibro. I've heard that not only is it very painful, but many doctors poo-poo it as being in the patient's head. I do hope you have understanding doctor's that believe the condition is real! :hug:

LR

LightRaven
04-15-2011, 08:48 AM
My back has improved exponentially. I used to be in constant agony, requiring hard core muscle relaxants and painkillers to cope. Now I can bend, stand for 4 hours at a time, and work out at the gym, all with no meds, and with barely a twinge.

That is truly awesome! :carrot:

LR

LightRaven
04-15-2011, 08:52 AM
Hey, me too! Awesome!

My knees can take more stairs now. My blood pressure is down and I don't have heart flutters anymore. But that's more stress related for me. Still, I'm attributing it to managing my overall health better.

I'm actually still waiting for those types of benefits! I have bad knees and ankles (runs in the family, not weight related, but I'm sure my weigh doesn't help) and I injured my hip last summer. It eventually healed but I aggravated it in February doing some stupid exercise move and now, it's just generally upset at me.

I can function, and I'm able to exercise again, but the hip is usually like "Really?! why in the world do all your exercise routines involve lunging or squats?!" My knees feel the same way. It's not my favorite exercise move for that reason, but I can't seem to get around it too much. My thighs love them though! :lol:

Heres to hoping my joints get happy after I lose the next 30 lbs! :carrot:

LR

ShanIAm
04-15-2011, 09:04 AM
I’m going to choose a mental ailment if that’s ok! ;)

I’m no longer a depressed, miserable wench!

40 pounds ago I hated waking up every morning in my body. The only emotion I genuinely felt was self loathing. But the minute I started eating right and exercising that all changed. It wasn’t because of the weight loss because at the time it was minimal. It was simply because I was finally doing something about it.

I’m happy again. :)

Oh, and I no longer feel like I need to settle for any guy that shows me attention – good or bad. For me, this is HUGE!

Lori Bell
04-15-2011, 09:18 AM
hehe...Love it ShanIam. Add me to that list!

Well, lets see. After losing 195 pounds I:

No longer have chronic back pain.
Sleep Apnea - GONE!
G.E.R.D (acid reflux disease) - GONE!
High Blood pressure - GONE!
High Cholesterol - GONE!
High Triglycerides - GONE!
Depression - GONE!
HOT and sweaty 24/7 - GONE! (I'm cold most the time now)
Cracks and painful feet - GONE!
Heavy menstrual bleeding - GONE!
Constant diarrhoea, (this was caused from alcohol I believe) - GONE!
Tired and sleepy most of the day - GONE!
Constant colds and flu - GONE! (I've only been sick 2 times in the last 3 years!)

I'm sure there are more, but these are the best for sure. All these things made me miserable and depressed and I thank God everyday that I don't suffer from preventable aliments anymore!

Beck
04-15-2011, 09:18 AM
No more heartburn for me! I used to get heartburn at almost every meal, and I had to take Tums a few times a day. I haven't had heartburn or taken a Tums in 5 weeks.

niafabo
04-15-2011, 09:31 AM
Sleep apnea is gone and my periods are shorter and lighter but I hate to say my health has been worse overall since I started losing weight even though its easier to do a lot of things. I get horribly dizzy at least once or twice a week, my heart rate has increased and my blood pressure has decreased, I get sick like once a month and i usually only get sick once or twice a year, and all sorts of foods that never bothered my stomach before are give me problems now.

Aunty Jam
04-15-2011, 12:02 PM
My knees and ankels don't crack when I walk anymore!!! It used to happen almost constantly when I walked.

I sleep so much better.

With the exception of the start of this year I've been sick way less then I used to be (I attribute this year to stress).

Fewer hives around my waist and beneath my breasts! I have an issue with hives where I'll get them on spots that are under pressure for long periods of time. I'd get them from, say, the waistband of my jeans being to tight, the bra that was to tight... etc. Now everything is loose! LoL!

Eliana
04-15-2011, 12:22 PM
I’m going to choose a mental ailment if that’s ok! ;)

I’m no longer a depressed, miserable wench!

40 pounds ago I hated waking up every morning in my body. The only emotion I genuinely felt was self loathing. But the minute I started eating right and exercising that all changed. It wasn’t because of the weight loss because at the time it was minimal. It was simply because I was finally doing something about it.

I’m happy again. :)

Oh, and I no longer feel like I need to settle for any guy that shows me attention – good or bad. For me, this is HUGE![

Awesome! Me too! But I need to work on the bold part. LOL! I haven't even started dating and I already know this about me.

Lori, awesome list! There's a lot for me too.


Gone:
Husband :D (Oops, did I really write that?)
GERD
Plantar Fasciitis
severe shoulder pain
blood pressure
blood glucose levels
general fatigue
AND I have fewer illnesses through the year, as in pretty much only allergies.

pnkrckpixikat
04-15-2011, 12:44 PM
ive noticed i dont bruise near as easy. My legs used to be spotted with bruises that i had no clue where they came from. I noticed today that i dont have any and havent noticed any in quite awhile.

I dont know if its better circulation due to weightloss and cardio or if its because the change in my diet means im getting more nutrients or what but it surprised me.

georgeshair
04-15-2011, 01:41 PM
I used to get acid reflux, which has now gone. My asthma has greatly improved and I'm currently reducing my regular dose of the steroid inhaler (under medical supervision).

Ailments aside, I feel lighter somehow (mentally, as well as physically) and more healthy generally.

yhahmd
04-15-2011, 02:25 PM
My fingers don't swell as much or as often anymore when I'm walking around in hot weather. It still happens, like when I'm in the store walking around FOREVER with my mom, but not always. I managed to walk a mile (there and back) to a little store near my house and my fingers didn't swell at all. I was so impressed.

It's nice being able to walk for longer periods of time, too. Though, part of the problem is my legs are so short. It's not ALL my weight, but the weight is a big part of it.

Elladorine
04-15-2011, 06:21 PM
My overactive bladder syndrome is completely gone . . . it used to be so bad that I was afraid to even leave the house at times. My asthma has gotten considerably better and I hope for it be completely gone as I approach goal. :)

ShesLosingIt
04-15-2011, 08:19 PM
I used to get bronchitis 5-6 times each fall or winter plus an occasional bout of pneumonia. I (knock on wood) haven't been seriously sick at all since August!

downsizer55
04-15-2011, 08:44 PM
I have fibromyalgia and since I started watching the refined sugars and flours I seem to have less pain and the "flares" are few and farther between!

nelie
04-15-2011, 08:53 PM
Oh I was thinking I didn't really have any ailments but I did used to get hot/sweaty easily but now it is pretty difficult for me to sweat.

My periods got lighter when I went on BC, not sure what they would be like without it.

In terms of carpal tunnel, I used to have it but it actually disappeared near my high weight. Not sure why but my wrists feel weak to me even if my fingers/hands no longer get numb.

Eliana
04-15-2011, 09:30 PM
Nelie, you just reminded me, there is one ailment I have ACQUIRED with weight loss. Night sweats! You'd think they'd DISappear, not suddenly appear. I'm only 36 so I don't think it's menopause. I do not like waking up soaked! :(

nelie
04-15-2011, 09:40 PM
Have you checked with your doc? It is almost embarrassing how many blankets I sleep with, even in summer.

nelie
04-15-2011, 09:42 PM
Oh and since it has been such a long time since I was at my high weight, I forgot that I lived on Pepto. My stomach was 'sensitive' and would get upset regularly. I never had acid reflux or anything. It was my crappy diet and possibly lactose intolerance because change in my diet resolved that issue fairly quickly.

hpnodat
04-15-2011, 10:15 PM
My IBS is much better, but as soon as I eat something heavier (bad fats) than usual it goes haywire again for about 24-48 hours after I eat it. I no longer have chronic fatigue, I have a fair amount of energy compared to what it used to be like. I can work circles around my 22 year old brother, he was helping me do some yard work and he kept complaining about being tired, needing a break, and back pain and I was completely fine.

FitGirlyGirl
04-16-2011, 09:38 AM
I'm only halfway there and I already have a list. It will probably be even longer when I'm at goal.

~My asthma is gone.
~My bad ankle has had one day of bothering me in about a year.
~My kick butt immune system that I used to have (when I got mono years ago I was only mildly sick for 5 days and when I would get a really bad cold it would last for a couple hours) is coming back. In 2009 I got a cold and was sick for 2 weeks, ridiculous! This year's cold had me sick for almost an entire day, still a lot for me, but better. :)
~My back pain is almost nonexistent.
~I haven't had a headache in probably 6-8 months at least, I used to get them almost daily.
~My gall bladder is better and I haven't had to have it removed.
~My vision has improved - I no longer need my glasses. They were mostly for reading, but did have a mild prescription for distance. I had bi-focals when I was just 31. EEK!
~My TOM cycle has really improved and just this last time I had my first normal cycle in EVER. This is a really big one for me since I have PCOS and want very much to have a child.

Horo
04-16-2011, 11:02 AM
One major thing that went away with my weight loss was the severe, constant headaches I used to have all the time.

Also, my depression is gone, it's now easy for me to breathe doing normal things like walking up the stairs, my face doesn't stay red or flush all the time anymore, I don't sweat as much, TOM isn't as bad, I get much less achy in relation to low pressure weather, and I very rarely get sick(as opposed to all the time at my high weight- I also used to get nauseous and vomit on a regular basis at my high weight, too, but I don't think that's happened once since I've lost the weight..).

I can't list anything confirmed by a doctor as I haven't been to one since I was a very overweight 10 year old. However, at that doctor visit I was told that I had borderline blood pressure and I'm almost positive it will be better next time I go.

caryesings
04-16-2011, 11:06 AM
A big one and a little one, neither of which I realized had anything to do with weight:

The big one was a lifelong issue with exercise induced diarrhea. I had to carefully plan every activity to include access to bathroom. My initial exercise walks had to be in mall or public park where I pretty much circled the building with the facilities. As I lost weight, the "warning period" increased that I could get farther away and still make it in time. Now I can do any activity for long lengths of time (all day hike, long bike rides) without this being a worry. I suspect a combination of my body finally adapting to exercise and better eating habits, but this side effect has given me a freedom I haven't felt since I was a teenager when this surfaced after I became a binge eater.

The second one is skin tags. I guess they were being caused by folds of skin rubbing on each other, because while part of my annual derm exam included getting a whole batch removed each time, I have none this year to remove!

Eliana
04-16-2011, 11:27 AM
Horo, headaches! Add that to my list. I suspect it's both diet change and an increase in water intake that are responsible for mine disappearing. I had them very nearly every day.

Caryesings, what an awful thing to live with. Did you ever talk to a doctor about it? That's a huge motivator to get the weight off and keep it off, huh?

stacygee
04-16-2011, 04:22 PM
plantar faciatus TOTALLY gone.

allergies mush better.

Upper back pain from TOO big boobs gone.

Self Esteem and Self respect - present!

LightRaven
04-16-2011, 07:10 PM
Nelie, you just reminded me, there is one ailment I have ACQUIRED with weight loss. Night sweats! You'd think they'd DISappear, not suddenly appear. I'm only 36 so I don't think it's menopause. I do not like waking up soaked! :(

It could be, do you know your family history? Both my mom, and my grandmother went through menopause early. My mom started when she was either 36 or 37. Finished when she was 42? I expect to go through menopause early as well.

Doesn't phase me really though. I'm 98% sure I do not want any more kids anyway. :lol:

LR

Eliana
04-16-2011, 07:21 PM
It could be, do you know your family history? Both my mom, and my grandmother went through menopause early. My mom started when she was either 36 or 37. Finished when she was 42? I expect to go through menopause early as well.

Doesn't phase me really though. I'm 98% sure I do not want any more kids anyway. :lol:

LR

Me too! I'm at the stage where if I meet a guy and he wants more I'd have to give it a lot of thinking, but I am certainly not seeking to have more children. It's hard to say in my family because the women have all had hysterectomies, a trend I plan to stop!

Sonjae
04-16-2011, 08:54 PM
Migraines I was just recently diagnosed and instead of taking the meds they wanted me to I started exercising and eating better. Now they are gone. I had them every single day and they are complex migraines so they lasted hours upon hours instead of 10 min to an hour. I have not had a full blown one in over 2 weeks *knock on wood* :)

gagalu
04-17-2011, 03:40 AM
i can actually make it up several flights of stairs quickly without losing my breath! last year i could barely make it up one without wanting to die.

LightRaven
04-17-2011, 11:31 AM
Me too! I'm at the stage where if I meet a guy and he wants more I'd have to give it a lot of thinking, but I am certainly not seeking to have more children. It's hard to say in my family because the women have all had hysterectomies, a trend I plan to stop!


Yea see that's the thing.. I'm only 31 and divorced. It's not necessarily a no way, no how am I having another child.. If I met a man, and he wanted kids, I'l really have to think about it.... hence my 98% positive...I had a miserable pregnancy, a painful delivery (or lack there of, ended up having an emergency c) and then my daughter had so many digestive and GERD issues- she was a miserable baby for the first 6th months (and a royal pain the butt :lol: )...

She's 4 now and the light of my life, She's attached to me at the hip (she'd crawl back inside if she could!) and I don't really have a desire to have any more children because I'm completely fulfilled with my princess. :)

LR

caryesings
04-18-2011, 10:06 AM
Caryesings, what an awful thing to live with. Did you ever talk to a doctor about it? That's a huge motivator to get the weight off and keep it off, huh?

Oddly enough, no, I never thought to bring it up to a doctor. My sister also has a "sensitive" GI tract and whenever my Mum brought it up to doctors at our childhood medical visits, it was recommended she restrict the fiber in our diet. I can remember after one event, I was not allowed to eat ANY fruits or vegetables for a month which I thought was pretty cool as a kid cause didn't really like either that much.

When I developed Binge Eating Disorder in my late teens, I got into over-exercising and found diarrhea during running is a not unusual condition for some runners so just thought it was something I had to live with. I would just make a point of not eating anything 12-18 hours before a planned physical event like going kayaking with friends.

The first hint that we got that our issues could be related to diet was when I joined WW in the 90s and they ENCOURAGED fiber foods. Told my sister (who is skinny) and she started eating more fiber and this helped both of us on normal days. I still had the exercise-induced issue, but had given me hope that I might not have to just "live with it".

So when I decided I must exercise every day as part of my plan to lose weight, I figured out how to work around the problem. It's been an absolute bonus that the problem is virtually gone now. Again, I don't know if my body finally adapted or the now habit of eating small amounts of food every 2 hours is what did the trick, but I'm not giving up either habit!

LightRaven
04-18-2011, 09:02 PM
Oddly enough, no, I never thought to bring it up to a doctor. My sister also has a "sensitive" GI tract and whenever my Mum brought it up to doctors at our childhood medical visits, it was recommended she restrict the fiber in our diet. I can remember after one event, I was not allowed to eat ANY fruits or vegetables for a month which I thought was pretty cool as a kid cause didn't really like either that much.



You know, I'm really intrigued by this "condition" that you experience... I meant to say something about it before, but forgot.

I was under the impression that having a bowl movement after exercise was normal. I mean, everytime I exercise, shortly after I'm done, I'm running up the stairs. Now, it's not explosive. But normally, my bowels are very loose (I go several times a day) and not easily held. :o

I asked my mom, and she though it was normal, that exercise makes everything in there to start moving. But I've never heard something so .... severe?... as yours.

So you've fixed it by eating every two hours? I don't consider myself to have a sensitive stomach (unless it's soup. I usually comes back up on me, don't know why, my stomach hates it and evacuates!)... but I thought this was very interesting. I'm glad you are doing better with it :)

LR

theox
04-18-2011, 11:49 PM
This is a very motivational thread, LightRaven. Thanks for starting it.