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LivingWater
01-16-2006, 12:04 AM
I was just thinking we should come up with a list of medical issues or just physical ailments we have dealt with (or others close to us) that are related to weight issues. This will also be a good motivator in our weightloss journey - to see what comes along with this kind of weight. Feel free to include any medical issues/ailments others have already mentioned so we can see how wide spread the issue is.

I'll start:

1. Pregnancy loss. Personal experience and close friends experience.

2. Hormone imbalance. Things that shouldn't be happening. Personal and close friends.

3. Lack of energy.

4. Pain in joints, especially when walking long distances.

5. Female organ problems. Close friends who have dealt with it. :(

So, what have you or someone you know dealt with?


SnowboundChick
01-16-2006, 02:43 AM
Diabetes
Heart Disease
High Blood Pressure
Gout
Cancer

All someone related to me. I'm thankful I have not had any weight related medical problems yet and hope to change all my weight before it does.

mousie
01-16-2006, 02:53 AM
My father has diabetes type 2 and heart disease. He has had a heart attack and has had heart surgery twice (resulting in 8 stents in the arteries/veins of his heart). This TERRIFIES me, for him and for what it suggests for myself.


DollyR
01-16-2006, 05:31 AM
Arthritis in the joints. My friend who is 11 years older is starting to suffer from this. She and I are about the same size.

I know I am facing another test to see if I am developing cervical cancer although it is not a result of the weight per se. I am very uncomfortable with the way the pap test is done in Asia and I know my size has a considerable amount to do with it. If I have another positive result they will do a biopsy in April.

Sorry if this was TMI.....I have my next test this week. I am hoping it will be good news. Please send positive thoughts my way......

H-ko
01-16-2006, 08:13 AM
PCOS, asthma/allergies, back problems (difficult to exercise with the last two) - me

diabetes - various family (mine and DH's both) - however, my dad has lost a lot of weight by changing his diet and going for a long walk everyday, and is doing quite well as a result

lucky
01-16-2006, 12:00 PM
High cholesterol
Boderline diabetes
Foot pain
Cracked heels and callouses
Back pain
Depression
Lethargy
Poor sleeping habits
Heartburn
Generally helpless (at my highest weight I had to ask for help for just about anything phyical)
Hmmm, and I'm pretty sure I was a real b*tch much of the time because I was so unhappy with myself - does that count as a medical condition?;)

kfs151
01-16-2006, 12:25 PM
In addition to all the others:

Sleep Apnea - it took years for me to get a proper diagnosis where I couldn't figure why I was so tired and depressed but it turned out I wasn't getting any rest! I have my fingers crossed it will go away as I lose weight.

ScarlettDrawl
01-16-2006, 01:42 PM
For me, sleep apnea too. Very scary sometimes and I hope it gets better as I lose. I have high cholesterol, but that's less from the weight and more from family history and the food I was eating.

LivingWater
01-16-2006, 03:49 PM
Darlene- I'll say a prayer for you. :)

Lucky- It's good to see someone who's lost most of the weight be able to see the real difference. I mean, you must know those things were related to your weight because your probably not dealing with them anymore, right?

I notice things I deal with that I never dealt with and it's not age. I'm young. I'm going to write in my own personal journal all the things that ail me physically so I can look back and see the difference.

Sheila53
01-16-2006, 08:20 PM
Diabetes - My Dad has this, and he's always having problems with foot ulcers. I don't ever want to get it, and it's one of the prime reasons I have for losing weight.

Plantar fascitis - While the orthotics helped with this when I was heavier, the weight loss made it go away completely, and I no longer need orthotics.

I was disappointed that my acid reflux didn't go away when I lost weight. I ended up having an endoscopy that showed I have a hiatl hernia. Also, was looking forward to lowering my cholesterol, and that didn't happen either with my 80 lb. loss--bad genetics, I guess. However, most people I've known who've lost weight have had both problems eliminated. So if weight loss doesn't help your heartburn, be sure to get an endoscopy done to check for other reasons for acid reflux.

SnowboundChick
01-16-2006, 08:58 PM
My dad had all the above medical conditions I posted about, he will be going in for a triple or quad bypass in a few weeks. i am terrified for him. He was also a smoker, as am I. I'm trying to quit.

Also, while I was pregnant, I had borderline gestational diabetes and pre-eclypsia.

Reggierail
01-16-2006, 10:15 PM
Anybody else wonder what happened to your ankles.:dizzy:

Reggie

christineu
01-17-2006, 12:48 AM
I know I am facing another test to see if I am developing cervical cancer although it is not a result of the weight per se. I am very uncomfortable with the way the pap test is done in Asia and I know my size has a considerable amount to do with it.

Dolly- I hope everything turns out okay- I'll be thinking lots of positive thoughts. I had a bad result come back on a PAP test several years ago that luckily turned out to be basically nothing, just a minor infection. Pelvics are not fun for anyone, but too many overweight & obese women don't get them done because of embarrassment and the uncomfortableness. Nothing like being so espoused to basically a stranger and then feeling like the they are judging you based on your weight...there is no where to hide cellulite or a spare tire or two with one of those paper gowns and the paper sheet they give you for modesty (best description I heard for them- 'they want me to wear an over grown coffee filter & cover up with a cocktail napkin?...and this is suppose to hide anything?!?). Or worse yet, not getting a thorough exam because the doctor thinks there's no point since 'fat chicks can't have a sex life, so why bother' & even if she is, the doctor thinking he 'couldn't possible feel anything through all that fat'. I've been lucky to have good doctors, but I've heard horror stories from friends about doctors who have had those type of attitudes. My worst pelvic, happened to be the one I had when I had received the bad results & had to have another right away- thankfully the doctor & the nurse were great about the whole situation, but it definitely wasn't an experience I want to repeat if I can help if. I had just had a major knee surgery & my knee was immobilized completely so I couldn't bend it at all & I wasn't suppose to tighten my quadriceps muscle (the main muscle on the upper part of the thigh)- that you would use to lift & hold your leg up. As you can imagine, that made for a very interesting pelvic when you have to literally have the nurse hold your leg up for you- and all I could think about was how bad I felt for her considering I weighed around 275 at that time...and she was a tiny little thing, who probably weighed slightly more then my one leg..or at least it felt that way at the time.


The big issue I have with medical problems & weight is when doctors assume every problem we have is a result of our weight. I know things have been overlooked, and ultimately diagnosis & treatment delayed because they didn't even consider another alternative in my case numerous times. My knee problem wouldn't be anywhere near as bad if any of the doctors I complained to over the years considered there might be another cause, other then the pat answer of 'it hurts because your overweight & have had surgery on it' (when I was a teen). By the time I found a doctor who took me seriously, it was so bad that he sent me out of state to the top doctor in the world for kneecap issues for my surgery- neither one of them expected to find I had torn one of the heads of my quadriceps muscle 12 years early, within a few months of the surgery I had as a teen...which explained all the problems I had had with it over the years, when I didn't have any problems with my other knee that had a similar surgery. All those years of being told I wasn't doing my exercises right or that I wasn't doing enough of them by the physical therapist & doctors...kind of hard to strengthen a muscle that isn't fully connected. And don't even get me started on the permanent damage it did to my kneecap & thigh bone, plus residual issues with my hip, back & ankle as a result of favoring the knee. My newest 'favorite' issue is when so many doctors/medical professionals automatically assume that since I have apnea, that if I lost weight, it would go away. It is a possible, but not a guarantee- there are a lot of skinny people with sleep apnea too- but only if you have the more common type, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, where your airway collapses or becomes blocked that has been linked with weight issues. I have Central Sleep Apnea, where in simplest terms, my brain 'forgets' to tell to breath. No amount of weight loss is going to change that since its a neurological problem; yet I've heard the apnea/weight-loss lecture from so many doctors...who get flustered when I point out the problem with their assumption. And for any of you with apnea, there have been several recent studies that suggest the apnea may cause the weight gain, not the other way around...which makes sense if the apnea events prevent you from getting enough restorative sleep. I'll get off my soapbox for now :soap:....but the subject of lack of quality health care because of our weight is a sore spot for me- whether its from our embaressment & reluctance to go to the doctor when we know we should or from prejudices some medical professional have against overweight & obese individuals.

shedilbry
01-17-2006, 02:15 AM
things i've experienced...

HORRIBLE mood swings
back pains
phantom gall bladder attacks (more and more frequently though i'm finally starting to learn to keep track of foods that cause them)
depression (although i'm pretty stressed out most of the time anyway)
tension headaches
clumsiness
knee pains (which have miraculously gone away by losing the 10 or so pounds i've lost since restarting YAY)
ankle injury that acts up ever so often
loss of healthy self esteem

Goddess Jessica
01-17-2006, 02:31 AM
Ummm sorry to post such an embarrassing one but... incontinence.

Especially when jumping rope or running.

shedilbry
01-17-2006, 09:10 AM
after having two big ole babies sit on my bladder for 17 months of my life i know what you are talking about. except mine happens when i sneeze, cough, laugh real hard and when i'm sick with the pukies.

treefrogtoes
01-17-2006, 11:02 AM
Knee pain and shortness of breath when I was at my heaviest. I could tell if I was over 300 without the use of a scale just from the knee pain alone!

Another one: Terrible Self Image... That one is harder to lose than the weigh!

lucky
01-17-2006, 01:58 PM
Jessica, I know just how you feel. My incontinence si a result of having children but was made worse by my weight. Have you tried Kegel exercises? They didn't solve my problem but did help a lot. I don't know if they would make a difference if the problem is strictly weight related but it can't hurt to try!

Shelia, my sister has the same problem as you in that her cholesterol issues are genetic and can't be controlled through diet or exercise. Plus, she has high blood pressure (also genetic). I managed to dodge inheriting either. When she had a heart attack at the ripe old age of 39 I realized how ungrateful it was of me to impose those diseases on myself. I mean there she was eating right, exercising often, maintaining a healthy weight and having a heart attack despite it all. And there I was, fat, eating the worst possible foods for me and way too much of them, and rarely leaving the couch. It didn't make sense not to get myself healthy given that I COULD when there are so many people who struggle with their health despite living healthy lives. There really is no excuse for it, IMHO.

YP1
01-17-2006, 02:52 PM
One thing that I don't know whether it's weight related is a tendency to break bones. All four people I know who've broken their legs have been obese at the time. I don't know whether it's a question of balance so you are more likely to fall if you stumble slightly or whether obesity makes your bones weaker or whether it's pure coincidence, but none of my skinny friends broke anything...

Stepping Out
01-17-2006, 03:16 PM
I'm sitting here reading your posts while I wait for my DH to get home. He'll be taking me to the Gynie to have an "endometrial biopsy" :p . I've had one before, and it's no picnic, believe me. :( I should be going through menopause, but I keep spotting. I hope everything turns out alright.

I also have a long list of medical probs:

High Cholesterol
High Blood Pressure
Thyroid Probs
Ruptured lumbar disc & paralysis/nerve damage in my pelvis & right leg
Incontinence (partially from nerve damage)
Slow healing (from surgeries)

I've also had to deal with doctors who were rude or dismissive when I shared my problems. When my husband & I were trying to have a child, I had a doctor tell me: "lose 50 pounds and see me in a year". We got a second opinion..it turned out that my DH was sterile :cry:

I'm 55 years old, and when I see a young woman who's obese, I want to tell her: "Please get help now!"

Sorry for venting..and thank you all for being here! :grouphug:

synger
01-17-2006, 06:12 PM
Difficulty in getting pregnant.
PCOS.
Skin problems -- rashes, cystic acne, etc.-- that are tremendously worse in the "folds" and "overhangs"

mthrgoos68
01-17-2006, 06:25 PM
For me, when I was at my highest weight, I started getting terrible anxiety attacks. It was bad enough that my doctor put me in the hospital for 5 days because I couldn't eat, sleep, or do anything. I was so afraid of going out in public, of having people looking at me and of not being able to fit into places. It's a terrible feeling to be afraid and embarrassed to even leave the house. I don't if this exactly qualifies as a medical issue, maybe more of a psychological issue.

Scrappy Chick
01-17-2006, 06:53 PM
Of 8 kids in my Dad's family, SEVEN have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, including my father. That gives me a HUGE risk. And on my mother's side there is high cholesterol and heart disease.

Plus:
asthma (not caused but exacerbated)
acne
heel pain
knee pain
back pain

And many more I am sure. Makes you really wonder.....

LivingWater
01-18-2006, 11:36 AM
I'm 55 years old, and when I see a young woman who's obese, I want to tell her: "Please get help now!"


:cry: Maybe this is why you're on this journey. To be able to get this message out. I don't think there are enough people with a true concern for others, out there trying to help others see this weight issue.

As we can see, it's so much more than just fat... It's our health and our lives.

CarolO
01-18-2006, 01:25 PM
Personally I have had~
pre eclampsia w/ #6, PIH before that,now essential hypertension My mom has high bp but the weight definitely plays a factor with me.

knee pain

hormonal imbalance

Others in my family

diabetes

high bp

heart disease

I think that my main issue with the weight is health. I want to live to see my children grow up and to snuggle grandbabies. I feel like a walking time bomb being this heavy.

Formylittleguy
01-18-2006, 07:13 PM
I'm starting to see medical problems in my life and it's quite the wake up call.

Joint pain
Tiredness
depression
Pregnancy complications


I want to have another child and have non weight related fertility and pregnancy issues. The fat is putting me in a place where I realize the additional complication would make it nearly impossible.

Melody2006
01-19-2006, 11:31 PM
Psuedo Tumor Cerebri Disease or Benign Intercranial Hypertension. Otherwise known as PTC. ( Do a google for more information)

Basicaly it's when your spinal fluid stops draining and it presses on your brain. I always had severe headaches and thought I was going thru stress and depression. My doctor just put me on Paxil (for depression) I was up to the highest dose! I went for an eye exam at a Walmart and the lady said she didn't mean to scare me but thought I had a brain tumor. I went to a specialist the next morning scared out of my mind and they confirmed it. I got sick that evening and went to the ER. They did a spinal tap and found my pressure was way over the top and then I was diagnosed. No brain tumor, my spinal fluid was just crushing my brain! I was diagnosed with PTC and it's commonly found in overweight people. Spinal taps, and medication did not work for me. I had to have a shunt placed in my brain and go completely bald for this surgery in April 2003. Fat and bald is not fun! Needless to say I have all my hair back, it's in remission and I'm trying to loose weight.

LivingWater
01-21-2006, 03:03 PM
Just wanted to add Uterine Tumors.

I think i may be dealing with this and the majority of what I've read states it may be weight related. This was my last straw. Thank you Lord for the good incentive. :)

Sandi
03-25-2006, 01:20 AM
*bump*

This is worth reading again.

glynne
03-25-2006, 10:37 AM
High blood pressure
Pain ~ knees, hips, back, feet.
High Cholesterol
Loss of range of motion of some of my joints ~ I can't put on my shoes the same way I used to. It is harder now to reach my toenails to cut them (I can sort of reach, but with my bifocals if I can reach them, I can't see them) GRRRRR.

With my weight, I had sort of given up ~ until all of this pain. Now, I wish I had tried harder when I was younger.

Like Homebound said ~ I hope that those of you who are younger can work on this weight loss now. It is harder to do the exercise you need to do to help lose weight when you are stiff and in pain. It used to be big was my only problem, but I waited too long, now I have the stiffness and pain as well.

SnowboundChick
03-25-2006, 12:14 PM
I've heard that loss of libido is a problem for some overweight people. There's another to add to the list.

I sometimes wonder if this is my problem. But i tend to think it's being tired from having two very active little boys to run after all the time.

nelie
03-25-2006, 12:20 PM
I think I have the opposite problem Susan, I have too much libido... I've had to learn to temper it a bit.

As far as medical issues:
I've had back problems which were fixed through chiropractic visits
I have knee problems but recently taking glucosamine has helped those
I have PCOS which I think will be alleviated through weight loss

I think that is all

Less of Lena
03-25-2006, 12:35 PM
Let's not forget that slender people have these problems, too. They are not solely the issues of the overweight. In addition, there are many overweight people who sufffer none of the above.

I have NO diabetes, blood pressure is great, cholesterol is normal, no joint problems, etc. etc. etc., even though many of those things run in my family, among both the overweight and the slender. In addition, I rarely catch colds (last was 2003, I think) and I'm nearly always upbeat and chipper. Aside from being overweight, I'm basically healthy.

If it were simply a matter of "You've got <insert medical issue here> because you're fat and don't exercise", then slender people and chronic exercisers (not necessarily the same people, by the way) wouldn't have any of these issues.

Problems may be exacerbated by excess weight, but, in my opinion, are not "necessarily" always caused by it. It's easy to blame the weight for all problems because it's so darned visible and it's a socially acceptable answer.

Jenaya
03-25-2006, 01:01 PM
PCOS
Fatty Liver (which many overweight people have but don't know about...it can lead to cirrhosis although rare)
Miscarriage
GERD

ProudNan6
03-25-2006, 01:39 PM
I am suffering from several weight related issues as follows:

Sleep Apnea
High Blood Pressure
Coronary Artery Disease
Acid Reflux
High Cholersteral

I have a CPap machine and my sleep Dr. told me if I lost weight the sleep issue would go away, but if I gain wieght back it will return. Sleep Apnea is a deadly health problem. It is compared to SIDS in infants. It takes years from your life if left untreated. It puts a strain on your heart. Please remember me in your thoughts I have to loose this weight. I have 6 beautiful grandkids and 3 sons and daughter-in-laws and a wonderful husband to live for!

glynne
03-25-2006, 02:43 PM
I didn't used to have the medical problems I do now ~ but age and the weight aggravating those problems ~ it has all kind of caught up with me. Before all these things happened to me, I thought I had all the time in the world to take care of it. I wish now that I had taken care of it before I had these things that make it more difficult to lose the weight. I guess that is why I hope that the younger ones will help themselves now before it catches up with them.

DishyFishy
03-25-2006, 05:36 PM
I was chatting with a doctor friend of mine yesterday, and I was telling him about the wicked chest and stomach pains (plus a heap of other symptoms) I've been having for a few months.

Whilst he urged me to see my own doc (haven't got one yet :o), he reckons it sounds awfully like a gallbladder problem, very possibly linked to my recent weight loss. Ironic, eh?

LakeGirl
03-25-2006, 11:15 PM
I have seen drastic increase in medical problems for myself the last two years:

Sleep apnea (I now use a CPAP which is OH so attractive:rolleyes:

Really bad knees....I can hear them creak as well as feel them ache when going up stairs.

A very active bladder (I assume this over activity is due to weight. Don't know if anyone can clarify that or not)

Heel spurs

Shortness of breath

Cysts

a very painful lower back in the mornings

Mood swings from **** up to two weeks before my TOTM....I've been on Zoloft for two years because of it.

You know what really floors me though and I know that there are some of you here in the same boat....I have absolutely no idea what it feels like to be thin. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. Granted, I have been less overweight in the past compared to where I am now, but it hard to only be able to imagine what thin must feel like.

buckettgirl
03-26-2006, 06:20 PM
Gallbladder attacks/gall stones

This has been by far my biggest issue, I have avoided surgery, and the attacks happen less frequently. I didn't even know that is what the pain was until I was so sick I threw up and had to go to ER. After I found out it was a gallbladder attack, I realized I'd been having them for the past 3 years or so, just not very severe. I don't know that it is weight related per se, but it does have to do with fat intake. I know that people who lose alot of weight very often suffer from gallbladder attacks (my dad had them for about a year after he lost over 100lbs on Optifast, then they went way).

My knees used to hurt - that was one of my wake up calls... I knew I was fat, but I didn't think it was that bad. Although I am the same weight as when I found that out (over a year ago), I am much more physically fit and exercise regularly. Since I started exercising, I have no knee problems.

My blood pressure runs slightly higher than "normal" and it didn't always. I run about 128/88; I used to stay around 112/80 when I was about 280lbs.

I consider myself extraordinarily lucky that I don't have any major health issues due to my weight. My blood pressure is stable, my resting heart rate is lower, i have no issues with blood sugar or insulin (after meals, my blood sugar level is around 90), and my back has never bothered me.
I just have to remind myself that this will not always be the case if I don't change my ways and lose the weight.

DishyFishy
03-26-2006, 08:04 PM
I know that people who lose alot of weight very often suffer from gallbladder attacks (my dad had them for about a year after he lost over 100lbs on Optifast, then they went way).Interesting. :thanks: If that's what my pains turn out to be, they'd better go away of their own accord. I don't "do" surgery! :)

Bifocals
03-27-2006, 01:28 AM
I was particularty touched by those who wished they could tell younger obese women to deal with it "NOW".
At 58 I'm in the worst shape of my life. Arthritic knees, ankylosing spondylitis in my back. Pain each and every day. No energy, low self-esteem, etc, etc, etc. Thank God I don't have diabetis or cancer. Was checked for those recently. But I take BP med.
It may not be a 'medical' side effect per se to being obese, but I find the heavier I am, the more disconnected I feel to my 'self'.
From being able to walk 3 miles or more just a few years ago, I'm disabled and need to start from (less than) scratch.
The only thing that gives me any hope is that I pray and ask God to help me. He has in the past.
Bifocals

p.s. would appreciate some pointers on changing my screen I.D. and learning how to add the weight graph.
Thanks.

ladybugfun
03-27-2006, 02:53 AM
Gallstones-me
massave heart attack-grandpa
High blood pressure-mom and dad
Asthma-me
always tired-me
allergeys-me
back pain-me
high colesterol-mom
heartburn-me
idigestion-me
acid reflux-me It is the worst! It is so scary. I wake up in a dead sleep choking and gasping for air because I inhaled some stomache acid. It really burns your throat. (SORRY TMI) If that isnt a good reason to lose the weight I dont know what is. It had better go away!!!

When I was pregnate with #1 I had borderline gestational diabetes
with #2 I got preclampsea(SP) after he was born bad.

I also want to add on the health care issue, When I went in a few months back to have my gallbladder removed, The doctors were foriegn and kept comenting on my weight. It was very embarrising and degrading. I hated it. I thought it was rude. Like it was my fault I had gallstones and how gross that I was so fat. Just wanted to add that I agree the doctors need to change there attitudes about overweight people. Its not like I asked to be overweight. Well that is for another thread LOL. I could go on and on.

LakeGirl
03-27-2006, 09:39 AM
Those of you who mentioned wanting to warn younger women against obesity made me remember a circumstance from several years ago. My best friend (also overweight) and I were in a restuarant for lunch and sitting across from us was a little girl (maybe 7 or 8 years old) and her (we think) grandmother. The little girl was eating fresh strawberries and obviously loving them. The grandma then takes one from her and says, "Let me show you how to make it taste really good!" Grandma then proceeds to open a sugar packet, pour it out on the plate and dip the strawberry into it to give it to the child. My friend and I were heartsick. Habits are so often established when we are young and what message was grandma giving to this sweet little girl?

kittymuse
03-27-2006, 10:57 AM
The big issue I have with medical problems & weight is when doctors assume every problem we have is a result of our weight. I know things have been overlooked, and ultimately diagnosis & treatment delayed because they didn't even consider another alternative in my case numerous times.

I totally hear you on this one! I've been lurking in the forums for a week or so, and I had to register to give my 2c. on this! In March of 2005 I started having major stomach and back pain that would wake me up around 3am, about once a month. I was so scared the first time it happened. The attacks would last for 6 to 8 hours - the worst pain I have ever experienced. I went to the doctor and she told me it was acid reflux. Now I probably do have GERD, but there is no way this pain was caused by GERD. Things got confusing because the attacks were not consistent and seemed to go away while I was on medication for GERD. The thing that makes me very very angry in retrospect is that she told me my problems would probably go away if I lost even 5 lbs. I was under so much stress and studying for exams and absolutely terrified about these pain attacks that would totally take me out for a day or so. Finally I got an ultrasound and they saw a stone. I had surgery in December and I have never been happier. I feel SO MUCH BETTER. If you have been suffering attacks, you might not even realize how much the gallstone is keeping you down. I was so tired all of the time (probably lack of sleep among other things) and food became the **enemy** as if it wasn't already. I normally love to cook, and I completely lost my enthusiasm. Why eat if it's just going to bite you back?

I'm not trying to push surgery on anyone... it's just my personal story.

I went through 9 months of pain because of that misdiagnosis. I think there was a combination of me not being loud enough about how much pain I was in, the doctor thinking it must just be GERD because I'm obese, and my symptoms being inconsistent.

Now that I got that taken care of, I'm finding it much easier to have the energy to exercise, and food isn't quite so scary anymore.

So: weight related health problems

gallstones - me, my mom, my uncle
knee pain - me, my friend
high blood pressure - my mom
high cholesterol - my dad
varicose veins - my mom and aunt
heartburn/reflux - me


I think that I tend to think the doctor knows more than I do, but I think we as patients need to be more insistent and stand up to them if they are dismissing our problems and not taking them seriously.

My knee pain is already going away now that I've lost some weight!

Amy Blue
03-29-2006, 10:54 PM
:) Hello all,

Been away a while, but it's great to be back in such a positive atmosphere!

I suffer from a condition known as LIPODERMATOSCLEROSIS. In basic terms, it's sort of like the negative advancement of varicose veins - a venous problem. I have it real bad on my left ankle and it's just started appearing on my right one. It's unsightly and hurts like ****, but the worst thing is I was misdiagnosed for about a year and a half (my so-called doctor kept saying it was exzema when it clearly wasn't:mad: ) so it's worse than it should be. I have to wear compression socks which basically stop it from getting worse (worse meaning when the skin gets so hard and tight it ruptures causing an extremely painful ulcer that will require surgery and skin grafting to close).

Luckily, it's not a direct result of weight gain although my new doctor says that weight loss will 'relieve' the condition. So, if anyone out there has the slightest hint of varicose veins, get some compression socks immediately. Yeah, they're uncomfortable, but if my first doctor had given them to me early on it wouldn't be so bad now.

Okay, here are the symptoms:

Dark, scaly/itchy patches of skin on the lower ankle that get progressively hard to the touch

'Pinching' in of the skin around the ankle - sort of like your ankle looks punched in.

If you have varicose veins around the thigh or knee area you could be at risk.

Thanks for listening.

Amy Blue
03-29-2006, 11:12 PM
Kittymuse,

I totally agree with you on the diagnosis front (see above). The worst experience I've ever had with a member of the medical profession is when I had an appointment in regards to another skin ailment. I came into the doctor's office, and as soon as I opened the door she said:

"Ah. I can see why you have this problem. You're very big aren't you?!"

I was stunned. But I said:

"I've been having this problem since I was 14 and I wasn't obese then."

But she delivered the final blow by saying:

"Well, you don't see skinny people running around with this condition now, do you?"

She never examined me that day. This was all her own 'medical' opinion from just looking at me, fully clothed with my hat and coat on!

She was also a bit on the big side too - I'd estimate about 210 - 250lbs.

Then she had the nerve to give me a dud prescription. Similar to giving painkillers to a patient about to undertake open heart surgery.

The funniest thing (and also the scariest) is that I have found I almost have to self-diagnose myself on occasion - and the last two times I did that - I WAS RIGHT and the so-called 'health professionals' were wrong.

I don't recommend the whole self-diagnosis thing, but it is a sad world indeed when even our doctors can't see past the weight and diagnose us correctly.

sarahdafiregal
03-30-2006, 02:46 PM
PCOS/Infertility & all that happy crappy stuff that comes with it
Insulin Resistant
High Blood Pressure
High Triglycerides (Darn carbs!!!!)
Depression/Suicide
Achiness all over...every single joint in my body
Lack of energy...always tired even w/10 hours of sleep
Headaches/Migraines

"I'm much too young to feel this damned old!":tantrum:

nelie
03-30-2006, 03:09 PM
Sarah, I'm with in feeling older than I am.

I had an interesting conversation with my mom the other day. My mom works a labor intensive job and she has always had weight problems throughout her life. She is in her early 50s. She always complained that she was tired and in pain and had no time for exercise. So what did she do... she bought a gazelle. She uses the gazelle every day. She started with a few minutes a day watching tv, but now she is usually does 30-40 minutes. She told me that she isn't as tired any more and she doesn't have all the aches and pains she used to. She also lost weight. I want to be in the routine that I exercise every day and eventually I want to buy an elliptical when I have room for it. I think it is something that will help me.

I think some of our medical problems may be weight related, they may also be hereditary but they could also be lack of exercise related. We really do need exercise. My mom is a good example because she had a job that was very active but she still felt tired and in pain. It was only into she got into an every day exercise routine that she improved.

mandi78
03-30-2006, 03:47 PM
PCOS/Infertility & all that happy crappy stuff that comes with it
Insulin Resistant
High Blood Pressure
High Triglycerides (Darn carbs!!!!)
Depression/Suicide
Achiness all over...every single joint in my body
Lack of energy...always tired even w/10 hours of sleep
Headaches/Migraines

"I'm much too young to feel this damned old!":tantrum:


Me too, all of the above except I dont have headaches/migraines. Also, tachycardia (fast pulse) that I know is due to the strain being put on my heart due to my weight. I am on a strong beta blocker and it doesn't really even help. Fortunately, my cardiologist did all the heart tests (EKG, ECG, Nuclear Stress Test, 24-hour Holter Monitor, 30 Day Event Recorder, etc....all the tests that people twice my age usually have for the first time) and said that I have a healthy heart with no blockages. I know it will not stay that way though, if I dont lose this weight.

Also, I feel like I'm going to pass out, have a heart attack and/or die with physical activity. Even just walking up 2 flights of stairs. My mom was just saying the other day that this should be the time of my life and how sad she was for me that I am so miserable physically and emotionally.

Burgie
03-30-2006, 04:20 PM
Quite a list going.

Do health factors really motivate obese/overweight people to lose weight?

Sheila53
03-30-2006, 04:30 PM
I can only answer anecdotally, but many people here have mentioned, myself included, that they decided to start the weight loss journey to improve health. I'm guessing that the older you are, the more likely it is that health becomes a factor.

nelie
03-30-2006, 05:26 PM
It does depend. I started almost 2 years ago on my current weight loss journey. I started because well a lot of things happened in my life :) Part of it was I fell down my stairs and hurt my knee. I couldn't walk without pain for a couple months but I had started physical therapy and under the direction of the physical therapist, I went to the gym. I realized I needed to take better care of myself.

This time is similar in that I had been starting to think about my food recently and my exercise. My knee though was having pain from living in my 4th floor apartment. I decided getting back to the gym and doing weights would help. It has, my knee only bothers me slightly now after only a month of gym time.

My motivation is that I need to take better care of myself and as I get older, I know I may experience more aches and pains. Exercising and eating better will help me as I age.

SuchAPrettyFace
03-30-2006, 11:13 PM
Everything I have, except for the erosive esophagitis, is due to my kidneys. HBP is the first symptom of PKD, oftentimes. I've not been making it to the bathroom lately, but that has more to do with the drug I'm testing than my weight.

Not sure what the esophagitis is from.

kittymuse
03-31-2006, 10:19 AM
Amy Blue, that would make me SO MAD! I would have found someone to complain to, but who knows if that would have done any good. That is so insulting, and no one deserves to be treated like that. So far my doctors have just sort of looked down their noses at me and politely suggested that losing weight might be the miracle cure to everything. They also suggest that I see a dietician. Dietician... bah! I know what I should be eating, I just need to do it.

Amy Blue
03-31-2006, 01:37 PM
I was really upset at the time and I did complain, but because it was only two of us there it was a case of her word against mine. :mad:

However, a few more people complained of similar treatment and she ended up being suspended. I don't know whether she lost her job in the end, but at least she was eventually disciplined and *hopefully* she has changed.

I don't know why some doctors are like that. I told my new doctor about it and he said that a lot of overweight/obese people stay away from health professionals and put their wellbeing on the line because of scenarios like these and it's very upsetting. We trust these people with our LIVES for heaven's sake!

thinbefore40
07-24-2006, 10:22 AM
I realize that i may be way late in posting this, but I had to response to this post...

I was just diagnoised with Ankylosing spondylitis and it is NOT weight related at all. Even thin people have them.

I was particularty touched by those who wished they could tell younger obese women to deal with it "NOW".
At 58 I'm in the worst shape of my life. Arthritic knees, ankylosing spondylitis in my back. Pain each and every day. No energy, low self-esteem, etc, etc, etc. Thank God I don't have diabetis or cancer. Was checked for those recently. But I take BP med.
It may not be a 'medical' side effect per se to being obese, but I find the heavier I am, the more disconnected I feel to my 'self'.
From being able to walk 3 miles or more just a few years ago, I'm disabled and need to start from (less than) scratch.
The only thing that gives me any hope is that I pray and ask God to help me. He has in the past.
Bifocals

p.s. would appreciate some pointers on changing my screen I.D. and learning how to add the weight graph.
Thanks.

BreakingFree
07-24-2006, 03:53 PM
In addition to all the others:

Sleep Apnea - it took years for me to get a proper diagnosis where I couldn't figure why I was so tired and depressed but it turned out I wasn't getting any rest! I have my fingers crossed it will go away as I lose weight.

kfs151 -

I had sleep apnea but it is GONE now that I've lost 50+ pounds. One of the happiest days of my life was when I returned that CPAP machine back to the medical supply company:D !!!

BreakingFree
07-25-2006, 11:29 AM
WHOOPS! Didn't realize this thread was soooo old!