How did you respond when health issues arose?

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  1. Feb 9, 2019 #1

    kgainer

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    When I started gaining serious weight I promised myself that I would stop or even start to lose weight when my obesity started seriously to affect my health. Once I was in the morbidly obese category I had periodic skin sores in the folds of my flesh, prominent stretch marks of course, and joint pains. But I thought that these were just normal for someone of my size. Then my sleep started to be disturbed as I developed sleep apnea. This was the first important test. Would I now moderate my liefstyle as I had promised to do only a few years before? Oh no! Soon to be installed by my bedside was a CPAP machine and mask. At first I found it uncomfortable but I soon became dependent on a mask to sleep normally and I take it wherever I go.

    It was the first piece of equipment on which I had become reliant but I drew the line on filling my house the special bariatric equipment. That would be just too shaming.

    Unsurprisingly, given my weight, I developed high blood pressure and high colestrol and was put on medication to control it. Previously I had been in dread of having to be dependent on medication for the rest of my life, particularly someone who was still in his mid-twenties. When the situation actually arose it did not bother me at all. So I have to take a few pills every day. Not a big deal.

    Then the joint pain became worse and it was clear that I had developed osteoarthritis in my knees. Shedding some pounds would obviously have helped but I take anti-inflamatories instead and my weight continues to rise.

    Even with the medication pain in my knees and starting in my hips and back have definitely slowed me down and I walk much shorter distances and take a car, escalator or lift whenever I can.

    What I had not appreciated that obesity affects both the production of testosterone and the circulation. You've guessed it...I now find it difficult to become erect and to maintain an erection which is a real bore. I have used a pump and medications but I would have preferred not have to resort to them. Without them I am just flacid.

    What I thought that I would resist I gave in to. I now have various pieces of equipment or furniture designed for the obese. Equipment like a long handled grabber to pick things off the floor or to help put on socks, long handled sponges for the shower and even a raised and strengthened seat on the toilet. With the sleep apnea I ordered a hospital style bed designed for a heavy occupant as I perferred having my torso raised rather that lying flat. Since then I have bought a recliner and dinning chairs which can take my weight. So another resolution has come to nothing.

    I have high blood sugar and am classed as pre-diabetic. Unless I radically change my ways, Type 2 diabetes is an inevitability. A few years ago the prospect of diabetes would have horrified me. Now I am completely resgned io it and know when it comes I will simply take the medication and try to contro; it as best I can. Indeed what I have read is that with discipline you can control it.

    In writing, I just wondered if others have had the same acceptance to the predictable consequences of obesity as I have had. It seems that it is just part and parcel of who I am and I am happy now to accept, in fact almost embrace, it.
     
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    I developed high blood pressure and high cholesterol too. I can barely reach over to trim my toenails brcause my belly is so big. I walk less and less due to hip pain and I huff and puff going up the few stairs I can’t avoid. My doctor assumes I have sleep apnea because of my size, which I do not have...yet.
     
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    While researching my desire to get fat in contrast to my fitness training, I found there is a balance an staying mobile and active and strong is the key to human healthy obesity. Sumo wrestlers being the model of that concept. Genetics factor in Move and eat. Or be eaten?
     
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    I’m pretty sure I’m committed to embarking on gaining weight this year. So far I haven’t stopped my self and I plan to be reasonable about it. The health consequences are a concern and I do plan to stay active to try to lessen them. I’m about 200 and want to aim for 250 to start and see how I fare. Maybe 300-350, I’m only 5’9” so I don’t know how my body will react. I do wonder if health issues will prohibit me from moving forward with my goal.
     
  5. Feb 11, 2019 #5

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    I developed lower back pain, which I didn't connect with my weight gain until I went to my doc and she (very nicely, no judgement) said that carrying a great deal of weight on your stomach puts a lot of strain on your lower back. I didn't try to lose any weight, just stopped wearing cowboy boots in favor of sneakers and started doing back extensions at the gym as well as going in the hot tub and the occasional hot shower at home. I also stopped walking so much! I've had little or no back pain since I started doing these remedies.
     
  6. Feb 13, 2019 #6

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    Well. I wrote this post about a half a dozen times and kept deleting it.

    Here's the deal...

    I was once 540 pounds at age 32. I started to experience serious complications in multiple body systems. My lab test results and basic health screening results were extremely concerning. There were early signs of organ failure in multiple organs. Doctors were having difficulty managing my health with medications. My mobility failed. I was only able to walk about 50 feet at most. I could no longer leave the house unassisted. I was in constant chronic pain. I needed assistive devices to function independently inside my home. I was told that at the rate my health was failing I might not live to see age 40 and if I did, I would almost certainly be completely housebound by then.

    I chose to lose weight in an attempt to improve my health and mobility, extend my lifespan, regain personal independence, and improve my life quality.

    I lost a lot of fat acceptance community friends who felt that I was a traitor to the cause or that I was being deluded into self-harm by fat bigoted medical professionals. I chose to let those friends go and seek a better life without them.

    All those friends are dead now.

    I am still alive (for now, knock on wood).

    I managed to get down to the 360s and fluctuate between 360-420 pounds over the past 12 years. My health stabilized and improved. My mobility improved. My life got a lot better. Even after two strokes, developing an autoimmune disease, and reaching perimenopause, I am healthier, more mobile, and feel better now at age 48 than when I was at age 32 and 540 pounds.

    I regained 60 pounds (much of it from severe edema) while taking Lyrica for neuropathy pain and started to feel a relapse in mobility loss, increase in back pain, and noticed that everything was becoming more difficult again. Bathing, dressing, caring for my feet, just rolling over in bed. I got worn out faster, out of breath more easily and just felt more bulky and ungainly. It was frightening. I was terrified of ending up back where I was in my early 30s.

    Fortunately, it was discovered that the neuropathy pain is caused by my autoimmune disease and minimizing the flare ups and inflammation minimized the frequency and duration of the nerve pain and the Lyrica is no longer needed and I am almost finished with the tapering off/withdrawal process. Most of the edema is resolved now, and the rest of the Lyrica weight will come off as I stop the drug for good.

    Next I will start working towards getting below 300 pounds. As I age, especially with a brain injury and multiple chronic medical conditions (autoimmune and endocrine) I will need more and more medical care and assistance. The less I weigh, the easier it will be to manage aging in a damaged sick body.

    I always made my health a priority. As much as I have control of at least. Thin, average, fat, or supersized. It never not mattered to me and I never really blew it off.
     
  7. Feb 14, 2019 at 1:03 AM #7

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    Glad your feeling better. I had similar experience 425 at 40 work was getting tougher and tougher health issues really kicked in. I had the RNY surgery. Now twenty years later still fat 290 lbs still feel better than I did at 40. Now just dealing with orthopedic issues.
    Just like athletics age takes toll. Super fatness is a young person thing.
    Still find fat attractive so many more beautiful fat women now a days.
     
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  8. Feb 14, 2019 at 1:37 AM #8

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    I decided I’m going to gain more weight but only to a point. I’m not a big guy... 5’6” and currently 239 lbs., my belly is 51-52”. I’d like to get to maybe 245, 250, maybe even 260 and my belly 53-54”.

    I was a powerlifter (amateur, gym rat) for a lot of years. I got sidelined by shoulder and back surgery... a lumbar fusion. I’m in a sort of 2 month self-imposed gym exile, but I’ll get back to it, and walking for cardio but not weight loss. Those days are gone. I’ve come to like being fat. You can definitely be fit and fat.

    My family doctor and pain management doctor don’t quite agree with that, so I get static from them. I just nod my head and go “mmhmm... ah yeah, I see... uh huh I understand” then go to the diner for the Kahuna breakfast.
     

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