I had a stroke in May 2011 my fibromyalgia began shortly after. My neurologist moved out of town. So I was assigned a new neurologist today. He said if I loose 100lbs all my illnesses will be cured including the fibromyalgia. He seems to think weight is the cause of fibromyalgia. I didn't think there was a cause yet.
I agree that you need to find a new doctor. This guy is an a$$! Yes, losing weight never hurts and it CAN help some chronic pain issues but it is NOT the cause of your fibromyalgia!! There are plenty of skinny people with fibro! I will bet my large rear end that this Dr is one of those who doesnt believe that fibro is a "real" condition.
You certainly aren't! I was thin when dx'd (after I had lost 140lbs) & with all the meds/pain have gained about 50 back. I was in a car accident so lots of resulting surgeries didn't help either but my point is this- I've been skinny & overweight with FMS. I do feel better overall when at a healthier weight but it certainly doesn't take FMS away! I second getting a new doc! Good luck!
Absolutely not you sweet thing!!! Many meds for fibromyalgia cause weight gain. And weight would not cause fibromyalgia. That's ridiculous. Get a new doctor!!! And furthermore, fibromyalgia makes it very difficult to be active. When you can, do warm water therapy, just water walking in a hot pool. Any gentle exercise is good for you mind, body and soul. I know I say this all the time, but I'm a dietitian and am always researching diet and fibromyalgia. There's a list of foods I just found that us fibromites should avoid. Ill send it to you via PQ but don't you for one second think you're the only one. That makes me so sad and mad at your doctor!!! It is true weight loss helps with many diseases, but when you're on certain meds that make you gain wt plus pain that makes it so difficult to exercise, you're stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Find a new neurologist!!! There's little things you can do each day to help your mind body and soul, but don't think for one second hes accurate or youre alone. I like to see chronic pain people in my practice because I know how hard it is. Do you allow PQ's so I can send you that list. My warmest regards!!!
Did he really say that all of your illnesss would be cured if the weight loss? Get your patient notes to see if he stated it and show it to another doctor. That is absolutely ridiculous. You hear the most ridiculous things about doctors on this site, so there must be some lulus out there. BTW, I was under the normal BMI for the first 2 years after my stroke which was unhealthy. Now I'm on the low end of a normal BMI for the past 2 years and it hasn't cured anything including my fibromyalgia.
Dear Fragile, RUN! dont walk, away from this! That doctor reminds me of one I used to see. He straight up told me that some doctors claim you have fibro because they dont want to bother finding out whats really wrong with you. Turns out he felt the same way. I immediately turned to a new doctor who believed in me AND my symptoms! As for the weight issue, Ive always been a big girl. Lyrica put 30 extra pounds on me that I cant seem to get rid of. My mobility is limited due to other health issues. But dont for one minute believe the hogwash this doctor is telling you! I hope you can find the help you really need from a doctor who can help you. Best of luck!
I am actually 3 lbs underweight and have horrible fibro. Like everyone else has said find a new doctor. But I do know there was a study done recently and they are giving free gastric bypass to fibro patients a friend had it done and she has been symptom free since the weight loss
Hi fragilexmom, that doctor deserves a kick in the seat! It doesn't make a difference what you weigh! After I found out I had fibro, I lost weight and not on purpose, I'm five feet four inches and weighed, at that time, 100 pds, and my fibro was outrageous, so tell that eejit of a doc to stuff his ideas!
I now weight 105, and still have fibro, so don't think for one second that being skinny is going to cure your fibro, it won't.
However, it will help you feel better in certain ways, less stress on joints, etc, if you lose some weight. But it WILL NOT cure your fibro!
Your doctor seems to have a real bias against the over weight, which makes him "less than" in my book. Tell him that he should really gain some compassion before he "doctors" one more person. See how he likes them apples!
Bless you, and find another doctor!
That's as bad as the doctor I had at one time.
He was from South Africa. He said that there was no such thing as Fibro, that it was all in our heads and that North American women were weak and soft.
I know dozens of women who were diagnosed with Fibro who did not have weight problems until AFTER their doctors put them on the meds to treat the fibro.
Needless to say the idiot from South Africa wasn't my doctor for long and you should get a different doctor. If anyone asks why you want a different doctor tell them "I want a better educated doctor" as the one you have now must have missed some classes or doesn't keep up with the research.
Ugh, I absolutely HATE doctors that believe that your weight is the cause of all your pain problems and if you drop such and such amount of weight, poof! Your pain will magically disappear! I've actually had this problem for most of my life. I was even told that dropping weight would cure my absolutely horrendous seasonal allergies! (When I was younger, I had seasonal allergies so bad that I would wake up in the morning with my eyes literally swollen shut, to the point that I couldn't even open them up just enough to see. I would have to fumble blindly to the bathroom, soak a washcloth in cold water, and let that sit on my eyes for 30-60 minutes until the swelling went down enough to open my eyes.
This had a lot to do with the fact that I'm terribly allergic to poppy pollen, though strangely not opiates or poppy seeds, and my entire neighborhood and neighboring blocks all had those orange poppies all over their yards. This no longer happens now that I'm older, and all my neighbors got rid of those damn flowers hehe.) My entire adult life, since I hit my teen years, I've been roughly the same weight and size, and always very physically active, all year round, and never was able to lose an ounce of weight. Last July, I had an appointment with a spine surgeon that I was referred to by my spinal specialist, to do a microdiscectomy on the very bottom disc in my spine, which is herniated and pressing against all local nerves. Due to where it is, there needs to be a specific tool needed to push my spinal cord to the side and keep it there for the duration of the surgery, as they can only reach it through the hole in the back of my pelvis. And it's a special order item and my doctor, who also does minor back surgeries, didn't have it and wouldn't for over a year, as they are made to order. So, I go to this other doctor, thinking that it will be a pre-surgical consult, where I would set up appointments for a pre-surgical physical and for the surgery itself, and this guy told me that there was no surgery to do and that I just need to lose weight and my pain will all go away! This is the only back surgery I'm a candidate for, fusion's out of the question because I have too many herniated discs, and more keep herniating as time goes by due to degenerative disc disease. I told him that I lost 80 lbs (thanks to an Adderall side effect ;)) and the pain actually got worse, and then he told me to BS to explain why my pain got worse and told me with time the pain will get better if I keep the weight off, WHICH IT HASN'T. I literally left my appointment hysterical and crying my eyes out. My sister saw how upset this made me! I've been discriminated against my whole life because of my weight, but I think the most discrimination I've gotten is from doctors, who you'd think would understand that some people just CANNOT lose weight no matter how hard they try! I mean, this is a surgery that both my spine doctor and GP (who I've been seeing for more than 12 years, and who knows me extremely well) agree that I should have done, not for pain relief, but mainly to regain use of my legs lost due to my sciatica from the herniated disc (and breaking my tailbone 4-6 times, but no surgery would fix that), so I can get out to walking more often again. I love taking walks, but can't really do it very often anymore. I LOVE swimming, I was on the swim team, and when I was 3-4 years old, I would run away from home to go swimming (which is why the older police officers know me hehe), and I can no longer swim due to my back (and shoulders... and hips... and my hypermobile joint syndrome... ), so I'm not inactive due to laziness, it's from pain. My pain's controlled just enough to be somewhat comfortable, but I can't even do one load of laundry without being in extreme pain afterward and the next day. It has NOTHING to do with my weight, and I really wish that doctors would understand that sometimes, weight REALLY has NOTHING to do with pain levels for some people! So I definitely feel for you! You need to find a more sympathetic doctor! One that looks past your weight, and sees the true root of the problem. It may be hard, but once you find that kind of doctor, hold on tight! Good luck!
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