I am a 55 year old female. I had sepsis last year due to a kidney stone that was blocking function on one side of my kidney. I was given a lot of fluids and, of course, a lot of drugs to fight the infection. I was on clear liquids after the first several days of only feeding from the IV. I barely ate anything, but didn't lose any weight during my hospital stay. Since I have left the hospital, about 14 months ago, I have gained about 20 pounds that I can NOT control through diet or exercise. The scale continues to inch up I normally weigh between 130-135 pounds and am at my highest weight ever and miserable. Has anyone else had issues with uncontrollable weight gain following a battle with sepsis?
Does sepsis cause weight gain?
Question posted by gingermom4 on 10 July 2017
Last updated on 30 September 2020 by Tarajadealam
I have to say seeing this tonight has helped me so much im 31 had sepsis due to hysterectomy and a hematoma that got sepsis, my life is horrific now aswell as menopause with a 1 year old, my gp has made me feel its just me being daft, my bones and muscles feel like bricks and i have put on 2 stone. Reading all your comments has been great. Thanks for you all sharing stories x
I first had sepsis when i was 16 years old ... due to a kidney infection, I then had sepsis twice last year not long after having my youngest son at 36 .. both times the cause was "unknown" since though my weight has rapidly increased I'm 4 stone heavier than I was despite being constantly run off my feet .. I know I'm also carrying fluid.. my fingers and ankles swell up a lot ..like many of you here ... My GP hasn't a clue what's happening ...
Sepsis is a weird disease and the "gift that keeps on giving." I'm 66 and my body did just the opposite and I lost 30 pounds. Two years later my weight is still creeping downward. I think having constant diarrhea is the culprit. None of the clothes I have fit anymore and it's hard to believe I ever used to be that size. I've got kidney issues now and knee pain from arthritis but fortunately am able to still be active although it's taken a while to work back up to it. I still deal with other issues like nightmares and exhaustion. Hugs and prayers to everybody dealing with this devasting aftermath. But hey! we SURVIVED.
Yes, I had sepsis in 2018 at the age of 59 following a kidney infection. By the time I got to hospital, I was in septic shock and multi organ failure. I was already over weight but not considered obese. Over the following months, I was gaining weight rapidly and last year was diagnosed as hypothyroidism. (Weight gain associated with this) so I have a double whammy. I am now 198lbs and at just 5ft 2 . No amount of dieting has made any difference and I am completely miserable. I have been following a forum for people who are hypo which helps to know that their is people out there the same as me. My GP is completely useless in understanding my condition and weight gain. I am consuming less than 1300 calories a day but I don't think she believes me.
I had sepsis when my appendix ruptured in 2015. Since then I quickly gained 40lbs. There are no answers to this. There is also no literature that I can find the relates weight gain to sepsis.
To answer your question as to why you gain weight in the hospital on IV fluids. That is normal and water weight. That should go away quickly. It is the long term weight gain that I don’t understand.
I am two months out from my second sepsis attack.
Personally, I have found recovery from sepsis so exhausting that I just don't have the energy to exercise as much as I did prior to sepsis - and that has led to weight gain.
Hi your not alone in this ..i had sepsis in jan 2017 before & during having my baby girl. I was in hospital 5 days & lost 2 & a half stone in 7 days. Since i ve been home though my weight has crept back up by 1 & a half stone and im the heaviest i ve ever been. I have always been 119lbs-126lbs which is fine at 5ft. Im now 134lbs & climbing. I eat same as i always have & have started exercising again to no avail. Wonder if there is a 'rewiring of the system' caused by sepsis.
gingermom4, I would like to respond to your question. I had sepsis the first time a year ago. I did not lose any weight while in the hospital; nor since I came home. In fact, I seem to be gaining weight all the time. I do not know if it is because of medications that I take now, or if it is due to not being as active. I am slowly learning how to cope with being exhausted all the time. I like to think in my case that I am gaining the weight rapidly because I am not as active as before. I have cut down on my food intake and still gain. I am beginning to think that Sepsis rewired more than just my brain. :) I hope you get a better answer, but I feel it is related to having sepsis. Best of luck.
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