Obesity Linked to Worse Fibromyalgia Symptoms

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Obesity Linked to Worse Fibromyalgia Symptoms
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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 9:45am

According to Health Day News, being overweight can make your fibro symptoms worse:

"Obese people are not only at greater risk for fibromyalgia, they are likely to experience more severe symptoms of the condition, such as chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance and mood disorders, according to a new study." READ MORE

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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 5:17am
I have lost weight, and I do feel better, but I wasn't obese, and I attribute the lessening of my symptoms more to the improved diet and exercise than the weight loss. It doesn't surprise me that being obese would increase pain, etc. in FM sufferers, since it has such a negative overall effect on the body overall. It's just one more thing to add to the ever growing list of negatives to being very overweight. To bad no one's invented a magic pill to end the hopeless feeling we get when we are overweight and feel like nothing we can do will change it.
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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 12:13pm

I've never been obese--but I have been as much as 20 lbs. overweight. I lost the weight before FM came out full force, but I can certainly see how being overweight or obese can make symptoms worse. Being overweight causes many negative problems with ones health and everyday quality of life. I've maintained a healthy lifestyle through good choices with food, vitamins and exercise--however, my weight still fluxuates from being as much as 10 lbs. underweight to 10 lbs. overweight even without change in diet and exercise. Frustrating and depressing to say the least--I feel best when my weight remains stable at my optimine weight.

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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 5:25pm
I hear you, my weight fluctuates a lot, too, but I haven't been underweight since I was about 6 years old, lol. Mostly I get swollen and bloated randomly, and around my cycle, too. It's annoying to say the least, since I have to keep different sizes of pants around.
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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 7:35pm
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Sun, 04-15-2012 - 8:27pm
Tell me about it! I've been working really hard to lose weight, too, and it's taking soooo long! Since around August or so, I've lost about 12-13 pounds, which is great, but somehow my waistline isn't shrinking like I want it to. Since I've been doing intervals and running, my fancy scale tells me I've gone down on my body fat % from 35% to 32%, which I guess is pretty good, but I can't see it yet. Have you tried keeping a food journal? It's great if you're OCD, and they say it really does help you lose weight; I notice that I will lose weight when I do mine, so it's worth a try. I use Myfitnesspal, because it's the fastest app on my phone for journals, and it's easy to use and has a huge database of foods. Sadly, I also have a huge stash of chocolate in my room for emergencies, and I've been pretty stressed out lately, so losing weight is certainly a challenge. I'm pretty impressed with myself for losing any weight with my mother and MIL passing away and getting separated from my husband, not to mention getting a new, 14-year-old nephew to raise, lol! It's a LOT, but when I get really stressed, I work out, so it's not all bad, I guess. Hope you can comfortably wear your summer clothes soon; nothing makes you feel so good as sliding on a pair of pants and having them fit perfectly, or even a tad loose, right?
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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 9:36pm
You are doing good with the weight loss, especially with all the stress you've been dealing with. And exercise is a great way to deal with the stress.

To answer your question, no I have not been keeping a food journal--never have. But, I've never had much of a weight problem. Unfortunately, when I got on the scales this morning I was up almost 4 lbs.--thinking most of it is water because I was good on Sat. I don't usually have a problem with retaining water, so who knows. I've been making good food choices and good portion sizes--the way I eat all of the time (lol). I even got in more exercise over the weekend. I picked up the loppers and trimmed branches and undergrowth from a 50-foot section of bushes along the driveway--then went back out after the temps cooled down, loaded it on a wagon and hauled it off the drive. Lot of arm usage, bending and stooping. I walk the driveway up and back (6/10 mi) to get the mail everyday--plus all the other walking when I'm at work. We just bought a treadmill, so I'm looking forward to getting on that too. I have degenerative discs and OA in the spine--so can't do running/jumping/twisting. But, I'm not going to give up (lol)--this weight will come off and stay off!

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Tue, 04-17-2012 - 12:41pm
That's a long driveway! I have worn a pedometer to work before, and clocked between 4 and 7 miles a 12-hour shift, depending on how busy my patients were. What amazes me is how so many of my coworkers are overweight/obese despite all that walking. Of course, I have a salad with grilled chicken for lunch and they eat fast food, every day, and then complain that I'm "skinny." At 5'5" and 138#, I'm NOT skinny, nor am I overweight, either, though I do have an unsightly muffin top that I'm really hoping I can get rid of. I guess since my area of the country just "won" most overweight/obese in the entire USA, I AM skinny in comparison, lol.
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Re: Obesity Linked to Worse Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 10:06am

Well, I am a fatty. I have actually lost some weight, about 31lbs and it did not help reduce my symptoms, but maybe I need to lose more. I do know a woman that weighs 90lbs and she has way more symptoms than me and nothing really helps her pain and she used to be a fitness instructor and is a vegetarian. She is being checked for cancer too, so I am not sure I buy into all this about obesity causing fibro, however, I do believe being too overweight can add more pressure on you to carry it around and cause more pain. I mean it casues pain on your knees and feet more as well. Either way, fat or thin, people with fibro need to be treated better by the medical community. Hope everyone has a great day and low symptoms.

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Sat, 08-11-2012 - 10:10pm
I hate to hear people call themselves a "fatty!" I don't know that losing weight will help with the pain and fatigue caused by FM, but being healthy overall should be a goal for all of us. Just know that "skinny" doesn't equal "healthy" all the time. I am not overweight, but I've never been skinny, either, and I feel pretty comfortable where I am. What's sad is that if you saw a pic of me in a bathing suit, I'd look like a "before" shot for a diet pill ad, not the tiny, shrunken "after" shot, but it's not exactly making my life miserable for me to be a healthy weight for my frame, so I don't care what the media says I should look like. I think a goal for someone with FM should be to exercise as much as possible, ideally at least 30 minutes a day, be able to walk up a flight of stairs without gasping for breath, and move with a full range of motion in all joints. Those 30 minutes may be walking around the grocery store somedays, but it counts!