I have been successfully losing weight since I started on the Medifast program almost 2 months ago – I started June 20th. I have lost a total of 23.5 pounds as of today and I am super excited and have felt better than what I have felt in a very long time. But I am still sick with ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia and I can’t forget that. I believe that the combination of the weight loss and the new Synthroid medication has given me more energy but I always know that the CFS & Fibromyalgia are there – lurking, waiting to come out and grab me.
I am happy I have been feeling a lot better but there is always this sense of doom lurking in the back of my mind – no matter how positive I try to be (and for the most part I believe I am pretty positive about the whole thing), I can’t help but keep wondering how long is it going to last? I started noticing last week, especially when it was so hot, that I was feeling more run down again and I’m not feeling as rested as I was when I get up in the morning. To me that is always a warning sign that I need to be careful and slow down. One of my defininte ME/CFS flare warning signals is when I have been sleeping well and I still wake up and feel like I need more sleep I know I need to take it easy. We have been having such an awesome summer here and I hate to have to stop now…I keep praying that this doesn’t end. I want to keep feeling better and better.
A misconception that a lot of people have and even medical professionals have is that overweight or obese CFS and/or Fibromyalgia patients wouldn’t be sick if we were at a healthy weight. I was told this at a weight loss clinic one time and I have heard it from doctors also. I had to inform all of them that I was at a very healthy weight when I first became sick and I was sick for almost 10 years before I started having weight issues so that is nothing but a load of crap. I do know that carrying the extra weight doesn’t make us feel any better and yes, it definitely made me feel worse, but being thin is not the cure.
This is also my own personal experience, but I notice that my knees are not hurting as bad as they were. The 23.5 pounds off have done a world of good for the arthritis in my knees. I still have a lot of leg pain (thanks, Fibro!). I am hoping that more weight loss, massage and walking will help with that. I am also more flexible. I was cleaning out my mini-van the other day and I was able to climb in and out a lot easier. I was wore out, but it was easier climbing around! There have been a lot of positives to losing weight but it irritates the crap out of me when people assume that losing weight is going to cure these illnesses. I wish it were that simple.