Weight Gain - Havelock, NC

Updated on March 07, 2010
F.S. asks from Havelock, NC
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Hello, everyone. My weight gain problem started in Feb . of 07 after my Gal Bladder surgery . Before the surgery i was in alot of pain all the time , but able to lose weight in no time . My age has not been an issue when it comes to losing weight in the past . People keep telling me "it's probably your age" It could be a part of my problem but not a very big part of it . I'm only 32 , and have never struggled with sheading the lbs. But since the surgery i am struggleing and am extremely discouraged . I am desperate for your help . Thank you

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Hey , everyone i just wanted to say thank you , to you all for your wonderful advvice and tips . I have had a blast reading everyone's input . I am continuing to eat right and take a little of everyone's advice that i feel will help me out . I orederd some bile salt factor to help replace what my body is now missing . It's been three days since i started my lil program and i already feel great . Once again , thank you . F.

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answers from Raleigh on

I have struggled with my weight also. I hve had my gall bladder removed and I have had to children in the last 2 years. I have been excersising at a local gym and it is helping. If you woulld like to chat privately I would be happy to tell you what has been working for me.

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answers from Greensboro on

Good Morning F....
I would say...with the advice of your doctor...try counting your carbs...have nothing "white"...nothing fried...lots of fruit and veggies along with chicken and fish...Just recently I was told that I have diabeties 2..and before I had my learning class on how to deal with it...I did this and have lost 13 pounds...Doc told me Wed., to keep doing what I was doing...it isn't hard to do...as a diabetic I am suppose to keep the carbs at 45 total a day...it is hard to do but if you start watching and looking you can keep them a great deal lower...drink lots of water...I use the Walmart brand sugarless flavoring...no sugar...at all...sacchrine tea if that is what you like...no sodas...we eat well here and I am hoping the change in our eating habits will help my husband as well...good luck...let us know how it goes...

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answers from Jacksonville on

Have you had your thyroid checked lately?? I started gaining weight for no reason and it turned out to be my thyroid not working.
I just had my gallbladder removed a month ago and I lost 15 pounds. I figured out theat if I eat smaller amounts and snack on healthier things it helped me lose the weight. Also because I couldn't eat much before the surgery without it hurting I started losing weight. Now instead of eating a hungryman tv dinner, I eat a lean cuisine and I'm stuffed. As for my exercise program, I work as a stocker and that's my exercise, I don't do anything else. Good luck and I hope you feel better too!



answers from Lexington on

Hi F.,
I wish I had some magic "cure", but the only thing I can do is validate what you are saying. I have always had to watch my weight, but I did so very successfully...up until I had my gallbladder out. I packed on almost 80 pounds in the 6 years following my surgery. 3 years after my surgery my SIXTEEN year old daughter had to have her gallbladder out. She has always been very active and quite the athlete. She too began a steady gain of weight. We are both MUCH to heavy for our frames but neither of us are over eaters nor do we eat a lot of junk.

When I took my concerns to my doctor, he pooh-poohed the connection between the gallbladder surgery and our weight gain saying only that 'maybe because we no longer hurt, we were able to eat more of the fatty foods'. However; neither my daughter nor I ever had pain after eating fatty foods...ours was more related to high acid foods like grapefruit. (Neither of us had gall stones..upon removal we found that both of us had deformed but not diseased gallbladders---therefore our symptoms did not fit the norm)

At any rate, I continue to battle my weight. I follow Weight Watchers and have, at least, slowed down in my gaining...but I still think there MUST be a relationship between the gallbladder surgeries and the weight gain.

Sorry, not to have any suggestions for losing the weight---but at least you know that you are not alone in thinking that there is a relationship to the gallbladder and your recent gain.



answers from Louisville on

Have you had your blood sugars checked? This happened to someone I know and she found out that she was borderline diabetic after her surgery. Just a thought.



answers from Goldsboro on

I was wondering if you have been on any prednisone or other steroids for a prolonged period of time or if you have had your thyroid checked for hypothyroidism. Do you seem to have any other symptoms such as swelling of the face, intolerance to cold, hair loss, constipation, scaly skin,brittle nails, or extreme fatigue? If so I would suggest you have your thyroid checked. If it continues to be a problem and you have tried healthy weight loss methods I suggest you talk to your Dr. about it.



answers from Wheeling on

Hi F.,
It's not your age at all. I dropped 40 pounds after turning 49. I had to eat as soon as I woke up and then tiny nutricious snacks in between meals. The reason was I ate like a sumo wrestler. Ever hear how sumo wrestlers gain weight? They don't eat until late in the day ~ just like I always did. So eat as much fruit or juices til noon, alot of protein with lunch...snack before dinner, even every hour. By the time dinner is finished you won't want to eat. It's harder than it sounds. Grapes, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup skim milk, two wheat crackers and even a teaspoon of peanut butter counts as a snack. Do that if you don't do it already and see if you don't get some results. I even was told by my doctor to avoid anything white, like breads or noodles and potatoes. Good luck, maybe that can be of help. It takes your body out of starvation mode and speeds up metabolism.



answers from Detroit on

Hi, there well I gain 45 lbs with my 2nd baby and it was hard. Before my pregnancy I used to weight 108 and after the baby I was a little over 150 and I am 5.3 tall so you can imagen. Well I stoped eating at 6:00 p.m. every day, and within 2 months I was 120lbs. Its been 5 months and I am back to 106 size 2 and I feel great. I was able to eat what ever during the day, but nothing after 6:00. The logic is that if you stop eating at 6:00 and you go to bed at 9:00 and weakup at 7:00 you didn't eat for almost 12 hours. And trust me you will see the difference the first week. If you feel you need to eat something eat an apple or a mango. This fruits are great and full of whater as well as vitamins. Good luck;



answers from Louisville on

If I may suggest that you have your thyroid checked. It is a simple blood test most women get it in their 30's or older.

Also have them check your fasting blood sugar.

PS: when you have your blood drawn for your thyroid if you decide to get tested... make sure you are fasting. EAT afterwards.



answers from Honolulu on

I had gallbladder surgery in Nov. and I have the same problem. It is funny though because now when I eat something it seems that it runs straight through me.... so you would naturally think that you have a natural laxative and you wouldn't gain... but I have. I haven't started this yet, but I have lost alot of weight before by walking 20 min a day on the treadmill. Same time every night so it begins to be a habit. Then soon I increased it to 30 minutes till it became more time and then soon twice a day (morning and night) You won't believe the energy that you get once your body gets use to the exercise. I will have to start doing that again.
If I can, you can too. If you need to talk.. write.



answers from Wilmington on

Try going to a health food store and getting some bile salts. Since you no longer have a gall bladder your body doesn't just loose the need for it, see if you can find cholacol (by Standard Process) or GB Plus (by Nutri west). Your body is probably just out of sync since it has a part missing. These worked well for my sister when she had hers out.



answers from Nashville on

Coconut oil, along with a healthy diet, is an excellent thing for you since you've had your gall bladder removed. It will also assist in weight loss. There is a ton of info out there, but here is one website you can look at:

I wish you all the best!



answers from Clarksville on


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Best Wishes,



answers from Myrtle Beach on

I have found that weight watchers is really working for me. It's been 9 weeks and I've lost 23 pounds. It's not too hard, and I can make normal food that my husband and daughter will eat. I go to weekly meeting for support but do most of my "work" recording my meals and finding meals online with "etools" by weight watchers. Check it out...good luck!



answers from Charlotte on

Hi, have you had your thyroid levels checked recently? I never had a problem w/weight until my 2nd child and got diagnosed w/ hypothyroidism...weight gain huge symptom. And i had a c-section... Surgery. Maybe ask your doc to check it.it's a simple blood test!!!good luck



answers from Charlotte on

Well, look at it this way. Surgery takes a lot out of a person so maybe that might have something to do with it. Yes, as we get older it becomes more challenging to drop pounds, I should know I'm still trying to drop the weight I gained from my last baby. She's now 6. Also, if you have been dieting for a while people can often hit a plateau and then you need to change up your routine. Talk to your DR. or a nutritionist as well.



answers from Knoxville on

What is your routine? It can be very difficult to lose weight considering our lifestyle (sounds like you're very busy!) I don't think that at 32 you are too old to lose weight. Could it be that you are not eating regularly? How many days during the week do you get to exercise? Many people cut out meals thinking that it will help to lose weight when in reality it slows your metabolism and makes it more difficult. I'm sure you know this. Don't get discouraged, though. That will always make it more difficult to shed the lbs. You can do this! You just have to find what works for you.



answers from Fayetteville on

Hi F. i know exactly how you feel. i have always struggled with my weight. I work in an office were we give weight managment there is a diet pill prescribed by the Dr. called adipex you lose weight really fast but you of course have to eat right or it will come back. You are a military family so the bad news is that you will have to go off base and pay in full if you go into a Dr. Office and ask for weight management the vist will be about 100.00 and the prescription cant be filled on base and and will cost you 30.00 at CVS if you have any other ins. they will cover the vist but you will have to pay for the pils. cut out sodas and fried food and try to get in 25 grams of fiber a day and exercise 30 min a day get a sweat suit from walmart $7 not just any sweat suit this one looks like a trash bag and will make you sweat after 5min of putting it on it works wounders exercise in it and you will look like Beyonce in no time. Happy Dieting



answers from Nashville on

Do you think the medicine you are taking for pain can cause weight gain?



answers from Louisville on

I can relate to you in the fact that I have really never had a "huge" weight problem. I am a solid person by nature. Never skinny. I started having weight issues when I turned 35. It's like my metabolism just stopped dead in its tracks. I am trying to get more exercise and cut out carbs because carbs turn to sugar which turn to fat. I took my oldest daugh to the doctor fearful she had thyroid issues because she took a huge weight gain recently. He told me to look up glycemic index online and get some recipe ideas from these sights. You will find that most are geared toward diabatics, but the concept is the same in cutting out things that your body turns to sugar. I do not encourage the use of alternative sweetner like Splenda or Equal. Those fry your brain. I do encourage Xylitol or Stevia which are all natural sweetners instead of sugar in recipes (you can find these at health food stores)
I hope this helps in some way. I am with you on this one. We will learn together.
Bless you and your famiy. Thank your hubby for me for serving this country and keeping us safe. My friends husband just left for Iraq. His name is Jesse if you could pray for him.
W. Morris from Indiana

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