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    Frustrated With Your Weight?
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff posted:
    After reading this WebMD article:

    Five Surprising Reasons You're Gaining Weight

    ...I wondered what about your own weight or diet pursuits are the most frustrating for you?
    Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
    Dear Caprice: Wow, that was a great article! Thanks for alerting us. I would love to hear more from our readers if they think these reasons are valid.

    In Appreciation,
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP's response:
    I look forward to responses here too, Jane, thanks!
    bpcookie responded:
    I went to the site and read the 5 reasons that you could be gaining weight. Makes so much sense. Ive been putting on the pounds like crazy. I was 118 lbs and then I started taking Lyrica and *poof* I look like a Water Buffalo now. Ive been on Lyrica for about 4 months and I now weigh 143 lbs. I know that Lyrica is known to cause weight gain but eating chocolate cake prob. doesn't help me a bit.

    Also I haven't been sleeping well and my life is full of stress, its not a wonder that I have fat piling on my rear end. uuuggghhh.

    Thanks for sharing this with us Caprice hun.
    Paso49 responded:
    I had textbook symptoms of low thyroid, including gaining 3-4 pounds a year for the past 15 years. My doctor kept telling me my thyroid was normal. I finally went to a thyroid specialist, got a different type of test, was diagnosed with low thyroid and am on medication now. I feel great and my weight is coming back down. If this is happening to you, please go see a specialist. I was so frustrated because I am a very healthy eater and just kept gaining weight and struggled with the symptoms for such a long time.
    An_247845 replied to Paso49's response:
    My family doctor says the same thing every year to me.
    OH, but I haven't remembered to tell him my mom had low thyroid.
    Do you remember what specific test the specialist did?
    I assume it was from blood sample.

    for being proactive on your health

    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to bpcookie's response:
    I'm glad you found it helpful or at least validating, Bpcookie. I hope you find a way to deal with the weight gain despite the Lyrica.
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to Paso49's response:
    Hi Paso,

    Thank you for sharing your story and encouraging others to persist when they know something is out of kilter.
    lindaam responded:
    always had a time with portion control and also having too much of a love of starchy foods (potatoes, pasta, breads). In late July (my last dr visit) my doctor wanted me to lose at least 10 pounds and did some blood tests. He called me a couple days later telling me I am pre-diabetic. He suggested I cut down on the carbs and sugar. I immediately went on a low carb diet. I wouldnt say it was easy, but it is not that hard either. If I knew I could do this I would haved done it 10 years ago! Anyway, since late July I lost about 19 lbs and feeling great. My back used to hurt when I did gardening. I feel in much better shape. I totally agree with needing more sleep. I used to never get enough sleep. I am working hard on getting more. About 7 is enough for me. My doctor didnt tell me but I decided to go the extra mile and start tracking my blood sugar numbers. Losing a little weigh really makes your numbers go down. I am so glad my doctor was proactive and didnt wait until I became diabetic. I now have heathy blood sugar numbers.
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to lindaam's response:
    That's great to hear how you're doing, Lindaam! Very encouraging!

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