Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The wrong way to lose weight

Not much has been happening in the work out life. A few weeks before Christmas, Fred and Andra came down with a puking bug. While I missed that fun, I did have other GI issues that were equally unpleasant. It was on and off for a few weeks (luckily I was fine on Christmas Eve and day). I thought maybe lactose intolerance, but a few days off of dairy didn't help. My parents came for the weekend of Jan 8-9. Fred and I were to go out on Saturday night while my parents babysat, but I had a horrid RA flare...in my neck again. Couldn't move. Great fun. The next night, my stomach went nuts again. And for the past week and a half, every afternoon I have a few hours of intense pain and cramping. Fun, no? Especially with a toddler who doesn't get that I don't want to move. So I basically started eating as little as possible...a protein shake in the morning, maybe a banana, little snacks as opposed to meals. I started thinking it was a gluten thing...both celiac disease and Crohn's disease (though that's not gluten) are autoimmune, and already having two other autoimmune issues, they become more likely. Except, I was on a big dose of prednisone (30mg, then 20, then 10, then back to my usual 2.5) and it was still bad. And prednisone generally helps all that stuff. SO...I finally am going to see my doctor on Friday. Two days off of gluten and I felt good for one, then back to the crap (literally) for the second. Maybe because I had oatmeal, and apparently oats do have gluten? Anyway...my weight was 141lbs this morning (usual before this was 147). Hard not to lose weight when you feel like shit after you eat! That's a good incentive. I haven' t been eating dinner a lot lately...putting Andra to bed, and falling asleep myself. Of course, it also means no energy. I did manage to run 2 miles yesterday and lift a little (snow day, so a bit of extra time), and it felt good to be back there, but today it's only 9am and I feel so weak. Yet, I don't want to eat for fear of the cramping and pain. Sucks, you know???

6 comments:

Cathy said...

That stinks! I hope you are back to feeling better soon and able to get more into your belly.

Oats don't contain gluten but they are often processed with gluten and therefore contaiminated.

By the way, I just wanted to let you know that my RA has recently turned around for the better. Your blog has always been an inspiration for me during my worst days that one day I would be up and be the physically active person I saw in my mind. Thanks for sharing not only the down times with RA, but also the accomplishments that can come despite them. Also, I always love the photos of your daughter. :)

Mnowac said...

So sorry! COuld it be your gall bladder?

jessica said...

sounds rotten. Do you keep a food/flare up diary yet? I don't have anything insightful, but hang in there.

Angela and David said...

Yikes. I hope they figure it out. Eating is so much fun! Even though weight loss is nice it always sucks when it hurts to eat.

Anonymous said...

Oh man, Clarey! :(

WendyBird said...

Ugh, I hope you feel better soon! My RA generally flares when my allergies flare up or I have a bug. Hopefully the doc will figure something out. You are one tough cookie!