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Ten weeks in, and having some heath issues

Friday, November 20, 2015

I forgot to write last week with all that is going on. I have now lost 23 pounds as of this morning, and 14 inches off of my measurements. That makes me feel great, but I wish I could get these other issues figured out.

I started having hot flashes, one every hour, on October 11. When I was in the hospital, the nurse took my temp during a hot flash at 101 degrees. My doctor has been changing my medications with no success. Her husband, an internal medicine guy, ran 3 tests last weekend that had to be sent to Pittsburgh, that are not back yet. He is checking for a pancreatic tumor, which causes post-menopausal hot flashes.

Meanwhile, I have heartburn up the wazoo. Between my doctor, her husband, and a doctor at the local urgent care, I am now on 4 medications. Nexium in the morning, Pepsid AC in the evening, Reglan before breakfast and dinner, and Carafate 4x a day. I finally told my doctor to schedule me for a EGD. What the heck was she waiting for? She has been my doctor for 30 years and she knows that I do not cry wolf. It is scheduled for Dec 3 with her husband.

I am really worried about the hot flashes. Imagine your body going on fire every hour, your face and neck turning beet red, day and night, for 5 weeks. It gets old. I wish the darn tests results would get in soon so I know what is up.

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?
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    What Woubbie said makes sense.

    I hope you can get it all figured out!
    2041 days ago
    Mel, is your nutrition tracker accurate? Two things jump out immediately - way too low on fat and way too low on calories. If you're averaging more than 2 pounds lost per week at your starting week you're kind of doing a crash diet. Add in exercise and you're putting a lot of stress on your body.

    Are you following any specific low carb plan? The first thing we recommend on the Living Low Carb team to folks who are new to low carb is to pick a program, read the book, understand the principles, and then stick to it for a while. If it doesn't work great for you you can always change to a different plan.

    Low carb is NOT high protein and never has been. It doesn't have to necessarily be HIGH fat, but it's definitely not low fat. If you're not getting your energy from sugar you MUST get it from fat. Also, fat is essential for helping your body utilize vitamins.

    You should avoid anything that says "Light", low fat, or non-fat, and you should stick with real whole food most of the time and avoid processed foods as much as possible.

    I've read a few comments on low carb boards about hot flashes related to low carb. It's not common, but it does happen. Before you start taking a lot of medical measures to treat your symptoms, why not try backing off from the extreme weight loss for a few weeks?
    2041 days ago
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    Oh my, so sorry you have to deal with all this! It's so hard to wait for tests. Hope all turns out well! 😘
    2042 days ago
    Hope they get things straight soon ,congrats on the weight loss
    2042 days ago
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