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Unread 10-18-2011, 10:48 AM
Pure vanity!

Ok - I KNOW this is pure vanity, and I should probably be ashamed, but I have to ask... Is it "normal" to gain weight in the midsection with adeno? I've gained about 15+ lbs in the past six months...and I have a fairly small frame. I've always maintained a fairly steady weight - fluctuation of maybe as much as five pounds in times of major stress or right before my period, but nothing like this! I have a "preg" belly - similar to what I've seen on women who are approximately 3 to 4 months along. I haven't been exercising because I'm SO exhausted all the time, and then added to that is the depression over gaining weight... I was recently told by my Dr. that she supsects adeno, and my surgery is scheduled for next month. I've had worsening symptoms for the past few years, but just assumed it was "getting older" and that I just needed to suck it up and adjust. So I'm VERY relieved to know that there IS something wrong and it CAN be fixed....but absolutely terrified that the weight gain is NOT related and/or will get WORSE after surgery. Is it normal? Will it go away after surgery/healing? Any encouraging words??
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Unread 10-18-2011, 12:42 PM
Re: Pure vanity!

I'm sorry you are having these issues. I have no experience with adeno. I just seem to remember its enlargement of the uterus? Do you know how large it is? I had a large, fibroid uterus, 15in in length and 9 in in diameter but pathology report said it only weighed a little over 1 lb. I find that very hard to believe because a normal uterus weighs about that much.

I highly doubt your uterus is the cause of a 15lb weight gain. Maybe a couple of lbs.

My first thought, if you aren't exercising, then most of the problem might be your diet. Take a close look at what you are eating and try to count those calories for a little while, including what you drink and see how much you are intaking > exerting. As we get older, the smallest increase in calories can make a big difference. Its like our bodies hold on to EVERY calorie we intake.

The last thing you want to do is starve yourself. That will make you even more tired and fatigued. Try cutting back/switching up your diet to lower fat/calorie foods for a few weeks or more. Once you have a good idea of how many calories your are intaking, cut back by about 250-500 daily. The usual timeframe for this trial is you should do that for about a month. If you don't lose a few pounds, then cut back about another 200 per day for about another month and see what happens. You have to take it slow or you'll feel really weak/bad.

A safe weight loss # is about 3-4lbs per month.

This is strictly my opinion.

Don't be stressed. Once you've completely healed and start back on a decent exercise program, you'll lose the weight. As I said in many threads, weight loss starts in the kitchen. You can't exercise away a bad or unhealthy diet either.

It will be ok. You should feel like a new person in a few months and you'll have the energy to get back into an exercise routine, so give the finger to that 15lbs !
Unread 10-18-2011, 12:56 PM
Re: Pure vanity!

I've gained 10 lbs in the last year. For someone my size that is significant. Looking back, I realize that was also the time I probably became anemic and started sleeping about 12 hrs a day and barely moving if I didn't have to. I don't eat much anymore because everything gives me indigestion.

I am hoping that as the iron starts working and I feel better I'll be able to move a bit more so I'll be a little more toned by the time surgery rolls around. Once I recover from surgery I'm hoping my energy level gets back to what it was which means its hard for me to sit still.

Some of that pooch is probably from the fibroids and some from not getting enough exercise. I'm sure once you feel better it will come back off.
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Unread 10-18-2011, 04:27 PM
Re: Pure vanity!

I had adeno and never gained any weight because of it. I would venture to guess it's a lifestyle issue and that once you have your surgery and are able to get back into the swing of things and focus on diet and exercise, you will feel better. Best of luck!

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