I have been on a rollercoaster of losing weight for as long as I can remember. One of my doctors had told me to eat no more than 1,000 calories a day to lose weight. That was working great and I had lost about 10 lbs UNTIL I finally HAD to eat, I was SO HUNGRY all the time. I started gaining, losing/gaining, losing…repeatedly and it was not working.
My internist and I discussed this matter and he did not agree with the method for losing weight. He said it is not sustainable and that is why I am having so much trouble keeping it off. SO he suggested sending me to a dietitian since I am insulin resistant and need to eat based on that, not simply reducing calories. I also had been told by a pulmonologist that I have pulmonary hypertension and that my heart is enlarged based on tests performed a few months ago. WELL after getting a second opinion and repeating the tests at a separate hospital, the second opinion was that I do not in actuality have pulmonary hypertension and my heart is within normal ranges. Now a battery of doctors differ in opinion on this dX, basically two against two and one undecided. My cardiologist who agrees with this second opinion told me that I must fight the pain and make my body work against the symptoms I am having as he believes that my main problem is severely poor health due to the severity of psoriatic arthritis and how immobile I have become as a result of battling the pain, which have caused a multitude symptoms ongoing for quite awhile. I actually am leaning toward this idea that I do NOT have this disease of pulmonary hypertension. I also believe I am simply in poor health just as the cardiologist has suggested.
After consulting my internist, he has said regardless of whether I have PH or not, losing weight will help reduce the symptoms no matter the Dx. This is my main motivation for losing the weight in addition to sleep apnea becoming worse in the past year and regaining control of it.
So far, I have lost 12 lbs since seeing the dietitian a month ago. I will check in with her monthly for accountability and I am eating plenty of healthy food to keep me full. For the first time in a long time, I feel in control of something health-wise and there is something I can do to improve and help the symptoms. I see a glimmer of hope springing through the darkness.