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MEA website survey on Weight Change with ME/CFS (September 2017)

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  1. charles shepherd

    charles shepherd Senior Member

    MEA website survey on Weight Change with ME/CFS (September 2017)

    Why are we asking about weight change in this month’s ME Association website survey? | 02 September 2017

    Changes in weight – which can be upwards or downwards – are often reported by people with ME/CFS and we frequently feature questions on this subject on MEA Facebook for example, which lead to quite popular discussions.

    Although there is no research evidence to indicate that the underlying disease process in ME/CFS can affect weight (as it does in conditions like having an overactive or underactive thyroid gland) there are various reasons why people with ME/CFS may find that their weight is increasing or decreasing.

    So if you have a noticeable change in weight, this is something that you do need to speak to your GP about – who can check to make sure that this isn’t being caused by another health problem.

    Carried on here:
    Vote on the home page of the MEA website:
    Current voting:

    • What has happened to your weight since you developed ME/CFS?
      • Large increase (31%, 21 Votes)

      • Moderate increase (32%, 22 Votes)

      • Small increase (3%, 2 Votes)

      • No change (4%, 3 Votes)

      • Fluctuates (10%, 7 Votes)

      • Small decrease (3%, 2 Votes)

      • Moderate decrease (4%, 3 Votes)

      • Large decrease (12%, 8 Votes)

        Total Voters: 68

    Overseas votes are welcome in this survey

    Dr Charles Shepherd
    Hon Medical Adviser, MEA
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  2. Thinktank

    Thinktank Senior Member

    Voted. Very large decrease for me. Underweight.
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  3. JohnCB

    JohnCB Immoderate

    I added a comment to the MEA site

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  4. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

    Cornwall, UK
    I can't really give a clear answer in the survey, as I initially lost a lot of weight, then gained a lot, then went gluten-free and it fell rapidly and stabilised (vegan too). It started about 22 years ago.
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  5. Mrs Sowester

    Mrs Sowester Senior Member

    I had a huge increase in weight at onset, at least 2 or 3 stone, I was permanently hungry. Also stopped smoking which didn't help. I'm pretty sure more pounds have crept on over these last 7 ME years.
    I have avoided scales (or looking at the dial!) and told my GP and medical professionals not to tell me.
    This spring I broke my ankle and needed blood thinners for 6 weeks, my GP let it slip in KG when he was working out the dosage. That's ok, I thought, I've no idea what that is in Stones.
    Within a week I heard someone do a KG to stones conversion on the TV, aaargh!

    So I've halved my carbs intake, cut all processed sweet treats, upped protein and massively upped fruit, veg and nuts. Halved Cava (boo).
    I'm loosing weight slowly but surely, no idea how much (scalesophobia, medical term, honest) but my clothes are baggy which feels lovely.
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  6. lansbergen

    lansbergen Senior Member

    First I lost weight till I was skin over bone then I gained a lot of weight and now I am almost back to my normal.

    No dieting and no exersise
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  7. rosie26

    rosie26 Senior Member

    I lost a lot weight at severe onset (2001) and never was able make it back up until now. And I think my weight gain now is from menopause, so not natural weight gain, but hormonal.

    I notice many put on weight. I wonder if the weight gain, weight loss is one of the differential clues to the subgroups?
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  8. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Senior Member

    Vancouver, British Columbia
    I've definitely put on weight. I blame most of it on not being active enough.
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  9. sissypop

    sissypop Senior Member

    Large increase. I blame multiple factors. The lupron injections I took, which I believe triggered my me, put me in menopause. So hormonal changes there. Also big drop in activity all I could do is work my job and go home and eat and go to bed. Crashed all weekend. Plus doctors were throwing all kinds of antidepressants at me. Couldn't find anything wrong so I must be depressed. Hungry all the time. Terrible times. I've lost some of the weight I gained but still weigh a lot more than when all this started.
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  10. unto

    unto Senior Member

    after the first years I increased to 15kg (normally 75kg), then after another 10 years 2002 I started to suffer from gastro-intestinal influences (with dizziness and vomiting but without fever); I had periods when I got sick every 10 days, I was slim down to get under my weight and I was struggling to recover weight.
    two more people who most probably contracted the ME from me
    they are slim and also show little neurological dysfunctions such as:
    the walk is less stable and less coordinated and the word less loose and less clear .....
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