Seems like the minute I was diagnosed with Ra I started to gain weight. It's been over 3 yrs and I haven't ever taken any meds for it. I was diagnosed with fibro after that and put on gabapentin and cymbalta. After I gained 35 lbs, I got off the gaba and in process of tapering off cymbalta. Not sure if those are the cause for the weight gain but I'm desperately trying to find out! I also have COPD and the extra weight is not good. 🙃 Any suggestions?
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Yes, the increase in weight can be caused by RA itself.
Walking is the best exercise, even if just in your house!
Nancy and Carla,
Weight Gain is diffinantly a problem with RA, both from the RA its self and the meds we take. I think we have all lost weight, regained weight and continued the cycle...sound familiar?
I lost 80 lbs, walking and changing to the Mediterranean diet. Then my meds made me allergic to the Sun and reduced my breathing capacity. So I gained the weight back and then some. I decided to fight back, because extra weight is hard on our joints, makes our clothes uncomfortable and adds to our depression. I started with modified chair exercises, mindful meditation, tai chi and walking around my house. Even though I didn"t see much change on the scale, every time I saw my Rheumatologist, she congratulated me on my weight loss. I am still not at my target weight, but am now able to add a simply fit board and ab lounger to my routine (100 sit ups)!! So the moral of this story is don't give up, find an eating program that works for you and change up your work outs.
GOOD LUCK to you both🍒🍉🍐💕💕
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Try applying some Dragon numbing gel before exercise, on sore spots and then Arnicare afterward into the muscles you feel kicking up complaints.
I hope this helps.
I never had a weight issue as far as going up and down anyway. I was diagnosed right before turning 60, three years ago, and up to that point I never went over 130. After that, I put on like 30 pounds, in what seems like over night! I can't get it off now. Of course I'm not as active due to constant pain and I eat from depression. 😥 I don't have the energy or willpower to stick to a diet or exercise. I was just wondering if the weight gain could be from the ra bc I don't take meds for it.
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