This was originally posted to my blog, Diabetes Odyssey.
I have a very serious problem and I need the help of my readers to hopefully figure it out or at least get some direction to put me on a path to figuring it out.
I have spoken to several of my doctors, especially my endocrinologist and primary doctor but they are not listening very well and aren’t concerned (and don’t seem to see how very concerned I am), and simply assume my problem is solely due to my lifestyle even though I have stressed that my lifestyle contradicts what is happening here!
My problem is that I am continuing to gain weight (fat) even though I have been working for months upon months to lose weight (fat)!
How is this even possible!?
I exercise and I do not overeat! I eat a healthy, low carb diet with lots of non-starchy veggies, protein, and healthy fats. I do not eat too many calories, either. It’s a great diet for type 1 diabetics and for weight loss! I’m not perfect, but I do very well most the time.
I have a million health issues, and yes some of them make it difficult to lose weight and very easy to gain. But the extent to which I have gained and continue to gain is extreme and I do not believe it is totally my health issues to blame here.
Type 1 diabetes, mild gastroperisis, mild PCOS, severe insulin resistance, peripheral neuropathy, heart disease, hypothyroidism, blah, blah, blah…
Researching all my medications I am not taking any that cause weight gain except my insulin which I do have to take a large amount of (at the very least 75 units a day but usually much more). But my endocrinologist tells me my insulin is probably not to blame here, at least not to a large extent.
I do take several supplements for several different reasons- deficiencies, immune health, and metabolism health. I am not taking zinc or selenium at the moment but I plan to start because I recently read that they may help with weight-loss because they help to treat hypothyroidism where medication fails (T3 conversion).
Just this year alone I have gained over 20 lbs while exercising and eating healthy (geared toward weight-loss). I have not been able to lose even one pound.
I’m sure you can imagine how heart-wrenching and frustrating this is!
I shouldn’t be anywhere near as big as I am! I shouldn’t look like this!
Why won’t my doctor’s do anything helpful! All they do is say “I can refer you to a dietitian” or “I can prescribe you some diet pills”.
I don’t need a dietitian, I know how to eat right, I am eating right!
I don’t need your stupid pills! I need to know what’s causing this and fix it! I need a permanent cure for this!
I don’t need or want another diagnosis of yet another illness. But since I am so lost and frustrated I looked up “reasons for weight-gain not related to lifestyle” or something to that effect, I don’t remember exactly. And the answer I got that does match literally all my symptoms is Cushing’s Syndrome (endogenous). The only problem here is that all the symptoms for Cushing’s can be explained by many of my other illnesses. At this point I don’t think I have it. It wouldn’t hurt to ask my doctor to run tests.
Any suggestions are appreciated.