Did you know that obesity can increase your FM pain? It puts strain and pressure on our joints, which doesn’t help when we are unable to be as physically active as we should. Carrying extra weight also can increase the severity of our other symptoms, including, but not limited to, sleeping difficulties, depression, fatigue levels, IBS, etc.
If your BMI (body mass index) is between 25 and 29.9 you are considered overweight. If your BMI is greater than 30 you’re considered obese. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the word “obese” and all that it implies. A month ago my BMI was 31. Yikes! Since that time I’ve been working on my diet, changing to a much cleaner one. As a result I’ve lost four pounds. Not bad, considering I couldn’t lose even a pound the past year or so; I only gained weight.
No excuses here, but being bed-bound so frequently and eating quick, snack-type foods has really put me in a tough spot with my weight. Sweat pants and baggie sweatshirts make up a big part of my wardrobe. Can you relate? It’s really embarrassing. It’s no wonder my energy level is horrific. Obviously there are other factors involved, but being obese most certainly is a contributing factor.
I know some of the medications we take can add to weight gain. Sometimes it feels like a catch 22. When we do too much we put ourselves into a flare, but lack of activity causes us to put on weight. This is another reason why I use functional medicine doctors. They help me to determine root causes, give me a plan to address them, and in the process help me to lose weight.
There are studies that have shown a connection between those who are obese, and those who develop FM. It’s like the metaphor that asks the question, which came first the chicken or the egg? Did we develop fibro because we’re obese, or are we obese because we have fibro? I guess it doesn’t matter really. We need to address both issues in order to feel better.
According to NCBI National Institute’s of Health: “Available evidence suggests that obesity is common in FMS. Studies report that 32%-50% of FMS patients are obese and additional 21-28% are overweight [39; 40; 61]. FMS patients show greater body mass index (BMI) relative to pain-free individuals . The results from the recent internet survey with 2,569 FMS patients also show the average BMI to be in the obese range . Greater BMI seems to be related to greater pain/tender sensitivity as well as poorer quality of life and reduced physical functioning in FMS [39; 40; 61]. Our preliminary data  have suggested that BMI is linearly related to IL-6, CRP, cortisol, and epinephrine levels in FMS. However, because these results are based upon a small number of patients, they need to be considered preliminary.”
Is this something you struggle with as well?
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