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29837 tn?1414534648

Losing Weight

I'm confused and hope someone has an answer that has experienced the same situation.
I had spinal surgery December 2nd. In recovery, I gained fluid. My legs were swollen. Going into the hospital, I weighed 185 (my normal weight). Upon release I now weighed 192. This after having been denied food for 9 days, then 6 days of regular diet

Lately, I noticed my watch is not tight on my wrist anymore, I weighed myself yesterday. I now weigh 175 lbs. This is the weight I weighed at 27 years old. For many years now, my weight has been 185. The now weight of 175 lbs. is a loss of 17 lbs. in less than 3 weeks after leaving the hospital. Funny thing is, my appetite is ravenous, my blood tests all came beck fine last week, as well as still cleared of Hep C. My energy level is normal

I've heard somewhere that because muscle weighs, it has to be taken into consideration when weighing someone. Maybe because I've been inactive while recovering, I may have lost some muscle mass. So this is a mystery. My transplant doctor is on vacation, so I wonder if anyone on Harvoni has experienced weight loss. I ask because Hector said most people he knows post transplant gain weight...

Magnum
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6708370 tn?1471490210
I think I've lost 10 lbs but it's difficult for me to say that it is caused by the Harvoni and not the Riba sides or whether, as you experienced, Magnum, a change in physical activity

Unlike you, I am not ravenous and sometimes have to remind myself - you know, you really should eat something

But I have heard that transplantees gain weight. I think that I would talk to your doc upon his/her return

Here's a sorta funny aside about that - I asked my son to feel my elbow. Doesn't it feel kinda bony to you?

Nah, that's just old people stuff, he said

So, Magnum, maybe it's just old people stuff. Try a banana split!
Avatar universal
Everyone reacts,  individually, to meds, just like everything else.  Also, you have to remember that, you were in a lot of back pain for a long time (? did I remember that correctly?) and that takes away you appetite.

Now post back surgery, and better or no pain, you can feel hungry again.  As to the weight loss, Weren't you physically inactive for a good whole there?  That would definitely affect your muscle mass.  Try walking to build yourself back up.  oh, one final thought:  you mentioned edema.  Are you now off meds that would make you retain water, even if it was stuff to treat pain, etc?  That, combined with your other changes could affect the weight, also.

Also, could be, that you are eating more correctly - I am doing that and slowly but surely lcontinuing to lose - but in my case, that is a good thing! : -)
444337 tn?1428073510
If your edema has lessened, then that can contribute to significant weight loss in a relatively short time.

I was taking diuretics for a while due to kidney related bilateral edema and lost 20lbs in a few weeks.

Also, as we get older, muscle mass begins to decline. Couple that with your inactivity, you've probably lost some pounds there as well.

You should be fine as you get more active and back to your normal lifestyle.

Good luck!
Marc

29837 tn?1414534648
The transplant doctor said not to waste time going to the ER, because unless I have night sweats, Diarrhea, headaches and such, they will just tell me to go to my primary, which is what I'm doing today.

From when I first posted, I lost three more pounds in one day, and now am at 172. Stay tuned as I will post after I see the doctor, so that if anyone else has experienced this, at least they will have some clue...

Mag
29837 tn?1414534648
I saw the primary a week ago regarding this problem. His take, as well as mine, is the result of stopping the dreadful pain medication Oxycodone abruptly, which was prescribed for me after my spinal surgery. As my ideal weight is 185, I now am 173. However, that's one pound more than a week ago.

What this means, is that I'm not losing anymore weight, but have gained one pound. This tell me it's a gradual recovery from the withdrawal I'm going through.

I know losing 15 lbs. in three weeks is every obese persons dream come true, but in my case, looking gaunt and like the mummy, and having children hide when they see me walking through a store in sheer terror, is not my ideal of a tranquil life filled with joy and dreams of lying on the beach in the Bahamas with Charlze Theron.

So my friends, I'm on the gradual mend and still here baby...

Magnum
Avatar universal
Magnum,

Once again, you are just too funny..., making light again, of something that had obviously concerned you.  Whata guy!
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