Have you been back to your primary care physician for an exam? It could be anything from a metabolic issue to a digestive one.
Breast Cancer Questions
Asked by Cath1953 on Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I eat and I eat and I still can't gain the weight back. I know part of it was my jaw broke from the chemo and I was on a liquid diet. Now I've been on regular food for 2 months now and I can't gain. I even tried Boost no sucsess. Any sugestions?
8 Answers from the Community
nancyjac Yes, he really didn't say much except give it time you had a broken jaw. I'm eating regular food except the hard things like beef pork and chips and stuff. I drank Boost twice a day until we went to florida. I'll have to try again. The doctor did tell me i'm anemic. I'm on iron twice a day. I think my digestion is fine he didn't say differant.
I lost 50 # during my treatments due to sores in my mouth, dry mouth, things didn't taste right, or I couldnt taste. I just didn't want to eat. I got into the habit of not eating as much as I used to. Then after treatment was over I was still eating not as much. I was having a milkshake a couple times a day, and lots of high callorie junk food. I still am not where I was, and it's been 3 years. It does take time.
Good luck to you!
I'm going to suggest something very different than what people have suggested above....
Increase your exercise! Do it carefully, of course, but that might spur your appetite and help you build muscle mass at the same time. For me, exercise helps me sleep, maintain a healthy diet, and deal with stress.
You might find that you'll happily eat more if you get out and be active.
So, if you are not very active now, start with short walks... maybe 5-10 minutes at a time... and build from there. Ask your doc about what exercises you should and should not do... and then go for it!
If you are already active, try increasing your intensity and/or length of workout by about 10% each week...
I also lost weight during chemo... I am not at a mid-point between pre-chemo and my lowest weight. To be honest, I was at a good weight before, but I like my current weight more. I'm a little thinner than I was prior to diagnosis, and I feel like it's the right amount of a little bit thinner. My bmi is just slightly lower than the middle of the ideal... so that's pretty cool in my book.
So anyway... give exercise a shot. It might help you build an appetite that leads you to enjoy food more and eat more of it. Try to eat high calorie foods that have great oils like olive oil, avocados, and so on. Those are super good for you!
leepenn, I never thought of it that way, it would boost energy and make you hungry. I'm not very active so I have to start with 10 mins. We have a tread mill too I can use that on rainy and hot days. It would be fine with my doctor to walk, he allready told me to walk because or Osteoporosis. I know what those mouth sores are like, I had plenty. Thank you very much for your advice.
I lost 50+ pounds during chemo. That was 7/2012 then stem cell transplant on 7/5/2012. I continued to lose weight for up to a month after chemo stopped, of course I've had no more chemo and I have noticed that before I was diagnosed I was overweight, I am now within 10 pounds of my perfect weight. I have also noticed that I have to watch a little closer to what I eat because my weight is starting to fluctuate a little. I also tried exercise, I used to run daily, I walk on treadmill now and one day decided to run a little. Second day at it and I hurt my knee. My oncologist was not happy and informed me I could walk... Slowly! Running will not be permitted for at least another 9 months or more. Everyone says I am a nurse and should know things.... My specialty was not oncology so I do not know a lot but am educating myself, that is what I am doing, then I know what questions to ask. I am an RN but will never work with patient again, only behind the scenes. I'm learning to deal with my limitations, is anyone else having problems in this area???
WVgirl2424 I'm not having that problem, but my gyno said I have to walk 30 minutes every day. I haven' been doing goog at that but I'm going to start. We just got back from Florida so that's why. I have osteoporosis real bad. I went for a bone density test and my numbers were low. He said to walk briskly, I have a tread mill too. My son and husband use it