• Weight gain

    Asked by Diamondm35 on Monday, November 16, 2015

    Weight gain

    Hello everyone, I pray you all are as well as to be expected. My question is about weight issues. I'm on a ton of medication, a few being pain meds, which are causing me to gain weight. I have lymphedema, so dome may be water weight. But whatever it is, I'm not happy. I recently had surgery on my foot and ankle. Which has nothing to do with my bout with cancer. I mentioned it because walking is out of the question. But what sort of diet can I get on that's safe for cancer survivors? At this point I'm desperate

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    9 answers
    • geekling's Avatar

      Too often a lot of our ills come back to diet. I have maintained a mostly plant based diet, I got involved with raw and living foods. Although unusual I found it to be very satisfying. I was able to lose the weight which I had gained in order to get a diagnosis, I was able to be more energized from my food, and I became, literally, happier. Just make sure you are eating enough greens, a few sprouts, a daily handful of seeds/nuts, lots of fruits and vegetables, a teeny bit of fermented foods, and you're on your way.

      Best wishes.

      about 5 years ago
    • bigjan1's Avatar

      I'm Sorry you're having weight issues. My problem was the opposite, the weight fell off from the treatments because I couldn't eat and swallow. I'm no help to you but wish you well, I'm sure some of the others on the site will have some advice for you.

      about 5 years ago
    • Teachergirl's Avatar

      I found that after chemo I had gained 50 pounds. I increased my fruits and vegetables and whole grains, made sure to eat a protein, carb and fiber with each meal and took anything made with white flour out of my diet. It took 2 months to start to really notice but when I was able to do this and exercise again the weight and a few extra pounds came off. Good luck

      about 5 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Have you asked your doctors---logical since they know about your pain meds/water weight and also your foot issues.

      Generally doctors like the Mediterranean Diet or Weight Watchers because they're well balanced and not too extreme. You can lose without exercising, but if you like exercise, do chair exercises until your foot is well. Pilates and yoga are the things I've planned to do. Usually they say find something you like to do, so you'll stick with it.

      If you just have a few pounds to lose, just count your carbs and eliminate desserts and most fats. A doctor told me one day that you could have pie and save a lot of calories by not eating the pie crust---eat the chocolate filling and leave the crust! Good luck!

      about 5 years ago
    • Donnie's Avatar

      I am going back on my topomaxl treatment to lose weight. I lost 50 pounds before and it was loweredf or my back pain,neuropathy,back pain and fibromyalgia. I was able to keep the weight off until chemo.therapy.

      about 5 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      Hi Diamond35,
      I am 3 1/2 years out from cancer treatment and am taking Tamoxifen. I gained 20 lbs in that 3 1/2 years. I also had lymphedema in my left arm. In July of this year i stopped 95% of all carbonated beverages, not sweetened drinks and no sweets. As of today I have lost 20 lbs.
      I drink 64-80 ounces of water every day and have gone back to my Weight Watchers ways.
      I still have at least another 15 or more to go. I need a Total Knee and he will not do it until I lose this weight. I also started riding my recumbent bike for 20 minutes every night and doing the PT on my knees -- my legs have gotten smaller, too! So just give it a try and you will be able to do it too. Oh, the lymphedema in my arm is gone--my hands have gone down over 2 ring sizes. Good luck and I know you can do this.

      about 5 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar

      Hi! I completely understand. I am on pain pills and steroids. I have a fractured back so exercise is limited. My physical therapist showed me several exercises I can do from a chair. These exercises have not only helped with weight but also strength. In terms of diet, talk to yur doctor. I cannot eliminate meat completely but when I do I eat lean, antibiotic and hormone free. I do not eat breads or potatoes. Lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. I have been loosing weight exercising and watching what I eat. I have to combine the two to loose weight! Good luck and hope this helps you!!

      about 5 years ago
    • charnell's Avatar

      I gained 40 pounds in 2 months on Tamoxifen. Changed to Arimidex and have not lost any weight. Feel TERRIBLE all the time. Have shooting stabbing pains. I wish you all of the best. Big Big hugs.

      about 5 years ago
    • LKCraig67's Avatar

      I have to echo what many others are saying. I cut out all wheat and sugar and moved to what they call an "eat clean" diet (diet as in way of life - not weight loss plan). I am focused on eating healthy and must say cutting out the sugar has really helped (I am a bit of a sugar-aholic). It wasn't instant but the pounds are coming off. Also, since you can't walk focus on your arms. I'm working on making Mrs. Obama jealous ;-).

      about 5 years ago

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