Living with numerous diagnosis.

By CHenry9973 Latest Reply 2013-03-28 11:39:43 -0500
Started 2013-03-13 14:51:11 -0500

I have type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, mycethemia gravis, fibromyalgia, diverticulitis, glaucoma, morbid obesity and others, I can't remember right now. My problem is, I am loosing weight, and need to loose a lot more, but because of the mycethemia, I am not allowed to exercise at all. How else can I firm up the flab? I have lost 35 lbs, and have at least 90 to go.

Tags: weight loss

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Nick1962 2013-03-13 18:28:57 -0500 Report

I’ll assume you mean the muscle disorder Myasthenia gravis instead of the blood disorder Mycethemia. Both would be dangerous to exercise with but at some point if you lost the weight, the muscle disorder risk would be lessened to a point you could get in some exercise.

Right now, if you still have 90 lbs to lose, concentrate on that because no matter how hard you try, you can’t turn fat into muscle. Depending on your age and how long you were overweight, certain body areas may not shrink back to a “normal” size. After losing 100 pounds myself (my food plan is a lot like James'), I did lose my chins, the flab on my upper arms, and most of my thighs. But there are some spots however, if I want them to look good again, will require cosmetic surgery. Been stretched too much for too long.

Once you start seeing what’s left of your body, you can start targeting problem areas. I’m not saying don’t attempt to exercise, there are many chair exercises one can do that are non-impact like working with tension bands, hand grip or rubber balls to work arm muscles, etc. In fact, if it’s within your means to do so, try to find a physical therapist that could at least get you started on a daily program tailored to your needs. Your doctor may be able to refer you to someone at least for a consult.

CHenry9973 2013-03-20 14:31:36 -0500 Report

Yes I did mean Myasthenia gravis. My neroulogist says I have got to learn to live with the levels of energy I have now. I am finding the more I loose, the more energy I start the day with. However when I start doing anything (like loading the dishwasher, etc.) the weakness comes on really fast. I asked him about this and he said I was not to do any exercises at all. The more I exercise the faster the myasthenia will worsen. I will just have to sit here and watch tv or play on the computer, I guess. Even with typing I get tired fast. I find myself waking up in my chair during the day. Myasthenia is a auto-immune disorder, when my muscles move, my immune system thinks it is an infection and goes to work, causing me to become very weak. It is really scary when it hits my throat or lungs, but I was told if it hits my heart it will kill me. I have fallen a couple of times, and I choke on air, food and water at times. Of all the illinesses I have this one scares me the most.

Nick1962 2013-03-20 19:01:48 -0500 Report

I’m getting scared just reading about it! My mother developed MG in her later years (and survived it); her doctor had her on a higher protein diet to keep muscle. If I remember right, the good news (if you can call it that) is folks with these types of conditions actually burn more calories being sedentary than a “healthy” person does because the condition is so taxing to the body. Great work on the weight loss so far, and check with your doctor or nutritionist about maybe upping the protein in your diet. Catfish and Brunswick stew is one of my favorite high-pro meals so I do that at least twice a month. He/she may also suggest a supplement, but as far as toning/strengthening you’re obviously limited. Hopefully as the pounds come off that will mean less tax on the body and you’ll be able to do more like you seem to be experiencing already. Hopefully you’ll be one of those cases that prove the doctor wrong.

CHenry9973 2013-03-27 17:43:39 -0500 Report

I will talk to my doctors about a high protein diet. The problem is I see 4 specialests for different things. I can't eat some things and some of the things I can eat, I can't eat for another reason. I love catfish, but will have to look up the recipie for brunswick stew (I love stews). I also drink Glucerna once a day becasue I don't eat enough.

Nick1962 2013-03-28 11:39:43 -0500 Report

It’s certainly going to be a more difficult for you, but I know you can do it with a little creative thinking. I don’t think there is just one recipe for Bruswick stew. Where I am it’s really just leftovers in one pot. A mix of pulled pork, chicken, beans (usually green and lima) a few potato cubes, maybe corn and carrots, all in a tomato based type broth. Not thick enough to be a stew, but too thick to qualify as soup. Crock pot cookery at its finest. Not what you’d call low carb, but high enough in protein that it balances out.

jayabee52 2013-03-13 16:08:01 -0500 Report

Howdy CHenry.

I have a lot of comorbidities as well (take a look at my profile) and I have managed to lose 65 lbs or so over about 2 or 3 months.

I followed a meal plan of my own devising, which I have recently modified to make it more friendly to dialysis patients.

You may find my original meal plan here ~

Please take a look at it and let me know what you think on that discussion.

I didn't do much in the way of exercise due to my burning neuropathy in my feet. So this may be useful to you.

Blessings to you and yours