Tell Me Again How It’s Just Because I Was Overweight
|June 26, 2013||Filled under General Health|
When you weight close to 300 pounds and tell your doctor, or anyone else for that matter, that your knees, hips and back hurt it’s automatically assumed to be because of your weight. The same thing goes with being chronically fatigued as well. It’s the weight of course. And it very well might be true too. Then again, maybe it’s not.
Fast forward almost 9 years after losing 130 pounds with the help of WLS and it’s kind of hard to blame all those aches, pains and tiredness on being overweight. While the pain was greatly reduced after losing weight it just never really went away. Now here it is, almost 9 years later, and my hands are having issues. The joint pain has been steadily increasing and my joints in my thumbs seem to be getting bigger. I’m also losing gripping power and have a hard time opening things because of it. Turns out all these joint aches and pains may not actually have been caused by weight. Though the weight probably didn’t help.
While that is not an xray of my own hand I am waiting to hear back on the results of the xrays that were taken. Along with all the blood work that was sent out. The current thought on my hand pain and decreasing strength situation – rheumatoid arthritis. Hmmmm….guess it wasn’t the weight after all.
Being overweight creates this weird type of discrimination. Because they could physically see one problem (the weight) it makes it easy to over look other possibilities. Now that I’m not heavy and look “normal” it’s much easier to think beyond the weight as being a cause for other problems. If I weren’t constantly being told that any problem was caused by my weight I would have pushed for more of an explaination. Now, here we are years later, and hopefully the mystery will be solved.
For those of you out there who look at the physical body and are willing to blame problems on what you can see (the weight) please put aside your prejudice and take a closer look. You may just be saving someone years of pain and suffering.
For those of you who are the ones carrying around the extra weight don’t be afraid to push to get more answers. Yes the extra weight doesn’t help things but it just may not be the reason why you are having a problem. Advocate for yourself. You don’t need anyone’s permission to do so. We really need to stop accepting the response that weight is the cause of everything that we might be suffering through.