For most of my life I have been plagued with unexplained weight gain issues. The bulk of my weight increase very suddenly sixteen years ago the same time I was diagnosed with an enlarged prostrate. I went from thirteen stone to a whopping twenty two stone within six to twelve months, I was eating less and felt ill, I had yellowing around the eyes. I saw several doctors over the years all said the same,I need to lose weight! For many years I tried several diets. Throughout my life I have always eaten healthily and taken daily regular exercise incorporating walking, swimming, dancing and going to the gym. I found when I first became ill my hands and feet swelled. I could no longer wear my wedding ring and I had to wear one size up shoes that were wide fitting, I was living in jogging bottoms and hoodies as well as lounge pants in the evening.
A few years ago my mother was diagnosed as having chronic water retention weight problems. When I was a toddler she was always slim, when she reached about forty her weight ballooned suddenly by two thirds of her normal weight. I noticed most of her sisters having the same weight problems, their legs were very shiny leathery, they had what can be described as batwings hanging from inside the thighs hanging over the knees, also their feet were very swollen bursting out of their shoes as well as having a swollen abdomen. My mother and her siblings all had difficulty walking with the excess weight, using sticks and walking aids to get around. When I was young I thought like most others it must be fat and they need to eat less, how wrong I was.
Last year I received a letter from the dwp as I have been on long term incapacity benefit for many years, I need to know what is going on with my health as I can hardly walk etc. I asked my newish doctor if I can have a referral to a cardiac specialist as my legs were painfully swollen, I was also getting pains in my trunk. I was given a echo cardiogram and diagnosed as having venous insufficiency, I had to wear class 2 compression hosiery. I also had another appointment with a urologist for several ultroscans and a cystogram. From this I have been diagnosed as having chronic venous insufficiency and put on furosomide tablets. I have been taking these for two weeks now, I feel better and my family said I have lost some weight. I am fifty five in two weeks time it would be nice to wear some decent clothes but it is early days. My doctor is referring me to an endocrinologist at my request, why could they have not done this years ago? The sad thing is my I have two children, my daughter who has hydrocephalus and was married two weeks ago, she has weight problems and she is only twenty five. She is been going backwards and forwards to her doctors over her weight, will they listen! My son too is planning to see his doctor, luckily he has the same doctor as me so he might listen more. I have armed my daughter with as much info as possible as well as photos.
The thing I find most upsetting is not for me, yes I have probably been disfigured by this, it's my children I have suffered and seen this disfigurement in my own family and it saddens me. It took determination, stubbornness and a change of doctor for somebody to finally listen. It's still early days and I need to recover,If I can? No doubt there will be good days and bad, I will have to face each day as it comes. No doubt some of you understand where I am coming from acceptance is a hard pill to swallow.