I just got out of my appointment with my rheumy about pain levels and, as per, I had to bring up the 'Why is it everyone just wants to talk about my weight' conversation. I mentioned getting a wheelchair, had new crutches and was rather proud of how I was moving around, but no. He wants me to be free of all aids and healthy forever! Which, ok, it's a nice goal, glad he's really dedicated to it and wants to tackle the pain from all angles.
But then, he said 'It's maybe time to talk about surgery'. It took me a bit to realise what he was talking about. Apparently there have been studies which show RA and Lupus respond well to weight loss and inflammation, and therefore weight loss supposedly helps. That's all well and good, but when you're too ill to work out and lose the weight, what's the alternative? Surgery apparently.
Now, I knew someone who did this surgery...and to be honest it looked like a nightmare; eating tiny meals and never being able to enjoy really simple, easy foods for fear of the dreaded 'dumping syndrome' (exactly how it sounds!). Supplements for the rest of your life - none of which are cheap - pureed foods and almost a third of people who have the surgery done just put the weight back on again, only this time they've got a collection of fun symptoms along for the ride...
Ugh. I honestly don't know what to think right now.
Anyone had this done? Can anyone give me a bit of insight on it - does it actually help, or is this just another thinly veiled push to go after anyone over a certain BMI, as per? I'm on the fence, but I could be convinced, if only because I know if I weighed less, my arthritis and other symptoms would actually get treated as stand alone issues, rather than being told if I lose weight everything would magically stop being a problem (and I know that shouldn't be happening, but it does, and it probably won't change any time soon).