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hansel01

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Got on the scales last week and got quite a shock.Have put on a stone in weight and now my trousers don't fit.Last December when I started having bladder pain I was so ill I couldn't eat and actually lost weight.However I felt weak and very unwell.When I got my appetite back I just ate what I facied,just glad to be eating again.Then I decided to cut out fruit as I fearded this may be irritating my bladder.I substituted fruit with biscuits and other rubbish.Also i was off sick from work for 6 months and every time I went past the fridge would go in and get something.now I am paying the price.I have so obvioisly been comfort eating.Have decided to be sensible and eat healthily,including fruit as I don't think it has any effect.Last night I sat in front of the Tv munching carrot sticks.I wasn't hungry just greedy.Any sympathy or advice welcome!!


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I comfort eat and I'm over weight and its basicly down to greed on my part...

I get so down with all of it and I eat what I can eat thats safe for me, in theory I should and could be alot slimmer based on what foods I can eat safely.

I more than make up for what I can't eat by eating far too much of what I can eat.

You've already said you know what your doing which is the first step, so now you've got to make the effort not to do it, in what ever way suits you the best.

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I think we look better fatter than thinner.  Im back to being scared to eat and have lost weight in the last few weeks.  I always look so old and ugly when Im too thin.  I fear Im about to go down that route so hope my bladder feels better soon.  I do think it becomes a viscious circle, not eating doesnt help you get better, but too frightened to eat!!!!
Carole48

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I think some of the medication we take can make you prone to gain weight.  I read somewhere that is the case with Amitriptyline.  I think I have gained a few pounds recently but I have refused to weigh myself.  Afterall it is better to eat well and feel well. 

I agree with sooty, if you stay too thin as you get older you just look haggard.

I think it is important to excercise though, it always makes me feel better even if i'm having a bad day.  How about doing some gentle excercses in front of the TV, it will raise your metabolism and take your mind of food.
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yes I agree about the exercise thing.  I go to the gym twice a week and even if my bladder is feeling bad it seems to help.. Firstly with distraction but a good sweat and drinking loads of water does help.  There are some days I would feel too bad though to go to gym.
CaroleC

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I have been trying to gain weight since I dropped to about 8st from about 9st after I went on the IC diet in Jan 08.  I hoped that my GP would refer me to a dietician, but no go.  He just said eat more of what you can eat.  He had no idea!  I didn't want to eat because food became so boring and tasteless compared with the tasty food I used to cook.

Anyway, have got better at cooking food I can eat and I do go out to restaurants and make the best of it!  I have put on weight which makes me look better as I am 5'7 but have always been slim.  I want to avoid looking scrawny which is why I use weights etc but since I am physically active I know I need enough calories.  It's hard eating to get enough calories/minerals and vitamins rather than for pleasure.

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Hi
I know how you feel, at my worst in IC was 8stones and now near 10, put on a stone in just the last year. I managed to keep it at 9 by going to the gym and controlling calories but I found for me the gym and drinking lots of water just flared me - I found everytime came back, would have burning and lot more loo trips for few hours then had to eat something stodgy and warm milk to calm it all down...
For me I find things like fruits, yoghurts etc all not good for the IC...

Yet a toast with a warm drink will help calm a little bladder iritation.,..


why is it?? If I diet, the lack of food means water goes right through me..a big no no for me as I have worked out a very fine line between too little water and being dehydrated and just enough so that am not running to the loo loads. I drink water with meals and small glasses when thirsty and a big glass at night time before bed.

I guess it doenst help with all the meds we are on either...

I was thinking of trying pure hoodia? I know someone on here tried it a long time back but dunno if it flared her or not?


hansel01

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Thanks for the sympathy and advice everyone.Will continue to be sensible and exercise and see what happens.


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sweetangel2080

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I tried the hoodia capsules for about two weeks, i think a subtle difference- def no snacking at night and had much less snacks. Am eating loads again this week. Didn't see a difference in portions of meals and feeling full just less snacking.

But don't know if it was pre period flare and fact I went to two weddings and flared from all the food I overindulged in, but was feeling tiny twinges of not feeling good and few more loo trips and bit of that constant irritation and urge...so stopped it, gonna wait till better and try again..

For me, anything that causes things to flare even a little....causes warning signs!!

I read on here before someone else used it...


hansel01 keep up with the healthy snacking....carrot sticks with cream cheese or humous if you can tolerate it are great. i ate them when on my diet last year. also in waitrose or the 'free from..' sections, you can get cornbread which is tastier than the normal crackerbreads - bit of a wotsits taste to it even!
Melons and pears are generally well tolerated in most...bring back the fruit bit by bit...apples, oranges are more acidic...I very rarely have them, but I am in pain after them..everyone is different.

Cereal bars, if you spend time looking at fat and calorie content, can be low fat and some quite filling and good substitute for comfort food - have found the oatybars 85 calories and my comfort food during dieting!

If it's not the hunger, but rather snacking as habit or comfort food or boredom, then just try and find healthier snacks...as you said you were eating a healthy diet before....

maybe just see the overindulgence as making up for time lost on the IC diet when you couldn't eat much...

I'll keep you updated with how I go. Need to lose a stone too!
Have started 20mins on the bike everyday and low cal snacks. My meals are generally healthy but carb rich.
I lost on low carb, fabulously, amazed at how my body looked within weeks but I believe you have to stick with it or it comes back on and more...the first time I've veered away from normal low cal, exercise plans..and wasn't pleased at how it all came back...water weight??!




hansel01

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Hi
Have managed to lose 4lbs and have been exercising like hell!!I sometimes feel a bit sore after swimming,guess that's the chlorine but that's not too bad as I am on holiday at the mo so can also get plenty of rest.Have been out walking a lot with my daughters.It is defo harder to lose weight after the age of 40 than it was when I was younger.Good luck to everyone else fighting the flab out there!!

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I gained weight during the last year as I was unable to do any excercise. I'd get on the treadmill and 5 mins later i'd go for a wee and this would happen all the time every 5-10 mins so I had to give up, was worse if I went swimming. After my distension it improved so I went back to the gym dropped some weight and now my symptoms are returning so am back to square one. very fed up

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I do not think that fruits have a negative impact on your bladder. At least fruits do not have a negative impact on my bladder. Losing weight is always difficult. At the moment I also want to lose weight. I really need a diet and I have to start with physical exercises. I hope I will lose some weight soon.
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I have also piled the weight on since September last year, but I do not overly think it is because of what I am eating.  Sure I have cut out fruit so that doesn't help, but I have also cut out chocolate, biscuits, cakes, and things too.
For me I think the sheer lack of activity is what has done it for me.  I spent 2 weeks in hospital and an awful lot of weeks at home not doing a huge amount because of the pain.  I do not think my portions were as big as they used to be (my 6 year old had bigger portions than I do) but still I piled the weight on.  It is also very hard to shift now as well, I tried weight watchers which i have previusly had fantastic results from but it just has not worked this time.  Very depressing.

hansel01

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I know how depressing it is and you just can't be running around when you are in pain. I am very lucky as for almopst a year now the 25mg of Amitryptyline I take has kept my problem in check and I have been almost pain free. i have managed to finally lose the stone i put on and feel much better now that my trousers now fit. In the end it was the purchase of a wii fit plus that did the trick,believe it or not. The exercises are very gentle and low impact so no bouncing up and down on your bladder,unless you fancy the jogging that is.I do an hour most days and it is fun. I've also cut down on eating rubbish,mainly cos if I don't eat enough fruit and veg I get really constipated and that puts awful pressure on my bladder. Good luck to anyone trying to lose weight!!It really is not easy!!


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I've put on about 2 and half stone - I used to be just on 7 and half stone and now weigh just under 10 stone.

Although i am still well within the right BMI range (I was underweight before, but couldn't gain weight no matter what) I have found that the weight seems to have gone all around my tummy - some days i look 5 months pregnant.  i have just also been diagnosed with IBS, so perhaps that might have somethiong it do with it too????

NBothing I do seems to reduce my weight - in fact looking at the pattern i'm gaining half a stone a month.

any one any ideas how to shift this weight???

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