Recently someone asked me if I have any health problems from being overweight. Good question – with a complicated answer! Yes and no.
I had my gallbladder removed in 2005 as an emergency procedure (I had gallstones, didn’t know it and a few were stuck in the tract to my pancreas – ouch!). Overall the experience sucked and was seriously painful- but I have known plenty of thin people who have had their gall bladder removed- so I never considered that a “fat issue”. I’ve also had no side effects (thankfully).
I’ve always lived with the out-of-breath-if-I-walk-up-stairs thing all fat people live with – but at my heaviest (424) I found it hard to even WALK. My body was just lethargic. I had no energy to carry myself around. I was depressed- I took a lot of naps. I’m happy to say I’m not longer at that place in my life. I do get winded if I have to climb 3 or more flights of stairs at once – or if I’m wearing crappy flip flops (which I tend to live in during the summer) for long walks. Oh, I still love a good afternoon nap on the weekend, but really who doesn’t? 🙂
A year ago I fell @ Logan Airport while trying to scurry across the street in said crappy flip flops during a rainstorm (stupid, stupid, stupid!). I twisted my ankle. I was in horrible pain for a few days – and then once it began to feel I had a horrible, lingering pain in my heel. Weird, I know. So, weeks go by – the pain gets worse. I worked around it – no heels, no walking anywhere that wasn’t necessary…just Chuck Taylor’s (love, love love those sneakers) and those damn flip flops. Odd, I know. My cheap flip flops were some how molded to my foot and didn’t cause as much pain. Months later, the pain has now gone to both feet – and it annoying as hell. When I wake up, I can barely walk. If my bed wasn’t so high, I would probably crawl out. I’ve seen my doctor 3 times. The collective consensus? I’m fat. Well no fucking shit! I was fat 10 years ago – and this didn’t happen. I think it’s plantar fasciitis – and stretching my calves helps a lot. Flat shoes help too – so I made sure I have a few comfy pairs for the fall. Thought I will miss high-heeled boots….a lot. I’m hoping that continuous stretching and losing weight helps. I wish I could find a HELPFUL doctor- but it seems that no matter what my ailment, my weight must be to blame.
I don’t like blaming my problems on my size- so why does everyone around me want to? I have had chronic hives for years (since I was 3 or 4). They come in bouts- I’ll get them and they won’t go away for weeks/months….then I don’t get them again for a year. Sometimes it’s stress, sometimes it’s a change in allergies (a few years back I developed a serious allergy to coconut – which is in EVERYTHING). My allergist when I was young prescribed Atarax- it worked like a charm. As an adult I had to see 2 allergists and my regular doctors before I could convince someone that my chronic hives were NOT related to my weight, and I needed drugs. I finally got Xzyal – which works well, but it hella expensive and not covered by my health insurance. Luckily, I have been good at avoiding most things that cause me hives.
So, there ya have it – foot pain, hives…nothing life-threatening. I don’t have asthma, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure (actually, my BP is low!) etc. I’m very lucky!