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Re: weight gain/pharmaceutical research

Posted by Davidc on March 8, 2001, at 9:38:32

In reply to Re: weight gain/pharmaceutical research, posted by Ignatz on February 1, 2001, at 8:30:27

Thanks for the information, its nice to know that I'm not alone struggling with this. The medication information says I should lose weight, but I have gained. I had a severe brainstem stroke (total paralysis and long recovery process). After zoloft I had gained upwards of 70lbs. I chalked it up to the imposition of a sedentary life due to the stroke. I have made a slow recovery back towards normal. I left zoloft (which made me zombielike) and began effexor. Through a low carb diet and 5 days a week at the gym I have peeled away 60 pounds. But that is where I have been stuck since sept of 2000. No matter what I do, more cardio, less food, more frequent small meals, more water, more weight training, the weight doesn't budge. I seriously feel that antidepressants play with one's metabolism, not affecting each unique person the same. I have now discontinued effexor, trying to row my own boat, hoping my brain has healed enough post stroke to allow me to do so. I also am hoping that the discontinuation of medication will allow me to resume weight loss. I agree be happy with who you are, but I also know that less physical weight will make another stroke less likely. Believe me, suffering a stroke is no fun and no picnic.
Anyone interested in my journey back there is a website at detailing my progress since the intitial locked-in syndrome of total paralysis. Its not a depressing story, but one of hope .. so if you are down today and need to smile and say that there is hope ahead, take a look. Thanks for taking the time to read. :) David




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