Fibro and Weight Gain

Fibromyalgia and Weight Gain
Fibromyalgia and Weight Gain and what I am trying to reduce weight.

Many people with Fibromyalgia are overweight including me. 
For me it is the most humiliating side of this disease because people in our society judge you for being overweight and think you are lazy. 

Some even think that Fibro is caused by our weight gain and that if we lost the weight we would no longer have our symptoms! 

When I first got Fibro I gained over 25lbs and have found it very difficult to lose. I have tried many weight loss programs including Weight Watchers, Optifast and a hospital dietician program. After putting a lot of effort in and doing these programs for many months I had no lasting success. I feel these programs have caused more health problems than the small amount of weight lost and then regained!

I have found a good article about Fibromyalgia and Weight Gain from Chronic Pain Connection. 

It gives 4 reasons for weight gain in fibro:
  • Lack of Sleep.

  • Neuroendocrine Abnormalities. This is to do with hormone deficiencies.

  • Decreased Activity. Because of the level of pain.

  • Medication.

It gives good and different Weight-loss Strategies than I have tried before :

  • Eat a High-protein, Low-carbohydrate Diet.

  • Eat proteins first.

  • Eat until you’re full.

  • Give yourself a Break from a diet on weekends.

See article in more detail here - This article is written by a doctor who has Fibromyalgia since childhood and I am going to follow these suggestions and hopefully lose a little weight. Thanks for reading this.

Have you had success with losing weight and have fibro? I would love to get any of your suggestions to help me here.


  1. Oh man! Does it not just SUCK or what?! I know exactly what you're feeling. Everyone has 'something' they struggle with, ours happens to be visible to the whole world! And the pressure we put on ourselves is manifold. I'm in the same boat, trying to lose weight that comes on in a flash, and leaves like trying to move a mountain. Your also right, EVERYONE has a tip/judgment/advice as to what would 'help' us if we just 'tried' harder. *sigh* It does get wearying after awhile. Keep fighting! Never give up on your desire to lose weight, and know you are not alone, and that part of your success is your perseverance, NOT your perfection! Love to ya' sister! ♥

    1. Thanks so much Kristine, you have inspired me to keep going. (Not that I really stopped - I never eat cakes, biscuits, sweets and rarely chocolate or any sugar). I miss your blog. Hope you are okay?

  2. Since January 2014 I embarked on a healthier journey to live more comfortably with Fibromyalgia. Since then I have lost 32kgs and my health improved dramatically. From being bedridden with pain and muscle spasms; I now take part in every 5km Fun Run (walking it) I can manage to do. I just love life!! You can make a change to your health and weight if your mindset is right and you persevere with determination.

    1. That is so amazing! I wish you could explain how you did this. I need help from someone like you who has lost the weight.

  3. I honestly did not have problems with weight gain until I started taking Lyrica & Cymbalta. Those meds did nothing for my pain.. just made me feel bloated & gain over 30 lbs. I stopped taking those meds. Only take Prozac & Clonazepam now. Suffer with migraines. Quit all carbs & trying to go Vegan to see if a change in my diet helps. I suffer with insomnia because the pain in my body keeps me awake. By the time I fall asleep it’s 3:30am & just about time to get up. I hurt everywhere. Fibromyalgia is a dreadful condition! ��

    1. It is a dreadful condition. Meds did not have a part in my weight gain I don't think. Let us know how the diet helps. I find it too stressful to follow a really restrictive diet as already intolerant of many foods that I have to avoid. Also it sucks that weight gain can be increased by lack of sleep!

  4. Great information! Sharing with my mother-in law!


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