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    Roughly a year ago, my doctor started administering a drug called Toradol via intramuscular injection in my lower back; roughly two months after I'd started receiving the shots, my weight started to climb, in spite of the fact that I was exercising every day and eating right. In fact, before I started on the Toradol, I'd actually started losing weight; I had lost roughly 20 pounds before my weight started climbing for 'seemingly' no reason at all.

    I kept complaining to my doctor every month about my weight, and wondering as to why it kept climbing higher and higher every single month -- I couldn't figure it out, and it was really making me feel terrible emotionally. It got to the point that I had gained sixty pounds in just four months, my weight climbing to 276lbs. I get monthly infusions, and my infusion nurse was so concerned with my sudden rapid weight-gain that she forced me to administer myself into the ER in order to see whether or not the sudden weight-gain had anything to do with my heart, as the extra sixty pounds at that point was really beginning to place a serious strain on my heart and cause my blood-pressure to rise.

    When I went down to the ER, the doctor there determined that almost every pound was actually fluid weight - 100lbs of fluid, to be precise. It's more, now; my current weight is 305lbs, but according to the scale which weighs fluid weight to actual weight, my actual weight underneath the fluid weight is 176lbs -- that's 129lbs of pure fluid on my body... and it's killing me. I've been off of the Toradol for about six months now, and I'd figured that my weight would start going down once I cut out the reason I was gaining it to begin with. My weight has stopped climbing since I've stopped getting the shots, but it isn't going down. My weight will drop 20lbs, then climb back up in the matter of a week. My question is what I should do regarding this fluid weight? I've been exercising, doing cardio, eating right, and the fluid is still sticking to me. None of my doctors are willing to prescribe fluid pills for some reason; I couldn't tell you why, but none of them want to, and no one has really done anything to offer me help.

    In fact, the doctor responsible for this weight gain has done nothing to help me and even refused to admit they were responsible until just recently... and even then, it was the girl they got to administer the shots who apologized, not the doctor who prescribed it to me; and that was only when I confronted them with the list of side-effects, rapid weight-gain being on the top of the list...

    What should I do? What can I do to move this fluid weight? I have other health concerns which, when paired with this massive fluid weight on my body, could actually prove to be life-threatening in the short-term if I don't find a way to get it moving in the next year or so... What can I do?

  • What is your diet?
    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
    ...
    Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

    From a speech by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

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    • Mostly vegetarian, and I've been on a low-sodium diet for several months now; counting my sodium intake, measuring out the foods I eat. I eat salads, fruits such as bananas, apples, and peaches; though I admit I eat canned peaches, as well, which I know is high in sugar due to the syrup added. I do drink vegetable and fruit mixed juices -- such as the Naked products. I do eat dairy, such as cheese, but I drink almond milk. I'll eat grilled chicken occasionally, as well as fish such as salmon and flounder, though flounder is rare -- but that's mostly once or twice a week. I don't eat any red meat; I used to eat it a lot a year ago, but I'd stopped eating it when I started my diet a couple months before gaining the fluid weight. I eat a lot of carrots, green beans. Meals such as vegetarian lasagna; so stuff along that regard. I also eat wheat bread, but I eat white rice. I know that's a bad choice, but I just can't get used to the brown rice... I'm working on it, though.

      I've been doing my best to try and measure out my sodium intake to only about 2,000mgs max a day, and I eat yogurt and granola, bananas and apples, as well as Honey Bunches of Oats, for breakfast. Though I'll admit, I haven't been able to determine what the safest, lowest amount of sodium I can have in a day is. From this, can you see if I'm doing something wrong here? I would take any advice at all at this point...

      Also, my exercise routine is 10 minutes on the bike, 100 sit-ups (I've been doing 100 sit-ups since I was a teenager; it's just what I'm used to doing.), 50 squats, and 50 arm-curls with 10lbs weights. I try to do that daily, but lately I've been slacking and only been doing it two to three times a week now. It's been really hard to keep up with it...

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      • It seems like your diet is low in fats while you get your calories mostly from carbohydrates. I asked because I read that it takes a lot of water to process carbohydrates. Because of having diabetes, I try to limit my carbohydrates. As such, I can see the attraction toward the Atkins diet and other similar diets. Have you thought about the possibility that your diet changes may have contributed to the water weight gain? How many calories do you eat during a typical day? My understanding on fat is that it is easier for a person's body to convert carbohydrates to fat than it is to absorb fat in the intestine.
        I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
        ...
        Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

        From a speech by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

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        • I'd considered it, but one of the primary side-effects to the Toradol had been rapid weight-gain; and my weight-gain had come on extremely rapid. I was gaining ten to twenty pounds a month. Not to mention, I was on this diet and exercise routine for four months before the injections were introduced, and I'd lost 25lbs and was still losing weight; I only started gaining the weight after I started on the injections. It isn't unusual for the Toradol to cause the rapid weight-gain, and I stopped gaining weight the moment I went off of it; plus, in spite of the fact that I told them that I cannot have steroid in any capacity, they also gave me steroid with the Toradol shots, which probably also contributed since steroids have always caused me to blow up like this in the past. What's strange is that it isn't going down now that I've cut myself off of the medication; my doctors were certain that, because it's "fake weight" -- something I didn't do anything to really gain, and it was brought on by a medication -- that it should have started coming off on its own by now.

          My daily caloric intake is never any more than the healthy amount -- 2,000 calories per day. It can be anywhere from 1,600 to 2,000, depending on what I eat. Sometimes, it will tip over it, but just to 2,100. And yeah, I've definitely cut down on fat intake -- even healthy fats, which I know isn't the best idea, but I was really focused on cutting back on sodium in my diet. I was wondering if the issue might be that there's an issue with my kidneys and it isn't passing sodium from my body like it should be, but rather holding onto it. Do you think I should tip my diet to have less carbohydrates and more healthy fats?

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          • Toradol is used short-term (5 days or less) to treat moderate to severe pain. I'd question why you were on it as long as you were? I'd also question the dosage and the method of injection (it's usually taken in pill form) unless you were in the hospital.

            I also question whether or not you have any type of kidney disease, liver disease, or heart congestion. Have you been tested for diabetes?

            I'd get an appointment as soon as possible if only to eliminate some of the above issues.
            That which we forget may as well never really happened.

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            • My pain management uses Toradol as intramuscular injections for back pain; they were giving it to me once every four weeks, which I realize NOW is way too much. If I remember correctly, I think it's more of a drug which can be used safely every four months. Sadly, I made the number one mistake I'd promised myself long ago I wouldn't do again: I trusted my doctor. They never told me what the drug they were using was while I was on it, and only told me after I was off of it. I know I should have made absolutely certain to go through all of the risks the drug presented, especially with my poor health; but my illness makes it difficult to think clearly and problem-solve; I hate using that as an excuse for my mistake, but it's sadly the reason why I dropped the ball on this.

              I do have Tachycardia, which is a symptom of my PPMS; though for the most part, my infusions have been keeping that in check. I went to my GP to test for diabetes almost immediately, and I'm neither diabetic nor pre-diabetic. My kidneys I'm concerned with; though I still need to get tested for that. I know that my doctor wants to take blood and thoroughly test it, but when I was in the hospital recently -- for something unrelated -- they tested my blood for everything there and didn't find anything. Now, maybe they left out some things, so I'm going to get my blood tested for my GP and I'm going to ask her to check my kidneys, too. As far as I'm aware, I don't have any issues with my liver; but it never hurts to check.

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              • Do you drink much water? I wonder what would happen if you dropped the juices and milk and just did water. If you drink enough your body will typically rid itself of excess.
                "Those sowing seed with tears
                Will reap with a joyful shout." - Psalm 126

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                • Yeah; I drink Deer Park. Maybe one to three bottles a day, when we have it in the house -- so for the most part. We might go a week to a week and a half at the end of the month where we don't have water in the house.

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                  • SweetAmore assuming it's 17 ounce bottles, I strongly suspect that if you made it at least 4 or more per day and cut out the other fluids, you'd drop some weight.
                    "Those sowing seed with tears
                    Will reap with a joyful shout." - Psalm 126

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