I have ME Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and finding it impossible to lose weight?

I have ME: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and finding it impossible to lose weight which is making my condition and self esteem worse.

I am a 19 year old with ME: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. I desperately want to lose some weight but I am struggling to get any exercise because it is far too painful. I have been in physical therapy before but because of my hypo mobility they pretty much told me exercise wont help my muscle pain and signed me off. I understand that diet is also important but I also have a eating disorder which I have had from being young so I eat really poor food and no matter how hard I try I cannot change that. There are foods like meat, potato or fish that i physically cannot eat without being sick.I only work 2 days a week because I can’t handle any more and I frequently use a wheelchair or crutches. I seem to be putting on more and more weight and I don’t know how to lose it.

When I stretch the skin under my left rib sinks in a noticeable amount and when I bend it sticks out but the other side don’t do it. When I have questioned it before I was told that everybody’s body shape is different but I feel like it’s more than that. It just don’t feel right.

I’m not obese but it feels like someone has strapped a sack of spuds to my stomach,weighing me down and giving me lots of pain. I need to loose some weight for myself physically but mentally too. I’ve missed out on a lot because of my illness and don’t want anything else getting in the way of me finally being able to enjoy my life.

Age:19 Female

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Ahmed Fawzy
2:22 am

Regarding the skin sinking on left side it is normal as less internal components are on the left side (only spleen) and your Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is weakening your respiratory muscles leaving sinking between the ribs

Well only effective way to lose weight if you can not exercise is to keep fats in your diet and have carbohydrates only in first hour after you wake up, I know it sounds weird as eating fats to lose weight but scientificly speaking it’s correct
Good Luck

Dr.Honey Arora
2:55 pm

Well, Myalgic Encephalopathy is a rare disorder and as its name suggests it being Chronic Fatigue​ Syndrome, doing workout for weight loss can further worsen the symptoms..
You will have to manage a proper diet as it is not the excuse that you can take..
This will even help in managing weight..
Also Physical therapy should be restarted under supervision of your Physician as it helps in gradually regaining strength too..
This process is known as Graded Exercise Therapy..
Proper sleep is also helpful in maintaining a good metabolism also..

Hope this helps..


Ayman Darrag
6:46 pm

You can try very simple exercises,low intensity ,with yoga, you may also use local lipolysis techniques to get rid of the localized central fat.