Maintaining Weight

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I hope everyone is doing well. I’m 3 months post treatment and am having trouble maintaining weight. Ive had a peg tube since treatment started and hope to get it out in a few weeks. I‘m weening myself from the peg tube and haven’t taken TwoCal HN in over a month. I’m currently at 180lbs and eating at least 2500 calories every day and still losing 1/2 lb. Med Onc said my body was still burning calories and that my weight will eventually level off. Have any of you experienced this? 

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  • CivilMatt
    CivilMatt Member Posts: 4,722 Member
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    PCB Joe,


    PCB Joe,

    Thank you for asking, I am doing well, everyone else is in pain or pleasure, either tired or rested, in treatment or post somewhere, consulting Dr.Google or looking for HPV+ statistics, helping their caregiver or  making life he_ _ for their caregiver……….

    Experience is what we have.

    We are the kings and queens of experience.

    You have a complete treatment plan behind you and have zeroed in on still losing ½ pound, if that is a day I might be concerned.  If it is a week or month, I am not.

    Sounds like it  is time to POP your PEG return to the land of (maybe) weirdo H&N taste buds.

     Matt


  • MarineE5
    MarineE5 Member Posts: 1,031 Member
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    Agree with Matt

    Joe, 

    It looks like you are doing all the right things as far as eating. If you are able to take in around 2,700 calories a day, that might make up for that 1/2 lb loss you speak of. I am not sure what weight you want to be at eventually. As the Doctor mentioned, you are burning up calories in recovery stage. 

    My Best to You and Everyone Here

  • PCB Joe
    PCB Joe Member Posts: 26
    edited February 2018 #4
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    CivilMatt said:

    PCB Joe,


    PCB Joe,

    Thank you for asking, I am doing well, everyone else is in pain or pleasure, either tired or rested, in treatment or post somewhere, consulting Dr.Google or looking for HPV+ statistics, helping their caregiver or  making life he_ _ for their caregiver……….

    Experience is what we have.

    We are the kings and queens of experience.

    You have a complete treatment plan behind you and have zeroed in on still losing ½ pound, if that is a day I might be concerned.  If it is a week or month, I am not.

    Sounds like it  is time to POP your PEG return to the land of (maybe) weirdo H&N taste buds.

     Matt


    it is 1/2lb per day; however,

    it is 1/2lb per day; however, I bump up the calories the next day to bring my weight back up. I’m just concerned about having to eat over 3000 calories daily to maintain 180lbs.

  • PCB Joe
    PCB Joe Member Posts: 26
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    MarineE5 said:

    Agree with Matt

    Joe, 

    It looks like you are doing all the right things as far as eating. If you are able to take in around 2,700 calories a day, that might make up for that 1/2 lb loss you speak of. I am not sure what weight you want to be at eventually. As the Doctor mentioned, you are burning up calories in recovery stage. 

    My Best to You and Everyone Here

    I started out at 203lbs but

    I started out at 203lbs but want to stay at 180. I feel great and my labs were great, too. Thanks for your reply!

  • CivilMatt
    CivilMatt Member Posts: 4,722 Member
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    you can do it.

    PCB Joe,

    You can always drink your calories, which is sometimes easier.

    Matt

  • debbiel0
    debbiel0 Member Posts: 134 Member
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    I am 6 month post treatment

    I am 6 month post treatment and still using my PEG for at least half of my daily intake. I am also struggling to gain weight. I lost  15 lbs before treatment, 20 lbs during treatment and another 20 lbs since. I am getting 1200 -1400 calories a day any less and I drop 1lb a day.  I have been able to maintain for a week now, so I am very excited.  I am trying not to stress about the numbers on the scale but embrace the fact that I am feeling better everyday.  If the " new normal " me is 40 lbs lighter, and I am healthy, I am happy!  Looking forward to the day I can eat enough to have my tube removed.

  • abjolly
    abjolly Member Posts: 4
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    debbiel0 said:

    I am 6 month post treatment

    I am 6 month post treatment and still using my PEG for at least half of my daily intake. I am also struggling to gain weight. I lost  15 lbs before treatment, 20 lbs during treatment and another 20 lbs since. I am getting 1200 -1400 calories a day any less and I drop 1lb a day.  I have been able to maintain for a week now, so I am very excited.  I am trying not to stress about the numbers on the scale but embrace the fact that I am feeling better everyday.  If the " new normal " me is 40 lbs lighter, and I am healthy, I am happy!  Looking forward to the day I can eat enough to have my tube removed.

    Thank you for these posts. I

    Thank you for these posts. I am 6 weeks post-rx and they wanted to schedule the PEG removal this week. When I confessed that the PEG is providing at least 75-80% of my daily calories they say another month at least. I gained 5 lbs pre-rx, and have since lost a total of 20 lbs, but without the PEG there is no way I could maintain my current 125 lbs. I am also taking in 1200-1400 calories per day. Glad to hear that I am not the only one struggling to hold wt without the assist of the PEG, even after 6 months! They are now concerned that I am never going to get it removed as I have zero interest in food.

  • Dean54
    Dean54 Member Posts: 160 Member
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    I'm about 3 months out

    And I still have no desire to eat real food either altho I do gag down some soup or a few other things most days but like what was suggested on this board in previous posts, I buy that weight gainer stuff from GNC to go along with my Liquid Hopes and Ensures.

    It is still so much easier to drink the calories down Like Matt said and I have gained some weight and muscle and am not that far from my target weight.

    Never used my PEG tube so get it out in a couple of weeks.

  • debbiel0
    debbiel0 Member Posts: 134 Member
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    abjolly said:

    Thank you for these posts. I

    Thank you for these posts. I am 6 weeks post-rx and they wanted to schedule the PEG removal this week. When I confessed that the PEG is providing at least 75-80% of my daily calories they say another month at least. I gained 5 lbs pre-rx, and have since lost a total of 20 lbs, but without the PEG there is no way I could maintain my current 125 lbs. I am also taking in 1200-1400 calories per day. Glad to hear that I am not the only one struggling to hold wt without the assist of the PEG, even after 6 months! They are now concerned that I am never going to get it removed as I have zero interest in food.

    I thought my tube would be

    I thought my tube would be out after a month, so was very depressed when that was not possible. I went to see a nutritionist,who helped me with ideas on how to add calories without volume and flavour to drinks and stratagies to ween myself off.  I am working on those, but admit somedays it is easier to plug in rather than be creative emough to make something that will go down and not taste like dirt. 

    My first go to was hot water with greek honey..1 oz approx 170 cal.  A couple of those a day helps boost your calorie intake.

  • AnotherSurvivor
    AnotherSurvivor Member Posts: 383 Member
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    If you are really doing 2,700

    If you are really doing 2,700 to 3,000 calories per day and losing weight I would figure out how, bottle it and sell it.  I went from 225 to 177, regained to 185 quickly, and then sat there for a year, and was all smug about it.  Now at 13 months post I am struggling to stay below 190.  Exercise and diet seem to have minimal impact; when the loss stops, the weight does come back, whether you want it to or not.  It's the same fight I had at 220, just at a different level.

  • OKCnative
    OKCnative Member Posts: 326 Member
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    I'm a 47 year old male with

    I'm a 47 year old male with SCC BOT Stage 3, no PEG. I am 5 months post treatment. Prior to treatment I weighed about 185 lbs and intentionally gained weight to just over 200lbs.

    At the end of treatment my lowest weight was about 158lbs. However, I met with my primary care physician and he reminded me that for my gender and height I should only weigh about 170-175lbs ideally.

    For the first month or so post treatment it didn't matter what I ate, I didn't gain hardly any weight. By about 10-weeks the weight started coming back on. Now at 5 months post, I have to watch what I eat as I was starting to creep close to 180 and I want to stay at 175 at most. No more milk shake runs for me!

    Have you had a primary care physician tell you what your ideal weight should be? I'm 5' 11", so I'm guessing you'd have to be 6' or taller to have a medically ideal weight of 180lbs. 

    For me it wasn't about getting back to where I was pre-treatment - it was about being in the best health possible going forward. Which means actually weighing less.

  • SuzJ
    SuzJ Member Posts: 427 Member
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    Loss

    I've lost about 120, and I am sooo happy about it.

     

    I was overweight, in fact, clinically, morbidly obese, then, obese, now just, overwight, and if I get it right, in 30 pounds, I'll be normal for the first time in 30 something years.

     

    If I had to get this, and had to go thru all of this, at least something good came of it!

  • Curlyn
    Curlyn Member Posts: 189
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    I lost a total of 13 lb

    I lost a total of 13 lb between surgery and chemoradiation. At 110 lb plus going to the gym and trying to be active, as we are pushed to be, I can't afford to lose more. I was fit so lost muscle mass which I am trying to gain back. It's a daily battle, 4 months post treatment. Tissue is still healing and will be for at least a year, so I fully expect the high calorie intake to be necessary, at least for me, for quite a few months yet. I put my caloric need per day around 3,000 to gain.

  • possumtrot
    possumtrot Member Posts: 9 Member
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    Eating no longer a pleasure

    I'm about 6 months post-treatment, no PEG, purposely gained 10 lbs to 205 before treatment started. Now weigh 175 after the flu. I'm not really interested in food any more, so eating is about calorie counting. I do like pancakes and maple syrup though.  Good information about drinking my calories so I think I'll start the Ensure again.  I do find this discouraging, but understand to be patient as things may change.

  • tommyodavey
    tommyodavey Member Posts: 727 Member
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    New Normal

    It could just be your body adjusting to its new normal as we call it.  If you look back at a topic a few months ago regarding weight loss after treatment and years later you'll see the majority of us weigh less than we did in many years prior to getting sick.

    And it's not from a lack of eating.  It may be because I try to eat healthier food now but not much has really changed in my diet.  I weighed 185 at the beginning of treatment and got down to 155.  Now I'm stable at 172 no matter what I do.  I haven't been this thin since my 20's.  In the topic thread, my lower weight is just like everyone else.  So you may have to settle for what your body says it needs.

    This is all just a guess based on being here for a long time.  Don't be worried about it unless it gets too low.  You'll stabilze soon enough.

  • Curlyn
    Curlyn Member Posts: 189
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    New Normal

    It could just be your body adjusting to its new normal as we call it.  If you look back at a topic a few months ago regarding weight loss after treatment and years later you'll see the majority of us weigh less than we did in many years prior to getting sick.

    And it's not from a lack of eating.  It may be because I try to eat healthier food now but not much has really changed in my diet.  I weighed 185 at the beginning of treatment and got down to 155.  Now I'm stable at 172 no matter what I do.  I haven't been this thin since my 20's.  In the topic thread, my lower weight is just like everyone else.  So you may have to settle for what your body says it needs.

    This is all just a guess based on being here for a long time.  Don't be worried about it unless it gets too low.  You'll stabilze soon enough.

    Good point! New normal. The

    Good point! New normal. The bowel (fast cell division) is highly affected by chemo and my theory is that nutrients are more difficult to absob following chemo. This might be permanent or temporary. 

  • MikefromWinthrop
    MikefromWinthrop Member Posts: 31
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    New Normal

    It could just be your body adjusting to its new normal as we call it.  If you look back at a topic a few months ago regarding weight loss after treatment and years later you'll see the majority of us weigh less than we did in many years prior to getting sick.

    And it's not from a lack of eating.  It may be because I try to eat healthier food now but not much has really changed in my diet.  I weighed 185 at the beginning of treatment and got down to 155.  Now I'm stable at 172 no matter what I do.  I haven't been this thin since my 20's.  In the topic thread, my lower weight is just like everyone else.  So you may have to settle for what your body says it needs.

    This is all just a guess based on being here for a long time.  Don't be worried about it unless it gets too low.  You'll stabilze soon enough.

    new normal

     I have rejected the idea of a "new" normal. I am 3 months out from 35 rads, cisplatin for stage 4 bot squamus cell with 1 node involved. I had a feeding tube put in during week 5, pain was so bad could not eat. Went from 223 to 18 in 2 months. I began eating 2 weeks after treatment ended, scrambled eggs and pudding, boring. Swallow therapy pushed me, and now I eat anything, even subs. granted it takes longer, but I am now back to 203 since December, been working construction again for 3 weeks, gym for a month and a half. Everything got better for me when I walked in and demanded the tube be removed, I wasn't using it anyway, but it also forced me to work through the swallowing difficulties. I will never have a new normal, and will live my life like I always did. Irealize everyone reacts differently to treatment, and some have had major surgical procedures as well, I am only talking about myself. When i was diagnosed in august last year, after an hour or 2 of confusion, I vowed I would win. I will not give in to this disease, or the effects of treatment. Sorry if ranting, but I am going to get some fried oysters now, then see if the trout are biting.

  • Andy13460
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    PCB Joe said:

    it is 1/2lb per day; however,

    it is 1/2lb per day; however, I bump up the calories the next day to bring my weight back up. I’m just concerned about having to eat over 3000 calories daily to maintain 180lbs.

    180 lbs is only relative to how tall you are, 180 lbs is a healthy weight for a man 6' tall Im 58 years old nearly, 5' 4" tall, weigh 137 lbs, run 100 miles a week and only require 3000 calories a day if I eat more I put weight on. Im 34 weeks post treatment and weigh in every day, took the weight up for treatment then took it back off once I was finished.

  • Andy13460
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    new normal

     I have rejected the idea of a "new" normal. I am 3 months out from 35 rads, cisplatin for stage 4 bot squamus cell with 1 node involved. I had a feeding tube put in during week 5, pain was so bad could not eat. Went from 223 to 18 in 2 months. I began eating 2 weeks after treatment ended, scrambled eggs and pudding, boring. Swallow therapy pushed me, and now I eat anything, even subs. granted it takes longer, but I am now back to 203 since December, been working construction again for 3 weeks, gym for a month and a half. Everything got better for me when I walked in and demanded the tube be removed, I wasn't using it anyway, but it also forced me to work through the swallowing difficulties. I will never have a new normal, and will live my life like I always did. Irealize everyone reacts differently to treatment, and some have had major surgical procedures as well, I am only talking about myself. When i was diagnosed in august last year, after an hour or 2 of confusion, I vowed I would win. I will not give in to this disease, or the effects of treatment. Sorry if ranting, but I am going to get some fried oysters now, then see if the trout are biting.

    New normal is the daftest term I ever heard used

    Same as you I just got straight back to it back to work and back to sports. No feeding tube at any time 32 weeks post treatment Ive run 1700 miles and just finished my 2nd Marathon last Saturday in 2:58:40. Im 3 weeks of 58 years of age next stop for me is to run in the Irish marathon chapionships and win the Over 55 cat. Most days I dont even think about it anymore. That Marathon time is 5 minutes faster than my pre treatment best in Aug 2016.

  • CivilMatt
    CivilMatt Member Posts: 4,722 Member
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    new normal

     I have rejected the idea of a "new" normal. I am 3 months out from 35 rads, cisplatin for stage 4 bot squamus cell with 1 node involved. I had a feeding tube put in during week 5, pain was so bad could not eat. Went from 223 to 18 in 2 months. I began eating 2 weeks after treatment ended, scrambled eggs and pudding, boring. Swallow therapy pushed me, and now I eat anything, even subs. granted it takes longer, but I am now back to 203 since December, been working construction again for 3 weeks, gym for a month and a half. Everything got better for me when I walked in and demanded the tube be removed, I wasn't using it anyway, but it also forced me to work through the swallowing difficulties. I will never have a new normal, and will live my life like I always did. Irealize everyone reacts differently to treatment, and some have had major surgical procedures as well, I am only talking about myself. When i was diagnosed in august last year, after an hour or 2 of confusion, I vowed I would win. I will not give in to this disease, or the effects of treatment. Sorry if ranting, but I am going to get some fried oysters now, then see if the trout are biting.

    abi-normal

    always did,

    A New Normal simply reflects the aftermath of going through oral cancer. It is a new chapter in one’s life following cancer. It could be the dry mouth, a PEG scar or the compassion felt for others.  I would think most of us felt determined to win, but do realize the importance of our treatment regimen. If you had the power to heal yourself, you were fortunate.  I guess your ranting is something that you always do.  Well, we have always welcomed the H&N member with something to say.