15 lbs overweight, holistic doctor wants me to try weight loss injections

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Anonymous wrote:My happy weight I’ve been for more than a decade is 126 lbs. I’m 5’4. I went on an SSRI and gained 15 lbs. I’m now 141lbs. I get in about 10k steps a day, eat a clean diet and watch calories (low carb mediterranean with mostly fish and chicken and veggies, water or plain iced tea only, drink very moderately, lift 3-4x a week, and do a daily pilates class and my weight has not budged a single pound I’m also hypothyroid and hashimotos and medicated for that. My holistic doctor actually wants me to try weight loss injections for a few months to get off the 15 lbs and maintain since there’s really nothing I can do with my diet and fitness to improve. I’m 45. Any advice on this? I do qualify and it’s from a compounded pharmacy.




What's a holistic doctor?

It’s a wellness clinic, DO. Does a mix of alternative things like allergy/food testing, thyroid alternatives etc


Allergy testing…of course he does. Probably diagnoses everyone with a “ leaky gut” too
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Anonymous wrote:I went to my primary care physician this morning and she did not recommend ozempic, the compound or any of the traditional weight loss medications but gave me a sample of 1 month on an extremely low dose with low side effects of one that’s similar and felt it would be fine to try to lose 8 or so pounds. -OP


What? What did she give you? OP, I feel like you need to go back on the SSRI, your mental health seems off.


Yeah. OP what "sample" did you get exactly? So now you went to you PC doctor and they gave e you a "low dose" to lose 8lbs?

Why did you even create this thread? Because now you're starting to sound ridiculous. You are why so many people make fun of and chastise people who really needs these meds.

I'm being sincere here, but who goes to their doctor to ask for these meds to lose 8lbs? I mean since you put yourself out here Anonymously I'm going to call you out Anonymously. This sounds like a posting from a bored, weight obsessed, rich white lady with nothing more to do with her time. This truly sounds like a scripted scence from RHW of Potomac.

If a real doctor gave you a glp-1 to lose 8-15lbs, you must be paying them out the nose or they must really need that $100 copay. Either way, it poor medical care.


You sound like someone who doesn’t have much going on or very fulfilling relationships in your life to care this much and insult strangers on an internet forum.



Right….

Actually, I just had surgery to remove 15lbs of skin from losing 150lbs on this med. So I got a lot of time on my hands, and I don’t have much going on. This binder is squeezing the TF outta me. I’m just like all the other DCUM’ers who waste all their time on this site. And I didn’t insult OP at all, I just indicated what this post sounded like. I have experience taking these medications in various forms, so I like to help out when I can I actually do care, so that’s why I’m advising OP not to take them for 8 measly pounds.

So OP, doc gave you Rybelsus? 3mg or 7mg? It’s going to take months to lose anything on that, and the pill form causes more gastrointestinal side effects than the shot. You can’t eat or drink 30 minutes before you take it or 30 minutes after for it to work effectively. I got 10 boxes of 14mg sitting in my closet. I was supposed to be taking it as maintenance, but I just couldn’t, too rough on the stomach (for me).


Anyway, good luck OP. Please come back and let us know if it works. I really hope it does.


3mg. Quite a bit different from your 14mg (4 times the dose. you can imagine side effects might be greater injection or not, ozempic doesn’t even come in this low of a dose to compare). Not sure eating or drinking for 30 minutes is a factor for me or most people. I don’t eat until 1pm anyways. You’re being an armchair doctor right now. Why don’t you actually leave it up to my physician to advise me? If you had over 150 lbs to lose, I would imagine your situation is very different than someone who has thyroid/pcos issues so perhaps the rx or dose isn’t the same.



Again, because I got time on my hands and you’re responding…
I’m really just responding because I’ve used the medication and your doctor probably hasn’t and neither has a lot of the DCUM crowd. When I started maintenance I was 147lbs (goal was 135lbs). That was 2 years ago. I started off on 3mg, took it for 8 weeks, didn’t lose anything, moved up to 7 for 4 weeks, then 14mg which still didn’t do $hit so I stopped. I had taken ozempic shots for 2 years prior and thought the pills would be a breeze, nope. Was sick as a dog from day one. I got down to my goal weight by throwing up during the day and diarrhea at night. And I won’t even mention the changes in vision. Switched back to the shots via a clinical trial. I do have PCOS, insulin resistance and currently post menopausal. So you’re probably right, I’m being side chair doctor. And you definitely should listen to your doctor as I’m sure you will.

Op, offering this advice because these meds are no joke. I’ll let you be and won’t respond again. I hope it works for you.


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Anonymous wrote:I went to my primary care physician this morning and she did not recommend ozempic, the compound or any of the traditional weight loss medications but gave me a sample of 1 month on an extremely low dose with low side effects of one that’s similar and felt it would be fine to try to lose 8 or so pounds. -OP


What? What did she give you? OP, I feel like you need to go back on the SSRI, your mental health seems off.


Yeah. OP what "sample" did you get exactly? So now you went to you PC doctor and they gave e you a "low dose" to lose 8lbs?

Why did you even create this thread? Because now you're starting to sound ridiculous. You are why so many people make fun of and chastise people who really needs these meds.

I'm being sincere here, but who goes to their doctor to ask for these meds to lose 8lbs? I mean since you put yourself out here Anonymously I'm going to call you out Anonymously. This sounds like a posting from a bored, weight obsessed, rich white lady with nothing more to do with her time. This truly sounds like a scripted scence from RHW of Potomac.

If a real doctor gave you a glp-1 to lose 8-15lbs, you must be paying them out the nose or they must really need that $100 copay. Either way, it poor medical care.


You sound like someone who doesn’t have much going on or very fulfilling relationships in your life to care this much and insult strangers on an internet forum.



Right….

Actually, I just had surgery to remove 15lbs of skin from losing 150lbs on this med. So I got a lot of time on my hands, and I don’t have much going on. This binder is squeezing the TF outta me. I’m just like all the other DCUM’ers who waste all their time on this site. And I didn’t insult OP at all, I just indicated what this post sounded like. I have experience taking these medications in various forms, so I like to help out when I can I actually do care, so that’s why I’m advising OP not to take them for 8 measly pounds.

So OP, doc gave you Rybelsus? 3mg or 7mg? It’s going to take months to lose anything on that, and the pill form causes more gastrointestinal side effects than the shot. You can’t eat or drink 30 minutes before you take it or 30 minutes after for it to work effectively. I got 10 boxes of 14mg sitting in my closet. I was supposed to be taking it as maintenance, but I just couldn’t, too rough on the stomach (for me).


Anyway, good luck OP. Please come back and let us know if it works. I really hope it does.


3mg. Quite a bit different from your 14mg (4 times the dose. you can imagine side effects might be greater injection or not, ozempic doesn’t even come in this low of a dose to compare). Not sure eating or drinking for 30 minutes is a factor for me or most people. I don’t eat until 1pm anyways. You’re being an armchair doctor right now. Why don’t you actually leave it up to my physician to advise me? If you had over 150 lbs to lose, I would imagine your situation is very different than someone who has thyroid/pcos issues so perhaps the rx or dose isn’t the same.



Again, because I got time on my hands and you’re responding…
I’m really just responding because I’ve used the medication and your doctor probably hasn’t and neither has a lot of the DCUM crowd. When I started maintenance I was 147lbs (goal was 135lbs). That was 2 years ago. I started off on 3mg, took it for 8 weeks, didn’t lose anything, moved up to 7 for 4 weeks, then 14mg which still didn’t do $hit so I stopped. I had taken ozempic shots for 2 years prior and thought the pills would be a breeze, nope. Was sick as a dog from day one. I got down to my goal weight by throwing up during the day and diarrhea at night. And I won’t even mention the changes in vision. Switched back to the shots via a clinical trial. I do have PCOS, insulin resistance and currently post menopausal. So you’re probably right, I’m being side chair doctor. And you definitely should listen to your doctor as I’m sure you will.

Op, offering this advice because these meds are no joke. I’ll let you be and won’t respond again. I hope it works for you.




Why is it hard for you to understand that people have different reactions to different medications? Ozempic makes many people very sick. It’s great you had no issues but many people do with Ozempic injections.

You were using it for vanity weight, which is unnecessary once you hit 147 and wanted to get down to 135. And you continued to take a medication for 3 months that was making you violently ill from day one? Be careful not to throw stones from your glass house!
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Anonymous wrote:My happy weight I’ve been for more than a decade is 126 lbs. I’m 5’4. I went on an SSRI and gained 15 lbs. I’m now 141lbs. I get in about 10k steps a day, eat a clean diet and watch calories (low carb mediterranean with mostly fish and chicken and veggies, water or plain iced tea only, drink very moderately, lift 3-4x a week, and do a daily pilates class and my weight has not budged a single pound I’m also hypothyroid and hashimotos and medicated for that. My holistic doctor actually wants me to try weight loss injections for a few months to get off the 15 lbs and maintain since there’s really nothing I can do with my diet and fitness to improve. I’m 45. Any advice on this? I do qualify and it’s from a compounded pharmacy.




What's a holistic doctor?

It’s a wellness clinic, DO. Does a mix of alternative things like allergy/food testing, thyroid alternatives etc


Allergy testing…of course he does. Probably diagnoses everyone with a “ leaky gut” too


These are two different doctors.
One is a regular primary care physician at a major practice (that gave the sample) and one is a wellness clinic that specializes in holistic thyroid meds, food allergy, acupuncture etc.
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Anonymous wrote:I went to my primary care physician this morning and she did not recommend ozempic, the compound or any of the traditional weight loss medications but gave me a sample of 1 month on an extremely low dose with low side effects of one that’s similar and felt it would be fine to try to lose 8 or so pounds. -OP


What? What did she give you? OP, I feel like you need to go back on the SSRI, your mental health seems off.


Yeah. OP what "sample" did you get exactly? So now you went to you PC doctor and they gave e you a "low dose" to lose 8lbs?

Why did you even create this thread? Because now you're starting to sound ridiculous. You are why so many people make fun of and chastise people who really needs these meds.

I'm being sincere here, but who goes to their doctor to ask for these meds to lose 8lbs? I mean since you put yourself out here Anonymously I'm going to call you out Anonymously. This sounds like a posting from a bored, weight obsessed, rich white lady with nothing more to do with her time. This truly sounds like a scripted scence from RHW of Potomac.

If a real doctor gave you a glp-1 to lose 8-15lbs, you must be paying them out the nose or they must really need that $100 copay. Either way, it poor medical care.


You sound like someone who doesn’t have much going on or very fulfilling relationships in your life to care this much and insult strangers on an internet forum.



Right….

Actually, I just had surgery to remove 15lbs of skin from losing 150lbs on this med. So I got a lot of time on my hands, and I don’t have much going on. This binder is squeezing the TF outta me. I’m just like all the other DCUM’ers who waste all their time on this site. And I didn’t insult OP at all, I just indicated what this post sounded like. I have experience taking these medications in various forms, so I like to help out when I can I actually do care, so that’s why I’m advising OP not to take them for 8 measly pounds.

So OP, doc gave you Rybelsus? 3mg or 7mg? It’s going to take months to lose anything on that, and the pill form causes more gastrointestinal side effects than the shot. You can’t eat or drink 30 minutes before you take it or 30 minutes after for it to work effectively. I got 10 boxes of 14mg sitting in my closet. I was supposed to be taking it as maintenance, but I just couldn’t, too rough on the stomach (for me).


Anyway, good luck OP. Please come back and let us know if it works. I really hope it does.


3mg. Quite a bit different from your 14mg (4 times the dose. you can imagine side effects might be greater injection or not, ozempic doesn’t even come in this low of a dose to compare). Not sure eating or drinking for 30 minutes is a factor for me or most people. I don’t eat until 1pm anyways. You’re being an armchair doctor right now. Why don’t you actually leave it up to my physician to advise me? If you had over 150 lbs to lose, I would imagine your situation is very different than someone who has thyroid/pcos issues so perhaps the rx or dose isn’t the same.



Again, because I got time on my hands and you’re responding…
I’m really just responding because I’ve used the medication and your doctor probably hasn’t and neither has a lot of the DCUM crowd. When I started maintenance I was 147lbs (goal was 135lbs). That was 2 years ago. I started off on 3mg, took it for 8 weeks, didn’t lose anything, moved up to 7 for 4 weeks, then 14mg which still didn’t do $hit so I stopped. I had taken ozempic shots for 2 years prior and thought the pills would be a breeze, nope. Was sick as a dog from day one. I got down to my goal weight by throwing up during the day and diarrhea at night. And I won’t even mention the changes in vision. Switched back to the shots via a clinical trial. I do have PCOS, insulin resistance and currently post menopausal. So you’re probably right, I’m being side chair doctor. And you definitely should listen to your doctor as I’m sure you will.

Op, offering this advice because these meds are no joke. I’ll let you be and won’t respond again. I hope it works for you.




Why is it hard for you to understand that people have different reactions to different medications? Ozempic makes many people very sick. It’s great you had no issues but many people do with Ozempic injections.

You were using it for vanity weight, which is unnecessary once you hit 147 and wanted to get down to 135. And you continued to take a medication for 3 months that was making you violently ill from day one? Be careful not to throw stones from your glass house!



no. When you have used the medication for weight loss, you have to stay on it to maintain the weight, otherwise you will gain the weight back. That’s why she was most likely switched to Rybelsus for maintenance. Of course people understand that people have different reactions to medications. What this poster was trying to express to you (as well as many others on this thread were also asking you) was that a risk you were willing to take for 15lbs? That poster obviously needed to take that risk to maintain her 150lb weight loss. No one is throwing stones at you, I think what she was offering was a cautionary tale for the pill form of the medication. I’m not sure though. Maybe it was a cautionary tale for taking any type of GLP-1. I do agree with you on that last part, I wouldn’t take anything for three months that was making me violently ill. But she didn’t actually say that. For someone needing to maintain that big of weight loss, maybe diarrhea and throwing up was worth it. AND let DCUM tell it (and the BMI chart), 147lbs is considered obese.

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OP, I asked on the last page but you didn't answer...have you had your thyroid levels checked? By a lab. Are your meds well adjusted? From your regular dr. Thyroid issues can cause weight issues.
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Anonymous wrote:OP, I asked on the last page but you didn't answer...have you had your thyroid levels checked? By a lab. Are your meds well adjusted? From your regular dr. Thyroid issues can cause weight issues.


Yes! My thyroid is about a 1.0 tsh. I get monthly blood tests!
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This is a crazy thread.
I'm in my late 50s, and I've gained about 30 pounds in the past 10 years. I now weight close to 170, and I'm 5'6".
My doctor told me that metabolism slows post menopause, and that if I want to maintain my pre-menopausal weight, I'd have to eat far less food and increase my exercise. I've done neither, and the result is 30 extra pounds. I hate it completely, but I'd never try drugs to get rid of it.
I exercise regularly, but not as vigorously as I used to exercise. I don't drink, eat a very healthy diet, but love sweets and eat too much sugar -- that's my only vice!
I once heard an obesity expert say that you can lose at most 1 pound a month, or 12 pounds a year and keep it off. Losing weight quickly is counter productive. Your metabolism will drop so much that you'll never be able to lose weight unless you eat very little and feel hungry all the time.
I hate feeling hungry, so I exercise, don't lose any weight, and am just buying new clothes (I'm an XL now, size 14). I used to be a size 8, sigh. I'll never go back there, and TBH, I don't care.
I think OP's obsession with losing 15 pounds is extremely unhealthy. I know that you feel better when you're thin, but I went through that obsession with my body image when I was in college, and I never want to go through that again. Just love your body as it is, and get over your obsession. Do you want to die when you're 60 or 70? Don't you want to see your grandchildren? I want to live to 100, and I would never in a zillion years take a drug to improve my appearance. I take an antidepressant (not an SSRI), BTW, but a very low dose and I exercise as much as I can to keep it that way.
Plus, when you take these drugs, you have to stay on them forever or the weight will come back. Makes no sense -- you will throw away your future just to look the way you want to look now. Accept yourself as you are and move on.
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If you can take Wellbutrin , that seems like a better option over 15 pounds of weight gain due to meds.
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Anonymous wrote:OP, I asked on the last page but you didn't answer...have you had your thyroid levels checked? By a lab. Are your meds well adjusted? From your regular dr. Thyroid issues can cause weight issues.


Yes! My thyroid is about a 1.0 tsh. I get monthly blood tests!


Monthly? Why?
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Does anyone think that some people (like op) create problems (stubborn, questionable 15 lbs they want iff yesterday) to avoid dealing with what's really eating them? Pun intended.
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Anonymous wrote:OP, I asked on the last page but you didn't answer...have you had your thyroid levels checked? By a lab. Are your meds well adjusted? From your regular dr. Thyroid issues can cause weight issues.


Yes! My thyroid is about a 1.0 tsh. I get monthly blood tests!


Monthly? Why?


It’s been really hard to get the dose right for me. I swing between hyper and hypo. I’ll go from a 3.5 to a .47 with a .15 change in meds. My dose has been 1.12- 1.25 for a year and keeps increasing since kids! My feel good tsh is 1-2. Anything lower than 1 and I can’t sleep. I’ve tried Armour but had weight gain but would consider trying another one at some point. I’m on levo.
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Anonymous wrote:If you can take Wellbutrin , that seems like a better option over 15 pounds of weight gain due to meds.


I know I’ve considered that as well. The problem for me with wellbutrin is that I can’t sleep. I have insomnia. I also didn’t see a huge weight loss with it. I’ve been on it before.
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Anonymous wrote:OP, I asked on the last page but you didn't answer...have you had your thyroid levels checked? By a lab. Are your meds well adjusted? From your regular dr. Thyroid issues can cause weight issues.


Yes! My thyroid is about a 1.0 tsh. I get monthly blood tests!


Monthly? Why?


It’s been really hard to get the dose right for me. I swing between hyper and hypo. I’ll go from a 3.5 to a .47 with a .15 change in meds. My dose has been 1.12- 1.25 for a year and keeps increasing since kids! My feel good tsh is 1-2. Anything lower than 1 and I can’t sleep. I’ve tried Armour but had weight gain but would consider trying another one at some point. I’m on levo.


Have they considered T4 and T3 (e.g., cytomel) medication? That helped me. The cytomel kicks in within a day or two and stabilizes within a week or so, so you would know pretty quickly if it is effective. I did that for about a year or so because my #s bounce around a lot, too.
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Anonymous wrote:This is a crazy thread.
I'm in my late 50s, and I've gained about 30 pounds in the past 10 years. I now weight close to 170, and I'm 5'6".
My doctor told me that metabolism slows post menopause, and that if I want to maintain my pre-menopausal weight, I'd have to eat far less food and increase my exercise. I've done neither, and the result is 30 extra pounds. I hate it completely, but I'd never try drugs to get rid of it.
I exercise regularly, but not as vigorously as I used to exercise. I don't drink, eat a very healthy diet, but love sweets and eat too much sugar -- that's my only vice!
I once heard an obesity expert say that you can lose at most 1 pound a month, or 12 pounds a year and keep it off. Losing weight quickly is counter productive. Your metabolism will drop so much that you'll never be able to lose weight unless you eat very little and feel hungry all the time.
I hate feeling hungry, so I exercise, don't lose any weight, and am just buying new clothes (I'm an XL now, size 14). I used to be a size 8, sigh. I'll never go back there, and TBH, I don't care.
I think OP's obsession with losing 15 pounds is extremely unhealthy. I know that you feel better when you're thin, but I went through that obsession with my body image when I was in college, and I never want to go through that again. Just love your body as it is, and get over your obsession. Do you want to die when you're 60 or 70? Don't you want to see your grandchildren? I want to live to 100, and I would never in a zillion years take a drug to improve my appearance. I take an antidepressant (not an SSRI), BTW, but a very low dose and I exercise as much as I can to keep it that way.
Plus, when you take these drugs, you have to stay on them forever or the weight will come back. Makes no sense -- you will throw away your future just to look the way you want to look now. Accept yourself as you are and move on.


Why would she die at 60 or 70 because she did weight loss injections? My mom has had them for diabetes for years. It has lengthened her life, not shortened it. Nowhere does anything say it shortens lifespan for anyone. I can see objecting to side effects, but this is extreme fear-mongering.
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