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Member Since 31 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 24 2012 09:10 PM

#792579 Refeeding Edema? Anyone Else?

Posted by on 01 May 2012 - 04:41 PM

I have read in a few posts that some people experience refeeding edema while recovering from celiac where they gain a bunch of weight quickly and swell up.......

I am looking for people who can relate to my current situation...

I have been seeing a nutritionist since I was diagnosed with celiac to help me with my new gluten free diet. She tested my metabolism, and told me that before exercise I burn about 3000 calories a day (I am a marathon runner). I also exercise daily. I have been however, experiencing SEVERE edema for months now.

At first, I thought maybe it was just a result of the celiac, maybe it is and it will still take time? I am now wondering if it is a result of poor nutrition. I recently calculated to see on average how many calories I am taking in each day. I had no idea that I am averaging only between 1200 and 1500 calories a day......terrible! I naturally gravitate towards low calorie items like whole fruits and veggies.....

Do you think I am retaining because I am in a state of semi-starvation? I am wondering if I try to up my calories to closer to 3000 if the edema will subside, or if that will make it worse? Would that cause me to gain a bunch of weight in doing so? i am so frustrated and looking for relief.

Anyone who can relate or offer advice?

Thanks :)
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