Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Getting a Little Help Along the Way....

Ah blah. Ever feel like that? I have been bouncing back and forth for so many years, I finally decided to ask my doctor for help. Actually, I have asked my doctor twice now about getting some help with my weight, and he has just said, "No, you have to eat less and exercise". Really, ya think? UGH. He did not offer anything beyond that. No nutrition counseling, no offer to run a thyroid test, nothing. Just smiled and said I was on my own.

Look, I know there is no magic pill, but I do know that there are prescriptions that can help some people get jump started and get on the right track. All I have been asking for was some help, no a cure all. So, I called my clinic and asked to speak to someone else. I was given an appointment with a nurse practitioner. Well, after waiting for over 2 hours, I finally got to see the nurse practitioner.

Anyway, this woman was a little more open to it. We talked for a long time about the history of obesity in my family, and my reasons for wanting to change. My BMI is about 33 right now. Eeek, very bad. She was not thrilled about prescribing phenterimine, but ended up doing so.

We talked a lot about nutrition and exercise and how a pill alone wouldn't be my salvation. I think she was a little surprised how much I knew about nutrition. She wanted to run a bunch of tests just to rule out anything before I start.

I have been fasting for 12 hours now, and have to leave soon to go for all my tests. She is doing a complete blood panel, a thyroid test, a lipids (cholesterol) test, and a baseline ekg. Wheee, fun day. If all is well, I will start taking the phenterimine tomorrow.

I will be blogging constantly about my experience with this!!!


  1. Good luck with it Jen. I think I'm permanently stuck at this weight forever. I had a thyroid test and do have hypothyroidism and am now on meds for it. I will say the most noticible difference is that I am now longer tired every afternoon.

  2. So happy for your new start!


  3. Jenny--just curious why the phentermine and not the maridia--did you discuss both and this was the best option or what??

  4. I did a lot of research on both, and in looking just at forums, and people I know, it seems that the phentermine gives better results. Meridia is more of a long term thing, so maybe if my doc takes me off the phen, i will request the Meridia...