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5/17/15 4:05 P

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I think journaling your food and monitoring your sodium intake is one of the best things you can is quite normal to have small amount of water retention 5 lbs or so...and on Lithium you have to be careful to maintain hydration...don't worry about the scale...when you are young, have your menses and eat salted foods, you will fluctuate...

it's also recommended you weigh yourself once a week on the same day and the same time...
Let the meds take effect...exercise and just don't stress over this...

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5/13/15 4:46 P

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You know you should avoid the scale, maybe weigh in twice a week? I didn't go through weight changes with Lithium, but then again I wasn't weighing myself. Just give your body some time to get used to it.. Things like psych meds can take 6-8 weeks to take full effect and dim some of the side effects. Don't give up! It's very easy to gain a lot of weight on Lithium, but I found that working hard, dieting and going to the gym had me lose a *lot* of weight. If you are concerned about your scale and measurements, I would say talk to your doctor about your weight and concerns with it. *hugs* You can do it!

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5/13/15 12:19 A

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I began taking Lithium two months ago. The most frustrating "side effect" is getting on the scale. Lithium hasn't caused me to gain weight, thankfully. It does cause the scale to fluctuate greatly though. What the scale says I weigh depends on what I ate the day before, how much sodium was in it, and how much uncaffinated fluids I drink. One day I can be 164lbs, the next 171lbs, and the third 167lbs. It is never the same.

This is frustrating me to no end. I considered taking measurements once a week instead of weighing myself. Then I realized bloating would affect those too. Not having a way to track my progress is negatively effecting my efforts to lose weight. The frustration leads to emotional eating. It also leads to dejection because I don't know if my efforts are working...which has led to days where I feel like just giving up.

Has anyone else experienced similiar problems? How did you overcome them?

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