I have morderate depression, social anxiety, and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I weigh 240 lbs and I am 5ft 3in. I have a lot if pain, mostly in my back and knees. It makes it difficult to stand and move. Walking upstairs is horrible. I also have headaches that are terrible almost every day.
I always assumed the reason everything happens is because I am obese. My therapist thinks it is something different though. She thinks it could be an underlying problem.
Any input on this would be helpful if anyone has gone through something like it.
Smilesnrainbows, welcome!! I'm Glad that you are here. I am 5'4" and am also obese. I have been overweight my entire life. My pain started 24 years ago and became daily and debilitating 22 years ago. It started in my left shoulder. I suffered from anxiety and depression before my pain issues. The pain has only served to make those things worse. Unfortunately these days, when you are overweight doctors blame all of your problems on that. It's not fair by any means but a reality just the same. You need to go to either an Orthopaedic Doctor or Pain Management Clinic and get checked out and see what they find. I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease and, hence, my thyroid removed. So, that threw my body into early menopause at the age of 35. I am 50 now and now have hypothyroidism and that has only served to pack on the pounds (along with the situation of not being able to move like I used to so I'm not anywhere near as active and can no longer work. It's not easy by any means. I think it may be helpful for you to also seek out a good endocrinologist as well as a rheumatologist and neurologist to have tests done and find out what's happening with your body. If you sit down with one and they dismiss you because of your weight, find another doctor. Do not accept that as the answer. It's easy for doctor to name everything on weight but that's a cop out. I wish you good luck in your quest. Hang in there, you're stronger than you think you are. Remember that we understand and are here if you need help, support or advise act nobody will be judging you. You'll be in my prayers. 🙏🏻🌻