I know excess weight is harmful to one's health. I know that carrying extra weight causes a myriad of health issues; but at the same time, I feel that when I went to most physician's appts as an overweight person; there was a lot of bias and discrimination and lectures. I know my excess weight is bad but at the same time I don't think it should be used to explain away all my health issues. This is not paranoia, this is fact:
1) Thyroid- I told my GP and the Sleep Specialist that I was having a hard time sleeping. Both said it was probably due to my excess weight and that fat was probably obstructing my breathing. They told me to cut down on food and start moving. During WLS pre op the tests revealed I had 3 large nodules on my thyroid that had probably been growing slowly for years and that could explain my apnea because they were bending my trachea out of alignment. I asked to have my thyroid checked several times. I had it checked twice and they said it was sluggish but not abnormal. After the pre op testing, I had more sensitive blood tests done and it turns out my thyroid is not functioning properly. The endocrinologist said while it doesn't explain all my weight gain, my thyroid issues probably contributed to them. I've been to 3 physicians and they didn't notice the nodules, one of which is 4 cm and protrudes from my neck. The endocrinologists says I've probably had these growths for several years.
2) Constant Coughing for 7 months-I was told that I had chronic bronchitis probably due to my excess weight which didn't allow me to heal properly. Turns out I was allergic to the blood pressure medication I was on. Once it was switched the coughing stopped that week.
3) Lecture in the ER-I went to the ER one night with constant vomiting and chest pain. The ER physician walked in and told me immediately, "Mam, you are morbidly obese...You need to lose weight now!" I was throwing up because of food poisoning but she thought it was a good time for a tough love lecture.
I really felt that walking to a physician's office as an overweight person really hampered my ability to get more objective/quality health treatment. I live in Washington DC too, not the sticks...There are a lot of really well trained/educated health professionals. I know I deserve tough love lectures on weight...excessive weight is bad; but at the same time, I deserve the right to a fair and objective health assessment too.