Weight gain and fatigue after nephrectomy

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Weight gain and fatigue after nephrectomy

by Ellepotvin on Fri Sep 07, 2018 02:10 AM

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I had my left kidney removed in 2017. Previous to this surgery I was very active and healthy (mostly). Since my surgery and before I was diagnosed with RCC (pain and unable to work in May, surgery in November, return to work February) I have been gaining weight and unable to lose even a pound. My doctor put me on Ritalin to combat the fatigue so I can work, and that completely Kills my appetite, so much so that I will wake up, work, workout and might only be able to eat a salad or some meat and cheese for dinner and lunch. I’ve never even been this heavy before and thought just being somewhat active in my daily life- compared to bed ridden for months, would have some positive effect on my weight, but nothing seems to be working. I’m only 34, and my husband and I want to have children, but I just don’t see how I’m healthy enough with the weight gain and fatigue. Has anyone else experienced this? I’m currently also seeing a ND (naturopathic doc.) who is doing acupuncture and I’ve added supplements and nutrient drinks to my daily routine and nothing so far aside from phantom pain where my kidney was. Any help would be SO VERY appreciated!

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by starkwood on Sun Jan 27, 2019 03:44 PM

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Not sure if it is related, but I had a nephrectomy in 2014 and over the next year not much changed on weight but the following year (2016) I gained about 30 pounds in less than six months.  In 2017 I had lung surgery to remove more cancer from my left lung (RCC also) but have been unable to lose any weight.  I attributed it to closing my business and less physical activity, but it came on so fast, your post made me wonder if there was a connection there.  No medicine for RCC taken during any of that period, so cannot blame it on meds.  My last scan (last week) shows new nodules in lungs so will be on meds soon.  Will likely lose weight there, so will have to wait and see.  Best wishes and prayers.

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by bramleylynn on Sun May 19, 2019 04:35 PM

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Hi I had left nephrectomy in feb 2017 in the following 6-7 months I put on two and a half stone. I have not been on any meds but cannot get rid of the excess weight. Sometimes the fatigue is terrible but cannot sleep. I work part time but sometimes feel shattered, I am 61 so no spring chicken but before the cancer was diagnosed I did a lot more

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by mamacita3748 on Mon Sep 02, 2019 07:29 PM

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On Sep 07, 2018 2:10 AM Ellepotvin wrote:

I had my left kidney removed in 2017. Previous to this surgery I was very active and healthy (mostly). Since my surgery and before I was diagnosed with RCC (pain and unable to work in May, surgery in November, return to work February) I have been gaining weight and unable to lose even a pound. My doctor put me on Ritalin to combat the fatigue so I can work, and that completely Kills my appetite, so much so that I will wake up, work, workout and might only be able to eat a salad or some meat and cheese for dinner and lunch. I’ve never even been this heavy before and thought just being somewhat active in my daily life- compared to bed ridden for months, would have some positive effect on my weight, but nothing seems to be working. I’m only 34, and my husband and I want to have children, but I just don’t see how I’m healthy enough with the weight gain and fatigue. Has anyone else experienced this? I’m currently also seeing a ND (naturopathic doc.) who is doing acupuncture and I’ve added supplements and nutrient drinks to my daily routine and nothing so far aside from phantom pain where my kidney was. Any help would be SO VERY appreciated!

I'm having the opposite experience.  I had a full nephrectomy (stage pT3a, 5 cm)  7 weeks ago today and, since then, I have had anemia (18% iron saturation), daily killer exhaustion, brain for and have lost over 6% of pre-surgery weight, which I can afford.

I'm starting on sunitinib in 2 days and facing the possibility of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, and dyspepsia (among other much, much worse side effects) so food might lose a bit of its attaction over the next few weeks/months.

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