Hi everybody, I'll give some back story to give some perspective. I'm a 25 YO male, 5'6".
When I was in college I was very overweight, I think 210 at my heaviest when I was 20. I made a lifestyle change and started to eat healthy and exercise. I was able to safely get my weight down to about 160 and was content. Well after college I started to get lazy and not take care of myself as much (about the time my HA started in fact). I wasn't exercising or eating right. But during this time I never gained much weight back if any. I've always maintained a weight of about 157-162, even over the past year when I started running again and working out regularly.
Okay so this year has been kind of a struggle. I've deal with non-specific back, flank, and abdominal pain on and off for weeks. A week or two ago I felt so lethargic and fatigued that I stopped exercising and getting through work was a struggle (dairy dept. in grocery store - always on my feet, lifting, etc.). I was a mess last week because I was also dealing with ear pain that wouldn't go away. I went to the walk-in clinic and the nurse practicioner looked in my ears and said that she only saw some clear fluid, no infection. She felt the lymph nodes in my neck and didn't find any swollen (which helped calm my lymphoma fears).
So I actually started to feel pretty good this week. I had more energy and was not having any back pain. But I kind of noticed that my clothes were a tad looser than normal. Weighed myself on Tuesday and was 157.0, so seemed like it was in my head. Weighed myself again Wednesday (I know you shouldn't keep doing this), was 155.7. I started to get concerned (of course0 but knew weight could fluctuate daily. I weighed myself again this morning and was 154.4, so now am officially freaked out. And you might think I'm one who loses my appetite with anxiety but I actually feel hungry all the time, I'm always snacking. This is just odd to me that at a time when I'm not exercising and eating MORE, I lost a few pounds in 3 days.
Can anxiety and stress really do this to you? I will note that this week I am way more stressed and anxious than usual. I'm managing my dept. for the first time while my co-worker is away and have way more responsibility than I normally would. It's just that every time I start feeling good I find something else to obsess over.