Hello... I've never posted here before, but I'm wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar to the issues I've been dealing with since weaning my son.
He is my second child. I breastfed my first, but only for 3 months before having to have surgery and giving up. I nursed my second for 11 months before he suddenly decided he didn't want to anymore. He became far too busy for it and just would not nurse. I was very sad that he didn't want to anymore because I wasn't ready emotionally to wean.
Anyway, I have always gained a lot of weight in pregnancy. We're talking 70 pounds or so. I've always been around 100 pounds at 5'9", so I would gain a lot of weight at the very beginning, and then it would taper off throughout. I gained 77 pounds the first time and lost 60 of it within a month after birth. Second pregnancy I gained 60 or so and started to lose it, albeit much more slowly. I was down about 20 pounds when he decided he wanted to wean. I noticed I started to feel depressed and figured that to be normal. But before that I noticed the less he nursed the more my knees and hips would hurt. I started to have joint pain so severe it kept me up all night long. I started to see specialists. It's been 8 months since he weaned and I have gained nearly 100 pounds despite only taking in around 1,000 calories a day and exercising 5 days a week, have awful joint pain, periods that will be all month long one month and then only one or two days the next. I always feel like I'm on the verge of starting my period. Constant, dull lower back pain, mild crampy feeling and bloating all the time. I'm much more quick to anger and I sleep constantly and still never have any energy. I just generally feel unwell and unlike myself.
So, my question is, could this be related to weaning or is it just timing that makes it seem that way? I've been to doctor after doctor and none of them can tell me what is going on. I have had my estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, thyroid and prolactin levels checked and everything has come back normal.