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I recently completed a 42 day round of HCG. I was POP for the entire round, and did moderate exercise (walking, light yoga) throughout the round. About 3 weeks into the round, I started experiencing some odd muscle pain that seemed unrelated to the type and amount of exercise that I was doing. I read in the forums here that muscle pain or weakness is not unusual, and so I didnít worry too much about it early on. The problem got progressively worse toward the end of the round; I was relieved to be near the end, thinking it would resolve once I transitioned to P3. That did not happen. In fact, it got progressively worse, to the point where I could no longer get out of bed without assistance or dress myself.
When it finally reached the point where I could no longer function, I went to the doctor. After much evaluation, testing, and consultation with specialists, I have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that was triggered by my extreme dietary restriction. I lost a total of 24 pounds on P2; Iíve lost another 7 since my last injection (unintentional, but constant pain will sometimes do that). I started at a BMI of 30 and currently have a BMI of 26.
In order to keep my body from continuing to attack itself, I now have to take steroids. The #1 side effect of steroids? Weight gain. Iím told I will need to take the medication for several YEARS, potentially forever.
There are plenty of folks here who will claim this extreme diet is perfectly safe and that HCG offers some type of protective benefit when youíre on a VLCD. I am living proof that itís simply not true. I was desperate to get a substantial amount of weight off quickly, as I know virtually everyone here is. It was so overwhelmingly not worth the price I am paying. I should have known betterÖ..I am a Nurse Practitioner and medical research analyst, and I know that this diet is NOT based on sound clinical evidence, and in fact there are well-designed studies that refute its efficacy. But, like all of you, I felt this was my last resort.
So now, I begin the huge uphill battle of trying not to gain weight on steroidsÖ.I am hoping that against all odds, I may be able to drop a few more pounds if Iím extremely diligent in my efforts. To those who have had success, I wish you continued health...I would not wish this on anyone.

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  1. Carver's Avatar
    Hmm that's right i was also using hcg drops for the fitness purpose online gambling in australia. It is beneficial but natural way is most convenient in my opinion.
  2. Ellyn's Avatar
    First of all, let me say how very sorry I am that you are suffering so much.

    With that said, a lot leads up to full blown autoimmune disorders. The body is in a compromised state long before the perfect storm. People abuse their bodies with improper eating, lack of good quality supplements and a high toxic load. The body becomes more and more vulnerable as time goes by because the immune system is damaged until something triggers the "storm". My daughter's trigger was childbirth and yours happened to be HCG. ANYTHING stress related is a trigger. Just like childbirth didn't CAUSE my daughter's autoimmune disease, HCG didn't cause yours. BUT it was the "straw that broke the camel's back".

    Conventional medicine, needed during 911 times, isn't always up on the latest and has a tendency to treat symptoms, not the root cause. Please look into Sarah Ballantyne, PhD book The Paleo Approach - Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body. Dr Datis Kharrazian also has a great book called Why Isn't My Brain Working, a functional medicine approach for treating the body. Check out Elana's story of MS at elanaspantry.com. It may be possible for you to take back your body, heal it and minimize pharmaceutical products.

    My daughter's journal has been challenging but we have had the best success toward healing from following the Paleo lifestyle, adding in good quality supplements and reducing her toxic load. Has it been easy?? NO and at times very frustrating BUT her body didn't get ill over night so we have to be patient with the healing process.

    I wish you all the best and God bless you on your healing journey