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Gained 12 lbs in 3 days while sick with the flu

I have been bedridden with the flu for the last 5 days and have hardly eaten anything, yet when I stepped on the scale this morning I was horrified to see that since I last weighed myself 3 days ago, I’d gained a whopping twelve pounds. Is this normal? I did just start my period today which typically leads to an additional 5 pounds of water weight, but 12 seems startlingly extreme. I’ve also been on a ketogenic diet since July and and this week I’ve broken my diet by snacking on a few popsicles and some crackers. I’m worried this weight is going to stick around and I’m very concerned. Help!

Ps. Sorry if this is TMI, but I haven’t really pooped much this week. I assumed it was because I haven’t really been eating, but could it be a contributing factor?

Thank you
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707563 tn?1626361905
It could be fluid retention from being in bed, and changing your diet, along with your period.

I don't see how it could be the flu, but if it lingers, and you don't lose it after getting better and moving around, etc., see your doctor.

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973741 tn?1342342773
I am going to guess that is a fluke.  Popsicles and crackers aren't going to cause you to gain weight. The constipation may, the period always does, etc.  I'm wondering though why you are checking your weight when you have the flu.  Do you obsess about weight a bit? I have had periods of my life in which I did to and my equally obsessed girlfriends would joke we need a good case of stomach flu to get us back on track.  Bad joke, right?  But I'm sure that was a bit unnerving when you think you probably lost a bit from being sick.  I always remember that my body doesn't always show on the scale. Like when you are going for a weight loss and you've increased your exercise. The scale isn't changing but your pants fit better.  The two (scale and body) aren't matching up. And then all of a sudden they do. So, don't take a few scale readings in a bad way.  (also, check to see if your scale was off).  Let us know if you are back to normal!
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