Weight loss influencer Lexi Reed, 31, reveals she’s BACK in the hospital

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Weight loss influencer Lexi Reed has revealed that she is back in the hospital due to severe stomach and leg pain, two months after she suffered kidney failure and was put into a medically-induced coma. 

The 31-year-old from Indiana, who shot to fame after documenting her 312-pound weight loss, took to her Instagram Stories on Monday to share that she was being hospitalized again. 

‘Not how I wanted to spend my Monday,’ she captioned an image of the hospital’s emergency room entrance. ‘Been in pain the last two weeks with my legs and stomach & it’s not getting better so here we are.’

Lexi Reed, 31, from Indiana, announced she was back in the hospital on her Instagram Stories on Monday, saying she was suffering from severe stomach and leg pain

Lexi Reed, 31, from Indiana, announced she was back in the hospital on her Instagram Stories on Monday, saying she was suffering from severe stomach and leg pain

Lexi Reed, 31, from Indiana, announced she was back in the hospital on her Instagram Stories on Monday, saying she was suffering from severe stomach and leg pain

Lexi shared that she had 'really hard knots' in her stomach and legs, as well as 'a temperature of over 101'

Lexi shared that she had 'really hard knots' in her stomach and legs, as well as 'a temperature of over 101'

Lexi shared that she had ‘really hard knots’ in her stomach and legs, as well as ‘a temperature of over 101’

Lexi’s husband, Danny Reed, was by her side when she vowed that she was ‘gonna get some answers’ about her health. 

‘Unfortunately, here we go again,’ she said. ‘Basically I’m having really hard knots in my stomach that have been getting worse. My legs are really heavy and they hurt really bad. And I’ve had a temperature of over 101 since Thursday that we’ve been trying to keep down with acetaminophen.’ 

She returned to Instagram Stories on Thursday to post a snapshot of her husband in her hospital room, explaining she was hoping to go home this weekend.  

‘What the doctors have told me so far is that they believe the painful knots/hard spots on my legs/stomach are calcium buildups that can be from the kidneys failing previously or dialysis treatments,’ she wrote. 

‘I’ll try to answer everyone’s questions about all these conditions from this year but I’ve been told many things and I’m still learning too so please bare [sic] with me. 

Lexi returned to Instagram Stories on Thursday to post a snap of her husband, Danny Reed, in her hospital room, saying she hoped to go home this weekend

Lexi returned to Instagram Stories on Thursday to post a snap of her husband, Danny Reed, in her hospital room, saying she hoped to go home this weekend

Lexi returned to Instagram Stories on Thursday to post a snap of her husband, Danny Reed, in her hospital room, saying she hoped to go home this weekend

The influencer explained her doctors think the knots in her legs and stomach are 'calcium buildups' from either her kidney failure or dialysis treatments'

The influencer explained her doctors think the knots in her legs and stomach are 'calcium buildups' from either her kidney failure or dialysis treatments'

The influencer explained her doctors think the knots in her legs and stomach are 'calcium buildups' from either her kidney failure or dialysis treatments'

The influencer explained her doctors think the knots in her legs and stomach are 'calcium buildups' from either her kidney failure or dialysis treatments'

The influencer explained her doctors think the knots in her legs and stomach are ‘calcium buildups’ from either her kidney failure or dialysis treatments’

The update comes just two weeks after Lexi celebrated being 'officially off of dialysis' and being 'port free'

The update comes just two weeks after Lexi celebrated being 'officially off of dialysis' and being 'port free'

The update comes just two weeks after Lexi celebrated being ‘officially off of dialysis’ and being ‘port free’

Lexi added that she’s still not entirely sure what is wrong with her or why she went into kidney failure in the first place.  

‘They checked for blood clots and it was negative and [they] told me that my kidneys are still doing well,’ she explained. ‘I’m still trying to find out what’s causing me not to be able to walk on my own or even lift my leg but we’ve been trying to figure everything else too. 2022 has been a rollercoaster. Thank you for all the prayers.’

The update comes just two weeks after Lexi celebrated being ‘officially off of dialysis’ — a treatment for kidney failure that removes waste and excess water from the blood — and being ‘port free.’  

‘When I started my [dialysis] almost two months ago I was in complete kidney failure to the point they were saying I needed a transplant if they didn’t improve,’ she wrote. ‘However since my labs showed my kidneys were actually improving the last few times my kidney doctor put my [dialysis] on hold and ran more labs to make sure my kidney levels stayed in the normal range and told me it was time to stop the dialysis. 

‘Today I had my port removed and thankfully it hurt less to remove the port than wearing the port itself,’ she continued. ‘This has been an emotional experience but I’m also so grateful for all this body has done for me despite the good and bad times.’ 

Lexi spent over two months in a wheelchair and underwent dialysis three days a week

Lexi spent over two months in a wheelchair and underwent dialysis three days a week

Lexi spent over two months in a wheelchair and underwent dialysis three days a week

Lexi was first admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) on January 20 after her kidney and liver started failing and was put into a medically-induced coma

Lexi was first admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) on January 20 after her kidney and liver started failing and was put into a medically-induced coma

Lexi was first admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) on January 20 after her kidney and liver started failing and was put into a medically-induced coma 

‘I still have a long way to go in this new part of my journey with my health, struggles, and even some unanswered questions but happy to still be going in the right direction after such a scare this year,’ she concluded. ‘Thank you to everyone for all the prayers and kind words because they’re helping!’ 

Lexi was first admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) on January 20 and had to be put on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma due to unexplained kidney failure. 

Her husband, Danny, explained in an Instagram post shared on her account on February 10 that she started getting severely sick and couldn’t keep any food down. 

‘She then started acting differently so I took her to the hospital where they admitted her into ICU, placed [her in] a medically induced [coma], [put her] on a ventilator, and [told] me that her organs started failing,’ he wrote.  

He recalled how doctors told him she might not have made it if he had waited to take her to the hospital.  

In a series of candid Instagram posts that were shared on February 10, Lexi's husband, Danny, explained that she started getting severely sick and couldn't keep any food down

In a series of candid Instagram posts that were shared on February 10, Lexi's husband, Danny, explained that she started getting severely sick and couldn't keep any food down

In a series of candid Instagram posts that were shared on February 10, Lexi's husband, Danny, explained that she started getting severely sick and couldn't keep any food down

In a series of candid Instagram posts that were shared on February 10, Lexi's husband, Danny, explained that she started getting severely sick and couldn't keep any food down

In a series of candid Instagram posts that were shared on February 10, Lexi’s husband, Danny, explained that she started getting severely sick and couldn’t keep any food down

Danny shared on Lexi's Instagram Stories that he was posting on her behalf because she doesn't have her phone. He also shared that they didn't have health insurance

Danny shared on Lexi's Instagram Stories that he was posting on her behalf because she doesn't have her phone. He also shared that they didn't have health insurance

Danny shared on Lexi’s Instagram Stories that he was posting on her behalf because she doesn’t have her phone. He also shared that they didn’t have health insurance 

Lexi and Danny faced backlash for starting a GoFundMe page to cover her medical expenses. Their goal was originally $200,000, but they have since changed it to $100,000

Lexi and Danny faced backlash for starting a GoFundMe page to cover her medical expenses. Their goal was originally $200,000, but they have since changed it to $100,000

Lexi and Danny faced backlash for starting a GoFundMe page to cover her medical expenses. Their goal was originally $200,000, but they have since changed it to $100,000

Danny shared a photo of her lying in a hospital bed, connected to tubes and wires, saying she was ‘currently [on] dialysis, can’t walk, and working on recovery.’  

‘Thank you all for your prayers,’ he concluded his heartfelt post. ‘They all mean so much to us and this will be a long hard battle part of her story, but she is strong!’ 

Danny revealed at the time that they did not have health insurance and were considering setting up a GoFundMe page to cover her medical expenses. 

He also took to Instagram Stories to share a photo and video of Lexi showing the bruises on her arm. 

‘They said if she waited another day to take her, she could have died,’ he wrote, explaining that he was posting on her behalf because she didn’t have her phone. 

Lexi defended herself after facing backlash, telling Insider that people incorrectly assume she is rich because she is a social media influencer

Lexi defended herself after facing backlash, telling Insider that people incorrectly assume she is rich because she is a social media influencer

Lexi defended herself after facing backlash, telling Insider that people incorrectly assume she is rich because she is a social media influencer 

Lexi said they were living off her savings because she can't work. The couple's GoFundMe has raised more than $70,000, so far

Lexi said they were living off her savings because she can't work. The couple's GoFundMe has raised more than $70,000, so far

Lexi said they were living off her savings because she can’t work. The couple’s GoFundMe has raised more than $70,000, so far 

‘Her getting back to health has been our top priority,’ he added. 

A few days later, Lexi gave her fans an update on her health, saying she had finally left the hospital to recover at home after spending almost a month in the ICU. 

‘I’m back home and ready to overcome the next part of this part of my story. Happy to be alive when it wasn’t seeming to be not possible and I was unresponsive in the trauma room. Thank you to everyone for the love,’ she wrote on Instagram on February 12.

On the same day, Danny shared a screenshot of her GoFundMe page — titled ‘Support Lexi Reed in her Medical Expenses‘ — on her Instagram. The goal of the online fundraiser was $200,000, though it has since been changed to $100,000. 

A number of people left comments asking why an influencer with a large following would need financial support, assuming she had a high ‘net worth’ and could afford healthcare, Insider reported. The comments on the post were eventually disabled. 

Lexi and Danny shot to fame in 2016 after their weight loss story went viral

Lexi and Danny shot to fame in 2016 after their weight loss story went viral

Lexi and Danny shot to fame in 2016 after their weight loss story went viral

After documenting her 312-pound weight loss, she now has 1.2 million Instagram followers

After documenting her 312-pound weight loss, she now has 1.2 million Instagram followers

After documenting her 312-pound weight loss, she now has 1.2 million Instagram followers

‘People seem to think I’m some sort of millionaire just because the internet says so, but we’re far from that,’ Lexi told the outlet, insisting they’re not rich because she has over a million followers. 

The website AllFamousBirthday has estimated that her net worth is $1.5 million, but she claimed that number is inaccurate.  

‘People on the internet are reading that I have all kinds of money, which is insane to me, because I clearly don’t,’ she said. ‘Our house isn’t even paid off and we only drive one vehicle so I’m not quite sure why people are so quick to believe anything these days.’

Lexi’s Instagram feed is a mix of gym selfies, motivational quotes, and before-and-after photos of herself. She claimed she rarely takes brand deals, which is how influencers make money.  

According to Insider, only one of her posts from the past year appeared to be a paid sponsorship with a brand. 

Lexi went from 485 pounds to 173 pounds in two years after overhauling her diet and starting a gym routine

Lexi went from 485 pounds to 173 pounds in two years after overhauling her diet and starting a gym routine

Lexi went from 485 pounds to 173 pounds in two years after overhauling her diet and starting a gym routine 

Lexi's extreme weight loss left her with excess skin on her stomach, arms, and legs

Lexi's extreme weight loss left her with excess skin on her stomach, arms, and legs

Lexi's extreme weight loss left her with excess skin on her stomach, arms, and legs

Lexi's extreme weight loss left her with excess skin on her stomach, arms, and legs

Lexi’s extreme weight loss left her with excess skin on her stomach, arms, and legs 

Indiana does not have a state law requiring residents to have health insurance, and while Lexi admitted to the outlet that she might have been able to afford it, she didn’t think she needed it. 

She said that prior to her hospitalization, she hadn’t been diagnosed with a condition and rarely went to the doctor. 

Lexi, who was in a wheelchair and undergoing dialysis three days a week at the time, told Insider that she and her husband were relying on their savings because she couldn’t work, saying their household income dropped following her hospitalization. 

The couple has received more than $70,000 to go towards her medical bills. 

She added that doctors still didn’t know what caused her organ failure, but they didn’t think it was related to her weight loss. Rapid weight loss and weight gain can both contribute to kidney failure, according to the Journal of Renal Nutrition.

In 2018, she underwent a nine-hour surgery to remove seven pounds of excess skin from her body with the intention of having more removed in the future

In 2018, she underwent a nine-hour surgery to remove seven pounds of excess skin from her body with the intention of having more removed in the future

In 2018, she underwent a nine-hour surgery to remove seven pounds of excess skin from her body with the intention of having more removed in the future

Lexi (pictured in November) has been chronicling the ups and downs of her weight loss journey on her Instagram page over the past eight years

Lexi (pictured in November) has been chronicling the ups and downs of her weight loss journey on her Instagram page over the past eight years

Lexi (pictured in November) has been chronicling the ups and downs of her weight loss journey on her Instagram page over the past eight years 

Lexi and Danny found online fame in 2016 after their weight loss story went viral. 

The couple, who said ‘I do’ in 2015, weighed a combined 765 pounds and gorged on a total of 8,000 calories a day before making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. 

They traded fast food for home-cooked meals and started going to the gym five to six times a week. In two years, Lexi went from 485 pounds to 173 pounds, while Danny dropped 95 pounds from his 208-pound frame.  

‘We didn’t have a meal plan, surgery, personal trainer, but what we did have was each other and the motivation within to work hard every single day,’ she wrote in an inspiring Instagram post in 2017. 

Lexi noted that they had no idea that six months into their resolution they would become a ‘completely different couple.’

Lexi (pictured with Danny in February 2021) shared that she had gained some of the weight she lost back during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lexi (pictured with Danny in February 2021) shared that she had gained some of the weight she lost back during the COVID-19 pandemic

Lexi (pictured with Danny in February 2021) shared that she had gained some of the weight she lost back during the COVID-19 pandemic 

'I'm still happy to be alive after fearing I'd miss 30 and I'll never go back to where I was,' she said of her weight gain

'I'm still happy to be alive after fearing I'd miss 30 and I'll never go back to where I was,' she said of her weight gain

‘I’m still happy to be alive after fearing I’d miss 30 and I’ll never go back to where I was,’ she said of her weight gain 

‘We may have lost the weight but we have grown closer together. Pound by pound, step by step, day by day — we have transformed our lives and molded our bodies into the people we’ve always wanted to be,’ she shared.

Lexi ended the post with a tribute to her husband, explaining that Danny has always loved and supported her no matter what her weight.

In 2018, she underwent a nine-hour surgery to remove seven pounds of excess skin from her body with the intention of having more removed in the future.  

For the past eight years, Lexi has been chronicling the ups and downs of her weight loss journey on her Instagram page, which has been a source of inspiration for millions. 

In September, she shared side-by-side photos of herself at her heaviest and now, explaining she gained back some of the weight she had lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

‘I’m still happy to be alive after fearing I’d miss 30 and I’ll never go back to where I was,’ she wrote. ‘Start today!’

What causes organ failure? The most common triggers and warning signs, revealed 

The most common cause of kidney failure is diabetes, according to the American Kidney Fund. However, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases like lupus, genetic disease, and urinary tract problems can also lead to organ failure. 

In rare cases of acute renal failure, the kidneys can fail very quickly — within a matter of days. In these instances, organ failure is most commonly caused by heart attacks or illegal drug use and abuse. 

According to the Journal of Renal Nutrition, recent research also indicates that rapid weight loss and weight gain can both contribute to kidney failure. 

Kidney failure can be identified by a number of symptoms, including:

  • Itching
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Not feeling hungry
  • Swelling in your feet and ankles
  • Too much urine (pee) or not enough urine
  • Trouble catching your breath
  • Trouble sleeping

In the case of acute renal failure, sufferers may also experience:  

  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Nosebleeds
  • Rash
  • Vomiting

Treatment options for kidney failure are limited and patients typically require dialysis or a transplant  in order to survive. 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk





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