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Draka
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   Posted 8/31/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
OK... I am almost to the point of getting upset... but not yet...

Today I have officially made it to the 10 pound mark of my new weight gain.

It's very hard for me because like I said in an earlier thread I like to work out to help deal with my pain.... I really really enjoy exercise and have made it a part of my everyday life.

Seems like the weight pooped up during and now after my three epidurals.... and also since I just started taking 2... 24 hour sustained release meds two weeks ago.

My question is.... will it as some point stabilize... nothing else has changed... my diet or workouts so it must be the epidurals/meds....

Has anyone else experienced weight gain? Does it stop and then go back down as your body gets use to the meds?

HELP PLEASE! confused
Lisa


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   Posted 8/31/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Lisa,
I wish I had a good answer for you. All I can tell you is I'm struggling with the same thing. Before I was injured and all this mess started, I worked hard to get and stay and a healthy weight, exercised, etc. But since my back surgery I have put on a good 20 lbs. that I can't seem to shake, and I know part of it is I started eating junk food way too much (emotional eating for sure), but I've had to stop that in recent months because of finding a precancerous stomach condition. What's annoying me (to say the least) is that even though I've cut out all fried foods, and trying to eat relatively healthy (although my appetite has changed, too) I have only taken off a couple of pounds. I know some of it is the medications. I don't think the epidurals will do it, although I'm not sure, because I don't think that medication is as systemic. But the other stuff we take - depending on what it is - can. You may want to read up on your extended release meds and see the side effects. If they are medications that you don't have much choice about (as are mine and for many of us) I have a feeling we may have to accept some weight gain.

I don't like it one bit either. The few clothes I can still fit into are tight. And I don't like how I feel. But what else is new? LOL

Wish I had better news.

PaLady

Hara
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   Posted 8/31/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I am struggling with the same thing. I'm on Gabapentin (sp) and I gained all the weight I lost back seems like over-night. Mine has finally stablized a bit thank God.
 
HARA

bsjaguar
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   Posted 8/31/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Your spelling is correct Hara. Gabapentin is the generic for neurontin. I too have gained weight but wasn't sure if it was the drugs, going through menopause or the fact that I've quit working. I've always been a skinny minnie but at 52 guess I should expect a few extra pounds.
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DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Hara
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   Posted 8/31/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm only 40 years old. I wish I was 150 pounds instead of 235 pounds.
 
HARA

straydog
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   Posted 8/31/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Many of our medications will cause weight gain. about 2 yrs ago I balloned up to an all time high for me and the extra weight just made me feel terrible. Over time I eventually lost the bulk of that weight. My gi dr tells me peole with pain pumps do gain weight from the drugs used in them, I am thinking great, just what I did not want to hear. I have crohns disease and I am constantly yoyoing with my weight. I am either losing like crazy or putting it on, its a constant battle. I try not to think much about it because either way I iwill eventually get the weight off. I gained quite a bit of weight once while on Lyrica.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


LLPLUV
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   Posted 8/31/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I so understand the insanity that goes on in ones mind when you take meds and you start to put the weight on. I have always been the small one until my health went down hill about 2 years ago. I get all the exercise any person would ever want and I still stay at the same weight. I did take off 35 pounds so I feel alot better but I still have an extra 20 or 30 pounds. My husband says its all worth the gain as long as I stay around to love him longer.

So I guess I will just keep taken the meds even in the cushion comes with it...

I think alot of us can sympathize with what your going through

Laurie
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Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea

Hopefully NO MORE........


edt
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   Posted 8/31/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Its bad enough we have to deal with CP sounds like a few of us carry extra baggage from the Medications as well.

I gained 35 lbs in 30 days right after the neck ruptures and surgery.....still carrying that plus 15 after the Lyrica disaster!!  The shock to my body literally fried the hormone/adrenal function.  I was told CP wears out the adrenals which in turn definitely causes weight issues shakehead

XXOO

Patti


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   Posted 8/31/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Patti,
My cousin (the pharmacist) mentioned the same thing to me. We end up with high cortisol levels from the stress, and that ends up also contributing to inflammation in the body.

Nice, eh?

NOT!

Hugs,

PaLady

fatherjohn
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   Posted 8/31/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had a long day and as I read this, I am thinking class action law suit. They should have put warnings on all the bottles of our meds that we would gain 20 lbs with each perscription. But then they would pull all the meds and then where would we be. I find it hard to deal with work, stress, pain, lack of sleep, stomach trouble, less mobility and then the weight seems to find ways to attach when we are trying to strive to be healthy. Ok, sometimes we sneak a snack or something that is fried but before we entered this wonderful realm of constant pain, it did not have the same effect. Tonight, no ice cream, carrots sticks with chocholate syurp.

PAlady
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   Posted 9/1/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   
FJ,
Now that's a new one! Carrot sticks with chocolate syrup. And to think I've been missing out on this for nearly 6 decades!!!

This goes back to the wanting to be who we once were thread. BCP (Before Chronic Pain) we could at least exercise off that ice cream cone.

Too many prices to pay. Life is getting way too expensive.

PaLady

edt
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   Posted 9/1/2009 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   

FJ, interesting way to get your veggies lol.....PA your cousin is exactly right, CP is the biggest stress of all...the problem is this is a stress that just keeps ticking. 

Just so you know my favorite treat is Carrot Cake, oh comon' ....it has a vegetable in it right??

XXOO
Patti


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 9/1/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I can relate to this thread everyone! I too have been on thin side all my life. Hell when I married my hubby I weighed 98 pounds. Maybe a bit too thin but at least I felt healthy and could walk up a mountain side with no problems. But since my injury......its been a steady battle for the past 7 years with my weight. I got so used to wearing size 7 jeans that when I began having to buy size 9's it really irked me.

Then here about five years ago I decided that smoking was really getting bad and it was time to quit. So I quit....3 solid years I was really a good girl. But over those years I ended up putting on a bunch of weight. I weighed 115 when I started this mess and over a period of 3 years I gained 69 pounds!!!!!! I was miserable! I hurt all over and couldn't even see my dang ankles! Now that's bad!!!

I started back smoking (no clue why and yes it was the biggest mistake of my life!) and within a span of 3 months I lost much of the weight. I was back down to a reasonable weight of 135 pounds. But here is the kicker.....I now struggle with keeping it down. I'm yo yoing between 148 to 156 and it's nerve wracking!!!

Okay.....today I quit smoking once again. The fear of gaining the weight back is foremost on my mind but I think if I keep the sweets (this will kill me) down to a min I should be alright. My biggest downfall is cheesecake and pecan pie! These two items I always crave, but I think that if I keep it down to once a month or something like that I should be able to keep the weight down.

Yes, in close all and I am so sorry this post went on and on....I believe that the medication we take to keep our CP in check or at least down to a dull roar does affect our weight. Afterall it affects everything else right? Why not our weight. Sucks to be us huh?

Hugsssssssssssss

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P


Hara
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   Posted 9/3/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady said...
FJ,
Now that's a new one! Carrot sticks with chocolate syrup. And to think I've been missing out on this for nearly 6 decades!!!

This goes back to the wanting to be who we once were thread. BCP (Before Chronic Pain) we could at least exercise off that ice cream cone.

Too many prices to pay. Life is getting way too expensive.

PaLady
That's a new one for me to...hmmmm I might actually try the carrot sticks with chocolate syrup.
HARA

Hara
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   Posted 9/3/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred_for_life said...
I can relate to this thread everyone! I too have been on thin side all my life. Hell when I married my hubby I weighed 98 pounds. Maybe a bit too thin but at least I felt healthy and could walk up a mountain side with no problems. But since my injury......its been a steady battle for the past 7 years with my weight. I got so used to wearing size 7 jeans that when I began having to buy size 9's it really irked me.

Then here about five years ago I decided that smoking was really getting bad and it was time to quit. So I quit....3 solid years I was really a good girl. But over those years I ended up putting on a bunch of weight. I weighed 115 when I started this mess and over a period of 3 years I gained 69 pounds!!!!!! I was miserable! I hurt all over and couldn't even see my dang ankles! Now that's bad!!!

I started back smoking (no clue why and yes it was the biggest mistake of my life!) and within a span of 3 months I lost much of the weight. I was back down to a reasonable weight of 135 pounds. But here is the kicker.....I now struggle with keeping it down. I'm yo yoing between 148 to 156 and it's nerve wracking!!!

Okay.....today I quit smoking once again. The fear of gaining the weight back is foremost on my mind but I think if I keep the sweets (this will kill me) down to a min I should be alright. My biggest downfall is cheesecake and pecan pie! These two items I always crave, but I think that if I keep it down to once a month or something like that I should be able to keep the weight down.

Yes, in close all and I am so sorry this post went on and on....I believe that the medication we take to keep our CP in check or at least down to a dull roar does affect our weight. Afterall it affects everything else right? Why not our weight. Sucks to be us huh?

Hugsssssssssssss

Scarred

156 pounds! I Wish I was 156 pounds again. I'm 236 pounds as of yesterday. I wish I could wear size 9 jeans again. Yeah right... that was back when I was in Junior high school.
The new spinal doc I'm seeing upped my Gabapentin a little and I gained 3 pounds overnight. OMG! What is a girl or man to do?!....lol confused
HARA

Draka
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   Posted 9/3/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Fight it and fight it hard.... I won't let this get me down.... I won't... I am not gaining any weight due to my medications and that's that!

* Check out the photo gallery...I added another photo..... you can see how important fitness is to me... this is a recent photo*
gallery.heyhubby.us/main.php?g2_page=2
Lisa

Post Edited (Draka) : 9/3/2009 3:11:50 PM (GMT-6)


straydog
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   Posted 9/3/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
One thing I can say that has happened with me this year is this. After getting a new pump dr that knows what she is doing and knows medication, my pain level is way down. Due to that I am increasing my activity levels greatly, and this is what she is striving for, is getting me active again. I doubted her in the beginning but she has made a believer out of me. By being much more active I am able to to lose more weight. The inactivity was a killer for weight gain.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


skeye
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   Posted 9/3/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
My weight has ben fluctuating a lot due to the CP & various meds as well. Earlier this year I lost 20 lbs within a matter of weeks, due mainly to pain & nausea (although I think the pain meds I was on may have contributed as well). At that time I was nearing the "too skinny" mark. I weighed less than I did when I was swimming competitively & I stopped racing 6 years ago. Now the opposite has happened. Within a couple of weeks earlier this summer, I gained back the 20 lbs plus some thanks to a combination of amitriptylene and stress. I'm really not overweight, but I'm about 15 lbs heavier than I'd like to be. Despite working out almost every day, I haven't been able to make a difference. At this point the only meds I'm on are antidepressants & the two that I take don't have weight gain as a side effect. I think my current situation is due mostly to stress & isn't helped by my constant need for chocolate in order to combat the stress smilewinkgrin.

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 9/3/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I received medical records from my GI doctor this afternoon (that I requested) and for the first time I was described as "overweight". Ouch. I know that may not mean much to some people, but in the late 90's I worked really hard to get and keep this 20-30 lbs. off and did so up until a couple of years ago (when I had my fusion, and also got laid off).

Yuck.

PaLady

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   Posted 9/3/2009 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Draka

If you got epidural steroid injections, it could be the steroids, they are known to cause weight gain. You may also retain fluid with them. How ever usually it is the oral ones such as Prednisone that can cause the major weight gain! All these meds have the potential to change your body chemistry.
 
But really Draka, I have seen your pictures, and you sure don't look over weight to me! But what do I know if you say you are I will believe you! smilewinkgrin But  Please just don't try and lose to much either! That can also be bad for you!
I wish you well and Good Luck to You!

White Beard


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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Chutz
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   Posted 9/3/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Add me to the list and emotionally I think it's harder on me than anything else. I have fought my weight most all of my life. Nearly 20 years I found and met my birth family and they are all built like me...stocky, square and many are overweight. So yes, genetically I'm set up for being overweight. But in the past year m y appetite has gotten outrageous. I did talk to doc about it yesterday and there isn't much he can do. I'm not about to add some more pills to the basket of them I already take...for me that would just be stupid. But this is the heaviest I've been since hubby and I married and it's tearing my heart out...I hate it! It's a fight every day just to not over eat and often I lose the battle.

Two years ago hubby and I both restructured our eating and did quite well. We didn't lose fast but we changed our lifestyle and I was happy about that. But thinks were in a bit of an upheaval with my grandson/daughter and it seems that was when I started to lose the battle. I would go back to old cooking habits and eating habits. Plus grandson moved in with us and he's 18, 6'2" with a hearty appetite. So the days of cooking lightly for 2 went by the wayside. That's no excuse it's just what happened. Hubby and I need to get back to what we started but when the pain is up my reserves are down and I eat. I'm a stress eater like I'm sure a lot of you are too. And when we hurt often food soothes us.

I wish I had some answers but I'm just as lost as anyone else here. I was wondering if instead of doing our daily Koffee Klatch we could either change it or turn it into a daily check-in for those working on eating healthier and trying to find gentle exercises. Any thoughts our ideas here???

Hugs and loves to all...I know the heartache well...
Chutz
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PAlady
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   Posted 9/3/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutzie,
I would love to get more ideas about how to eat healthier - especially now since I have the Barrett's esophagus/GI issues. I have a feeling you might get some resistance to giving up the Koffee Klatch, but I could be wrong. How about putting it out there and see what people think. I do have to admit sometimes when food is the topic it's hard for me, and many times I just skip those topics. If I start thinking about something then I want it even more!

I also would like to share the struggle with others, as it seems I'm not alone. I think it's even tougher for us with CP because our activity levels are more limited. Plus there's the effects of meds, some of which we maybe can't change. But I can change how much butter I put on something! LOL

Just a few of my thoughts.

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 9/4/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had to mention that the Dr. Oz Show is starting in another week or so. I think he's going to focus a lot about being healthy & staying healthy. I'm sure he'll have some great tips & advice for us! I sure wish he'd do a show on CP! He has to power to reach millions & is so highly respected. I did read a wonderful article by him on managing chronic pain in a pain magazine last summer, so I know he had some great thoughts & opinions. The more advocates we can get, the better!

Skeye

Draka
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   Posted 9/4/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
White Beard said...

But really Draka, I have seen your pictures, and you sure don't look over weight to me! But what do I know if you say you are I will believe you!
White Beard


Nope... not saying I am overweight at all..... it's just for the last three years I have maintained my weight.... within the last month.... 10 pounds have crept on... nothing has changed from my end.... same eating habits... same amount of exercise.... must be from the epidural and the medication as I just started two new meds this last month.

I am hoping it's only ten pounds and at some point will stop and my normal weight will return.

As far as healthy eating.... I make sure I eat something every 3-4 hours..... a yogurt...a piece of fruit.... cottage cheese in single serving sizes.... almonds.
Lisa


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   Posted 9/4/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Draka
 
I am glad you eat healthy! Cause I sure don't! :-)  What is it with everyone eating yogurt and  cottage cheese? eeewww I hate the texture of that stuff not to mention the taste! And everybody seems to be eating it! I am sorry!!!!........ but  I am a big Micky Dees fan, and oh how I love the roasted cashews for a snack!!!! yeah   Surprisingly I have still been losing weight the last few months! I guess it is from the stress of everything going on!  Seriously though I bet  you are right,  it is probably the meds that is giving you the slight weight gain.  But while you are exercising do some exercises for me as I am not able to do very much! smilewinkgrin  
 
Thanks!
 
White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

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