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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 4/7/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Today is a horrible day for my pain control.  The weather is dreary and raining, so I think I will just hang out around the house today and do absolutely nothing!  I have a couple of books that I haven't read, or I have my crocheting to keep me busy.  I'm almost up to full doseage on my Metformin and I don't seem to have hardly any side effects from it.  I said hardly for there is one side effect that I really do not like and that is I seem to be having diarrea!  Gawd I hate that!!!!!
 
As far as my plight with the SCS.......I guess we are still on track.  I have passed the psych Eval and I believe the only thing I am waiting on is Wyoming Workers Comp to make up their mind.  I have an appointment next week so hopefully I will have a more brighter picture then.  I have an appointment tomorrow with the diabetes nurse to go through my diet....glucose meter usage and whatever else they decide to throw on me.
 
Oh some more good news.......I have lost 15 pounds!!!!!!!!!  My jeans are so much looser and I feel better!  Last ckup I was 171, so I will be excited to see what I am down to now.  I know I have at least lost a jean size or two cause I bought two new pairs just before the diagonises of diabetes came.  They were 38's.  But I have 36s and 34s in the closet and my 36s fit great.  Hubby thinks I have lost some weight too.  He says I look skinnier hehe!
 
Okay, so I have babbled enough today.  I do hope those of you who are still fighting your Ins for treatments get results soon and that each of you spend the day in lessened pain.
 
Huggles
 
Scarred
I live to "Tame My Pain!" 


Chartreux
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   Posted 4/7/2010 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on the weight loss, good luck on you SCS trial, I will be hopeing it works for you...
maybe that side effect (diarrehea) will go away with time but if it's a problem then you'll need to let your doctor know,
you can loss fluids, your body needs if you keep having this side effect and you could become dehydrdated, so please
call your doctor if your having a hard time of it...
Prayers for you and lots of soft hugz
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merrygirl
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
COngrats on the weight loss! I am also trying to lose a few pounds. I am also on metformin. I have only lost 1.5 pounds but it has only been 2 weeks of trying. It seems so slow!

I just wanted to send my congrats to you!

you go girl
Chronic Lyme Disease,Fibromyalgia, CFS, PCOS, sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, type 2 diabetes, bulging discs to name a few


kimber9807
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on the weight loss. I hope your pain lessens today. (((((hugs)))))
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gastroparesis..gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds,ambien, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase and  trazodone.


MsBunky
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred, congratulations on the weight loss! Having lost 32lbs myself recently, I can certainly understand your elation at smaller clothing sizes!!!

Sometimes those dreary days are a good reminder for us to snuggle up at home and just take care of ourselves. I hope you do exactly that. Stay warm, enjoy a book or a nap...whatever will relax you and bring you some peace.

hugs,
Pam
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (Surgical Menopause and drug related), plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D and Multi-Vitamin daily


Burdensome Love
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I am going to add yet another congratulations on your accomplishment! It is such a self-esteem booster to see those lbs dropping off.

How long have you been on the Metformin? I have hyperinsulinemia and Metformin is used for treatment. I have always taken the brand drug Glucophage XR. When I initially started treatment, I was on the highest dosage possible and also experienced severe bouts of stomach distress and diarrhea. It was always suggested for me that I take the medication on a full stomach or with bread to coat any acid that might be causing the problem. Do you take the pills by themselves or with food? Maybe this is something you could try? Or definitely talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see what you could do to alter the affects of the medication, because unfortunately Metformin does that, especially if you already have an oversensitive stomach.

I like your idea of doing absolutely nothing on a rainy day. Reading sounds wonderful. I hope immersing yourself into a book or doing your needlework helps you let go of your pain for the day.

Again, many congratulations on your success!

~ Burdensome Love

Blessedx8
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow... there's so many of you losing lots of weight... :) I'm happy for you (and just a tiny bit jealous, I must admit).... :)

Scarred... I hope you are resting and taking care of yourself... and I hope your pain lessens up.

Take good care...Tina
Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all! Thanks for the kudos!!! I'm pretty proud of the weight loss! Burden; I haven't been on the Metformin long....only a few weeks. Doc has me on (as of this week) 1000mg of the Metformin 2 a day (I think....I didn't read the bottle) Started out at 1 a day then 1 am 1 pm, then 2 am 1 pm and finally 2 twice a day. I think they are 500mg tablets. All I know is I take them with food cause they tend to upset my stomach and that they are like swollowing a horse pill LOL!!

Hey Momto.....I see you did the trial for the pump....why waiting for implantation? If you don't mind me asking. I am soooo hoping that the SCS comes soon. Days like today really make me yearn for those days when I wasn't in pain. Wouldn't you guess.....I don't get my nap today. Gotta go pay bills!!! Ack!!!!!

HUGSSS

Scarred
I live to "Tame My Pain!" 


Burdensome Love
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Haha... That is exactly what I call them!!! Horse pills!

Give it some time... your stomach should adjust to the disruption. I think just continuing to take them with food will do you good. Am I reading your post right? 1 am in the morning and 2 am in the morning? I am just throwing this out there but why not at breakfast and dinner? That's what my routine is. Maybe there is a reason for the extreme times that I am not aware of.

Best wishes,

Burdensome Love

Blessedx8
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   Posted 4/7/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Scarred...

I don't mind you asking at all...my life is a pretty open book :) I've had chronic pain for years...and a really high tolerance to pain meds. I had the pump trial in '08...it was done in-hospital, and went well... until I started having a horrendous headache....and got meningitis....and spent 30 more days in the hospital (if something like that is going to happen....is going to happen to me) :) It wasn't until I got home and recovered and did a bit more research that I found meningitis can be a risk factor w/ pump implantation.

Since I've had meningitis now twice....I just haven't wanted to take the chance to try again. BUT, I think everything happens for a reason. Now, I've been able to come way down on my pain meds... The pain is still there...but I feel like my body is trying to establish a new baseline....

That being said, I still think the pain pump is an amazing thing....as long as you have the right doctor....

Hope you feel better Scarred...

--Tina
Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation


PAlady
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   Posted 4/7/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
I have to add my congrats on the weight loss, too! You go girl! And the best thing is it's helping you get healthier.

You know back in the mid 1990's I lost about 30 lbs. which for me took a lot of work. I wanted to lose a bit more but my body seemed to stick at it's own set point, which was relatively healthy so I accepted it. I was able to keep the weight off, had changed a lot of my eating habits, all until the past couple of years. With CP and other health issues I know I've slid way back from my healthy eating. Something changed in my appetite after my back surgery and I don't know why. Also I think some of the meds help me retain water, so that 30 lbs. is now back on and when I get on the scale I cringe.

So I'll look to you for some inspiration!

Great news!

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 4/7/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scarred,

Sorry to hear that you are feeling lousy. I haven't been feeling so good either.

Congratulations on your weight loss & passing your psych eval -- fantastic news! My stimulator trial just got approved yesterday. I'll try to send some of my good luck over to you :-).

hugs,
Skeye

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 4/7/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! Where to begin?? LOL! Burden; two at breakfast and one at supper until Friday then I will add one more at supper time.

Mom; I remember when I had my first fusion. It was a double fusion and after the surgery they had put in a line going straight to my back for the morphine. Well, I got one hell of a headache from the time I woke from surgery until they pulled it out a day later. From then on they used the morphine pump where I could push the button. I never want that headache again!!!!

PA: I know why my weight has been so erratic. A lot of it is due to the fact that I quit smoking 4 months ago and didn't use the right plan (eatting healthy) of attack to counteract the weight gain. I still think I need to lose a little more. Wanna be down to my healthy weight 145.

Skeye: That is fantasic that you get the SCS!!!!!!! My doc's nurse called me yesterday and said that Doc had a call in to my WC adjuster so hopefully this means we are well on our way to getting the trial soon. I do hope yours goes well and you get the relief that you sooooo deserve.

Hugssssssssss

Scarred
I live to "Tame My Pain!" 


White Beard
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   Posted 4/7/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred

I am sorry you have had a rough day with your pain, I do know what those days are like, hopefully they will approve that SCS for you! You have been through so much just trying to jump through all the hoops just to get this far! I keep my fingers crossed, and do hope you get it! I am a bit envious of you, the last few weeks I have gained weight, and I feel like crap when I get that way! If I could get down to your 171 I would be real close to where I want to be at! Anyway that is great that you have been able to lose! Keep up the good work!

Take care of yourself!

White Beard
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