Losing weight because of pain meds!

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Potsie
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   Posted 9/13/2010 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
How can you keep from losing so much weight? How can I get my appetite back?

flower123
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   Posted 9/13/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. That happened to me and I was not overweight before starting the meds. Maybe you can try to make sure that you schedule time in your day to eat fattening things. I know that it's not great for you though, so maybe that's not a good idea but it helped me put on a few pounds. Milkshakes, etc. worked well.

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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw a nutritionist for a couple of times when I first was dealing with that. Biggest thing she recommended was Ensure. Lots of calories plus it has protein & nutrients. Good for supplementing food. Also helps to just eat a little bit at a time (which will up your metabolism so the Ensure is even more important) but it gets you used to eating food.
Pick high calorie foods -- nuts are really good. Eggs if your cholesterol isn't too high. Buy the full fat everything (even if cholesterol is high) -- 80% lean meat, fattier fish like salmon &, if you can stand it, chicken legs. Use sauces -- especially creamy ones: gravy, alfredo, cheese sauce, etc.

Avoid drinking water for 60 minutes before mealtime. Drinking water before meals makes you feel fuller. Don't worry about taste combinations. Whatever you like, go with that. For me, that was putting cayene pepper on just about everything. Sometimes ginger or curry. I couldn't always taste them, but for some reason the smell or color or something made them more appetizing.

Basically take a look at all the "don't"s from solid dieting sites and do the opposite. The exception to that is that you really should still consult your doctor.

Most important for me was to always, always, always remind myself that I was eating because it was the healthy thing to do. You eat to live, not because you feel like it or it tastes good or whatever. I know that doesn't make you feel like eating any more. But it is the truth. You need to take in a certain number of calories per day. Set your meal plan ahead of time and then stick to it. If you can't eat your food all at once, take a break and walk around or do a quick task for a little bit and then come back to your food.

I know it's tough, but it is do-able. You just have to start getting enough calories in you & then take your time figuring out what works for you without making you too horribly miserable.

take care,
frances

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   Posted 9/13/2010 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Potsie,

At one point last year I lost 25 pounds in about 2 wks (and I was not overweight to begin with) because I was in so much pain & the combo of intense pain and pain meds made me constantly nauseous. For a while, I literally had to force myself to eat. Just the thought of food almost made me (or sometimes actually made me) puke. My doctor had me on high protein bars from the health food store (I can't remember the name of them, sorry!) and lots of fluids. The nausea/lack of appetite/weight loss continued for about 8 mo, and then things slowly improved. I've now gained back the weight that I lost & my appetite is pretty normal.

Definitely do speak with your doctor about your weight-loss. It is essential that you still take in enough protein, carbs, and vitamins to keep your body going. Your doctor can best advise you about these things. You many also want to discuss your meds & whether or not changing meds might be an option.

hugs,
Skeye

Potsie
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   Posted 9/14/2010 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all your advice!

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   Posted 9/15/2010 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   

 

  

Dear Potsie,

     I eat a lot of proteins. Chicken, peanuts, that sort of thing. It helps keep my weight up and gives me more energy. The more pain I am in and the less sleep I get.. the more high proteins I have to consume. It is hard to keep up the balance, but I have to eat 4 to 5 small meals per day.

 
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   Posted 9/15/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
hey potsie, other than ******** [which i'm sure is the best thing for this] there is the medication ******* and a new one i think called cesamet that stimulates the appetite but they are expensive. off the top of my head there are a few herbs you can make a strong tea from or use a extract that improve appetite; peppermint, chamomile, catnip, celery, feverfew, hops [in the ******** family], and a ton more. it's best to rotate and use a combination like chamomile and catnip and hops tea, it taste good to many people and has properties that are good for pain conditions. good luck to you.
 
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 9/15/2010 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
 
   Dear Potsie,
 
     The medicines and herbal alternatives that SS mentioned are used for anti nausa. One in particular, Cesamet, is a "synthetic" (man-made) medicine used for nausa and has been used around the world for many years. It was recently approved and marketed here in the United States in 2006. I am unsure if you have access to in your country.  
 
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   Posted 9/16/2010 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
i apologize about letting the mention of ******* to slip through. i did not know cesamet was approved for the US until just now. they released it at Cii. i think marinol is a CIII. The herbs i mentioned are used for nausea but they are also used as appetite stimulation. frequently some herbs have both properties in those to symptoms. a book called "BACK TO EDEN" by a man named Jethro Schloss is a good resource for this stuff.
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