Vitamins and my crazy ramblings I need support

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leemadd
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   Posted 3/5/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I stopped taking my vitamins 2 weeks ago because of the weight gain that I have had recently yes I dropped 3lbs.But it is not worth it I have felt horrible....I decided today that I am taking those vitamins and I dont care if I GAIN 100LBS AS LONG AS i FEEL ok. I am taking a Bcomplex Calcium and D And my one a day multi vitamin. I have been struggling alot lately with a lot of issues. I think Im addicted to buying lottery tickets not a good thing during this economical time, My husband is in the building supply industries and things are tight I won $100 and thought wow people do win then I won $5oo.00 as yall know I bought the puppy with. well the thing is I have probally spent $1500 on lottery since I won the 1st hundred. I want to give my husband the debit card the check book ect... so I have no access to buy more but I am afraid he will flip out. I dont need some one to yell at me i NEED SOMEONE TO SUPPORT ME. I also smoke and would like to quit. I have done some research and my findings are that Low serotonin levels can cause addiction, and also read that serotonin levels are also low in people that have FMS. So my question is does any one else seem to believe that they could easily get addicted or are addicted to something and why cant I seem to get addicted to something positive... Like exercise and diet..I am not sure what to do. any one else ever struggle like this. And what should I do.I have been very depressed lately becuase of me buying lottery tickets,
 
LeeAnn
 

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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi LeeAnn,

First of all, don't take any extra money to the store anymore. That will stop you from buying the tickets. You are very lucky to have won what you did, I wish I could win like that. I won 25.00 the other day and that was a big deal to me. I can see buying a couple here and there, but if you spent as much as you said that you did, that is an awful lot. But don't beat yourself up over it, that will just make you anxious and make your fibro worse. Just stop buying them all of the time.

I smoke too. I know that it is an awful habit. I am always trying to cut back or stop. All I can say there is never quit quiting. Just keep trying. But don't stress over that either, it will only make you smoke more and that in turn will make the fibro worse once again.

Try to be conscious of what you are doing in both cases. When you have a cigarette, sit down and smoke it. Don't do anything else. No talking on the phone, no computer. Just you and the cigarette. Eventually you will find yourself putting it out and smoking less. But always when you smoke, just smoke. And instead of saying you want to quit, say that you want to get healthy. That takes the mental pressure off of it.

I am here to support you. I think that you are being too hard on yourself. Like I say, be aware of what you are doing. Think twice before buying the tickets. The odds of winning aren't all that good. You are lucky that you won what you did. The lottery doesn't have that good of a pay off. You just got really lucky. I do that at the casino. I will win, then I figure that everytime I go back, I am going to win again. Not...

Best wishes for a painfree day

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Marlee2
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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not a gambler LeeAnn but I have plenty of other vices. It's a toss up which I should work on first the sweet addiction or the smoking, I'm sure the smoking is causing more damage. Than there is my Diet Pepsi addiction which I don't even want to think about right now. I have been on xanax for 11 yrs, I'm dependent on it for quality of life but I stay well within the limit my doc wants me to but I can't give up my addictions.
 
I agree with Karen when it comes to smoking that we should make ourselves aware of each cigarette we smoke. The thing is the more pain I have the more I smoke like smoking is going to take the pain away. I think we are lacking more than serotonin in our brains.
 
I would work on the lottery thing first and maybe we can work together to at least cut way down on smoking. If I tell myself I'm never going to smoke another cigarette in my life that will be all I want. It's like that with sugar, but sucking on some red hots every evening for my sugar fix isn't doing the harm that cigarettes is doing.
 
Good luck, we are hear for you!!!
 
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pattipanda
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   Posted 3/5/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Aww.. Lee Ann, 

I'm with Karen & Marlee.  I'm a smoker too and I'd love to quit, I try all the time and I can't ever get past a week.  I've tried pills, natural supplements, a thing-a-hoo-ha in my ear, you name it, I've tried it.  After a week I go nut-zo.  I wind up having a major anxiety attack and everyone in my life shoves a cigarette in my mouth.  Karen's advice on thinking about and focusing on the act of smoking is a good one.

I also think its a good idea just to leave the debit/credit card at home, just bring cash you can spend when you go shopping.  In this economy we all have to be extremely careful.  I can see how seducing gambling and/or winning the lottery can be.  I won $1100.00 once playing roulette,  I could have sat there and kept playing forever if my ex husband hadn't come along and dragged me out of there.  Last week I went to a Casino with my mom & sister and blew $150.00 that I don't have, but that's the first time I've been in a Casino in about 5 years.  I play the lottery now and then, but I don't think I spend more than $50.00 a year on tickets.

Just wanted to let you know that I'm here for ya when you need support.  Don't beat your self up too bad, just try to be aware of your feelings right now when you think about the changes you want to make in your life and hopefully you can be on the road to recovery.

Warm hugs,


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Agmaar
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   Posted 3/5/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Just something I was wondering about .... well, I've noticed lately I sometimes go over and over the same things.  Yeah -- there's the fog and all and sometimes it's necessary.  But I'm starting to wonder if it's more than that.  I'm wondering if it might be a kind of obsessive behavior.  It might be related to the depression and anxiety thing.
 
Wish my pARNP was covered by insurance.  I'd go more often.  But I'm going to bring this up next time I have an appt.
 
Once our neurotransmitters get out of whack, I'm wondering if we're more susceptible to all kinds of things.  So I'm wondering if the lottery ticket thing could also be something related to anxiety and depression.  Anyone have experience with something like this?
Rich
 
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pattipanda
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   Posted 3/5/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Rich... that wouldn't surprise me in the least.  Let me know what you find out at your next appt., this kinda stuff really interests me.

Take care,


Patti
 
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leemadd
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   Posted 3/6/2009 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I sure wonder what is going on I use to be able to go days with out even smoking I would tell myself I was done and I would be done for days weeks months Then I would want one now Im lucky if I can go a couple hours with out smoking. I spoke to my DR. the other day about being depressed and all she could say is that when people are in alot of pain they tend do get depressed and that maybe I should get counciling. And to get plenty of exercise and to stop smoking because it tends to make people have a lot af anxiety. I thank all of you for your support. I almost told my hubby what was going on last night THEN THE NEIGHBOR SHOWED UP to watch the hockey game. Then I thought maybe I wont tell him because he worries about me alot any way... Im not sure I thought maybe I would see if I can stop buying lottery on my own if not then tell him. I already feel better just telling yall.
Have a pain free day.

LeeAnn

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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear LeeAnn, I am really hoping this reply helps.  One is I use to work at a store in customer service and I would sell the Lottery tickets in the year I worked there I only saw one big winner, more of the smaller winners like a dollar or 5.  We sometimes put our hope in things that we sometimes think will fix our lives just like that.  It dosen't.  I would suggest that you pray that you can talk to your husband about what happened with the Lottery tickets.  When you have guilt or anxious that he will find out it will make you sick and then you turn around and just do it again.  I know from experience.  He is your partner in life and we need to be open and admit when we've gone astray.  The only time I would suggest otherwise is if you would be in domestic violence situation.  With him knowing you would probably not spend the money again.  I know from experience.  Smoking no comment.  I smoke.  Vitamins, never heard of gaining weight on vitamins inless its the protein drinks.  I take lots of vitamins and excersice everyday.  It is very hard to do it, but if I don't I notice a big difference in my mental attitude.  And that is the main reason now that I excersice.  I was were you are now.  You can do this, there is hope and its hard work, but once you've accept where you are, it helps you get to where you want to go.  Lots of prayers and love in him who gives you strength. Denise (Baloo)

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   Posted 3/6/2009 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
LeeAnn they say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem so maybe you should come clean with your DH. Ken loves to gamble, poker mostly, so he plays online with play money. Every time we have gone to Vegas all he does is sit at a poker table waiting to win the big hand, that he has never won.
 
Are you on any anti-depressants???
 
Rich I know I tend to have an obsessive personality, my lack of energy from fibro does not allow me to carry out my obsessive behavior. That can cause me to go bonkers too. Mine has always been about my house.
 
I have a 12 yr old GD with OCD among many other things, she is adopted so we don't know about her family history.
 
Lord only knows what brain chemicals some of us are lacking.
 
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leemadd
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   Posted 3/6/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I want to thank all of you for you support. I tried to tell my hubby last night and couldnt I went to the store this morning and bought 100.00 in lottery 10 at a time and lost it all. I came home and sent my husband an email and told him what was going on. he immediatley called me He was not angry he was not yelling he said honey I love you and we will work throught this togather.Iam glad you told me and we will talk about this when he gets home See I have always been very active and have never liked being alone the kids are in school all day. I work alone cleaning houses. I would stop at the local general store and buy a $2 ticket then it became $5 and now up to $100 I could chat with the ladies for a few minutes it was my little time to the outside world then i would think I have to win back what I lost. then If i could win big and not work things would be easier. Let me just buy 1 more 1more then 1 more I cant stop. It is really odd because when we have gone to the casinos I have never really spent more than I had planned. If I took 50 that was it So that is why I did not realize the lottery thing at first. I use to take effexor then weaned off I really think I need to talk to my Dr about taking something again.I do have ativan that I can take and actually took one about an hour ago just to relax. but now I cant drive any where. which is probally a good thing.
Marlee how is the amitriptyline any side effects I tend to get a really dry mouth.how much do you take and also the celexa any side effects i took the relese ones then they ttook them off the market.
LeeAnn

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   Posted 3/6/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Lee, I am so glad you e-mailed your husband. A couple of summers ago, my son started going to the casino with co-workers. My DH has a SYSTEM For playing Blackjack and my son knows it. He won a couple of times then started losing. He ended up with $10,000 on his credit card in only a few weeks. He wasn't telling anyone, not us and not his girlfriend. The only way we found out is we have access to his bank account online and something started to look suspicious to DH. When we confronted him, we were very loving, but once someone knew, then he had it easier. Keeping the secret was hard for him too. We encouraged him to tell GF, he waited quite a while because he thought she would leave him, fortunately she didn't. We also got him to go to the casino and get himself banned for life from the casino floor, which he did. It covered all the casinos in our state and some in Las Vegas. He is almost done paying off the credit card. I have worried he'll start gambling online or lottery tickets, but he is OK so far. There is a gambling number you can call 1-800-BETSOFF. They are also online and give you some ideas. Please don't let this go any further.

As for the smoking, I can't help you since I don't smoke. I know it's hard to quit. My dad only quit after he had 4-by-pass heart surgery. Best of luck. We're here for you. Diane
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   Posted 3/6/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so glad you told him LeeAnn, you will work this out together.
 
Amitriptyline does cause dry mouth and it does cause sweet cravings for me, I've been on 100 mg for 11 yrs. Some can't handle it cause it makes them so sleepy but I didn't have that side effect. I have been on and off of it since my 20s and can't even remember my first reactions to it. When I started the celexa I couldn't even tell I was taking it. I'm suppose to be trying wellbutrin too but with all that has been going on with GD it's not a good time to start another med. My GP would rather I go to psych for my depression and anxiety meds, they obviously know more about them, but I had a bad experience with the last one I went to with over medicating and not understanding my med phobia. He had me on 6 mg of xanax a day for one thing. I now take 2 1/2 mg a day and 1 1/2 of that is to sleep.
 
I did try cutting down on the ami last spring slowly and had a two week flare out of hades. I had never had that kind of pain before and have not had it since I went back up to the 100.
 
Everyone reacts differently to meds. I think it was effexor that made me feel like I was getting up every morning and taking a couple of sleeping pills. It is all trial and error.
 
I do think you need to make an app with your doc and let him know what is going on with you. You could go in and buy a cup of coffee and stand there and drink it while you chat. Ken has gone back to work finally and I spend a lot of time alone and I can talk to anyone so I do go out sometimes to just chit chat with people. Walking Krissy puts me in more contact with my neighbors although most of them work during the day.
 
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leemadd
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   Posted 3/7/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee thanks for the advice. I had sort of an argument with my best friend today,So that was hard. She flat out asked me what the Heck(nice word compared to hers) my problem has been lately that I have been distant and hard to have a conversation with and that is not me at all. My kids all ways hate going out with me they say I attract all the old people to me and its a long conversation with them. I finally did tell her what was going on and she just about fell over. She told me to be careful because people tend to replace one addiction for another Ect...Im hoping for something healthy... Like weight loss..
It was a gorgeous day here in Pa so got to be out side and cleaned up the gardens and lawn abit. I am in pain now my feet knees and hips. I was ok until I stopped moving. I wish the sun was still out.
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