I have struggled with doctors, other healthcare providers, as well as "friends" who felt it was their place to tell me that if I just lost a few pounds, I would be cured of my pain. No one wants to take into consideration that I was the same weight before my accident as I was after my accident, or acknowledge that it was getting hit by 2 cars, one of which hit me right in my door doing 45 mph that caused my injuries & resulting pain.
I was telling one doctor during his initial exam that my pain was in my low back, and his reply was "where is your low back", insinuating that he couldn't find it because I was so big. I was told to go to him by my lawyer, so I kept my mouth shut, and when booking a future appt. w/him, he told the receptionist from accross the room (so everyone in the waiting room could hear), to book any further visits in his other office because it was bigger and he thought I would "fit" better at that office. I wanted to turn and say that I hadn't had any trouble "fitting" through any doorways or anything, but again I kept my mouth shut. I also had a physical therapist asst. tell me that I was too fat for massage to be of any benifit, so even though it was part of the treatment plan ordered by the doctor, she wasn't going to do it.
In between my 1st & 2nd surgeries to reconstruct my low back, I worked very hard to loose 75 lbs, and although it made me feel better in other ways, it did absolutely nothing for my pain. I kept it off for 2 years, and then had 5 surgeries in 6 months, spent a year in bed, and put it all back on. Then I was put on Lyrica which made me gain another 75 lbs in 3 months. I had no idea what was causing the weight gain, I was down to eating 2 bowls of cereal a day and was still gaining rapidly. I went through the process required to have gastric bypass surgery and when I went to see the surgeon, my husband was explaining how I barely eating anything & still gaining, and he told my husband that I had to be "sneaking" food when noone was around! and then turned me down for the surgery because he said I was too fat for weight loss surgery!
By chance, I mentioned it to another doctor who I went to once because I was considering changing my PCP, and he is the one who told me it could be the Lyrica. I have spent almost 2 years now trying to get that weight back off and I have lost 64lbs but it has been painfully slow and I have a long way to go.
I have a dear friend who also suffers from CP and we both feel very strongly that pain meds or Ambien makes us hungry, particularly for sweets. Maybe it's just us trying to justify out hunger, but I really don't think so.
Sorry I'm rambling, but this is a subject that brings up so much "stuff" in my head, I could go on and on.