Dr (s) appts today!

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   Posted 8/24/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey all!  I sure hope each of you are enjoying a semi- or lessen pain day.  Just wanted to keep you all updated on how goes the struggle with WC....Drs.....Psych doc....and everyday life.
I had my reg. PCP appt. today and since my pain wakes me up at night doc uped my nerve pain medication trileptal from 2 a day to 3 a day.  I am to take one in the a.m. and two at night.  So hopefully this will help with the pain at night and allow this 40 some old gal to sleep all the way through the night without being disturbed. (at least this is my hope....we shall see).
I also asked for a medication to help me quit smoking and after much discussion doc put me on Chantix to see if that will work.  I've been on a smoking cessation drug before and it worked well so cross your fingers that I will be smoke free by the end of the year and can keep the weight down as well.  The one thing I didn't like about quitting was the fact that I went from 128 to 184 on my weight!! EEEK!  That I never want to see again...I was soooo miserable at that weight.
So to combat this hubby and I are going to cut out the sweets and eat a bit healthier.  Oh goodie...rice cakes and low fat foods for me!  But whatever it takes to quit!  I now have a bit of a cough which is scaring the crap out of me, even though doc says my lungs are clear.  I refuse to watch myself go through COPD like my dad and wither away; leaving my hubby alone to pick up the pieces.
Anyway.....went to my Psych appt too.  We discussed some new goals and I think (so does my Psych) that I am doing quite well.  I've learned a lot from him and am very grateful that I have had a good psych doc.
Well, best close for now.  Sorry this was such a long post but I had to share the news. 
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P

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   Posted 8/24/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
sounds so great! glad to hear everything is on the up and up!

good luck,
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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
You may very well find as you cut down and stop smoking you are going to be coughing a lot for a few weeks but it will pass.

I started on the Chantix and it was working for me and then I got fired by my doctor and my entire attitude went to hell and instead of tossing my last pack of cigs, which I was ready to do, I tossed the med instead.

In the 2 1/2 weeks I was on it I was able to go from 3 packs a day down to 2-3 cigs a day. I actually "smoked" 4-6 times a day but would only need 1/3-1/2 a cig to get over a really bad craving and as I said I was ready to go to the next step and totally quit.
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   Posted 8/24/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   

I am glad things are going well for you! I wish you much success on the quitting smoking I know what a challenge that can be! Good Luck to You!
I do hope thigs go well for you!

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   Posted 8/24/2009 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scarred,

Glad to here that things are starting to look up! Good luck quitting smoking! I certainly don't envy you there!


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   Posted 8/24/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to read that things are moving in the right direction for you. I know it's taken a long time, but with the psych. help and new meds. hopefully you'll take the next step in feeling better.

Great news about the smoking! It's a challenge, I know, but keep at it and it will happen!!



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   Posted 8/25/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your warm thoughts, I do so appreciate them. I tok my first dose of chantix today and set a quit day. If it doesn't stick I will keep trying until I am totally quit!!

The one thing that I realized was that I need to be more healthier. After all I'm 45 years old and I figure that I have maybe (if God is willing and I take care of myself) another 40 years left. My grandmother and her brothers and sisters were in their 80's when they passed so I'm basing that on my maternal side of the chain. Of course my granddad on my dad's side was in his 80s when he died too and I still have one great uncle left that is well into his 90s (Grandma's brother....last of the clan)

So since I am half way through my life I figure it is time to take better care of myself. God knows it might help the pain but too, I am really tired of being twenty pounds over weight. Anyway, ready for the new me and I am looking forward to my new outlook on life.

As far as the docs go I am going along nicely and hoping for some relief soon. If any of my sentences make any sense that's cool, but I apologize for running on like this. It seems that my increase in my new nerve pain med is making me quite ....what is the word I am looking for.........tired??? Yeah that's it. You all know what I mean LOL.


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