Weight loss/ Pain relief Catch 22??

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   Posted 1/18/2011 3:09 AM (GMT -6)   
So before I joined the "chronic pain" population I was 4'11" and 130 pounds. For me it was good. Then I started having migraines andy ou know that the doctors and the prescription guessing game started. I have tried everything (all the anti-seizures, anti-depressants, NSAIDS, etc) And when I say I tried them all I literally have tried everything. So far the only thing that has helped my pain are muscle relaxers and Narcotics. But my GP says that he won't increase my Vicodin (I take 4 5/500 pills a day- and that isn't cutting it). I work a 12-15 hour day in a warehouse and I am not sure how I get through it except to say that I have no energy for anything else. So my quality of life is bad. I had a friend that lives in another state who I haven't seen in 2 years call and tell me she was coming for a visit possibly and all I could think of is "I hope she can't make it because I will have to go out and I can't handle it." Totally sucks. And I am REALLY tired of hearing that I need to lose weight (the meds didn't help - I gained wait on the first one and continued through all the rest. I am now at 204 lbs.) Do these stupid doctors think that I like huffing a puffing up stairs? Or being almost twice my size? Or turning in my Banana Republic clothes in for JMS from Wal-Mart (I am not knocking JMS or Wal-Mart just the sizes that I am forced to wear because of my condition) I felt good being my size in BR and feel bad being fat (for me its fat cause I'm sooo short) in JMS. How do I make it more clear (clearer than saying I would love to be active if I could get rid of the pain) to my Dr.? He says lose weight- how can I do that when I feel so much pain I can't get out of bed? I'm 37 ad I have given up my dreams of dating, getting married, being part of a group of friends that meets out. What do you do when your life is over at 37? I have been to 7 doctors in 2 years and they all admit I have fibro and OA but won't prescribe me anything for the pain. I can't workout, or even go for small walks. No water aerobics. Nothing- I am in too much pain. How do I tell these Dr.'s that I have given up? How do I go there and tell them I want to get healthier but I really can't? I do I tell them that at 37 I am just done? How do I go to another appt and not do what I really want to and beg for their help? I will beg for your help here too I guess, its just that you guys get it!
Dx'd: TMJ-1997; High Blood Pressure- 2007; Fibromyalgia- 2009; Raynaud's- 2009; Arthritis- 2010

Medications- Who can keep up? If its out there for what I have or might work to prevent pain for what I have then I have tried it. But actual pain relievers- not so easy to get in the Land of the Free.

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   Posted 1/18/2011 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you asked your GP why he won't increase your pain meds? Have you asked him to try you on something else?
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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 1/18/2011 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I run into the same dilemma. The medications I need to make through the day cause weight gain, and I don't have the energy to exercise as much as needed for large amounts of weight loss.
Jim is right though, have you talked to your GP? I found that being strong and silent with my doctor's just isnt enough. I was a single mother of 2 at 28 when my CP struck, so I understand some of what you are feeling. I am lucky that I eventually after 2 years found a pain management doctor who helped me along with a very caring CRNP who I have known for years both professionally and as a patient The struggle to get here though was long, and began when I cried in an office in front of the doctor and residents poking at me like a lab rat. Maybe you need to keep an activity and pain journal. It's easy, just in a notebook or on your computer word processor write the date, the activities you accomplished and how much pain they cause. I would write my medications taken and how effective or ineffective they were and if they caused side effects or reactions. That was an eye-opener for my doctors and it helped.

I hope you find what you are seeking.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw

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   Posted 1/19/2011 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
SST, I'm so sorry that you think your life is over and the pain you have is not being controled! That is a horrable place to be!! I won't give you my life story which isn't too different than yours only I'm older cause it will just take up space and waist everyone's time. Your just gonna have to trust me when I say, I think I know how you feel> (I have been fighting my weight and cronic pain since my 30's) One thing you have not mentioned is is you have talked to someone about depression yet?? C/P and depression go hand and hand. They seem to feed of each other!Sorry if I'm telling you something you already know or if I missed something! Are you taking anything for depression??? If not, maybe it's something to check on??
Good luck my friend!!
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!

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   Posted 1/20/2011 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you guys for taking the time to reply- that in itself means the world to me! I have been on anti-depressants (that's actually what started my weight gain. And I was on it for about 2 years and it no longer worked (my doctor said that a lot of times after being on SSRI's a persons body can actually begin to level the chemical inbalance out and that's what he thought may have happened because when I went off of them I felt fine mentally but my pain stayed the same). And to be honest, my biggest problems are that the pain level is so high and my pain medicine dosage is not enough to cover the pain- and it doesn't last very long (2-3 hours tops). So I can't sleep- the pain literally wakes me up. I haven't slept for more than 4 hours at one time in 7-8 months if I had to guess.
Monty's Mom, I can't tell you the last time I saw my GP and I didn't cry. When I first went to him after the first pain mgt doctor abandoned me (he really did, my last appt he said to me "Well Trish I don't know what to do with you. I'm all out of bullets. I have tried everything I can think of and I don't believe in narcotics to treat long term pain.") I'm all out of bullets? Yep he actually said that! So when I went to my GP who had me on Vicodin he made it really clear that he didn't believe in narcotics for fibromyalgia pain- he said that it actually makes the pain worse in the long run. But I pushed him to look into my pain and thats when he did an MRI and found the arthritis in my back. My latest pain doctor (I only met him once before my cortisone injections) told me that my spine was deteriorating and that I actually had an extra vertebrae in my lower back but it shouldn't cause me pain. He also let me know that I have a bulging disk- and that would cause me pain. So my GP made it very clear that he was okay prescribing me the Vicodin at the level that I was but that he would not up the dosage or increase the amount of times per day that I took it- ever. In fact that's exactly what he told me. And that information itself was enough to make me feel hopeless and I cried right there. I am a crier by nature- I cry whenever I am angry or frustrated. So a lot.
I don't care if narcotics make my pain worse (although I really don't buy into that) if I have no life now- what do I have to lose? I am sleep deprived and in pain. I am so desperate. And it helps to come here sometimes because you all know what I mean and just hearing your stories and ideas helps me soooooo much. So keep it coming and thank you so much!
Dx'd: TMJ-1997; High Blood Pressure- 2007; Fibromyalgia- 2009; Raynaud's- 2009; Arthritis- 2010

Medications- Who can keep up? If its out there for what I have or might work to prevent pain for what I have then I have tried it. But actual pain relievers- not so easy to get in the Land of the Free.
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