weight and height loss anyone else have this problem?

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NiNi53
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   Posted 4/10/2011 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Since  i hurt my back in 1989, various times i have been told to lose weight and  my back would not hurt. when i first hurt my back i was 36 and in pretty good physical shape.  during what i call the "dark times" this was a time during which i didnt get out of bed, shower, leave the house in other words i was so depressed for at least two years after i became totally disabled, i gained a lot of weight. since i didnt leave the house except to visit my dr.
i didnt exercise, i ate alot of fast food and junk food. i was told many times by various drs to lose weight, one neurosurgeon told me to lose weight and swim and i would be fine.  i began my adult world at 5'9 weighing anywhere between 140 give or take. at my worse i have weighed 218 lbs. in the last 4 years i am again mentally stable most days i feel as good as i am ever going to, pain wise at 7-8, worse days 9-10. i accept and know this is the life i have and as long as i still wake up every morning, i am doing good.  by now my height is 5'6. i only found this out last summer when i had surgery to install my unit, and part of pre-surgical was height, weight etc. i could no believe i had lost 3 inches, i have alway been taller than my daughters but not anymore. i have adjusted to that (what choice do i have) i also am working hard at maintaining my weight, i am 198 now and have a ways to go but i know i wont be 140 ever again and thats ok. my daughter is on "points plus" weight watchers and now there is no junk food in the house it makes it easier. i do miss my chocolate though.  i treat myself every now and then, i mean you have to.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.

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   Posted 4/10/2011 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nini....

I'm 5'2 and weigh more than I should. :) It's such a vicious cycle....I really don't eat much at all. And you would think that w/ all these kiddos, I'd be running all weight off. But I do have a heart condition and any physical activity makes my heart rate off the charts. Plus, I think - actually, I know - the meds I'm on make me hold onto my weight.

Just do the best you can. Start simple. Of course you need to occasionally treat yourself. Life is too short not to. Try to get in a little bit of walking - even just a little bit. I shove the girls in their stroller - and if I only make it for 5 minutes - that's ok. At least I tried! All you can do is try and do the best you can do.

I, too, have severe back issues and fibro as well as many other health issues. Take good care Nini.... and if either you or I see "140" on the scale - we'll have a party together :) :)

Love, Tina
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Many meds - including Atenolol, Effexor, MS Contin, Dilaudid, Actiq (oral Fentanyl), Soma, Vitamin D, Iron (for anemia), Synthroid...and on the list goes.
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JCG32
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   Posted 4/11/2011 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you had your bone density checked? I have osteoporsis and so why I ask because one can loose height because of that. I have not yet but am 32 and I heard with age it can happen. I would get your bone density checked and also vitamin d levels. My mom has osteo and is on meds for both issues.

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   Posted 4/11/2011 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a good idea.... Get your bone density AND Vitamin D checked. Vitamin D should be in the over 20 range....mine consistently remains at a 5, which is not good. Also, low Vitamin D can increase pain issues. There's lots of links on the web that link low Vitamin D to chronic pain.

-Tina
Many, many health and pain issues.
Many meds - including Atenolol, Effexor, MS Contin, Dilaudid, Actiq (oral Fentanyl), Soma, Vitamin D, Iron (for anemia), Synthroid...and on the list goes.
Personal: I'm a Christian wife and mother; I have six sons and identical twin daughters.

straydog
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   Posted 4/11/2011 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Nini I was always 5 "2 and and lost 2 inches thanks to osteoporosis. My osteoporosis was caused by steroids. By all means have a bone density test done.

I have 4 closets full of clothes with sizes ranging from small to large. My weight has gone up and down by a barometer, lol. One of the biggest contributors to weight gain is the medications we take. When I was on steroids my weight shot up the biggest I had ever been in my life, it was horrible. After having to stop the steroids it took a full year to get that stuff out of my system. I usually lose weight in the spring and summer because I am more active by being outside. In the winter I am not near as active so I will put a few pounds on. The problem with being short, is 5 pounds on a short person is actually like gaining 20 pounds. As long as I don't get close to the high range I am ok with where I am at.
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NiNi53
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   Posted 4/11/2011 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
once again i typed a long reply only to lose it right before submitting it, maybe its trying to tell me to keep it short. so thanks to all, JCG32,momto8kids and straydog. have had bone density and do have osteoporsis and oteteoarthritis. i sometime forget all that is on my chart by this time.  in 1989 it was a                                        'pulled muscle" by 2011 i have a laundry list of ailments. i do believe the narc meds we take have alot to do with weight gain, i noticed it very much after i began taking methadone. thats another reason i am glad to be off methadone. i now take 60 mls ms contin (morphine) and 10 mls percocet for bt pain. i a good with this so far. good day to all hope all having a low pain day and i am going to stop now before i lose this reply
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.

stingray
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   Posted 4/11/2011 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Ni Ni 53
 
Just wanted to add my 2 cents.  I had a spinal fusion done and have osteoporosis and have lost some height and been on a roller coaster of weight gain and loss. I was always 5'10 -5'11 and now about 5' 8 - to 5'9". Pain and depression can certainly do a number on your system. I to am guilty of having a terrible diet. I don't eat much but what I eat is crap. I'm sure if I ate the same amount but only good food I'd lose weight quickly but, easier said than done. So your not alone on this crazy roller coaster. Wish you all the best and hope your pain levels stay low. Take care...Stingray

straydog
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   Posted 4/12/2011 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
NiNi53 does your dr have you on a medication to help with the osteoporosis? If not I would get an appt and insist on being put on meds.
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 4/13/2011 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
 
   Dear NiNi,
 
   Good morning :-)   I am sorry your doctors have been telling you that if you lost weight that you would not be in pain. I have heard the same thing from other members. I think it is horrible thing for doctors to tell their patients.
 
    When I was 27, I was 5'9" and 110lbs. I was only sleeping for 45min stretches of time, before waking then fallinf asleep again. I ate 5 times per day, plus x2 snacks. All very high protein. Now, I am 30. I am 5'5", or 5'4" depending on who measures my height. I weigh 125-130lbs and I now sleep for 4hrs, sometimes even 5hrs. Only waking up for drinks of water and restroom. I eat 3 times per day and 1 snack. The only thing effecting my pain or my weight was my sleep cycle.
 
    I do not think my weight has had a positive or negative impact on my pain. Though I can somewhat understand statments about loosing weight... I really do not feel that being thin or average has changed my pain levels at all. My sleep cycle does effect my pain, it helps by atleast a full level....  but not weight. Atleast not that I can tell at any rate.
 
     I am really very sorry that your doctors told you that. Also, with folks that have more progressive illness... it can be hard to exercise. Let alone be able to stand long enough to make healthy meal alternatives by hand. I do all my cooking by hand... but I have stools cut down to "hip height" so that I can cook, clean, dishes at el... come to think of it my entire kitchen is modified to my needs now.
 
     *hugg*
        dani
p.s. Sorry about spelling errors. I am on my daughters computer.
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