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   Posted 5/10/2011 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I know us CP folks all suffer this, but I am frustrated with being so drained and tired all the time from pain and meds.  UGH!!! 
Do any of you have any advise to get some of my energy back???? 
I look around my house that used to be sooo clean, and I cry, because there is only so much cp allows me to do without killing myself and paying for it later, or just mustering up the oomph to do a load of laundry.  Barg!!!

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   Posted 5/10/2011 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
If you can, try to take a 15 minute walk everyday.

I need to take my own advice on that one, heh.
MRI revealed disc bulge and test injections revealed RA. Radio Freq procedures have decreased the severity of pain but did not "fix" the issue. currently on 75 mgs of Nucynta (tapentadol) 2 to3 time per day. Its similiar to tramadol but with more opioid receptor activity. Can use percocet 5 mgs for breakthrough pain and 10 mgs of flexiril.

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   Posted 5/10/2011 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I have found that taking time out to exercise is crucial to my energy well as not getting to stiff during the I walk my dog at least 30 minutes a well as get some yoga in for wonderful stretching..

As well as the pain meds I take...I have to say one of the most important medicines for me has been Ambien..

My Dr. explained that many people in chronic pain do not reach stage 4/deep sleep as they are tossing and turning all night...This is when the body repairs itself overnight..

Now that I take this's been a HUGE difference in my energy well as helps with pain since I am more rested and can 'handle' my pain level better..

Another thing I have done for the last 6 months is switch to all Organic foods...not vegetarian or vegan...just all natural...

I have to say this has made one of the biggest impacts in my mood and energy level...within weeks I felt less sluggish, more alert, less stomach irratation and better bowel movements...(for those of us that take opiates this is big!!)..

Organic is now on par price wise with regular food for most things...and I have actually saved money on my food bill because I don't buy a bunch of things all packaged that just sit in the cabinet...I am shopping once a week and buying 'whole foods' that I enjoy even more...Fresh...local most it helps our farmers:)..

And then I take a multi-vitamin as well as extra Vitamin D...this has helped too.

All these things in combination have made a world of difference in my energy, mood, and sense of well well as I mentioned it helps me handle the harder pain days more effectively..

It's one of those things we all suffer with being CP'rs and side effects from meds:(...
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   Posted 5/10/2011 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe going to your pcp and asking this same question, you could be low on B-12,
so Maybe get that checked first, then if that's okay maybe your pcp could recommend
a vitamin/supplement that would help. just an idea....
Hope you can find something to help and keep us posted, well wishes to you
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   Posted 5/14/2011 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,everyone ! paula your ideas are great ,as for lack of energy ,I feel the same !I notice alot of post have so much in common with each other ,one post I wonder if was mine,for minute.Its comforting knowing others are going thur the same things also others can share what works for them. I find when Ican get up and for a walk(not often) Ifeel better! I have days I am not able to do much.Its hard to get motivation,but once I do ,I tend to have the energy.Also my dr gave me a vitamin b/12 ,goodluck

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   Posted 5/15/2011 12:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Fyrfli!

Yes, this a very common complaint with many a CP sufferer. Paula hit the ball right out of the park right off the bat, and several more followed suit, with some more great suggestions.

You sound a little like me, in that I used to be semi anal, about keeping things in order, (Paperwork, house clean, Bills Paid, and so forth) and I find myself so discouraged at times, as it has not gotten done to my liking.

Please don't feel guilty about it. Just do the best you can! One thing I have found that helps my emotions, is to pick a project,... not too simple, and not something that is going to knock you back a lightyear or two either!

If you push yourself just a little in effort, and do a good job, the reward may not only be a physical one but a mental one as well. Also, the phrase clean as you go, can really benefit you in the long run. Not easy, but it sure can calm the mind knowing it was done already.

Don't be ashamed to ask for help from a loved one, or a friend either.

Lastly, I do agree with the exercise if you are able to do it. Push it just a little as well, and walking would be a good place to start. Keep it a simple walk, say...maybe a couple three times a day and keep it slow. Then pick up the pace to strengthen your heart and lung capacity. As time goes on, you may notice it becoming easier, from where you first started.

A word of advice though!...make sure you clear this with your PCD first!...I cannot stress this enough! Keep your mind busy as well, playing maybe word games or the such. Finally..a good shower or bath will help too!

After my back surgery, I would go three to four days without a shower, and that in itself can influence the depression. There is nothing more refreshing than a good cleansing of the body.

We hope some of these suggestions help, and please do report back, as we will of course support you here. If you're struggling, then give us a holler and we will cheer you on with love, and encouragement.

Take care,

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