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Date Joined Oct 2011
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   Posted 10/17/2011 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to say "hi" and introduce myself. I have found a lot of information and respectful support among members in this forum. It's amazing the way everyone helps without judging.

I'm a 38-year-old female, with chronic pain, depression, surgical menopause (complete hysterectomy), asthma, migraines, maybe lupus. Unfortunately, I am currently between jobs and have no insurance.

As far as meds go, I have been on Paxil for 10 years, and trying to wean myself off of it. I was taking Darvocet for pain with awesome results until they removed it from the market. Then my doctor put me on Hydrocodone for a couple months of bliss before he decided I was a "druggie" because I had my prescription filled three days early. (Isn't that what you're suppose to do? hehe).

One problem with all my meds has been weight gain. Contrary to my doc's insistence, I am not hiding Twinkies in my desk drawer and gorging on them. No, I can't explain why I continue to gain weight at the same time as not being able to eat, or not keeping it down when I do. If I did understand it, I would not be sitting on a table while he tells me I need to "eat less and exercise more." Well, how do you eat less than nearly nothing? And how do you exercise when it feels like someone is sticking flaming needles in your joints?

Apologies for the rants, but it feels so good to talk to someone. I live in a small, back-woods, narrow-minded town and have few friends left.

On a positive note, I'm an animal rescuer and the humble servant of four feline overlords and one 100-lb "puppy." I love to read and write poetry and science fiction - some fanfics, too. I love the outdoors and Autumn is my favorite time of year. When my health allows, I love to walk, hike, fish, and drive. I'm from Texas originally and hope to get back there soon.

My cousin who has had similar experiences, including the gyno issues, has been taking Wellbutrin and she said it's wonderful. I plan to ask my new doc about it at the next appointment. Thanks for reading and thanks for this wonderful site.

Blessings to all,


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   Posted 10/17/2011 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to our chronic pain forum kittyfuzz. What a cute name. Our members here are very supportive and caring. You will figure that out as you read more and post more. Take care. I hope you're having a low pain evening.

Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 10/17/2011 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Kittyfuzz, I want to welcome you to a place no one wants to be, but are thankfull we are.
I had just spoken about side effects I couldnt remember, now I do, the weight gain.  I gained at least 30lbs in the first year of taking meds on the regular basis.  Its awful, and I have never been sure of the solution for it.  Its a vicious circle, taking meds, gaining weight, the weight gain that causes more pain.  What to do, what to do.
I never lost more than 25lbs, which is off or on depending on how it goes, I am really trying to lose weight as my daughter is getting married in June, far away you might say.  I know June will be here with a blink of my eye.  I am trying not to gain anymore at this point.
Ok, again welcome, take care,
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.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

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   Posted 10/17/2011 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kittyfuzz~

I have you all over my house..I think!...lol I love long hair cats so when our last old girl passed on last spring I knew it would only be a matter of time. We now have 3 rescue cats who are wonderful! But with all of the long hair we really do have piles of fuzz. I'm sure it can't be from the Golden Retriever or our new rescue dog? Love your name!

I'm glad to see on the bottom paragraph that you are getting a new doctor. There is no reason anyone should should be so rude and unkind to you, especially when as a doctor it's their job to make you better. Accusing someone of hiding Twinkies in their desk is an insult. I wouldn't set foot in their office again.Ya, I'm a bit touchy about being insulted just because I have this pain condition.

Sure am glad you found us and I look forward to getting to know you more.
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Fibromyalgia, Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Ulcerative Colitis, Rare form of Dermatitis, Collapsed Disk, Osteoarthritis in Neck/Hands/and slowly meandering around other places....and other maladies as discovered.
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 10/18/2011 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Kittyfuzz
Love your username!! I am sorry you have pain and weight issues but I am right there with you. I am unable to lose because I cant stand and move enough to increase heart rate. I love this site and I consider the people that I have met my online family.

Please feel free to pop in and post as you need to and we will be there repling. I am looking forward to getting to know you better.

Soft Hugs
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

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   Posted 10/18/2011 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kittyfuzz
Nice name , reversible to..fuzzy kitty.hmm anyway just wanted to also welcome you to the site. Just hate hearing stories about rude and uncaring doctors. Don't know how many times I've wished there was someway of reporting this kind of mistreatment and have doctors worry about weather they will have their needs taken away. So sick of the drug addict stigma too. Anyone who has to deal with chronic pain knows what a difference it makes to have proper pain medication and we are not all alike and shouldn't treated like we're a question with only one possible answer. Anyway sorry didn't mean to go on. Again welcome to the site.
Chronic Back Pain, Anxiety, A little Depression
Meds: Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Clonazapam
Birthday July 18th

Heather Lynn
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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 10/18/2011 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the board. Paxil can definitely cause weight gain, and Wellbutrin is less likely to cause weight gain. But Wellbutrin is really just a depression medication - it doesn't help with anxiety and isn't studied much for pain.

I'm assuming your doctor has tested your thyroid?

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   Posted 10/18/2011 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kittyfuzz,very cute name welcome to HW,I'm sure you will find lots of good advice and supportive folks here,I myself was so happy to find this site also learned so much ,the support from everyone here helped me thur the surgery Ihad 3weeks ago and the slow healing process I'm now dealing with! I'm sorry to hear about your current situation,I'm from canada so I'm not sure what services can help you when you don't have medical insurance ,but Iknow something is available.As for the weight gains Ibelive side effects of meds cause this ,also being in pain slows down activities.I wouldn't worry about it so much now ,the 1st step is finding medical coverage ,then a better DR. Its so important to have a DR. that wants to solve your problems and is understanding, seems yours has a nasty disposition and thats all!With all meds its always better get all the info you can about them before starting them ,remember some stuff may work for others but not everyone!Hope to hear more from you ,glad your here take care from michele

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   Posted 10/19/2011 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kittyfuzz,
LOVE your name!  I am a cat lover myself and I want to thank you for what you do in rescuing our little friends.  I have 3 cats that I adore...one in particular that sleeps on top of me...she's an orange and white tabby.  I also love my dogs...have a 10 yr old rottie and a wonderful black lab pup.  He will be a yr old next month.  Can't get enough of my furr babies! 
I want to welcome you to the forum, although I am sorry you need to be here.  And I understand how frustrated you must have been when your doc cut you off the pain meds for refilling 3 days early.  I have experienced this with my own doc.  There are signs up in her office to call in for refills 48 hours in advance.  Well, that's what I have done...only to be questioned as to why I am refilling early.  I understand that doctors are under tremendous scrutiny by the DEA, but 2 days?  Even 3 days?  It takes them that long to authorize, so why question 2 or 3 days?  I'm sorry you had to go through that.  Seems so unfair and I hope you find a doctor who will treat you better than that.
I have had a total hysterectomy myself and have been gaining weight ever since.  That was 5 years ago.  I'm not sure if it's from the Premarin or just from the hyst.  Perhaps, also from the other meds I take, including Lyrica, which is known to cause weight gain.  So I struggle with the weight issue.  I try to walk when I can, but it's often hard because of the pain...I just have to force myself.
Nice to hear you are from Texas!  I live in Texas...born and bred.  I really wouldn't care to live anywhere else.  And I love autumn as well.  It's just now starting to cool off here and it is wonderful, as we have had a brutal summer.
I hope to get to know you a little better.  Sending you gentle hugs...
DDD, 3 bulging lumbar discs, bone spurs, facet joint arthrosis/sclerosis, osteoarthritis, possible fibromyalgia (my dr's are telling me that I "most likely" have fibro but won't actually diagnose it...)

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   Posted 10/19/2011 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kittyfuzz and welcome to HW. I love your nickname too, and the fact that you're a rescuer. I'm an (unemployed) vet with the usual collection of vets animals, so I know what it's like to be ruled by a household of animal overlords ;)

CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bone spurs, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis, osteopenia.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Midodrine, Somac, Cipramil. Have SCS, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio

Heather Lynn
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   Posted 10/19/2011 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Laura - what is the usual collection of vet animals? :) My mom is a science teacher and we had the usual collection of science teacher animals. While I was growing up we had all of the following obtained from students or for school: guinea pigs, gerbils, hermit crabs, worms (a whole colony of red wigglers), fish, chicks, and monarch butterflies, along with the usual collection of cats, dogs, and hamsters.
Fibromyalgia, low back pain/SI joint dysfunction, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endometriosis, asthma

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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 235
   Posted 10/19/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Its amazing that cute little animals bring so much joy to us all,its like they can comfort us,when we need it most!I had the most incredable cat,for 8yrs.I also have alittle orange/white tabby now,he is so different compared to the cat I use to have.Once I move next year I plan to get alot more animals.take care
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