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Anyone else tired of this song and dance?

Jan 07, 2017 2:30 PM

If you're overweight, no matter what's wrong, they always fixate on your weight. My shrink seems to think that if I lose weight, all of my pain and fatigue will magically disappear. Unfortunately, I'll never be able to prove her wrong because since my mobility is limited and I'm on so many meds (some of which cause weight gain, my weight only goes in one direction: UP! I'm thinking maybe I should go live in the ocean before I become like a whale. You know that if a whale is beached, it dies. Not because it can't breathe or whatever, but because it's so heavy that it literally is crushed by its own mass. Beginning to wonder if I'm eventually gonna reach that point lol. At this point, though, I'm literally too tired and hurt too badly to care.

Jan 07, 2017 2:33 PM

That's what my heart would say

Jan 07, 2017 2:35 PM

Surgeon says "don't exercise, walking only, it won't help your pain" then another doctor says "well your pain would go away if you did an hour of cardio every day" and all I know is my leg goes numb no matter what kind of exercise I do 🙈 sorry but I'll always be a little overweight.

Jan 07, 2017 2:35 PM

Whether weight is lost or not, there are dietary changes that can reduce inflammation and pain and can also reduce the need for meds.

Jan 07, 2017 2:39 PM

Exercise help me not 100% because the bounce back

Jan 07, 2017 2:42 PM

Phoenix
I hate when everything is blamed on my weight. Thankfully I have finally found a medical team that focuses on the real issues instead of blaming my weight.

((((( gentle hugs )))))

Jan 07, 2017 2:46 PM

After a couple years I finally found someone who knows about syringomyelia and told me about the only thing I can do to make it worse is fall. And being only 10 pounds overweight it was infuriating to be told I needed 7 hours of cardio a week. But the syrinx inside of my spinal cord doesn't care about any of that. My tens unit is a lifesaver when I need to face the day.

Jan 07, 2017 3:58 PM

I did enjoy your cartoon ... Meds and weight gain the Bain of most of us. Yes I'm reminded often I'm over weight or gained weight.
I'm trying to eleminate some foods to help with decreasing inflammation and I've cut back on some meds and replaced others with supplements.
Hugs !!!

Jan 07, 2017 4:12 PM

I had a doctor once who told me I needed a breast reduction surgery to help my back pain. Ummm.. His nurse looked confused and I just died laughing. I am a B cup. Not sure how much he thought I needed to reduce to. Of course that was the first and last time I saw him. I don't think he ever really saw me.

Jan 07, 2017 8:06 PM

I've lost as much weight as I'm going to lose because of my meds and the pain is so bad that they had to begin research medicine on me which will make you as nervous as a goose in a pillow factory of course if you have arachnophobia then you'd probably pass out just hearing about this!!! Does anybody want to trade positions with me LOL! Or switch seats?😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵

Jan 07, 2017 8:17 PM

My meds only make me look like Shamu the whale another reason for the really odd research on the untreatable pain as well using "arachnophobia patients please excuse me but the research involves tarantulas" sorry!!!

Jan 07, 2017 9:36 PM

I've had weight suggested to me. My body is at the weight it likes. Which is 10 pounds over the top of 'normal'. I wouldn't even consider that overweight, especially since that's where my body is happiest.
Doctors can't help much with chronic pain and weight is the go to when they are out of ideas

Jan 08, 2017 8:59 AM

I lost 90 pounds, went from 180 to 110 in a year.. Some pain went away ( some foot and knee pain, some abdominal pain) but the fibro pain didn't shift, in some spots it's worse.. and I have no insulation from the cold now.. I'm healthier but had a second heart attack anyways. Cannabis remains my go-to pain relief, opiates put me right out now and aren't worth the side effects.

Luck in finding something that works for you...

Jan 08, 2017 10:09 AM

Phoenix, I just got a Fitbit and I lost 10 pounds over the holidays. (Granted, I was desperately depressed and sick and overstressed but that's beside the point). For whatever reason, just having that on my wrist and seeing the steps I take, makes me want to hit my step goal each day. I started it at 1k, then went to 2k and now moved it up to 2500. I don't hit it every day.. the other day I only had 586... LOL!! I was in such pain I didn't give a fuck. I've been turning on a lot of music which always gets me up and moving (dancing) and then I pay for it later. All you can do is the best you can. It's not easy, there's no magic cure and I've had doctors tell me the same thing. No matter what I have weighed in my life, it hasn't changed my pain issues. Doctors need to know that the diseases and syndromes and other shit we have is NOT a result of weight. Also, being in such pain stops us from getting enough sleep. That impedes our ability to do shit and also takes your motivation because you're tired. Don't stress and don't say you don't care because I know better!!! Now, don't make me throw you on that bus and don't ruffle my feathers or I'm going to make you buy me a new tambourine!!!!😂😂😂

Jan 08, 2017 11:10 PM

Yes I hear this non stop from doctors who don't have answers as to my chronic pain. When they tell me that I need to lose weight or I could lose weight if I tried, my usual response is "well you could figure out what's causing my pain if you wanted" or "Do you think I choose to look bigger than everyone else?"

Jan 08, 2017 11:25 PM

My pain management doc is very overweight so she has never said anything to me. I'm about 90 lbs over my perfect weight which I've never in my life weighed. In the past 4 months I've lost 35 lbs and she hasn't said a thing until this last visit. She didn't say good job or keep going, she asked if I was trying to lose weight or if it was unintentional. I didn't know what to think! When I told her I had been working at it she said ok, if I can do it keep going, it could help me. With that kind of encouragement how can I fail! 😂 I am 4'11" 180 lbs. so I'm doing this for me. So far it hasn't changed my pain level. My back surgeon told my husband he wouldn't miss my breasts and that I should have them removed. He talked to my husband the whole time! On the next visit the doctor didn't remember having the conversation with us, and didn't write notes in the record. Learning to use the medical community not worship them. ~ Cj

Jan 09, 2017 12:17 AM

CJ. At least she asked. When I was a nurse there were times when people lost large amounts of weight without trying yet never mentioned it to their doctors. In one case if she had mentioned it or if her doctor (or even her nurse) had thought to ask her about it the woman's cancer could have been caught early and her life possibly spared. So am glad your doctor was paying enough attention to have asked. :) and equally glad the weight loss is intentional.

Jan 09, 2017 12:26 AM

That's so sad Mimikay!! Ok changed my perspective! Thanks for sharing 🤗

Jan 09, 2017 1:04 AM

It was sad. I was a home health nurse that sometimes included Hospice care. By the time she was my patient it was too late.

So I hope in your doctors case that she was being pro-active. :)

Jan 17, 2017 10:21 AM

I get these nasty spasms and my weapon is a rolling pin if that isn't corny I also use the handle of a cane and lean against the wall using the the sharp part of the cane's handle into my back and roll away spasms with the rolling pin! How corny is that? But it is the best medicine so throw away the Baclofen, Flexaril and Robaxin go to your kitchen pull out the rolling pin and move and up and down with your rolling pin with desired pressure and grab your cane or get a sock from your dresser and put a hard ball into the sock and lean against the wall and aahhhh you'll find divine relief from pain!!! And I have seen it all what experiences I've been through with these things I've actually thought of and through my doctors suggestions which I swear my through and to the bottom of my heart!!!💞💓💗 And that saying thro
ugh other people who used the same tools I currently use and has been finding great improvements in quality of life and I greatly appreciate the help I gave to others! Thank you in the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN!!!😇😇😇😇😇😇😠😇

Jan 17, 2017 1:51 PM

Jskunky
One of the things I was told years ago was to use a Tennis Ball in that same way.

Jan 17, 2017 6:55 PM

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I weighed 110 and worked at Home Depot. There I was in constant motion all day and continued to work there in various positions for 12 years until it became to much for me and I retired. After that over the next 5 years I put on 50 pounds and it had not affected the amount of pain of the fibromyalgia. So I doubt very seriously that getting off my butt and walking or exercising it going to relieve my fibromyalgia pain otherwise it would have done so at work.

Jan 17, 2017 8:22 PM

I have been struggling with lupus for 15 years, and for 12 of them, it looked like the progression would be slow. Suddenly it all caught up. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a pain management doctor in Ga, particularly the Carrollton/Douglasville area. I would appreciate it so much. The last one I met treated me horribly.

Feb 03, 2017 5:05 PM

Maggie1004, I'm on the west coast so I don't know 🤷‍♀️ if it's different here but you'll need a reference to a pain management referral from another doctor. Most doctors will help with anything you want until you need opioids. But if your doctor feels they have gone through everything then you should get a referral from your doc with no problem. If u had a problem with the old one go back and let your doctor know. I've fired doctors before too. Your primary should have your back.

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