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Jun 04, 2016 5:13 AM

Got a new Pain management specialist today - holy crap was he expensive! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
To my horror he sounded like a career counsellor not a doctor. ๐Ÿ˜•Admittedly he did advise a change from Celipram to Cymbalta as some of my symptoms are aggravated by my anxiety disorder and that is supposed to help. He also put me on Lyrica, apologising that it would increase my appetite (I'm already obese thanks to previous medication) and the poor man just sat there as i just about fell off my chair laughing... I've recently developed problems with solid food making me nauseous.


Jun 04, 2016 8:54 AM

Ravynn, do you still have your gallbladder? You might want to get that part checked out the solids making you nausea. Mine started out that way years ago and I ignored it until I ended up in sever pain and in the ER having very emergency surgery.

As far as the cymbalta, my friend swore by it! She has sever panic disorder to the point that only a few people could drive her to her appointment's because they couldn't handle her freaking out every time she got in a car and those were her husband and myself because until I had gotten medicated I was the same was in a car, she lost her job with the city and her insurance went by by as did the medication that allowed her to act normal in a car again. She is back to freaking out if someone drives and she can't drive at all, she missed her daughter's 5th grade graduation. Yes cymbalta is an excellent choice for Panic attack suffers. You have a wise doctor.

I'll be praying for you and please keep me updated, I care deeply for all my pain family here. Prayer's, love and hugs! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™

Jun 04, 2016 8:56 AM

***That's supposed to be only a few select people could drive her to her appointment's.

Jun 04, 2016 9:04 AM

Dear Ravynn,

Was there anything that was beneficial come from this appointment?

I am waiting to see the pain specialist. The specialist I am wanting to see has Cognitive behaviour therapy(cbt) as a part of the program they run to help with how a person can learn to cope with living and thoughts of the pain. I am sure medication may be involved. What I am about to share is my case doesn't mean it is going to happen to you or that I am telling you what to do. It is just my story. My concern is that in the past I have been on many of these medications that people speak of. I have had to deal with many side effects. Weight gain is one that I have no room to budge with. There are many number 1 and 2 diabetics in my family. I don't want to add this to my problems. And the many problems associated with diabetes such as neuropathy and site challenges. I was put on Lyrica before Christmas 2015, I lasted 2 weeks before I decided that I was going to take my life. It seemed like the right answer to deal with my mental and physical problems at this time. My thinking was no longer healthy and heading in the wrong direction. The doctors removed the lyrica from the medications I was taking. Within a week my anxiety and suicidal thoughts started to dissipate. With my history of depression and anxiety I now believe that I was not a good candidate for the medication. Also with the weight gain issue it is not just a matter of will maybe you will feel better so I will exercise and need to watch what I eat. I am an emotional and binge eater. Something else I need to look into. I hope that I will be treated as a whole person, physically and mentally, each problem maybe effected by the other problems. I currently am having problems with food type, texture, having healthy alternative food and needing to increase my eating to 5 small meals a day, also being mindful of my eating when I eat. It is expensive, takes time to adapt, with me maybe lowering my expectations and goal of understanding that the pain clinic can help me but will not 100% take away my pain and hopefully give me more ways and help me with the challenges of my pain, plus knowing I have fluctuations of pain.

I wish you well and would enjoy to hear more about your experiences. It will take time to sort out.


Jun 04, 2016 9:19 AM

After my gallbladder was taken out 3 years ago I still had phantom pain. I continue to have problems with many foods. I heard about eating clean, lost 58 pounds in 2 months after surgery. Then started to add other food. Being sick and stressed lately I have returned to binge and eating things that don't agree with me. My gut is in terrible shape, especially with the medications I have been on. I hope to return to the way I was eating over the past three years once recovered from recent pelvic surgery and a major disruption in our living & kitchen at home. Beets.

Jun 05, 2016 12:26 AM

Ok, on Lyrica since last night... And had the best sleep I've had in the last 4 years. ๐Ÿ˜ด I'm on a food diary permanently because i have 4 or 5 medications that cause weight gain (so that won't be an added side effect anyway)

Strangely enough solid food didn't make me feel sick today.๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I may not have immediately liked my new Specialist but he knew what I needed. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Jun 05, 2016 2:08 AM

It's always great to hear when one or my peeps sees a doctor that's awesome and that they have a game plan moving forward and that the meds are working so well that you're sleeping. I pray that it continues to work for you and that you continue to be able eoneeee feel better and stronger each and every day! {{{Hugs}}}๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ˜Š

Jun 06, 2016 8:14 PM

Rayvynn, I'm glad this is a good doctor and you slept well. Hopefully you'll begin to see other benefits with pain control. Hugs & prayers! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒผ

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