Friday, July 12, 2013
Over 15 months ago my life changed. I was faced with an unwanted divorce and even worse unfairly separated from my children. The result was anxiety and depression treated with antidepressants combined with steroids for my asthma and other medications used to treat other medical issues I was experiencing due to a severe Motor Vehicle accident. My physician meant well. And the antidepressant improved my mood significantly however, I started gaining weight even though I had been tracking my nutrition and excersise here on sparkpeople. I tried everything I could to lose weight, cutting fat, calories, water, low carbs, I was starving myself and still gaining weight. Then, all hell broke loose! I came down with shingles! At first I was suffering from excruciating leg and hip pain. It became so bad that I could not get out of bed, a chair, or even walk.After 3 weeks I decided to go to the Emergency room. I took a shower and when I got out I noticed a rash on my leg and back! After all the "publicity" on TV about shingles, I got on the internet and....sure enough I knew! When I got to the Emergency Room, it was full of people! But once I showed them the rash and told about the "unbearable pain"....they rushed me into a quarentined area and had an IV with Acyclovir to kill the virus. But it was way too late...the nerve damage to my leg had been done because I waited too long to be treated. For those who are reading this...I implore you all to get the shingles vaccine!! You do not want this. The significance of this long drawn out story is that I was then treated with more medications which after researching them I was shocked to learn that individually and collectively are nototorious for uncontrollable weight gain. So many comments from patients taking only one of the four meds I am now on have ssid they cannot stop gaining weight no matter what they do!! I met wit a Pain Mgmnt Dr. Today....I am changing to other meds and stopping others. Had I known this was going to happen I would have changed long ago. In 6 months I gained almost 59lbs!! My back is killing me because of the extra weight. My face and stomach are so swollen I had to buy new clothes. My waist increased by 7" !!!! Tomorow is Day 1 !! I will always research my meds and NEVER let this happen again. Now I can lose the weight! Please....be very careful when you are prescibed new Meds! And always talk to the Pharmacists. They are WAY more informed about side effects that could change your life! Wish me Luck! I start my New Journey today! I will keep you all up to date on my challenge!! And Thank You All for your support and help!
Peace and many prayers to all, Scott