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Does it count if it's chemically induced?

Monday, April 22, 2013

I went to the doctor several weeks ago for back pain that hasn’t eased up in 4+ years. I was sent to radiology and the lab to get a work up. In the meantime, the doc gave me a prescription for medication used to treat chronic pain. That bummed me out. To me it seems like they are writing it off as ‘imaginary pain’.

I was reluctant because I don’t like taking medication. But, I thought… Well, maybe it is imaginary... If the pain goes away? Cool. I started the pills. Each week you raise the dose until you are not in pain.

Well, I am on week 4. The most noticeable results: constipation, icepick in the temple headache, irritability, redness in the face, mood fluctuations. The back pain is still there, as well as other little aches and pains that come and go.

So, all that aside? The pro of this medication? I have found my motivation! Albeit, a drug-induced motivation. Since starting the meds, I have consistently worked out 5 days a week bicycling, running, walking, stationary bike, aerobics. I take Friday and Saturday off because I am usually running errands and catching up on laundry.

I’m not working out because the pain isn’t there, because it is. And sometimes worse the day after. I am working out because it’s almost an obsessive need to work out. I didn’t notice any of the warnings saying take caution in patients with OCD… :-/

Now, my question is, do the cons outweigh the pro? Do I chance stopping the medication and see if the motivation stays? Some of the side effects are getting unbearable.. But my working out is exciting..

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    First off, I am a champion of not living in pain, get to the root of it, don't give up, if it's real to you then you owe it to your body and your psyche to find a Dr willing to patiently work with you until you find the cause. Even if its not curable/fixable, at least you'll know.
    As for working out medicated, be wary. I've made the mistake of exercising while taking Percocet (which I take at the onset of certain migraines) and while it can give me a great false boost of energy to push onward and keep going, it can also cause me to over do it without meaning to and without realizing I am.
    I guess I said all that to basically say be cautious if you go forward this way. I would work out a plan to keep yourself going without that motivating you. Good luck with both!
    1888 days ago
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