Pain, Weight, Etc.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
There are many reasons I am overweight. Over eating is not one of them. I use the food log and I eat healthy. One reason is that I cannot exercise right now due to back pain. More on that later. Another reason is the medication I have to take. Beta blockers can cause weight gain. Another reason is my metabolism is not like other folks. Another reason is all the other health issues I am trying to correct (kidney disease, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, to name a few). Another reason is that I have gone through menopause.
Speaking of weight, have you ever noticed that well meaning people automatically assume by looking at you, that you are overweight because you overeat? I am sympathetic to the overweight for this reason. I know that some obese people WAY overeat, but some might have health issues... just sayin'.
Speaking of health, the kidney disease is not related to diabetes in my case. It is related to having congenital hypertension, since a young age. Over time, high blood pressure can cause your kidneys to diminish. Anyway, it should have been discovered long ago, I have a condition called hyperaldosteronism and had an adrenal gland removed in 2017. The offending gland had a tumor that was producing 500 times the amount of aldosterone you should have! Aldosterone is the hormone that regulates blood pressure. Adrenal glands produce 7 hormones! I won't get into it further, but will say I cannot get over stressed.
So about the pain. I have a herniated disc in the lumbar region (lower spine). I have gone along just fine for years with this. Now the bone has overgrown around it. However, a great thing is that the neurosurgeon I saw yesterday did not recommend surgery. Actually, he said it might make other parts of my spine worse, further up. He showed me on the MRI where I have inflammation further up my spine.
He referred me to a pain specialist. Everyone's a specialist, nowadays. Anyway, I go Aug. 5th. He said they might recommend steroid shot or ablation. I think I would like to try the shot to see how that works first. Ablation sounds … well, worse.
Did I mention that I cannot take pain medication? Only Tylenol, which does nothing, well, maybe a little if I take 4 at a time and only if I am in dire pain. I will also mention that I don't do this more than once a day, if at all.
I was also referred to a physical therapist for core strengthening. I need it, for sure. Can they do anything when you are in pain? I guess I will find out.
Maybe PT will spur me on and help me feel well enough to get back to my walking. I try to walk on good days, but there have not been that many in a couple of months. Maybe that will cause some weight loss.
Weight loss would be nice, but I am more concerned with my health conditions. I want to travel. You must feel good to travel. By the time dh retires, (the end of next year) I should be up to travelling. Fingers crossed.
I don't need pity. I am just blogging to "get it out". "A blog is me, me, me, all day long"... (Julie & Julia by Nora Ephron) I am working on it all, as best I can. I will be able to recover from some of it. Perhaps get of diabetes meds again, I did once! I hope I will be able to find vegan options on our travels.