I have chronic pain. You wouldn’t know it to look at me most times and, in fact, it’s been under control for some time now. But it’s there. Just under the surface. Waiting.
I have been taking a certain medication for about four years and it’s been successful at keeping the pain at bay; but it is not without a price. Financial cost aside, I discovered that one of the side effects of this medication is weight gain. I recently started on Weight Watchers and in reading through some resources I discovered the medication I am taking on a list of those that cause weight gain. When I discussed this with my doctor today he said that he usually sees fifteen to twenty pounds of weight gain on his patients who take this medication.
I am a tad annoyed because I have gained weight from the time I first started taking this medication and over the years he has even commented on my need to get it under control. I know that I have asked in passing in the past if my medication could be causing my increase in weight and he responded negatively. Why is it that I have to mention that I am on WW, take a piece of paper in hand where this medication is listed as causing weight gain, for me to learn the truth?
I will admit that it’s likely this doesn’t explain all of the weight I have gained over the past four years but it sure as heck might help to explain why I’m knocking myself out working the WW program and exercising faithfully with my Wii and seeing minimal results.
It would seem I have a choice to make: stop the medication that has controlled my pain effectively in an attempt to lose weight or continue the medication and keep the weight. Today I chose the first option so we agreed that today I would begin the process of reducing my dosage gradually with the goal of stopping. I have wanted to get off of the medication for a long time, I don’t like the idea of taking something long-term, but I am somewhat apprehensive about the thought of the pain returning.
I am researching alternative and natural ways of handling pain and I am continuing my efforts with WW and Wii. One step at a time, one day at a time, one pound at a time, I will reach the weight I feel most comfortable and will find a way to control the pain.
That’s the plan.