I was already overweight but needed to get my pain under control when I was put on this patch 3 months ago. After a month I went on phentermine to lose weight( I lost alot of weight b4 on it & kept it off, but my primary wouldn't refer me until pain was under control) & every month I have been back I have gained weight, in fact the dr said this last time did you come to me to gain. He ran all kinds of tests and couldn't find a reason. I'm up 15 already, has this happened to anyone else?
I wonder if your doc knows a whole lot about overeating. I bet he doesn't. My Doc does because he's been severely obese most of his life. He considers overeating an addiction, and he even convinced me we can get physically hooked on a certain food or type of foods, and it's just as addicting as a drug.
I know phentermine reduces the appetite, and I also know Butrans doesn't cause increased appetite. I also fight weight gain.
I'm sure you know we overeat for many kinds of reasons. I often eat to make myself feel better. Do you do that too? I'm confused. Is the Butrans enough for your pain or do you need something else for breakthrough pain and he won't give it to you? I think you ate extra because something this Doc doing is upsetting you. So you eat a bit more. But like e, your body likes to get bigger.
What dose of the patch does he give you? And have you ever tried the Lidoderm patches? They help me. But your insurance would have to cover them.
You tell me, why do you think you're eating extra? Maybe we can figure it out.
Three years ago, I began an intensive weight loss journey. I walked 45 min every night, and used an app to record my calorie intake. My results were right on par where I consistently lost weight. I Was over 50 pounds down and feeling quite happy with the loss. My arthritis got worse which required increased pain meds. Btw, during this whole time, I was on Remicade and Celebrex. ( so I know it wasn't that). I was happy to know that I could lose weight on Remicade because I gained 30 pounds in 9 months on Humira a few years earlier and that took me a year to get that weight off too. So I know what I'm doing in the weight loss department when I set my mind to it.
Anyway, I digress. Pain is worse so Dr. Added in Butrans patches started at the lowest 5mg to acclimate my body to it. Felt like a stoner for a few days and didn't think I'd be able to last and it did nothing for pain but he knew what he was doing so he gradually increased me to 15mg where it helped and I stayed there for 2 years. Funny thing is my weight loss just stopped. Then I gained 10 pounds over those two year. I tried everything under the sun. I cut calories, used a treadmill, changed my diet, everything possible. Had I been doing this back then, I'd not have an extra pound in my now. Once I got looking back at my journal and weight recordings did I realized that the change coincided with the patch. I thought there was something wrong with me. My doctor even said "maybe this is just your new set point?" I'm a 48 year old woman that went from 254 to 187. I was at 187 the month I started the patch and now sit anywhere between 198 and 202. I cannot budge below 198. It has to be these patches. I even went gluten free thinking that maybe my body has had some changes. Nooe, it's not the gluten. So I eliminated dairy as there are a lot of calories there and thought if I drop my calories more than the app said (only by 250 per day) and see what happens. Nothing. My calories sit between 1100-1250 calories daily and burning 400. It's crazy not to be able to take off a single pound at this size. So yes, im convinced that it's these patches. Im currently in the process of getting off of them as I want to get more weight off but as I go down a patch, my body flares up drastically. My Dr is very wonderful to help me investigate other avenues. I will try to keep you posted. Currently I'm looking into CBD as apparently weight gain is not common with it.
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