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Depression and Weight Gain

I have been having back pain for three years now. I have done everything that the insurance company wants and my pain is horrible. I have done the injections and I had the nerve surgery year ago and my depression got me because I lost 90 pounds and then after my first surgery I gain the weight back and I feel horrible and fat butt now. My depression got so bad that I talked about jumping in front of train. I asked my doctor and he put me on some great depression pills. They have saved my life. But because I cant excerise right because I'm in pain 24/7. I went to see back doctor and he told me that I to get injections in lower back again. Well, they are not working and I will be having something done fusion and I'm scared to death and trying to cope with everything.

I have faith and trust in my doctor but I'm just scared about this whole thing. What did everyone else do? Please help me out on what you do for coping?


  • AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
    edited 10/15/2013 - 4:44 PM
    I know how you are feeling. I recently was put on an antidepressant. I did not think about a train though. There aren't many near here and i wouldn't want to mess up someone else's life (the conductor or engineer or whomever is the front of a train). I do have those 'not worth living feelings'. I am still here so I must be coping, somedays it doesn't feel like I do a good job.
    I am in pain 24/7 but I do manage to walk. about 1-3 miles a day. I started out slow and just gradually increased the distance. It is my thinking time, sometimes I just cry. But it does make me feel better over all. I know my limitations so I make small goals like trying not to eat snack so much, or drink soda. I understand comfort food I just reduce portions.
    Being scared is natural, afraid of a long recovery, gaining more weight while laid up, etc. Maybe you could make a list and some remedies to help. My greatest fear is I will have more pain after, so I list all the things that might be helpful, peaceful music, comedy DVDs, noise cancelling headphones ( have kids).
    I try to do things to make me feel better, but I know I don't always succeed. I think ups and downs are normal, its OK to be sad. Just wish it was so often for any of us chronic pain suffers.
  • I understand and yet that is probably not what you want to hear. I know it frustrates me when people say they understand and start talking about the pain they are in or are having. I want to do better understanding others as well. I too am dealing with depression right now. I have been talking to my doctor and think I better tell him that things aren't as good as I like to make them when I'm in to see him. I was told by my spine surgeon that I need to lose 80lbs before they can do a disc replacement/fusion. on three levels of my lower spine. I believe that talking to others like family, friends, or people on this forum is a great thing to do when we feel depressed. This morning I went and talked to my rehabilitation counselor and told her how things were going. Just doing that gave me some relief and helped me get through today. I need to tell her thanks because she helped me out. Keep talking.

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