I have written here about many different classes of drugs used for pain management . Often, I have had readers respond that some of the drugs I have discussed have caused intolerable weight gain. And suddenly a patient is dealing with the specter of being obese, and all the potential health problems which follow from being obese. These health problems include high blood pressure , diabetes , degenerative joint disease, heart disease , cancer, high cholesterol and a sedentary lifestyle. Not to mention a sense of demoralization and physical discomfort. These individuals can become, or believe they have become, the target of social stigma. And all these forces can result in the patient discontinuing the drug, even if it is providing significant benefit. Unfortunately, a majority of the psychiatric medications are known to cause weight gain and ultimately obesity. And some of these medications are used to treat chronic pain . There is clea...
Almost everyone who takes antidepressants gains at least 15 pounds. Add mood stabilizers to the mix of medications and weight can shoot up by 75 pounds or more. This is not a new side effect. Patients and their psychiatrists have been dealing with this unpleasant, unwanted and unneeded side effect for a decade or more. Yet a scan of articles about weight gain reveals pitifully little information on how to lose the weight. Stopping the medication is not an option, although oftentimes weight is lost quite rapidly when medication is not longer required.
The weight-loss advice given in medical articles and physician offices is no different than advice given to anyone who has to lose weight regardless of what caused it to be gained: Stop eating junk food, eat more vegetables and fish, eat less red meat, drink water, and exercise.
One of my clients told me the following story. "My therapist gave me a diet sheet that looked like something his mother might have followed 40...
While many people gain weight during and after treatment for breast cancer, others lose weight. After surgery, many people find that they lose a few pounds. Side effects from chemotherapy such as vomiting or diarrhea also may cause you to lose weight. Weight loss can cause fatigue and can extend the time it takes for you to recover from treatment. Losing weight can also weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections.
Assess your weight and then talk to your doctor about an ideal weight for you. Once you have set a goal, you may want to talk to a registered dietitian and develop a customized eating plan.
Some general guidelines for maintaining your body weight:
Try to eat small meals or snacks every 1 or 2 hours . Keep high-protein, high-calorie foods nearby, such as string cheese, crackers with peanut butter, hard-boiled eggs, energy bars, or individual packages of pudding or custard.
Try eating foods high in protein but low in fat . During breast cancer treatm...
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