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Anyone know anything about Pristiq?

Jan 21, 2009 - 2 comments
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Well, I had my first family doctor's appt today since my surgery 5 weeks ago.  After he asked how my surgery went and how I'm feeling, I just burst out in tears.  I couldn't control it.  I told him how I have days where I think it worked and days where I still feel just as bad.  Of course, I stopped taking my Zoloft about 3 weeks before my surgery.  I weaned off of it the right way, but I stopped without his ok.  You know, you sometimes don't think things work anymore when in reality they do because if you use hindsight, you can see how they really were working.

I told him, I told him how I'm tired of gaining weight, I'm tired of feeling this way, and I'm tired of crying all the time.  You see, I can be a solid rock for other people, but I can't be positive for myself.  It's my albatross.  Anyway, we talked about it, and he wants me to start taking Pristiq.  He said it's a newer drug and may help.

If any of you out there have had experience with it, please let me know what I'm getting myself into.  I remember when I first started taking Zoloft, it's main side effect was loss of appetite and nausea.  

Thanks in advance.

I think Activia really WORKS!!

Jan 14, 2009 - 0 comments
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Back

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I've been eating Dannon's Activia daily for the past week and a half.  I think it's working!  I've been taking absurd doses of Percocet since my surgery on Dec. 15th and have experienced the annoying issue of constipation.  I know, it's not a pleasant topic to discuss, however, it happens sometimes to the best of us.

So, at my wits end, I decided to take that "Activia" challenge.  I loaded up on it at Costco and put a little Grape Nuts in it to give it a little crunch.  I do love yogurt, but have never been one to "love it" so much to want to eat it all the time.  

I wish there were more alternatives out there so we don't have to take pills to make us better.  If this is the case and it works, then there's just one more thing I don't have to worry about!

Today is week 4 post op

Jan 12, 2009 - 0 comments
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In a way, it seems like I had surgery months ago, not just a month ago.  I'm getting better each day, but the pain comes and goes right on schedule with my meds unfortunately.  I get over zealous with my activities, which is not good.  You know, most people who are told "don't do ANYTHING" don't have a problem with it.  I, on the other hand, just want to rebel.  

Hopefully, in a week or so, I'll be able to start doing a few things around the house and start working a little bit more than I am now.

Oh my gosh, I'm feeling better

Jan 08, 2009 - 1 comments
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disc degenration



Today has been a good day.  Up since 6:30 with no nap, and I've been pretty active today.  I had to go BACK to my doctor's office today for a brief visit with my surgical PA due to the pain in my left calf I've been experiencing.  First of all, he's a cutie and he's Austrailian, so he's got a killer accent going on.  He told me what I'm experiencing is totally normal that it's just residual swelling from my surgery 3 weeks ago and NOT to push myself.  Then he told me he wants me walking 2-5 miles/day.  Start at 2 and work my way up.  OK, I'm not used to walking THAT much, but if that's what I need to do, then that's what I'll do.  Problem is the weather.  I don't belong to a gym, and don't want to, and we have a great walking track in our neighborhood so on nice days, it will be great.  It's the not so nice days that will kill me.

Solution?  I need a treadmill.  I just don't want to be one of those people who goes out and spends a thousand dollars on the best treadmill on the market just to have it end up in the garage and eventually end up in our storage shed in the back yard.  My ultimate goal is to have my mother in law find me one at a yard sale (she an avid goer and looks for antiques) or, have my husband find me one on craigslist.  I'm just not one to "hunt" for stuff.  I typically shop for what I want and go get it.  

Anyway, I'm happy today, I can tell that I'm starting to get a little achy from being active, but otherwise, it's been a good day and I believe there is a rainbow out there under all those clouds.  I'm so grateful for all of those who've prayed for me over the past several weeks.  Prayer is powerful, I certainly believe that.  Now, to get off all of these miserable drugs, and THEN, things will be grand.  I'm just not a patient person, but I've got to learn that I'm not superwoman either, so over the next 6 months, I can't do more than I can.

Through God, all things are possible.