This may seem like an odd post, but it is something that has been bothering me for a while and it is that I have gained 35lbs since the start of my CRPS. For as long as I can remember I have had a problem with my weight management, but nothing like this. It’s like I have absolutely no control over my eating habits. I do not know if this is just me or do other CRPS spoonies deal with it? There really is a reason it’s called COMPLEX Regional Pain Syndrome, no matter what I learn about it, there is just so many layers and complexities to it.
I have spoken with my doctors and they seem to think that this is normal, when everything that I am dealing with is taken into consideration. It is my understanding that the combination of CRPS, the medications and the more sedentary than usual lifestyle, that is a recipe(pun intended) for weight gain.
So, as with most symptoms and side effects, it is easy to just say “just part of the CRPS life”, but unfortunately I feel that the weight gain needs to be taken more seriously. Weight gain can lead to other issues like heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and many other serious issues that can shorten my life considerably.
The most serious parts of my eating issues are eating at night and sugar cravings. When I have insomnia, I get very hungry at 1 or 2 in the morning, so I have a sandwich or some other unhealthy nighttime food. I have never had nighttime eating problems before. I am not going to say I have never eaten at night, but it was very occasional when I did. I find myself lying in bed trying to get to sleep and I just can’t get food out of my mind. The other issue is sugar cravings, it is almost a constant craving that I have for sweets, mostly chocolate. I normally like chocolate but over the past few years, my wife and I have really done our best to keep our sugar intake down.
I have read many articles that explain CRPS is not a life-threatening disease, which is true, but this condition CAN cause other problems that can kill you. We need to do everything in our power to not assist in our own demise. In order for our entire bodies and minds to be healthy, we need to do the things any normal human being needs to live a long life. That is good sleep, eating healthy, exercising regularly, keep sugar and carb intake to a minimum, don’t drink, don’t smoke…and so on, you got the picture. Control what we can and do not stress about the things out of your control.
Promise yourself that you will exercise for 15/20/30 minutes a day, whatever is a good amount for you. Each day do a little more and keep it rolling. Have a carbohydrate-less dinner, have an extra serving of vegetables, drink more water and no dessert.
Have a carbohydrate-less dinner, have an extra serving of vegetables, drink more water and no dessert unless it’s fresh fruit. Do not diet, just curb some things.
To be honest, I do not know what to do about eating past midnight. I will keep trying my best to just stop it altogether, but I am not sure if I can stop. I won’t give up trying.
Thanks for reading, we are never alone.