Help!! Feeling super overwhelmed and wanting to eat everything in site

birch21
By birch21 Latest Reply 2011-02-07 22:52:52 -0600
Started 2011-01-26 22:32:22 -0600

Hello my dear friends here at DC. I am feeling very overwhelmed at the moment. Went to my orthopedic surgeon on Monday to find out what is wrong with my left foot and am waiting on the results of a bone scan where I was injected with radioactive dye. I should get the results of the test by this weekend but the waiting is horrible as I don't know what to expect. I also had an appointment with my gastor doctor on Tuesday and I may be facing surgery on my back side. He wanted me to go to see a surgeon and with the foot being like it is I asked if I could put off going to the surgeon for a while. Doc said I could put if off for a little while but am already forming scar tissue and a pocket which is not good. Right now I am scared of the unknown and don't know where to turn. Honestly all I really want to do is eat and I am trying not to but sometimes I cave in and start eating. I guess the main thing is prayer and support from my friends here. Hope everyone will forgive me for not being on more than I am and forgive me for my whining but I just needed an outlet tonight.


33 replies

birch21
birch21 2011-02-07 19:02:45 -0600 Report

Hello my dear friends here at DC. I just wanted to give you all an update. My Doctor sent me his clinic note and the results of the bone scan on Feb. 1. I had read and reread the notes and really don't know a definite diagnosis. Well on Sun. Feb 6, my Dr. called me and we got a chance to talk and he told the definite diagnosis. I have arthritis and it is due to all the injuries and surgeries that i have had on my feet. My Dr. went on to say that this is a condition that I will have to learn how to deal with and to avoid injury at all cost. He also told me to work on my flexiblity and strength which I am trying to do but sometimes get hard to remember. He did not prescribe anything for me to take and that in some ways is a good thing as I don't need anything else to tear my stomach up. I sent him a fax this morning and told him what I am currently doing to treat my foot and he was very pleaseed. My way of treating this for now is to use my Tens unit and the heat from the electric blanket. Using that conbination has already helped the swelling to go down and ease the pain somewhat as well. Due to the fact that I am active, a teacher, my doctor knows that I will have to deal with the overuse problem on a daily basis. I am just going to have to learn when I am overdoing and not let it get out of control but I will survive and learn to deal with this arthritis. Thanks for all the wonderful support, thoughts, and prayers. I still need them all and I know that all of you are truly special people with special cares. Take care and May God richly bless each and everyone of you each and every day in a very special and unique way. Thanks again.

Pynetree
Pynetree 2011-02-07 22:01:17 -0600 Report

Yes, you will have to deal with the pain on an every day basis…no way to stay off and rest your feet as a teacher. I've retired now, but was in a classroom for 5 to 8 hrs a day. My feet and knees hurt… had to go from stockings and clogs or loafer type shoes to start wearing socks and good sneakers/walking shoes every day, and it helped a good bit. But it is rough, Best of luck…prayers for some alleviation of pain.

birch21
birch21 2011-02-07 22:52:52 -0600 Report

Thanks, I appreciate it and yep I already know about wearing shoes with good support in them and I know how bad concrete floors are for arthritis. Take care and thanks again.

birch21
birch21 2011-02-01 18:43:50 -0600 Report

Well dear friends, I finally got a message from the doctor but I can't find a real diagnosis in the 5 pages of notes that I have before me. He does list a couple of findings but calls them sleeper diagnosis so I kinda doubt that those are the answers. He does say that he doesn't think there is anything else to do at this point in time. Evidentally I will have to deal with what he calls an overall perspective which is that I will have some problems of an overuse nature of the end of the day. I may be recieving a phone call from him this evening as I spoke with him on the phone last evening and he said we need to talk about some of his notes. I think I didn't recieve all of the notes he wanted faxed but will have to speak with him to know for sure. Please continue to keep my in your thoughts and I will keep all of you updated as much as I possibly can.

MewElla
MewElla 2011-02-01 10:04:15 -0600 Report

Hopefully, today you will hear from your Dr. Waiting is not one of my better virtures…God Bless and stay warm. Sure been thinking about you.

birch21
birch21 2011-01-29 10:35:16 -0600 Report

Thanks Pynetree, as of now my dear friends here at DC, I have still not heard from the doctor but am hoping to hear from him today. When I find out something more I will let you know. Take care and thanks again, for all the wonderful advice. I really appreciate it. You folks here at DC are the Helping Hand that I need especially right now. Take care all and may God richly bless each and everyone of you in a special and unique way.

Pynetree
Pynetree 2011-01-29 10:17:24 -0600 Report

.Isn't waiting for results the WORST!! Hate it, hope you hear soon. But give up on that "trying not to" eat thing. Unfortunetly we are human, and NEED to eat. So just grab control , eat something that is GOOD for you. You could eat every hour if you have a lite yogurt, apple, granola bar, peanut butter toast, cereal with skim milk, some carrots, celery, pepper strips, with light ranch, etc…Just keep lots of low fat, low carb stuff around. High Protein..it helps healing. But if you eat lots of healthy things every couple hours, you'll feel better, cause your BG will be steady. I wish you Strength and good luck!

birch21
birch21 2011-01-27 11:11:47 -0600 Report

Thanks to everyone of you here at DC for your support and prayers. I am really scared and don't know what to think. Hoping to hear from my Orthopedic surgeon either this evening or tomorrow evening, but the not knowing is awful.

birch21
birch21 2011-01-27 22:42:25 -0600 Report

Hello dear friends here at DC, just an update. I have not heard from my surgeon as of yet and was hoping I would hear from him today but should hear from him tomorrow for sure. When I know something I will surely pass the info along. It is a bit nerve racking when you are waiting for something like this and you have to keep on waiting. I know that today I have been hurting an awful lot on both of the categories. Thanks again for the wonderful support here at DC and I hope and pray that all of you have a wonderful evening.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-27 20:47:40 -0600 Report

I hope you have heard from your surgeon today, It is awful waiting and wondering, the sooner you know something the sooner you can start taking control again in decision making.

petals
petals 2011-01-27 09:49:55 -0600 Report

Nothing to forgive that is why we are here. You vent when ever you need to. My prayers are with you. I have been there as well. When I get like this I grab a handful of nuts and eat them slowly that generally works for me. Hang in there.Sending a hug your way. (((())))

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-27 07:47:09 -0600 Report

You just took your first line of defense. You vented here and that usually helps a lot. when I get into those feelings of lost control, I try to eat healthier stuff. It does stink if there are cookies or chips in the house.

The thing I would do is make up your mind and proceed one day at a time. What I find is when I have so many choices and don't make up my mind, that is when I get crazy. Once I have made up my mind, I can move forward and not keep wondering. The waiting is the hardest, but once you have that. Take the task head on. One step at a time. Make it resolute. That is what helps me get through overwhelming times.

MewElla
MewElla 2011-01-27 07:37:56 -0600 Report

I can onloy imgaine how you must be feeling with so many things going on at the same time. Picture all of this community surrounding you with good, healthy thoughts and lots of prayers. Please keep us posted…

VickieF
VickieF 2011-01-27 05:13:11 -0600 Report

You are not whining. You are just scared and need to vent. We all do that from time to time. LOL I am getting ready to whine in a minute. Seriously, I will say prayers for you too. Myself,I think that is the biggest and best thing we have going for us. Hang in there. When you get scared think of us and know we are holding your hand and supporting you. LOL We are litterally in this together. God Bless.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-27 02:22:38 -0600 Report

Ah stress and eating. Very frustrating to be a stress eater stressing over eating. I am glad there are cucumbers for days when the stress gets too much for me. They taste good and are crunchy. Keeps me away from potato chips. DC is a great place to share worries. I don't count it as whining. It is hard to not be overwhelmed when you are trying to figure out what is wrong. Then add the problem of which problem to tackle first. Hope your orthopedic surgeon gets back to you before the weekend.

VickieF
VickieF 2011-01-27 05:17:54 -0600 Report

I Love cucumbers. Bummer, I can't eat them. I eat letus instead. crunchy too. lol Hey does anyone know any good tasting very low carb crunchies for us to eat? Celery is to stringy. Baby carrots tast good, but how are the carbs on those?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-27 07:53:31 -0600 Report

Baby carrots are 1 carb each. 1cup of sliced cukes is 3 grams. I like lettuce too. But sometimes it doesn't get along with me. I think it is an llergic reaction from when I worked at a fast food joint. They used a preservative on it that caused the reaction. Unsalted sunflower seed kernels have 8 carbs in 1/4 cup.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-27 07:56:59 -0600 Report

You know, almonds are also a good snack.

What kind of preservative did they use on the lettuce?? Sheesh....another reason to stay away from fast food. I suppose it was to keep it from turning brown?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-27 08:01:49 -0600 Report

Yes it was used to keep it from turning brown if we had to store it overnight after we had shredded it. It was at a taco place. We mixed the powder up with water. I think it was Sodium Benzoate, not sure though now, it was way too many years ago. Almonds and most other nuts are very good.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-27 00:30:43 -0600 Report

This is what friends are for. People to vent to. People to turn to for support. People to whine to. I've done that here myself. I have a pocket too. I had hernia surgery and ended up on a wound vacuum. My surgeon told me that unfortunately the pockets happen with the wound vac & eventually he will have to go back in & close it up. So, I understand what you are going through. I have a weight problem and I know what it's like to want to turn toward food. Prayers for you. Hang in there.

Pynetree
Pynetree 2011-01-29 10:31:06 -0600 Report

me too,few years ago fell, rug burn on my back side from trying to get up, it abcessed, surgery to excise abcess, used a wound vac,with weeks of packing, resulting in surgery to close it…fell on May 5th…went to ER…came back home finally on Aug.28th. "The summer of my discontent"

squog master
squog master 2011-01-29 17:15:39 -0600 Report

You're the 1st person I know of who has also been on a wound vac. I have to ask this cause I've had no way to know. How painful was it for you when they changed the wound vac? I have a very high pain threshold. I've had a lot of surgeries, breaks, bad, bad arthritis pain, cortizone shots, knee replacement. But nothing & I mean nothing compared to the pain when they changed the wound vac. It was the most excruciating pain I've ever felt. I don't know if it's because the wound is in my belly or if it's just that painful in general because the foam would stick to the wound & had to be peeled off. And I've never had anyone else to ask.

Pynetree
Pynetree 2011-01-29 20:37:21 -0600 Report

Well, I used to bite on a yucky hospital cotton blanket…that's how bad it was for me.It was really pretty bad. Yes.

birch21
birch21 2011-01-27 10:58:10 -0600 Report

Thanks it is nice to know that there are others who have and are suffering the same things. Thanks again my new firiend.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-27 22:42:29 -0600 Report

For wanting to eat everything in sight, I've been working hard on keeping veggies peeled, sliced, ready to grab easier. Also I'm following a high protein diet for medical reasons right now & I also keep some low fat cheese cut up ready for me. And yogurt's good for protein also. And other thing I do, I make my own trail mix with the nuts I like & throw in some dried cherries. Oh, I also hard boil a dozen eggs each week and eat the egg whites. If I want to make egg salad I use 6 eggs & one egg yoke. Egg white salad just doesn't cut it for me but the 1 egg yoke makes a world of difference.

birch21
birch21 2011-01-27 23:10:41 -0600 Report

Thanks for the heads up on snacks that are good for us. When I read about the eggs I had to smile. I myself don't care for eggs other than those that are used in cooking. I do however usually buy a dozen eggs everyweek and scramble them for my dog. She may be little but she knows what she likes and this is a soft food that the vet recommended once when she was having trouble with her teeth. I did a lot better today on not eating everything I saw food wise. I have fought the urge to eat all day but have done well all things considered. Thanks again and I will keep those snack ideas handy.