07 Mar CHRONIC PAIN AND OBESITY MADE MY LIFE A LIVING HELL
Daina Kuniauskiėnė sought medical treatment from pain treatment and spinal surgery Clinic AGATAS specialists after her life became real distress. Chronic pain that has been lasting for up to 5 years, sleepless nights, inability to stand and move normally due to overweight were the problems which not only interfered with the happiness but also did not allowed her body to function normally. Today, Daina is sharing her story: “I hope that other people who are suffering from obesity and feel chronic pain will search for specialists help immediately“.
WHAT KIND OF HEALTH PROBLEMS LED YOU TO CLINIC AGATAS SPECIALISTS? WHAT ENCOURAGED YOU TO TRY SEARCHING FOR HELP IN THIS CLINIC?
First of all, I referred to Clinic AGATAS because of my back pain, numbness of the leg and high overweight. I searched for doctors specializing in obesity and chronic pain treatment and found this clinic.
HOW LONG DID YOU SUFFER FROM CHRONIC PAIN AND OBESITY?
This was not a sudden change. After each childbirth, I gained more and more weight, but the pain started about 4-5 years ago.
WHY DID YOU SUFFER FROM THE PAIN SO LONG AND DIDN‘T ASK FOR HELP BEFORE?
I tried to search for help from my GP, neurologists, also at the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kaunas Clinics. However, nothing changed. We did not find suitable treatment methods.
WHAT WAS THE FINAL FACTOR THAT MADE YOU TO TRY AGAIN?
It was sleepless nights and the inability to walk more than 30 meters. Moreover, it was hard to stand still. Life has become real distress for me and every move has become a real challenge.
HOW DID YOU FEEL BEFORE SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT?
My health, general well-being and psychological condition were very poor. I started to hate myself. Life seemed gloomy and many things were no longer joyful.
WHICH DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT CAME FIRST?
First of all, I thought I needed to go to a pain specialist because in my mind the main problem was chronic pain, not obesity.
WHAT DID OUR PAIN PHYSICIAN ASTA ZAVACKIENĖ DIAGNOSE? WHAT RECOMMENDATIONS DID YOU HEAR?
I was diagnosed with a herniated spinal disc. However, the doctor could not give any treatment, because for a couple of years I had wounds on my legs. First of all, I had to treat them. However, after evaluating my situation, the doctor advised getting an appointment with the dietician. It was like an additional stimulus to contact this specialist.
WHAT DID YOU EXPECTED FROM DOCTOR DIETICIAN RŪTA PETEREIT?
In fact, I expected advice for food compatibility, nutrition, and weight loss.
WHAT DIAGNOSE DID YOU HEAR FROM THE DIETICIAN?
Simply put, I was diagnosed with obesity.
DID YOU HAVE FOOD ADDICTION? HOW DID IT CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
Yes, my addiction to food has really been a problem. Since 2012 weight has started growing catastrophically. The more I was angry on myself, the more I ate. It became difficult to walk, there was severe shortness of breath, I could not bend down, it was a challenge simply to put my socks on or lace my shoes.
WHAT KIND OF TREATMENT DID YOU GET? WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT IT?
First of all, I had to weight all my food portions. The doctor told me to eat at the same time each day, concentrating only on the meal. It means that I have to eat without any external interference: television, computer, phone. Also, my treatment includes physical exercises, tracking good emotions, autogenous training. I am writing a nutrition diary and every evening I report it to doctor Ph.D. R. Petereit. I think this is a very good way to fight overweight. Particularly, the fact that every evening you have reported about what you did makes it shameful to break the rules.
WHAT KIND OF COMMUNICATION IS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR?
Doctor Petereit is a wonderful person. She supports me, advises me even when I’m in a difficult spot. When I feel bad she comforts me and she is always happy for me even for the smallest things.
WHICH MOMENTS ARE THE HARDEST DURING THE TREATMENT?
The most difficult was to select the products that suit me. I can’t eat dairy products, some cereals, even some fish. However, after consulting the doctor, there is still a huge choice of products that are suitable for me.
WHICH DOCTOR‘S SOLUTION OR ADVICE SURPRISED YOU THE MOST?
To think of at least 3 good things every day that give me good emotions. And they don’t have to relate to food.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE TREATMENT?
I believe that treatment will help. I believe that I will be able to breathe easily, reduce health problems so I can travel as much as before. We have agreed with the doctor that we will not expect immediate results. We think about one year of treatment. The first step is to lose weight to 100 kg, the second step is to lose weight to 80 kg. I hope that I will achieve my goals.
DID CLINIC AGATAS SPECIALISTS MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS?
They really did. I lost 7kg 500 gr in 4 weeks. Then even more motivation appeared to achieve the goal.
HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW WHEN THE TREATMENT IS STILL IN PROCESS? DO YOU FEEL BETTER? DO YOU NOTICE THE BENEFITS OF THE TREATMENT?
I feel great, my daily chores became easier for me. The last time when I was squatting was three years ago. Now I make 15 squats every morning. I can lean, take the fallen thing. I no longer feel constant hunger and a desire to eat non stop. Even the joints pain decreased.
DO YOU THINK THAT YOUR LIFE WILL CHANGE AFTER THE TREATMENT? HOW DO YOU IMAGINE YOURSELF IN A FEW YEARS? WOULD YOU LIKE TO WISH SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF?
I don’t think that my health will be like it was 15 years ago, because now I have really serious illnesses, but I already know that when I lose weight I will feel much better. I know that the spine and joints ache and strain will reduce, also my heart and lungs will function easier.
I want to wish myself endurance and persistence. I believe that I will finally visit my dream country Bulgaria, bath in hot Chiflik springs, visit the Krishchinsk waterfalls and cross the covered bridge in Lovech.
WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT RECOGNIZE THEY HAVE A PROBLEM AND DO NOT ASK FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP?
Do not close off from the world. Look around and don’t be afraid to seek help from specialists. Unfortunately, you will not achieve the desired results on your own. Only with the help of a specialist, you can reach your goal.
If you have any questions regarding nutrition, please contact the Clinic AGATAS Dietitian MD Ph.D. Rūta Petereit. The doctor advises on various dietary issues: chronic (spine, joint), gastrointestinal, cardiovascular disease, overweight and obesity, nutritional deficiency, diabetes mellitus, increased cholesterol levels, gout, before and after various operations. Take care of your health!