Since taking Gabapentin in 2012 and a change to Pregabalin in 2013, I was pleased to have relief from the constant MS pain but gained weight. A lot of weight…like 3 stone. For greater impact, I thought In American weight and I’d gained 42 pounds in 3 years!. At 5 feet and three quarters inches tall, I looked a lot like a weeble (remember, they wobble but don’t fall down). Although I mentioned to my MS nurse about the weight gain, she simply said it was a trade off.
In Jan 2015 I fell down and smashed my left ankle (called a Trimalleolar fracture and it bloomin’ hurt). The fab ortho consultant changed my pain meds from controlled drug Temgesic (tablet under the tongue). plus stopped the Pregabalin. He replaced them with OxiNorm liquid medicine for quick pain relief plus 4 tablets that are slow release morphine. I still suffer the effects of the fall and according to the registrar doc it seems it could take 2 or 3 years before I’ll be able to run. Oooh I was SO delighted to have something to look forward to until he apologised for his poor choice of words and my PPMS.
Anyway, after being in hospital for a month, I noticed I’d lost half a stone. As the months passed, I lost a bit more weight. It has stabilised now and but the good news is, I have lost exactly 3st 2lbs (American 44 pounds) in just over a year. A few weeks ago, I had a second operation on the troublesome ankle and had all the metal work removed. The anaesthetist and surgeon were both astonished at my weight loss and said they would notify ‘someone’ of this damaging side effect of Pregabalin, especially in someone who has limited movement anyway.
So there we have it folks, not everyone gains weight with Pregabalin but it is a relatively common side effect. Smashing my ankle actually worked in my favour, change of meds, regular strong pain relief and back in size 10 and 12 clothes!
I know how shallow this post is, but I’ve been so down and isolated all winter, I’m finding it hard to find anything positive about life. Fitting into those tiny jeans again helped to lift my mood as well as my bum and for a few precious minutes, I felt great. Sorry to have gone on. X