Weight Gain with Prescription Meds

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Janetmarie

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Posted: 01 May 2013, 12:08
I need some help. I've been on Lyrica for over a year now and I have put on 10lbs. I exercise and try to watch what I eat as I have been on maintenance since 2008. Since going into maintenance I have had a flare up with my back and have taken several different meds. Since I've started on these type drugs I have gained 20 lbs. of the 47 lbs. that I had lost on LAWL. Yes, I may stray from the full plan but I think about my food intake daily and still try to do the best I can to stay within plan. Anyone else out there dealing with the same thing? How do you handle it? WHAT CAN I DO???
Mary Rose (aka Janetmarie)
fatdot

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Posted: 01 May 2013, 12:39
If you take certain meds they ruin your insulin sensitivity which means you gain weigh eating the same. Some of these meds are hormones,cortisone, Beta blockers.

Drs never tell you these things. They just treat what you came in for
fatdot

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Posted: 01 May 2013, 12:42
I just looked at your diet calender. I think you eat too many carbs. Try and stay between 50 and 100 gr of carbs. Eat a high protein breakfast_30 gr of protein at least.
Janetmarie

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Posted: 01 May 2013, 14:22
fatdot...thank you for your comments. Watching carbs huh....I think that is why I liked LAWL I didn't have to count anything, just eat the right portion and however many I was allowed. Any suggestions...i.e. a 30 gr protein breakfast...and what low carbs I can eat? I know..I'm needy. Thanks for your input.
Mary Rose (aka Janetmarie)
Janetmarie

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Posted: 01 May 2013, 14:31
WOW...I just looked at my carbs for today and wow...if I should only eat between 50 & 100 gr of carbs a day I'm out of the park! This is re-thinking everything I eat now...I know, it's not easy so I guess I need to be more careful and plan this out better.
Mary Rose (aka Janetmarie)
fatdot

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 18:54
low carbs is easy--salad-summer squash--apple, berries(no sugar)

the recipe section of this website has low carb meals
fatdot

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Posted: 02 May 2013, 19:08
If you are taking cortisone for your back that will cause you to gain weight.
bickbch

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Posted: 03 May 2013, 10:55
I know but hadno choice because of the inflamation.Crying or Very sad hopefully increasing my activity beause i feel better will help balance it.
genearts

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Posted: 07 May 2013, 15:34
Janetmarie, I also had a back problem and was put on Lyrica too. At the time I was a bit overweight but after taking Lyrica for a couple of months my weight escalated dramatically and continued to do so until I stopped taking the meds. By then I was almost 30kgs overweight and then had a lot more to lose than I originally had before I started on Lyrica. Coincidentally I have lost 20kgs and since losing the weight found that I don't have as much back problems. My secret was avoiding carbs and replacing them with complex carbs and low GI or brown alternatives. I spoil myself with the odd spud but since cutting back on the carbs, I have continued to lose. I only have about 10 kgs to go to my goal weight and now weigh less than I did before I had any back problems 6 years ago.
raynag

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 00:45
Yep, I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) and it didn't dawn on me till recently that the 15 lbs I have gained over the past 8 years is probably due to that. Huh! I need to get back on the treadmill. I stay away from white food, eat lots of salads and protein and snack on nuts or low fat cheese between meals. I am hypoglycemic so have to eat protein every few hours. I think exercise is the answer, since I am eating minimal high glycemic carbs.

I'm following My Fitness Pal - writing down my meals and trying to stay close to 1200 cal at least 5 days a week, but still can't get the scale to budge. Sigh...
at least it isn't going up:-0.
bickbch

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Posted: 09 May 2013, 19:54
Yeah i am suffering from the cortizone and will never do that again. I am suffering from the vicious cycle. Sure didnt help at all. I guess the three day car trip didnt help but was unavoidable. We really have to watch thoses meds!
fatdot

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Posted: 10 May 2013, 13:43
do you people with back problems exercise every day for your back?
It helps a lot.
bickbch

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Posted: 10 May 2013, 15:41
I dont when the nerve is aggribated. Thank goodness my back pain is easing up now i will be able tp start walking again. Surprised
genearts

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 06:48
Fatdot, yes I do. I exercise when I can and how I can. I don't have AS much since losing some weight but my weight is certainly not the cause of my weight problem if that is what you mean. My back problems started from falling down a flight of stairs.
fatdot

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 08:35
certain exercises can build up muscles of back to take the pressure off nerves.They have to be done every day
fatdot

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 08:39
lyrica is known for weightgain. Maybe one of the others like gabepenton is better.Unfortunately drs just give you the meds they like and dont look in to side effects. YOU HAVE to do it.
fatdot

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Posted: 11 May 2013, 08:47
"A previous doctor of mine had me switch too, saying Gabapentin is old-school and Lyrica is much better. I tried it for 2 months and found Gabapentin went farther to control my nerve pain so I switched back to Gabapentin. As I understand it, increased appetite, weight gain and drowsiness are side effects of Lyrica, too so don't switch for those reasons. I'm a proponent of Gabapentin myself. It cost less and works as well or better than anything else I've tried."

This is from a message board on lyrica. You have to do your own research and be your own advocate. Don't depend upon drs.
Janetmarie

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Posted: 14 May 2013, 19:23
Hello everyone! I haven't been on here for a while and the notifications were going into my spam so I've got some catching up to do. I certainly appreciate everyone's comments on meds and weight gain. It's late in the day for me to read everyone so I'll try to catch up tomorrow. I'm excited I have someone to talk to about this! Thanks everyone!
Mary Rose (aka Janetmarie)
Janetmarie

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Posted: 15 May 2013, 12:49
My back problems are most certainly due to being overweight majority of my life with a few injuries along the way. In 2008 after I lost 47 lbs. on LAWL and met my goal, I tried an eliptical machine...someone gave it to me and I was only on it for 3 mins. That's when it all started. The next day it was unbelievable how my back felt. I had been seeing a chiropractor since I was in my teens and I wasn't afraid to go to one...but he was unable to do anything for me. Pins and needles so bad in my legs as soon as it would hit the only relief I had was when I sat down. After many dr. trips later, MRI's, I have degenerative disc disease, Osteoarthritis and 2 bulging discs. Yep..I actually think that the 47 lbs. I lost kept me held together! No, not really but you would have thought after I lost the extra weight my back would have been good. I learned after PT that I had to exercise routinely and do my stretching exercises or I was done for. So, I still do it all routinely as much as I can. If I overdo then I have a hard time walking the next day.

I was first given Lyrica by my ortho dr. and then my family dr. put me on the Gabapentin since it was cheaper. It worked okay but Lyrica helped more. But I don't think I gained that much with the Gabapentin. Either way I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle. I can now walk 3 miles on a treadmill at 3.5 mph and today I did 9 miles on my recumbent bike. That about does me in but I survive it. I try but I'm not losing wt.

BUT now it may be my food intake. CARBS...I need to distinguish the good from the bad. I'm pretty sure I like the bad ones better than the good ones.

Short intermission...I need to research the whole carb thing and try and apply it to my day to day life. It's tough. I could use the excuse of meds for a long time but I don't think i'm going to get away with it if I gain 10 more lbs. this year! I'm not going back there.

Have a good evening everyone.
Mary Rose (aka Janetmarie)
fatdot

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Posted: 15 May 2013, 15:21
Has anyone mentioned radio frequency ablation to you?

I have friends with the same problem. They HAVE to do the exercises very day or else they need surgery

You have to do core exercises to build up muscles to support the back. Bicycling and treadmill doesnt do that.

I meet a lot of women with those problems in water aerobics class.



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