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   Posted 4/1/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
cool   Before anyone says anything, yes I definately am eating poorly.  It seems I only want what is bad for me.  I have never had a problem with my weight in my entire life.  I am 5' 2" and weight 160 lbs.  Before all of this started I weighed 125 lbs. not skinny but healthy looking.  Is it possible that the ultram or flexirill is doing this to me?  I used to eat to stay alive, now I live to eat!!!
I would love to have anyone's input or insight into this situation.
Thanks, Jules

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   Posted 4/1/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Ultram will make you eat.
My med combination now (and possibly my diet coke addiction) causes me to crave carbs. This has not been good for an already bad diet!
Hope you get the answers you want.
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   Posted 4/1/2009 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Curlykraut!

And nice to meet you! I'm going to guess you are not alone with this problem. I have put on weight in the past 3 years that I had worked hard to get rid of. I too crave carbs and that's BAD for a diabetic. I have read that weight gain can be a side effect of both of these medications but they also list weight loss...go figure.

Another thing to consider is our lack of physical activity compared to the days before fibro. Most of us aren't burning as many calories as we used to plus when we hurt it's so easy to turn to comfort food. You know...those that taste so good and are so bad for

Just some thoughts,
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   Posted 4/1/2009 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I have also gained weight like crazy, in the past 2 years, I have gained 30lbs. I am 5'6 and weigh 170, I wasnt even this heavy when I was 9 months pregnant (I was 158 with my last), but I have always been about 140. The methadone I use to take for pain is what caused this, and since I have switched to Suboxone, my weight has just maintained, but the past week or so, I have been eating like I was never gonna see food again, but I'm sure this is due to the Lyrica. I managed to eat a double box of smores poptarts in 2 days, and the other night I ate 6 apple turnovers (of course not all at once, but over the whole night). So I have a feeling that I'm gonna weigh alot more latly, so I need to stop it soon or I'm gonna look like a heffalump soon lol. I have big plans to take alot more walks this summer since I live by a big river, which is basically in my back yard (Columbia river). But for some reason the sun causes too much stimulation for me, so I'm usually more depressed and in more pain (especailly migraines and lower back pain)during the summer then during the winter, which is odd cause usually it's the other way around. But I'm always hopeful things will be diffrent this year since I switched my meds, and my pain and depression has gone down some. Because this is the first time I've taken and actaully taken stuck to a antideppresant which I have only been on for about 5 months, and if I'm still down this summer, I guess I'll need to ask my doctor about adding on something else for the depression, because I will never stop taking the Cymbalta since it has done wonders for my anxiety and especailly my migraines. Well I'll quit talking on, because I could go forever lol.

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   Posted 4/2/2009 12:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I eat when I am in pain. It hurts so much that only food feels ok. However, some meds did contribute to my eight gain.

We keep the snacks out of our home as much as possible. Fibro keeps me from jumping into a car and finding food in the middle of the night. It also puts a damper on shopping so life is less tempting here. In addition, we try to make as many foods from scratch as possible. that is, when we feel like cooking. My daughter and I are both chronically ill so that does not always work.


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   Posted 4/2/2009 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I've gained 45lbs in the 2 years since my diagnosis of fibro. When in pain, I eat for comfort. I can't stand how much I weigh. I've only recently started eating healthy again.
I think it's lack of exercise that really causes me trouble. I do swim sometimes - but need to do that more.
I'm barely 5' tall so I know how you feel. A 1/2 pound gain shows! Keep your chin up, you are an important person no matter what the size. I keep telling myself this as well.
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   Posted 4/2/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I have also gained 40lbs in the 4 years since my diagnosis. For me, it's been a matter of pain, stress, feeling "low" while coming to terms with this dd, and a lack of a healthy appetite. Most of the time, I just really don't feel like eating, which gets me to the point where I am starving and will grab anything to fill my stomach. This usually means I'm grabbing for the high carb/high fat/sugar quick-fixes-not a good idea, I know! I also know I need to up my exercise, but it is so hard to find the energy.

I know I am way too big (I was overweight to begin with, and now I'm up to 70lbs overweight-ugh!!!! I am a short person, so with this much added weight I look about the size of your average house..ugh) and am taking small little steps to improve my diet and increase my exercise. I'm up to about 30 min a day on the treadmill, have cut out sugar completely, and am trying to sneak in extra fruits and veggies during the day. I still eat way too many carbs and fats, though, so it's a slow process.

I don't have any personal experience with the meds you're on, but I know a lot of medications have the dreaded weight gain side effect. Have you spoken to y our Dr. about it at all? He/she might have some insight or tips on how to avoid weight gain on those meds.

I wish I had more info for you on this, but I did want you to know you are DEFINITELY not alone on this one!

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   Posted 4/2/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Like many others here, I also eat when I am in pain, especially carbs.  Food seems to be my drug of choice.  That combined with an inability to get a whole lot of exercise has caused me to gain about 30 pounds over the past few years.  Some of the meds I take can also cause weight gain.
I have lost about 6 pounds since January.  I'm really trying to watch portion size and junk food.  I still feel the need to snack a lot, but I try to snack on better stuff.  Like Donnaneil, I just try to keep healthier stuff around.  No way would I leave the house in the evening just to go get a snack.  I just have to be really careful what I keep in the house.  I've been known to eat Hershey's syrup out of the bottle or chocolate frosting out of the can when a particularly intense chocolate craving hits.  smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 4/2/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I too had a major weight gain when my problem first started -- about 25 pounds, which just appeared in about six weeks. Since back then my pain used to come and go, I didn't have problems exercising and I got most of it off -- then my doctor gave me phentermine to get the rest of it off. You may want to ask your doctor for this pill -- it's an appetite suppressant that also gives you tons of energy. I lose the last 10 pounds in one month -- the problem is it is very addictive so you can't stay on it for long. I got back to my regular weight, with healthy eating and exercise until the fibro flared which is when I got the phentermine because I couldn't exercise enough anymore, and my doctor was convinced the extra weight was exacerbating the fibro. She was wrong, unfortunately, but at least I got the last of the weight off. Just be very, very careful with it if you get it... it's easy to abuse. I avoided this by NOT taking it two days a week.

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   Posted 4/12/2009 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, it is nice to know I am not alone in this fight either. I will talk to my Dr. about phentermine on my next appointment. Thanks for the tip, I will be trying to exercise more, it is a struggle for me. Thanks for everyone who posted, and my Dr. says if it is anything making me gain, it is probably the PAXIL. Go figure! Jules

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   Posted 4/16/2009 2:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I hate it that you are having a problem with your weight but I'm glad that someone else has the same problem. It seems that whenever I go through a major flaore I put on weight. Right now some of it is water weight because I have 2+ pitting edema on my legs and I'm taking lasix for that. It's righti through the middle that I have put one the weight! I feel like I just ate a big Thanksbiving dinner or something. I have so many different sizes of clothes inmy closet that it isn'e funny.If I'm home and don't have to go anywhere I don't get out of my pajamas. I'm so tired all of the time. I'm afraid that the new rheumy will want to put me on a daily dose of prednisone and the wieight will realy jump up then. It's always something, isn't it?
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   Posted 4/17/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Yup major weight gain here too. I went from 145, not skinny but healthy to 180 this winter. Not being able to move, convienence foods that cook easy, junk food and not walking constantly like I used to all contributed. Then they put me on Lyrica and I was like great I am going to be huge now. Well I stuck to my Doc's diet. Hopefully I keep losing. Weight gain is horrid. I am so glad I am not alone here on this. If I gain on the lyrica I dont' know what I will do. It seems to be actually working for me.
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   Posted 3/26/2011 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Savella helps FMS pain and is supposed to have weight loss. I've gained weight and I'm thinking it might be the Flexeril at night - figured they'd balance out - but I don't think they are. Been on wellbutrin for years and never had an issue so only thing it could be is that one OR the lack of activity because of Fibro. Funny they all say to exercise but its the last thing you feel like doing. I read on a different chat to do a "stop and smell the roses" type walk not a power walk. To go easy - so I might try that tomorrow.

Anyone have weight gain with Flexeril?

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   Posted 3/26/2011 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I also gained 30 pounds in about 6 months....i am 5'2. I have a poor diet, even tho I try to eat good :(...I walk every day and work out on my exercise machine daily but, it does not help. I got to read the inserts that come with my 5 meds and each one says "may cause weight gain"...hmmm..i always wondered why the doctors would give meds that cause the weight that makes you unhealthy even more! ugh....

Meds....lyrica, flexeril, savella, ultram, trazadone ...all on a daily basis

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   Posted 3/27/2011 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Many people have gained a lot of weight while taking Lyrica.
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   Posted 3/27/2011 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, all! I am so happy to find this post. I was staring to think I was wacko. I just came out of a three-week flare. I was in a lot of pain...level 6 to 9 from day to day. All I wanted to eat was carbs, and I am prediabetic. I know better, but my body was craving sweets. There must be some biological reason for all of us craving carbs when we are in pain. I am out of the flare now, and I can't get enough fruit and vegetables. Go figure!

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