Posted 11/30/2014 2:45 AM (GMT -7)
I know that the medication can cause some weight gain, but that most of my weight gain is caused by the increase in appetite from the Lyrica. And yes, i know that i have control (or could have control) over that part of it.
My issue is that even if I get rid of all of the "junk food" that I have around, and leave nothing but pretty healthy stuff, I will still get up and go crazy eating whatever is in the house. Unfortunately, you can overeat even the healthier stuff, like any kind of bread or grain I have, cheese (even if it's low fat or whatever). It seems like the only way I could win right now is if I got rid of everything except vegetables and fruits. I truly believe that I would not hesitate to overdo it on drinking the Ensure if there was nothing else around.
I also take meds at night to help me relax and supposedly to help me sleep. I take baclofen 15mg (twice daily), clonazepam 2mg, and lunesta 6mg (twice what is recommended), along with another 10-15 pills for other things. (Way too many meds I think, but looking over the list, can't really find a single thing that could be cut out, except the Lyrica and But they aren't working so well. The meds I had taken about 6-8 months ago really helped and I had found a good combination--but then there was a possible interaction between a new med that was really necessary and my sleep meds, so I had to give up the good sleep meds, at least for now.
So, bottom line, I pretty much know my big problem is technically not the medication itself, but the side effect of increasing my appetite which I am very poorly controlling. I think I was just hoping someone would say "Oh, that side effect goes away and you end up not wanting to eat much at all" or something magical like that. Just in the past 3 months or so, i have been able to start eating a variety of foods--for quite a few months before that, i lived on plain mashed potatoes, white bread/buns (can't do grains), ensure, and crackers. Now I'm able to eat a whole lot more variety, and this increased appetite at times tells my brain, "go ahead, you couldn't eat that before, so go crazy with it now!" Not a smart idea.
I feel embarrassed and sorta guilty, but right now I just don't have the "fight" in me to put a lot of energy or work into controlling my overeating. I need to find a med or solution that doesn't involve me doing a lot of work/willpower, etc. Wow, I feel like such a slug and a loser saying that, but with all the other issues in my life, I just know I don't have the energy to put into doing that successfully.