I am having really awful intermittent pain in my arm. My neuro wrote a script for Lyrica. My big concern about these nerve pain drugs (Neurontin too) is the weight gain side effect.
I struggle w/weight as it is and don't look forward to adding more. Please let me know what you may have experienced.
I would say that it's going to be a decision between nerve pain and weight gain. If the pain is bad enough that you have to take something, well, there you go. There are some more surgical options, such as a nerve block, that will help, but it's quite a bit more drastic than neurontin or lyrica.
I would talk to your doctor about your weight gain concerns. I would say try it for a while, and see if it helps. If it doesn't work, and you're gaining weight, then you can think about other options.
I take 900mg 3X a day of gabapentin for a total of 2700 mg. It really really helps with nerve pain.
I haven't gained any weight on it, but I monitor my food intake very carefully. I don't think it makes you gain weight per se, but makes your appetite increase. So as long as you know what your food intake is you should be OK.
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