I've recently been prescribed gabapentin - basically to try and control autonomic dysfunction problems and nerve pain. I'd put on a lot of weight over the last year, after loosing 6 1/2 stone, but there was no reason for it at all. I'd lost the weight over a 2 yr period and stayed exactly the same (to the pound) for 2 1/2 years. Along with lots of other problems my GP was persuaded (ha ha) that it was autonomic related. He prescribed me gapapentin to help control the messages going to my brain (as weight gain, no matter how you restrict your diet is a side effect of autonomic dysfuntion). Well, I was a bit wary about starting the tablets because of the weight gain side effects, but thought after deliberating for 2 weeks, that if the weight gain was being caused by the messages getting confused to my brain then if the gaba controls this then maybe the weight gain would stop.
I went back to see my GP after the first 3 weeks and the weight had stopped going on - which I already knew, but was happy that I had proved my logic to the medical profession, as he had been a bit skeptical that the reason I had put on weight was because of over eating, even though I stressed to him on more than one occasion, that this was not the case. He was, to be honest, quite shocked that I had managed to stop gaining weight - as up until then it had been between 1-2 lb a week. It hasn't helped me loose any, but to stop gaining it is such a relief. Now 7 weeks in it's still not going on! Thankfully.
Since taken gabapentin I have found myself to be a lot brighter and more able to deal with day to day things. I can only describe it as a sort of numb to the world feeling - (not sure if that will make sense to anyone else), the only bad side effect is that I seem to be falling over, slipping, tripping and walking into things a lot more. After speaking to my cousin who is a trained cancer specialist nurse, she said that gaba does tend to effect people's gait. So I suppose when us with HMS already suffer with less propreciperation (sorry if I've spelt that wrong) (proprioception) skills, it will decrease the small amount that we do have. I'm just going to have to try and re-train my brain again!
Would be interested to hear if others have had similar experiences.
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