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I have been taking amitriptyline for nearly 4 months for yet unexplained nerve pain. I started at 10mg and am now taking 20mg. Since I have been taking it I have had constant cravings for everything sweet that are totally uncontrolable.
I am due in hospital for an Mri of c spine and head tomorrow so hopefully I should have some answers soon and be able to come off the tablets but I am so miserable.
I spent all of last year dieting and exercising 5 times a week to lose weight as I was experiencing bad joint pain and I lost just over 3 stones. since starting the tablets I have gained 20lbs and am still gaining despite cutting down on my food and doing a combination of cardio and weights an hour a day, 5 times a week.
I spoke to my g.p and she gave me a prescription for gabapentin, but when I looked into the side effects they are the same as amitriptilyne.
Although my pain is almost under control, it is now being replaced by depression and self loathing at the way I am starting to look. I tried to wean off them a couple of weeks ago for this reason alone but my symptoms came back with a venegence so I had to start up again.
I really do feel trapped by these meds, docs suspect that I have some kind of nerve damage in my spine, which will be made worse by my increased weight so what do I do.
Any info would be greatly appreciated
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