Did they make me gay?

Af­ter tak­ing painkillers, Scott Purdy, 23, from Lin­colnshire, now fan­cies men...

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I’ve al­ways con­sid­ered my­self to be quite the ladies’ man – a hot– blooded het­ero­sex­ual. Even af­ter break­ing my foot, I’d man­aged to se­cure a date with one of the nurses who treated me.

Back in 2012, I’d been muck­ing about with a pedal go-kart, rac­ing down a hill, when the brakes failed and I col­lided into a tree.

Doc­tors re­paired my bro­ken bones with pins and metal plates, but I was left in con­stant ag­o­nis­ing pain.

But that didn’t stop me from charm­ing the ladies.

Af­ter dat­ing the nurse for a few weeks, I changed girl­friends as of­ten as I did painkillers!

By early this year, I’d been with Sarah King, 23, for about six months.

This time, it was se­ri­ous.

But the pain from my in­jury years be­fore was still a prob­lem.

Be­fore I think about hav­ing kids, I need to get this sorted, I thought. So I went to my GP.

He pre­scribed me with a dif­fer­ent painkiller – called Pre­ga­balin.

I started tak­ing the pills ev­ery day, and the pain started to sub­side.

Fi­nally, some­thing works, I thought, re­lieved. But soon, other things started to change, too…

One night, Sarah snug­gled up to me in bed.

Usu­ally, I’d jump at the chance for a wild night, but this time, I just wasn’t feel­ing it.

‘Not tonight,’ I grum­bled, rolling over. But it was the same for the next few nights… This is not like me, I thought. So, one evening when Sarah was out, I logged on to a porn web­site, hop­ing to re­vive my li­bido.

But, sadly,

the women in the video just weren’t do­ing it for me. Then I caught a glimpse of a man in an­other scene… Now he’s dishy,i

thought. Cu­ri­ous, I clicked on a link for gay porn.

And, strangely enough, the men in the videos seemed to be ex­actly what I needed.

In­stantly, I was back to my old self – my li­bido had been re­vived!

Af­ter­wards, I tried to fig­ure out why my lust for women had changed to a need for men…

The only thing that I’d done dif­fer­ently was take Pre­ga­balin.

It must be those painkillers,i thought, in­trigued. So I stopped tak­ing them. And soon, my sex life with Sarah was back in full swing.

But that meant that my pain re­turned, too.

Af­ter a few weeks, I couldn’t put up with the con­stant pain any­more, so I went back to tak­ing Pre­ga­balin.

Painkillers couldn’t pos­si­bly make me gay, I rea­soned. It must have just been a one-off. But, af­ter be­ing back on the pills for a few days, I was back to fan­cy­ing blokes!

It was true, then – painkillers had made me gay.

I knew it wasn’t fair on Sarah, so I de­cided to do the right thing. ‘I’m sorry,’ I told her. ‘I think I’m gay.’ Poor Sarah was heart­bro­ken, but she was un­der­stand­ing.

Af­ter all, it was the painkillers that had turned me off her.

Once I was con­fi­dent enough, I posted a mes­sage on Face­book, and came out to my fam­ily and friends.

I didn’t go into the rea­sons be­hind it, be­cause most peo­ple I tried to ex­plain it to just thought I was talk­ing rub­bish.

Even my dad said that he’d thought I was gay all along.

I may have ex­per­i­mented a bit when I was a teenager, but I was def­i­nitely straight.

But now, my sex­u­al­ity had taken a com­plete turn!

I just want to warn other peo­ple who have been pre­scribed Pre­ga­balin for pain.

Peo­ple need to know what this med­i­ca­tion can do.

I’ve de­cided to keep tak­ing it, be­cause it makes me feel happy about my sex­u­al­ity. It’s so lib­er­at­ing. The med­i­ca­tion has made me so open and not both­ered about what peo­ple think or say.

Painkillers trans­formed me from a ladies’ man to a gay man – and, to be hon­est, I couldn’t be hap­pier.

There was a change in me

I’m hap­pier now The pills seemed the only ex­pla­na­tion

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