O.K., so I was on Cymbalta for several months and at first it helped with the fibro pain and then the pain relief went way down, like more than 50%. So my doc put me on Savella. After a couple of months it offered me almost total pain relief and all of the side affects had subsided and it was wonderful. Then I ended up in ICU for four days with a short interval v-tach and the Cardiologists thought that the Savella was contributing because it was making my BP higher so they took me off of it. I was on nothing for six weeks until my next Doc appointment. BTW, the Cardiologist said my heart is fine now.
So....my doc agreed that it was not a good idea for me to be on the Savella and he put me on Lyrica. This is the start of the 5th day I have been on it, so I haven't noticed any pain relief yet, I know I need to give it a while.
Who has experience with Lyrica? I am scared about the weight gain. I am counter-acting that possibility with a low carb diet and exercise. I may not lose any weight (or maybe I will) but I sure don't want to gain any!!! Also, has anyone experienced fibro pain relief on Lyrica?
I guess I've run the gamut now of all of the fibro meds?
I have been on Lyrica for 3 years and it has helped me tremendously. It did not take all the pain away but about 60% or so. Cymbalta was added and I was almost pain free but it made me sleepy so Savella was added and it does little for pain but has given me energy. I am now on Lyrica 75mg 3x per day, Savella 50 mg 2 x per day and Cymbalta 30 mg at night and I am pretty much pain free. I use hyrocodone for break thru pain once in awhile. I have also cut out sugar and white bread and pasta and it has cut down on pain really well.
Lyrica has nearly destroyed my life! I consider it deadly poison.
It significantly increased all my fibro symptoms, including depression. Have been off it for nearly 2 weeks, after a long period of tapering, and the effects of stopping are as bad as the side effects, including a profound deepening of depression and sense of isolation.
Before considering Lyrica, google Dr. Scott S. Reuben.
Bad experience with Lyrica. I blew up like a balloon and my eye sight was terrible. It made everything very blurry. I couldn't drive at all and I have two children so I am pretty much a chauffeur. Savella gave me HBP and anxiety and made me sweat terribly. I have been taking cymbalta for about 6 months and it helped for a while, now not so much and I also gained weight on this. I go to a new Dr. the end of the month so we will see what he says.
Thanks guys! I appreciate your responses. I have noticed the blurry vision already. I am on a diet where I do not eat any processed foods, no sugar, no breads or pasta. I am back at my doc in less than a month, so I will discuss everything with him.
I have noticed that my back and legs are more sore and my feet are swelling. I am so tired of trying all of these medicines only to have nothing work.