Hi Tx, welcome to the board. There's been lots of threads about lyrica. If you use the search at the top it'll bring up all kinds of stuff. It's the type of drug that it either loves you or hates you. I tried it but only lasted 2 weeks due to side effects.
I tried it a few weeks ago. The first week was amazing, stopped the constant muscle twitching...which gave me my long lost energy back. Had forgotten how amazing that felt. Then week #2 and the side effects began...with a vengeance. Confusion, edema, hypertension, massive headaches... Everyone is different. If the first week had lasted, I would have got my life and my energy back. It was worth a try. We keep trying. It's a journey, we never know what will work. We have to keep trying Maybe it will be your magic med
hello and welcome cookie,
i also tried it a few years ago. lasted 3 days i think. made my legs and muscles ache almost to the screaming point. there are people who do very well on it. worth a try.
I've been on Lyrica for 2 years and my initial side effects consisted of constipation, which I self-treated with herbal laxitive tea and stewed prunes. After about 3 weeks, I needed neither and have been fine ever since. At some point the dosage was increased from 75 mg 2 times a day to 150 mg 2 times a day.
Yes, I find it helps immensely with nerve pain. Pain in my feet especially is almost totally controlled. Pain in my back consists of shooting, stinging pain, and lasts only a few moments now. I have a weakened right leg and left arm (from neural foraminal stenosis), and the buzzing, sometimes shooting pain that accompanies the weakness initially is mostly absent.
I'll continue to take Lyrica for as long as it helps. I too was cynical about all meds when this condition was wrecking my life and I didn't know what it was. I've learned that getting my life back is far more important than riding out the milder side effects. If the side effects remain severe, constant and unrelenting then the medication is not for you. Everyone is different.
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Hi Tx! I just wanted to add a positive note to the Lyrica question. I love it. It reduces my aches and pain and allows me to have a few more hours everyday to do those things I need to get done. I can clean house and go to the park - things that are difficult without Lyrica.
At first, there are side effects. But, if you start out on a low dose and work your way up, then the side effects aren't as bad - atleast for me. I hope you gave it a try cause you never know.
I have been on Lyrica for three months and have had no problems. I have had great relief from nerve pain in my neck. I have a damaged disc that is giving me a lot of pain. Orthopedic surgeon wants me to have op to have the vertibrae fused. I refused and he put me on Lyrica and referred me to a pain management clinic. ( i'm still waiting for the clinic). I have had this pain for years and it has been getting worse over time. As usual the pain was been put down to fibro and was only diagnosed when I had an unrelated MRI scan. That's a whole other story.
The pain is much less than it's been for years and the bonus is it has reduced a problem I have had with twitching of arms and legs while asleep.
I hope it continues to work for me and If you go for I wish you the best of luck and success with it.
I have been on it for 5 years almost and it was godsend for me. I was on a disability and could not work and it got me back to work. It's not a miracle drug but it helps nerve pain which is what I have, not the achey muscular pain.