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Has anyone heard of the drug "Lyrica" and are they using it for nerve pain? My Dr will be putting me on this med this comming friday, It's suppose to have less side effects and you take smaller doses than neurontin.

Thanks for the input if any,
Joe
I was just put on Lyrica 2 weeks ago.
It helps pain-wise but makes me drowsy. Less drowsy that Neurontin though.
I take 75mg at night only. I don't think I could take it during the day like a lot of people do but everyone's different.

Good luck,
Marc
Just Started Neurontin. I know of Lyrica, but my doc just put on the Nuerontin a fewdays ago. I have been taking it at bedtime. Sleep like a log, and it is reducing the pain, but now with only 2 pills into it.. i am noticing some issues with the drug already. I will try it again tonite, then call my doc with my symptoms tomorrow. With Neurontin, I am finding my muscles seem sore, my back muscles hurt in the lumbar region acoss, it an effort now to move my legs to walk, (not previously) and now I have tingling in my right foot, where this began was primarly left leg and foot.

Good luck with they Lyrica, and I would be very much interested to see how you do on it. Thanks for the post. Tammy
Hi Joe,

It's funny you posted this because I had the same question. I was perscribed Lyrica back in Jan. after I had 2 epidurals for a L5 S1 herniation. The Lyrica didn't seem to do much (neither did the shots). so I had extra laying around. I had surgery 5 weeks ago and still have the nerve pain. I asked my Dr. about the med and he said it is persribed more for nerves that have been "cut". Well I decided to try them again since I wasn't happy with the vicodin. They seem to be helping with the pain and the only draw back is that it does make me sleepy. I'm hoping this means that my nerve pain has just not settled down and that I didn't reherniate my disc. I go for an MRI soon to find out. Good luck to you!

Nancy
Joe I take Lyrica 50 mg 3 times a day and I don't think it helps , sure don't want to find out either if the pain could get any worse , I sure hope it works for you.

Later Bro
hi Joe, pinkgirlchic here.

I take Lyrica for pain and have been on them since August 2005. In my case, it takes the edge off the pain, but doesn't take it away completely. I'm on 150mg, morning and night. You will feel tired and may also feel abit withdrawn, but you will get used to the symptoms, and manage them in your own way. Best thing is to rest once they kick in, then move around afterwards.

Hope you feel better soon, keep me posted on how you feel.

Take care now.
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Hi Joe, pinkgirlchic again.....

I don't want to give you false hope, I'm going to be honest. In my case, it doesn't help me much, but everyone is different and drugs affect people differently.

I do hope the trial pack works for you, but it takes awhile to get fully in your system as to take effect. So, I wish you all the best, and pray that it works for you.

keep intouch and let me know how you get on with it ok.

Best wishes to you.


Hi Pinkgirlchick, I got the trial pack. It was one of those nights when all I wanted to do was sleep to escape the nerve pain. May I ask how you are dealing with nerve pain? I do hope you find relief. I don't take pain meds because I've been on them for years and now I find out that they can cause "DRY EYE Syndrone" I have dry eye to deal with also Anyway I took the first Lyrica lastnight, I know it has to build up in your system so I'm going to give it whirl. I hope it works, I know a few others on here also take Lyrica, Any comments on how you are doing as far as nerve pain relief?

Joe
Hi Joe,

The Neurontin, I had a serious reaction to, and had to stop it at day 4. I was so weak and in pain from the stuff I could barely walk. Also the swelling was so bad, I looked like I had elephantitus. He put me on prednisone which took down the swelling down and got things back under control.

Doc gave me a sample pack of the Lyrica too. I just haven't had the guts to try it yet, as it is the sister drug of Neurontin. I am afraid of the same reaction. But if the nerve pain gets back like it was.. i will try it.

How did the 1st night go? Did it help or did you notice little difference? Curious. Tammy
HI Tammy, The first night went well and I took my 3rd one tonight. I have to say that today the nerve pain seemed to be less But I kinda over did it today.. I walked alot and was on my feet most of the day so I am pretty sore. But my right leg the one with all the nerve pain felt somehat better ... so I think there is help I just have to go slowly. I can see why your reluctant to take the lyrica due to your problems with neurontin. I haven't had any side affects, Not tired, not dizzy .. I know it's a sister drun to neurontin but I don't know the chemical makeup of either. I hope it works for you and you become pain free .. BTW I over did it so much today that I have that dreaded groin pain again .. also the piriformis muscle is sore ..

Good Luck Tammy,
Joe
Hey! I started Lyrica a little while ago as a replacement to Gabritril for a muscle relaxor. It made me VERY sleepy for the first several weeks which was nice because I haven't slept well in years due to pain. Seems to do about the same thing the Gabitril did but doc said it's supposed to work better at directing hydration into discs?? Not sure if it does that. Hope it's helping you
Don't know if my experience would even be fair for you to use as a basis for trying Lyrica or not as I'm close to the date for my fusion surgery. But, I took it for a little less than a week and the first day I had swelling in my ankles and legs. I honestly don't remember if it helped with the nerve pain I've had.

I hope you have good results with it.
Hi, Thought I'd put my 2cents in, I don't post much anymore, though I did try the lyrica, as I have had nerve pain for 7yrs now and even had a SCS implanted that didn't work.
As for the lyrica, I think I had all the side effects with it, at first not to bad but as time went on and it was really helping the pain a lot the symptoms got worse then it stopped working so they upped it and wanted me to slowly increase to 300mg a day and possibly up to 600, there was no way it didn't help any longer and beside the being sleepy all the time I swelled up so bad I couldn't bend my joints and felt awful it was also causing me to have mood swings, I was really hoping that it would work as I have tried about all the meds in that line, to no luck.
I hope that you find great relief for yourself as I know to well how bad the nerve pain is.
Linda
Linda, Sorry your in so much pain still after 7 years, I'm into my 28th month of nerve pain. They also wanted to do an implant on me as well and I said Noway, because you can't have an mri with it in your body. This is my 3rd day on Lyrica and I'm not the least bit sleepy and so far no side affects, I think its working some but I won't know because the wife planned a BBQ for 24 people and who do you think did the cooking? I'm talking real BBQ not grilling but long, slow and low heat so I was on my feet all weekend. Today I have the groin pain as well as the nerve pain, horse shoe pain around the front of the ankle, calf pain as well as a pain in the butt. I'm going to stay off my feet and give the Lyrica a chance to work and pay close attention to my body.. Are you taking or doing anything for your nerve pain now?

Thanks for the responce,
Joe
Hi Joe,

Glad Lyrica is being a positive drug for you to date. Me, just 75 tab1st night, and the next morning.. swollen very bady, more leg pain than before I took the pill, and back to square one again. What the Lyrica did in one pill, took 4 days on the Neurontin to get that bad. I am very sensitive to medications, and this is another that just does not agree with my system. Back to the drawing board. Gonna make a few calls when I am coherent enough and see if maybe Topamax might help. Swelling is not a common side effect with the Topamax, but has similar nerve pain relieving abilities as the others.

Ya, we have to remember not to overdo, but it's also very to easy to overdo. Stay off your feet abit and I hope you are feeling better soon. Tammy
Joe, I have to say that you have more guts then me, I canbarely cook plain meals to keep the family from starving much less grilling for that many people..
Hope you however had a good time and was able to enjoy yourself.
Right now I'm on methadone and a few other meds,methadone is pretty good for nerve pain and I'm also thinking about trying topomax, I'm just sick of living my life watching the clock for the next round of meds, it would be so worth it if it really helped with the quality of my life, which I guess it does for without the meds who knows where I'd be.
Good luck and I hope that lyrica turns out to be the med for you, sounds good so far..
Linda
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Hi Joe,

Glad Lyrica is being a positive drug for you to date. Me, just 75 tab1st night, and the next morning.. swollen very bady, more leg pain than before I took the pill, and back to square one again. What the Lyrica did in one pill, took 4 days on the Neurontin to get that bad. I am very sensitive to medications, and this is another that just does not agree with my system. Back to the drawing board. Gonna make a few calls when I am coherent enough and see if maybe Topamax might help. Swelling is not a common side effect with the Topamax, but has similar nerve pain relieving abilities as the others.

Ya, we have to remember not to overdo, but it's also very to easy to overdo. Stay off your feet abit and I hope you are feeling better soon. Tammy


Hi Tammy, Sorry to hear it didn't work for you. I did notice after my 2nd pill I had more pain in my lower back on the right side but that went away. I hope the Topmax works for you. I have noticed people that are in pain will try anything for relief and you are a trooper. Glad to see your trying everything available to relieve the pain. The folks here are awesome and very helpful. Hang in there and my thoughts are with you.

Joe
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Joe, I have to say that you have more guts then me, I canbarely cook plain meals to keep the family from starving much less grilling for that many people..
Hope you however had a good time and was able to enjoy yourself.
Right now I'm on methadone and a few other meds,methadone is pretty good for nerve pain and I'm also thinking about trying topomax, I'm just sick of living my life watching the clock for the next round of meds, it would be so worth it if it really helped with the quality of my life, which I guess it does for without the meds who knows where I'd be.
Good luck and I hope that lyrica turns out to be the med for you, sounds good so far..
Linda


Hi Linda, We had 24 people here.. I enjoy cooking and have noticed if I get involved in something it takes my mind off the pain some. I was limping and my wife is always telling me to sit down. lay down or take it easy. Although I been havng this nerve pain for 28 months It's hard for me to sit still as life is too short. However I did over due it, My legs were sore as well as the back and bottom of my feet. I was on Methadone, Methadose, Morphine, Oxycontin and Vicodine during the past 11 years and been off the meds for about a little while now. I know they would help with the pain but I'm not going back on them. I fell better mentally being off of them but have the nerve pain, If only I could find something in the middle. My Dr say's I have a very, very high threashold for pain because I was getting injection into my piriformis muscle without novacaine and didn't flinch. I told him that I'm a chicken and don't like needles and as long as he's talking to me I'll be ok.. I did have a bought back in January where I thought I reherniated it for the 3rd time. I had the mri and it was just a pissed off sciatic nerve telling me not to do what I did I went back on the vicodine for a few weeks. BTW, my taste for sweets has also decreased, when I was on the heavy meds I had one hell of a sweet tooth.. I hope the topomax works for you and you get some relief.

Good Luck and let me know how the topomax works out,

Joe
Quote from shawley:
Joe you did way to much partying this weekend .. Hope your wife and her engineer friends had fun eating all that good BBQ . You made my belly growl just thinking of it.
I see you got your lrica ,glad its helped you. I slipped you some mail today Bro , hope everythings well . Don't over do it.

Danielson


Ahhh Danielson, My motto is "Too Much is never enough" This upsets the wife as well as the sciatic nerve so I'm getting it on both ends .. ahh such pain ... lol .. It went well, I got your e-mail and replied. As far as the Lyrica goes I'm going to take it easy for a day or so my motto got the best of me this wekend. My neighbor who was away came by and said she heard about the bbq and I said I have pics! I opened the picture file and was showing her the pics and she said all you have here is pics of the food. I said yup because the people who came will be around alot longer than the food will be .. laughing, and she laughed as well and asked for leftovers .. I hope your doing well, and now you kinda know what's going on with your back and you have a starting point again.

Your Bro Joe
Yo, my Bro Joe,

I thought that was great about your wife and the sciatic upset . It's true I hate when I piss both off . I was putting WHITE light switch plates on my wifes freshly painted wall's last night and I almost called the ambulance to come and get me, guess leaning forward was to much , Man I am really getting sick of this pain brother. I called my doctor's office today and demanded stronger meds than percocets . They told me the doc wasn't in until tomorrow , I had a fit with her . I kinda felt bad afterwords cause they are nice people. Maybe I'll get some relief tomorrow ?? I'm glad your Lyrica seem to work. Hope you can deal with your pain.
Deal Or No Deal ??? Maybe you don't watch Howie..


Got your E-mail reply , what did you come up with ? hemangioma ? It's 2.0 cm

Later Joe my Bro
Quote from shawley:
Yo, my Bro Joe,

I thought that was great about your wife and the sciatic upset . It's true I hate when I piss both off . I was putting WHITE light switch plates on my wifes freshly painted wall's last night and I almost called the ambulance to come and get me, guess leaning forward was to much , Man I am really getting sick of this pain brother. I called my doctor's office today and demanded stronger meds than percocets . They told me the doc wasn't in until tomorrow , I had a fit with her . I kinda felt bad afterwords cause they are nice people. Maybe I'll get some relief tomorrow ?? I'm glad your Lyrica seem to work. Hope you can deal with your pain.
Deal Or No Deal ??? Maybe you don't watch Howie..


Got your E-mail reply , what did you come up with ? hemangioma ? It's 2.0 cm

Later Joe my Bro

Hey Brodah just wondering how's the eye's working ? I forgot to ask before.
Danileson wax on ! Wax Off
Hi Danielson, This is what I have been told by a few Dr's as far as the eyes are concerned. Being on strong meds like morphine and such for long term can cause "Dry Eye" and that's what they are thinking that caused the double and tripple vision. Do I watch the Howie show?? Umm no, Sorry to hear about the Phillies but what can I say I am a die hard Red Sox fan. A guest that came to the bbq gave us tickets for a Red Sox game this friday against Tanpa Bay. So its Hot Dogs and beers for dinner .. lol .. How is your back doing? I had the same problem leaning over the back gets sore and then the sciaticnerve kicks in, I'm calling the Dr today to tell him I'm getting a little relief from the Lyrica and may have to up the dose from 75mg to whatever he thinks. The good news is no side affects... I sent you some pics of the BBQ ....

Smoke'en Joe
Tammy, Did you try the Topamax yet? I called my Dr today and told him that the Lyrica was working a little but not enough so he is upping the dose to 150mg twice a day.. He's filling out the paper work so the insurance company will cover it.

Hope you are well,
Joe
Hey Joe,

The doctor and I spoke today and he is afraid to give me anything else right now due to the adverse side effects that I had with Nuerontin and Lyrica. At the moment my whole body is swollen, with the most in the lower extremeties. He said that he does not believe all this is due to the back surgery and will refer me to my GP to test for other things that might be causing the swelling. I didn't have this problem at all before the surgery.

Personally, I dont know for sure, but maybe my body does not like the titanium or the bmp material.. I dont know. I am a poster child for allergies with foods, environment, metals, etc.. so it could be anything. Maybe I have an infection somewhere. Other than the swelling and headache I have had, I feel as I should I think. (When the swelling is down, my leg pain is tolerable).

He wants me to just tough it out for at least a few weeks and stay on my dose of skelaxin and vicodin. Well if I could have done that before, I would not have called him in the first place. My pain management doctor told me a long time ago, that surgeons are surgeons, and they get frustrated with complications and aren't much good pass the chopping.

So I am going to call him tomorrow as well as my GP and try to get to the heart of the matter. When I am not swollen, I feel pretty darn good. So we need to get rid of the swelling without anti-inflammers then try and hang until such time I can take them again.

I am glad the Lyrica is working for you Joe and that you are asking them to up your dose until you feel that you are at a tolerable level.

I will keep you posted. Your puffy back pal. hehehe Tammy
Quote from Justoneofus:
Hey Joe,

The doctor and I spoke today and he is afraid to give me anything else right now due to the adverse side effects that I had with Nuerontin and Lyrica. At the moment my whole body is swollen, with the most in the lower extremeties. He said that he does not believe all this is due to the back surgery and will refer me to my GP to test for other things that might be causing the swelling. I didn't have this problem at all before the surgery.

Personally, I dont know for sure, but maybe my body does not like the titanium or the bmp material.. I dont know. I am a poster child for allergies with foods, environment, metals, etc.. so it could be anything. Maybe I have an infection somewhere. Other than the swelling and headache I have had, I feel as I should I think. (When the swelling is down, my leg pain is tolerable).

He wants me to just tough it out for at least a few weeks and stay on my dose of skelaxin and vicodin. Well if I could have done that before, I would not have called him in the first place. My pain management doctor told me a long time ago, that surgeons are surgeons, and they get frustrated with complications and aren't much good pass the chopping.

So I am going to call him tomorrow as well as my GP and try to get to the heart of the matter. When I am not swollen, I feel pretty darn good. So we need to get rid of the swelling without anti-inflammers then try and hang until such time I can take them again.

I am glad the Lyrica is working for you Joe and that you are asking them to up your dose until you feel that you are at a tolerable level.

I will keep you posted. Your puffy back pal. hehehe Tammy


Hey Tammy, You may be "Puffy" but your not "Stuffy" And as Martha Stewart would say "And That's a good thing" I am sorry that your all puffed up. Might be a good idea to get some of the meds you tried out of your system. I was on Skelaxin and vicodine and it never touched the nerve pain. Your PM Dr is correct, once the surgery is over thier job is done and you have to move on to pain management or your GP.

Now here "I am a poster child for allergies with foods, environment, metals, etc.. so it could be anything." You sound like my wifes twin.. lol But she makes me eat vegtables and breakfast.

Have you been keeping your feet up? Like above your heart to bring down the swelling?

As far as the Lyrica goes it does seem to be reducing the nerve pain but other pain are surfacing.. ie: crampy feeling in calf, butt and more groin pain than usual.. I had my last MRI 3 months ago and all looked great.

Your doing the right thing not giving up, Make them listen to you and get to the bottom of what's going on. Be Umm "Fiesty" Let me know what the GP says ..

Good Luck,

Joe
Hi. I've heard of Lyrica. I was on Neurontin previously 2700 mg per day but had problems with it side effects.

My doctor decided against Lyrica because it falls within the same family of medication at Neurontin. And since I had trouble with Neurontin he felt I would have trouble with Lyrica as well.

If you go on Lyrica good luck and would be curious if it works for you. Good luck.

allan
hi Allen, I have to admit.. So far so good .. the nerve pain has decreased .. I'm on 75mg twice a day.. Dr is upping the dose to 150mg twice a day .. I am very hopeful after having this nerve pain for almost 29 months .. Also with Lyrica you take less of a dose than you do neurontin ..

Goos luck to you,
Joe
[QUOTE=help hernia]Hi.
I'm a 30 yrs old mother of 2 babies. I just got an MRI done last week and I have a large herniated disc. Degenerated disc. My Doc precribed me for Lyreca. New to this, I hope it does not do any more damage. I will be going to get an EMG done in 2 weeks to see what level are my nerves if bad I will get a surgery done. I just hope that this medication will work on me and maybe, magically I will get better and get over this problem, that has destroyed my life. Keep you posted and let me know if you know anything else on this drug.
thanks.

Hi,Even on Lyrica you still may want to get that disc fixed reason being that if it's pressing on a nerve you don't want nerve damage. I have had 2 micro 's on the same disc because of reherniation.... I know the Lyrica is filtered through the kidneys, It also helps with siezures and diabetic nerve pain.. You can google itandgo to thier website and red the info first hand.I hope you find some relief.
Good Lucj,
Joe
Quote from lumbarjackswife:
Hi there Joe,
My hubby has been on that and it made him do some really funny things. He would wake up in the middle of the night looking for his dog that was at the foot of his bed . I found him up by the neihbors in his underwear calling for his dog. He's no longer on it and life is normal again. :bouncing:

Sherri


That is kinda funny, If I was out in my underpants by the neighbors and not in bed with the wife where I belong I don't think she be so understanding seeing how I live in the city. Anyway.. I had no side affects to neurontin it just didn't work for me. But this Lyrica is working so far, I can bend backwards some with little pain now so the Dr is upping the dose. I'll have my wife read this incase I wind up on the neighbors door step calling for a dog I don't have. :) I don't think she'd by that though.. What if anything is you husband taking for the nerve pain?

Joe
How is it helping controlling the nerve pain in your shoulder? Sorry to hear about your back. I think most of us here are "wrecks" that's one thing we have in common. What's wrong with your back? I'm having a good day today I think the Lyrica is kicking in, I've only been on it for a month. The amitryp. is working for you at 50mg .. that's good news.

Joe
[QUOTE=Pebble Beach]Hi. I've heard of Lyrica. I was on Neurontin previously 2700 mg per day but had problems with it side effects.

My doctor decided against Lyrica because it falls within the same family of medication at Neurontin. And since I had trouble with Neurontin he felt I would have trouble with Lyrica as well.

If you go on Lyrica good luck and would be curious if it works for you. Good luck.

allan


Hi Allan, I don't think I would take 2700 mg per day of anything and yes I would think at that dose there would be some side effects. I would think at some point the Dr would say this isn't working and try something else. Lyrica is from what I heard a sister drug of neurontin. Your having nerve pain from surgery?
Joe
Hello Joe

My husband is on Cymbalta and Lyrica ( 50mg 3 times a day ) He see's his doctor next week because his pain is getting worse everyday. His fusion is failing again.

Take care

Sherri
hi, I'm late getting into this discussion, but I felt I had something to add.
I had lumbar 4-5 on april 11 and had complications , ie nerve swelling from it. A week after coming home I saw my neurologist and he put me on 50mg Lyrica 3x day and within 2 weeks I was taking 300mg day, the max he said . But it did not take away all the Pain but helped. It did cause muscle spasms in upper back, I was strangly aggresive and irritable, and had very weird dreams and even suicadal thougts at times. I gained weight. Even so, I took it for about 6 weeks. I then read about Keppra, another anti-siezure drug being used for neuropathic pain, and started it. I'm on day 3 of it, and feel better. I do not feel so agresive. . My pain is ok, and also one really bad side effect from Lyrica is WEIGHT GAIN. it is notorious for it. I belong to *********.org and they use it there for neuropathic pain and some use it for anxiety alos thye use it off label for bipolar (by they I mean the pysch docs, It is being used off label for anxiety. It does help, I was a lot less anxious, but unforntunely irritable. So how can you win? I think it is a good drug and definitely one I would try. I also experienced some swelling too. (legs and feet)
rocki
Hi Rocki, I was on 75mg of Lyrica twice a day for a week The Dr upped the dose to 150 twice a day. I took the 150mg on saturday around 8am by 11am I went to sleep for another 4 hours. I know now it wasn't the ball game it was the Lyrica. I decided to back off some to 225mg per day taking one 75mg pill 3 times a day this seems to work better. However I have muscle aches in my calf muscles. Could it be that I'm not noticing I'm standing and walking around longer? My mood is fine, I sleep like a log as I usually do and no wierd dreams. The nerve pain has quieted some but I'm still having pain in the butt at times and the dreaded groin pain if on my feet for an extended period of time. Sheesh I just lost 20lbs and don't need to gain it back... I'm 5'10" and 210 lbs .. large frame from constrruction .. Anyway .. I'm going to watch out for swelling and mood swings .. My eyes are mess now because the heavy pain meds over the years caused me to have "Dry Eye" syndrone. So my vision is at times blurry, double and at times tripple. Thanks for the reply..

Joe

PS let me know how the new med works out for you, good Luck
GoodMorning Joe , glad to see you up and moving this morning. Hey I was thinking about your dry eye problem and it hit me. You know them goggles you wear when swimming ? Well fill them up with some good PA spring water to get them babies juicen again..lol. Just kidding , that has to be terrible. My hubby ( studmuffin) is doing ok this weekend , but he has therapy today at 9:30 so the pain will be back soon. I also was thinking if you still have pain in your hip and legs and the Lyrica isn't taking it away...Why take it. Your gonna have to watch the ulcer that's growing in your belly from them pills.
Did you get a second opinion whats wrong with you ? You did get a new doctor because the otherone left right ? What did she think before she left?
I'll talk to you later it's a Coffee run to the kitchen . :bouncing:

Sherri ;)
:wave:
Quote from JoeD617:
Has anyone heard of the drug "Lyrica" and are they using it for nerve pain? My Dr will be putting me on this med this comming friday, It's suppose to have less side effects and you take smaller doses than neurontin.

Thanks for the input if any,
Joe


Hi Joe,
I have been on Lyrica for about a month now. I take 75 mg 3 times a day. But I am still having nerve pain. At first I thought it was working but now I am not sure. Not many side effects.
Hope this helps.
Hi Joe, its Tammy. Sorry I havent updated you on how Im doing. Sorry that you are still having a rough time adjusting to medication. Hang in there, things should level out for you.

have managed to stay off any nerve medication and I am surviving (nights were horrible at first, but I am now sleeping a bit better). I still have the leg/foot pain/weakness but it's much better.. I hope that continues to lessen.

After the allergic reaction to neuontin and lyrica.. the surgeon said no more of that type of drug because of the serious reaction to them, he was afraid it would only make things worse for me and other organs. And I agreed with him. So I took it one step further and in order to bring down swelling.. I brought myself off of almost ALL meds entirely. It took at good week but things are now in control and more of my ankles are reappearing each day. I am now averaging 1 5mg vicodin and 1/2 800mg tab of skelaxin per day. When things are hurting more... I up the vicodin a bit to help ease things. But I am doing better. My hips now ache more of course, but assume that is the bones healing and such and the change in the body after surgery. I have more clarity and feel a little more normal not taking the meds. I just know.. it's gonna be awhile before things heal up and get more normal again. I am staying optimistic!

I am also hoping to return to work in a few weeks part-time.. even though I am still hurting.. it's not any worse than a flared up day before the surgery and I was working then. I just have a lot less flexibility right now and am more restricted while I heal.

While I was so swollen and knew I could not take the nerve meds.. I started reading and making phone calls. I called health stores, my pharamacist, and I stumbled onto an alchemist in my town. He told me some of the coolest stuff. He said when conventional RX drugs dont work for patients.. that is where he comes in. He hand makes all medications based on the needs of the patients. He told me that many people can not orally tolerate Neurontin.. and he makes a topical creme and depending on how deep they need it.. how strong he makes it and mixes it with other RX meds that provide the results without alot of the side effects of oral medications. Of course, he only does this with working with doctors writing a script for him to help.

He also said that with the amount of RX drugs, that my body as probably very deficient in magnesium.. causing more muscle pain and spasms. I went to the health store and got a bottle of calcium/magnesium.. The stuff has really helped. So far, I have not had one spasm and muscle pain.. none.

I asked my pharamcist about Quinine. She said many of her patients swear by the stuff to ease their nerve pain.. but it is in perscription strength. I bought some over the counter strength.. and that stuff helped take a edge off some. So, if you have not tried these things.. and the Lyrica stops helping you.. You might consider giving these a whirl. Might help, might not. Just wanted to share that with you and everyone.

Take care guy.. and hang in there. Tammy :wave:
Quote from Justoneofus:
Hi Joe, its Tammy. Sorry I havent updated you on how Im doing. Sorry that you are still having a rough time adjusting to medication. Hang in there, things should level out for you.

I hope so, I cancelled my injection because the pain lessoned... I am thinking I'll just have to adjust to the side affects until my body adjust to the meds.

have managed to stay off any nerve medication and I am surviving (nights were horrible at first, but I am now sleeping a bit better). I still have the leg/foot pain/weakness but it's much better.. I hope that continues to lessen.

I hope it lessons for you also. I still have some pain in my ankle and at times in my groin but the pain in my hip is gone

After the allergic reaction to neuontin and lyrica.. the surgeon said no more of that type of drug because of the serious reaction to them, he was afraid it would only make things worse for me and other organs. And I agreed with him. So I took it one step further and in order to bring down swelling.. I brought myself off of almost ALL meds entirely. It took at good week but things are now in control and more of my ankles are reappearing each day. I am now averaging 1 5mg vicodin and 1/2 800mg tab of skelaxin per day. When things are hurting more... I up the vicodin a bit to help ease things. But I am doing better. My hips now ache more of course, but assume that is the bones healing and such and the change in the body after surgery. I have more clarity and feel a little more normal not taking the meds. I just know.. it's gonna be awhile before things heal up and get more normal again. I am staying optimistic!

Tammy, That is great, I was on pain meds for well over 10 years. I am clean now and mentally I am more clearer, not so dragged down feeling is also gone. We have no idea when on the pain meds just how it affects our moods. My wife notices the difference and tells me I am more lively now.

I am also hoping to return to work in a few weeks part-time.. even though I am still hurting.. it's not any worse than a flared up day before the surgery and I was working then. I just have a lot less flexibility right now and am more restricted while I heal.

It's looking like I won't be able to go back to my trade being a carpenter.. I was self employed but who knows .. If I am really careful and can stand on my feet all day .. I just might be able too get back to it.

While I was so swollen and knew I could not take the nerve meds.. I started reading and making phone calls. I called health stores, my pharamacist, and I stumbled onto an alchemist in my town. He told me some of the coolest stuff. He said when conventional RX drugs dont work for patients.. that is where he comes in. He hand makes all medications based on the needs of the patients. He told me that many people can not orally tolerate Neurontin.. and he makes a topical creme and depending on how deep they need it.. how strong he makes it and mixes it with other RX meds that provide the results without alot of the side effects of oral medications. Of course, he only does this with working with doctors writing a script for him to help.

We have a pharamacist here that do that also... I had some cream for when I injured my back, But I then had the mri and it shown a herniation and the cream didn't help mush at that time .

He also said that with the amount of RX drugs, that my body as probably very deficient in magnesium.. causing more muscle pain and spasms. I went to the health store and got a bottle of calcium/magnesium.. The stuff has really helped. So far, I have not had one spasm and muscle pain.. none.

More good new Tammy, You are a fighter.. never take no for an answer.. try everything to get through this.

I asked my pharamcist about Quinine. She said many of her patients swear by the stuff to ease their nerve pain.. but it is in perscription strength. I bought some over the counter strength.. and that stuff helped take a edge off some. So, if you have not tried these things.. and the Lyrica stops helping you.. You might consider giving these a whirl. Might help, might not. Just wanted to share that with you and everyone.

Good idea .. wonder if I can take quinine with the lyrica ..

Take care guy.. and hang in there. Tammy :wave:


No more Puffy Tammy I see .. lol .. That's good news all around I guess.

Be Well my ex "Puffy Friend" Now it's "Friend Tammy with Ankles"

Joe

PS: Have you heard that taking pain meds for a long period of time can cause "Dry Eye" syndrone? I'm curious if others have heard of this also.