Hi again. I had surgery Sept 07, a fusion of L5-S1. I am still having lots of pain, not quite the same pain I had prior to surgery, very different. For nerve pain I did try Lyrica.
I started out on lyrica twice a day, worked my way up to 3 times a day. While it helped a lot with nerve pain, it made me a nervous wreck. I felt like I was somebody else, I was hyper and unable to concentrate, and when I attempted to go off of them, I ended up with withdrawals and crying jags for days. I highly recommend someone not just go off this one in particular. My pills were capsules which made it impossible to cut them in half and I would have to get a new prescription with lower dosage to taper, so I just said forget it and went off of it.
I was on it around 3 weeks I think. It really felt like it was making chemical changes in my body. I really hated the feeling of it.
I have heard of lots of people who do very well on lyrica so just because I had a bad experience doesnt mean you will, just start out slow on it and taper if you need to get off.