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Hey Texmom,

I don't have Fibro, but I do have Chronic Myofascial Pain. They have some similar symptoms and are often confused for one another. I never had any luck with nsaids or the Cox-2 inhibitors (vioxx, celebrex) One of the things that our conditions have in common is the trigger point. This generally means that any part of the body, ie. muscle, tissue, bone/joint, can be causing pain at any time. I can really sympothize with you about the profound effect on your life. I can't work, exercise, lift anything even remotely heavy and have not had a night of uninterupted sleep in years. I see a PM doc for treatment and have been very lucky to have found him. He was the first person to listen to me, thoroughly and then tell me what was wrong with me. All the other docs I saw up to that time made me feel like I was crazy. My PCP suggested Lyrica when I was there for another reason and I spoke with my PM about it the next time I saw him. I've been on other narcotic pain meds for a long time and was curious. He told me that Lyrica has been known to have some pretty heavy duty side effects and that I was much better off taking my current meds. (Oxycontin - Long Acting, Vicodin - for breakthrough pain, and Soma - Muscle Relaxer) I have to say that while I know that I'm never going to be pain free, my quality of life has improved to the point where I can take care of my home and family (with a little help from my very supportive hubby) and I can at least occasionally travel and go out with friends etc. I've just learned over time that I have to take it easy before and after I do these things. I know there are a lot of people who think that narcotics are dangerous in any situation, but as you will see in these boards, they have given so many people a chance to live the best lives they can. Sorry for the ramble. I hope something helped. cmpgirl
[QUOTE=rayefaye;3449579]Are you taking the Lyrica for the nerve pain from the pinched nerve? If so, there are two other medications that treat nerve pain, they are Neurontin and Topamax. I take Neurontin for nerve pain and haven't experience any weight gain from it and I been on it for 4 years now. I heard that Topamax is good for nerve pain and actually causes people to lose weight. So maybe you could try one of these medications to help with the nerve pain.

I am taking the Lyrica for the nerve pain, and while I am certain it is helping with the pain, the weight gain and swelling have me very concerned. I have never tried Neurontin, but was on Topamax for a while prior to the nerve pain since it helped some people with sleep issues. It helped me sleep, and during my first course of taking Topamax, I did lose some weight. I weaned off of it due to the horrific cognitive impairment--I was having trouble putting words together, forgetting conversations I'd had, unable to do simple math, etc.--but decided to try it again after about an 8 month break. The weight loss did not happen with the second go-round, and I got really tired of being such a "Dope" from the "Tope," so I went off again. My sleep did adjust poorly after going off the Topamax, but it started to improve after a while. Then the nerve pain started.

I initially tried Aleve, then some leftover Vicodin, but nothing worked. The pain is not constant, but when it hits, it drops me to my knees, brings tears to my eyes and is absolutely excruciating. I was having 30-40 episodes a day at its peak. I went to a chiropractor for a while, but he told me that if he was going to help me, it would have worked within a few sessions, so he sent me on to the orthopedic surgeon. The ortho is the one who has given me all the steroids, as well as the Lyrica.

The doctor seems unconcerned about my rapid weight gain and the swelling, but I just cannot sit and watch myself deteriorate further. I don't want to be in pain, but also don't want to worsen or cause other conditions due to the side effects I am experiencing from the Lyrica. I will research the Neurontin and see if it might be a good alternative. I have to be careful of whatever I take, due to my extremely sensitive sleep problems (insomnia).... something as simple as the wrong vitamin supplement can wreak havoc with my ability to sleep.

Thanks for the info and advice, I will definitely look into it!
[QUOTE=cmpgirl;3449667]Hey Texmom,

I don't have Fibro, but I do have Chronic Myofascial Pain. They have some similar symptoms and are often confused for one another. I never had any luck with nsaids or the Cox-2 inhibitors (vioxx, celebrex) One of the things that our conditions have in common is the trigger point. This generally means that any part of the body, ie. muscle, tissue, bone/joint, can be causing pain at any time. I can really sympothize with you about the profound effect on your life. I can't work, exercise, lift anything even remotely heavy and have not had a night of uninterupted sleep in years. I see a PM doc for treatment and have been very lucky to have found him. He was the first person to listen to me, thoroughly and then tell me what was wrong with me. All the other docs I saw up to that time made me feel like I was crazy. My PCP suggested Lyrica when I was there for another reason and I spoke with my PM about it the next time I saw him. I've been on other narcotic pain meds for a long time and was curious. He told me that Lyrica has been known to have some pretty heavy duty side effects and that I was much better off taking my current meds. (Oxycontin - Long Acting, Vicodin - for breakthrough pain, and Soma - Muscle Relaxer) I have to say that while I know that I'm never going to be pain free, my quality of life has improved to the point where I can take care of my home and family (with a little help from my very supportive hubby) and I can at least occasionally travel and go out with friends etc. I've just learned over time that I have to take it easy before and after I do these things. I know there are a lot of people who think that narcotics are dangerous in any situation, but as you will see in these boards, they have given so many people a chance to live the best lives they can. Sorry for the ramble. I hope something helped. cmpgirl

Cmpgirl,

I'm so sorry to hear about your battle with pain, but glad to hear you have been coping with it and have a great hubby like I do. It makes so much difference when you have a supportive mate!

I am not averse to any particular drug or drug class, if it is effective in helping my conditions and giving me the ability to resume activities. I have coped with being sleepy for so many years, that all my friends and family know not to call me to early in the day. They also know that some days I have to take naps, and I can't take on too much that requires physical exertion. They've also put up with me while on the Topamax and have been pretty understanding. Thank God for loved ones!

I will definitely look into some of these alternatives... I do know that some narcotics are not really helpful for nerve pain, but I am willing to try just about anything!

Hang in there and keep trying.. thanks for sharing!