... issues is not sleeping and in to much pain to have a normal life, I also suffer from depression I'm told they go hand and hand. if any one has any other ways to help with the pain I would love to hear them. also with people saying it is all in my head and I'm faking it (mother in law)
23 Feb 2010
Lyrica is a wonder drug for fibro snuffer's. It takes a couple weeks for the drug to come up to productive levels and you probably will need to increase your dose at that time. They can't start you out on to high a dose or the sedation will be to strong. Also, you need to get out for a couple walks a day as exercise is extremely important. You may have to give yourself a kick in the ass to get out walking but once you start your depression will start to improve. Exercise, walking included helps promote endorphin production. Almost all people with pain and depression have a low endorphin output. So hang in there and start the walking. I bet you will notice a difference at the end of the first week, and if not then don't give up... Dave
24 Feb 2010
your not faking it , it's real i take lyrica 300 mg a day and dilaudid 8mg a day also ativan o.5mg 4 to 5 times a day,pristiq 50mg & i was on trazodone 50 to 100mg but since i"ve gotten into a sleep pattern at night i don't need the sleeping meds right now but the other meds are the right cocktail for me and i'm able to function almost like person. missy hope this has helped some.
12 Apr 2010
I have had Fibro for 2 1/2 yrs now. I have tried several things. I have a conventional doctor and a Homeopathic doctor. I have tried Thyroid meds, organic, and finally gave in to Lyrica. Everything I read about the Lyrica was they gained on avg of 40 lbs. Not a good thought on my small body frame. Long story short... i gained 15 lbs in two mths. I didnt feel it was helping any - went off the Lyrica, too many side effects. People either love it or hate it. I do take fish oil, magnesium, and 10mg of Elavil at bed time to help me sleep. The Elavil has really worked for me. I know when I have forgotten to take it, like last night! I didnt sleep a wink. In January I started seeing an exercise trainer twice a week. She started me off just going through the motions. Didnt want me to over do it and get discouraged. You have to get out and exercise!!! She then introduced me to Isotonix OPC-3. Basically its liquid vitamins. It comes in a powder form you mix in just oz's of water.
It fights off the free radicals that attack your body. I started taking it in January of this year. Two capfuls in the am and two in the pm. for 30 days (she called it a loading dose). Then back down to one capful twice a day. It took about a month, but I'm telling you what..I feel so much better!!! Not sure if its the combination of exercising and the OPC-3 but Im not dropping either one to find out. I still have the sore muscles but I dont ache like I did. I have more energy. Im not exhausted by 7:00 pm. Im enjoying working in the yard again. Please look it up and give it try. Look up the testimonials and read for yourself. I have never believed in something as strongly as I do this. Market America sells it. Or I can give you my contact. It helps so many illness's. They have other vitamins in this form also. My trainer said its the closest thing to an I-V. Please take the time to look it up. Everyone here. Take care and God's Speed. Sincerely reedeli.
12 Nov 2010
i was taking lyrica and vicoden for pain but had an allergic reaction to the lyrica. i have had problems sleeping for about five years. i have tried three different sleeping meds with no luck. doctor let me try 30 mg cymbalta and its the best pain relief i have had. but i could not sleep for a week. iam off the med for about a week and the pain came back in two days. i go back to the doctor in about four days. i dont know what kind of pain you are dealing with. he also gave me some tylenol 3, they help a little, but not really.
9 Dec 2011
I am 65yrs old been on lyrica and cymbalta for 5 years it seemed to help quite a bit but had a bad flare a few weeks ago. increased lyrica to 450mg a day. still waiting for it to kick in. tried vicodin, percocet now oxeccondone. no reall quality of life. my dad had same symptons 30 years ago. we told him he was crazy. I am sorry now for that. I am not depressed . I will never stop trying to find something that will help me so I can at least walk to my mail box.I think that there is a combination of drugs that will help.
FM is real .You must keep thinking positive.When you feel this bad of course you can get depressed.
9 Dec 2011
I am 41. Have a chronic back and neck condition, rheumatoid arthritus in my knees, and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia this year. I used to take Neurontin and it made me gain weight and swell really bad. I am a little scared to try Lyrica, as they say it is similar. Being a little overweight anyways doesn't help. But I just started Cymbalta. If it doesn't help me any, I will try the Lyrica, due to hearing good things about it. I don't have a problem making myself exercise, but with a chronic back condition it makes it hard. I'm on Opana Er and other meds for other conditions too. Good luck to you though. Hang in there. We are all here for you!!!
10 Dec 2011
I think we can see there are a lot of us that can relate, & what's really weird I find is when one of us is having trouble it seems we are all in the same boat at the same time. Strange? I was diagnosed with fibro in 1992, but the doc that diagnosed it said I had probably had it most of my life. I believe he was right too. I can't take pain at all. I am on oxycodone 15mg for my chrontic pain & lyrica for the fibro. It does help. I don't like the side effets, but after stopping it & them getting back on it I'd rather have the blurry vision & water retention that all the pain & no energy. I took 1 pill & felt like a changed person going from a couch potatoe crying all day to cleaning, doing the laundry, & going shopping all in one day! Now that dosen't happen every day, but what a difference having the right med makes. It takes times to find that balance for sure.
I am actually going to check with my doctor about Savellla in January when I see her as I hear it works well too. I wish they could find a cure for this horrible disease.To all my fellow sufferers, I hope tomorrow is better than today...
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