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Lyrica (pregabalin) for Fibromyalgia: I had put off taking Lyrica because I was afraid of the side effects. Eventually my nerve pain got to the point where I had no choice. It was completely debilitating. Searing burning pain with no relief. Pain meds didn't touch it. I couldn't sleep because the pain was that bad. My clothes hurt. Soft feather light brushes against my skin stung and BURNED for minutes after contact (more intensely than the consistent present burning). After about three weeks on Lyrica I finally found relief from the worst of it. What I am left with as far as the burning goes is completely tolerable (of course it does nothing for my other symptoms). I'm grateful I caved but am concerned about weight gain & significant cravings for sweets.
Review by Jennbeam36 (taken for less than 1 month):
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Neuropathic Pain: This medicine was my neuropathic calming wonder medicine until my body over the course of several years had progressed to full body pain. I recommend anyone who has new or has out grown their pain medication to talk to your doctor about this.
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Fibromyalgia: I have found I have an increased urge to eat sweet foods. I have tried to control this by eating fruit. However, this does not stop the craving for sweets. Also I have noticed an increased thirst and less urination. Further I have been able to stop using morphine patches and taking Mersyndol Forte since starting Lyrica. The lessening of pain has enabled me to sleep better
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Neuropathic Pain: I was only on this 45 days with absolutely no pain for most of that time. I was prescribed the medicine by a doctor in Thailand in 2008 and it worked almost immediately. I had a bit of puffiness in the face, but no real issues. I weaned myself off over a 10 day period with no issues . Wonderful for those it works for. Spinal stenosis with laminectomy 3 years prior. Anyone with back pain should try it. Told a friend with same problems about it for years. She now is on Lyrica and she says it has given her a new life. Says she should have asked the doctor about it 6 years ago.
Lyrica (pregabalin): After very successful spinal surgery in Thailand, I went without pain for almost 3 years. I was all but in a wheel chair prior to surgery. I then took a bad fall and pain came back. Fully expecting surgery I returned to Thailand and doctor suggested Neurontin. Although I got some relief, the side effects were intolerable. He then put me on Lyrica. It stopped the pain within 24 hours. He said it would take a few days. I was on it about 45 days and then weaned myself off. I think anyone with spinal stenosis should ask your doctor about this. I think they have just approved it for back pain here in the States. My surgery was in 2005, and went back in 2008. It was a miracle for me.
pregabalin for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I had anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and tried many medicines before pregabalin. It has been the most effective of all. I would describe my condition as a constant compulsion to change the present moment, no matter what I'm doing. I had only a very vague idea what 'relax' meant. I get what I think is relaxation on pregabalin and just be. The compulsion to change every moment is greatly reduced.
For side effects I do get dizziness and if I miss a dose, I can't sleep.
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Fibromyalgia: I have had fibromyalgia for as long as I can remember. The pain was so bad 6 months ago from too much stress that I wasn't sleeping which made it worse. I had to quit my job and I would just lay in bed and cry moving my heating pad all around my body. It was a nightmare. I wanted my life back. I found a doctor to do all the tests and diagnose me. I tried gabapentin first and did nothing for me and I was a zombie so we switched to Lyrica. I take 300mg a day. It's not perfect ALL the time. Some days I am back in pain. And three days before my period I'm in a lot of pain. It has also helped my anxiety and insomnia. For me, the dizziness went away after a month. And the other side effects are minimal.
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Lyrica (pregabalin) for Fibromyalgia: I found this to be very effective in treating the after effects of double fusion of cervical vertebrae. Then I found I was having less difficulty with fibromyalgia. I was on 3 a day and only side effect was weight gain.
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Lyrica (pregabalin) for Neuropathic Pain: 50 mg twice a day was tolerable but didn't do much for central cord syndrome pain. 75 mg three times a day isn't helping with pain so far, makes me dizzy and puts me to sleep most of the day. I got leg spasms at night after not taking it. Walking around a little stopped the spasms. I'd like to give it a better try, but the side effects prevent me from functioning.
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Fibromyalgia: I have had fibromyalgia for years but the last 3 years its been a nightmare. I ache all day and at night when you are supposed to get into bed and relax you can't as it feels like you are are a car engine that's been started up and can't turn it off. Your body feels active and you can't relax, I find my teeth are clenched or my hand, or my foot. So had enough three weeks ago took to my bed for three days crying, depressed, I take tramadol everyday, venlafaxine for anxiety, none of which take it away. So went to doctors she said give this ...all I can say is at present I have been on it for three weeks I now remember what a good nights sleep is , I can switch the engine off and actually properly relax its wonderful.
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pregabalin for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I highly recommend Pregabalin. I found it started working incredibly quickly and was lucky enough not to suffer any weight gain. I really recommend anyone suffering from anxiety to try it.
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Lyrica (pregabalin) for Neuropathic Pain: Seems to help. I take 100 mg, twice a day in a combination with Lortab 10. Have not had any of the listed side effects other than, I tend to anger quicker, nothing that can't be controlled.
pregabalin for Pain: For severe chronic insomnia, Pregabalin does increase sleep for sure and I have regained many hours, even if it wasn't on the exact clock I planned. Combined with a good sleep-initiating medicine (i.e. trazodone), pregabalin is an even better lifesaver than alone. Next, pregabalin works quite well for benzodiazepine withdrawals. Lastly, it does work well for depression and anxiety. The downside is that it will dull cognition greatly and can also greatly increase depression at certain doses. For me, the best dose for sleep isn't great for those reasons however lowering the dosage (after a break) has provided better results. Takes experimenting with dosages.
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Fibromyalgia: I was taking 50mg Lyrica every 2 hrs or sooner each day; while it did seem like I had more energy and could work a little longer before resting, the pain never stopped or lightened up. Lyrica amitriptyline did help me sleep better. I quit taking Lyrica and started taking gabapentin 300mg 3Xper day and the pain lessened a lot, and sleep is better and some of the brain fog is gone.
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Review by BobbyTR77 (taken for less than 1 month):
pregabalin for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I have struggled with anxiety, depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for 20 years. Tried just about every medicine out there. Lyrica works. 450 mg per day.
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Lyrica (pregabalin) for Neuralgia: Had neuropathic pain in right upper jaw after dental work. Tried many different medicines including tricyclic's eventually put onto Lyrica went up to 900mg as well as Endep 40mg. Couldn't tolerate Endep, worked my way back down to 600mg Lyrica and after 6 months the nerve pain is tolerable. What I didn't' realize was all the side effects that I now believe stems from Lyrica, severe bloating, sore eyes, memory loss, word problems, hand and feet pains, plus more. I have now found that it makes little difference between 75 or 300mg for pain relief. I have difficulty sleeping without any, 75 will eventually help but 300 gets me to sleep faster. After reading so many people complaining about the same side effects, I will be seeing my Dr.
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Neuralgia: Lyrica has helped greatly in sharp pain related to my arthritis in the hip. I am on a waiting list for a hip replacement, and it works so well, I will postpone this operation as long as I can sleep at nights and get around ok. My brother tried it for his osteoarthritis in the hand and it has given him the same relief. It stops the sharp pain,.....you still have the dull pain that that lets you know you have a problem. if it is good enough to stop the pain to sleep at night, it has done its job.Tony.
pregabalin for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: I have just read all your reviews about Lyrica Pregabalin , I have had a life time of anxiety and pain tried everything over the years , and yesterday was prescribed pregabalin not taken one yet but after reading your reviews i am going to have one now so here goes ! will be back to let you know what i think . i hate taking pills !!!!!!!
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Postherpetic Neuralgia: Discovered I had the Shingles and the Dr. put me on Lyrica. 150 mg twice a day. Felt like I was drunk all day. That feeling decreased after a few days. This was in May, 2013. I had a hard time getting off of the first dose. I would experience shakiness and feeling unwell. I. Am finally getting off the second dose and it is Nov, 2013. Have to take a sleeping pill to sleep as I have severe insomnia without the Lyrica. It did help the nerve pain but hope I never have to take it again.
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Fibromyalgia: Hi. I have been on methotrexate 10 pills once a week and embrel injection 50mg once a week and now added Lyrica 50 mg 2 x a day. Told I have RA, and fibromyalgia. But even with these great meds I feel bad. From my waist to botton of my feet I hurt so. I do see my legs are swelling so very large and skin gets tight it hurts to walk. I dont know what else to do. I work and am on my feet all day. I go up and down the stairs at home I try to get extra walks in going around the blocks. But it hurts too bad. Im very tolerant to pain but this is to the point of no return. I feel bad for my family that maybe I'm a burden. And if I feel this way now how will I feel if I'd ever need some one to help me with everyday chores and hygiene. They may not see
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