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Reviews for Lyrica to treat Neuralgia
Review by RustyBit:
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 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.
I am 36 yrs old and have suffered from Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) attacks for 4 years now, they have totally changed my life and I hate the disease for it! I have both typical and atypical TN and nothing has helped so far. I have tried medicines such as Tegretol and numerous different combination anti-seizure medicines, Amitriptyline, narcotics for pain, topical creams/ointments of many different medicinal makeups all after having 2 MVD surgeries. I have continued to work a very high stressful career with a wonderful understanding company but each day I am fighting some type of attack in intensity. I have fought against having Botox injections or even now reading trying Lyrica to see if it works.
After suffering from horrible post herpatic neuralgia in the trigeminal nerves on the left side of my face, I went to a neurologist who put me on Lyrica. A small dose of 50 mg each night keeps my symptoms under control. I tried adding a morning dose, but it made me giggle at inappropriate times, so I went back to only taking it at night. For over two years my pain has been controlled well. One night I forgot to take my medicine and the next day I had a painful attack. I'll never forget it again! I'm so thankful for this medicine. There are so many other medicines that I tried and could not take, but this one works great for me.
34 users found this comment helpful.
I had occipital nerve damage with pressure in my inner ear. Pressure is gradually lowered enabling me to exert myself for about 4 hours but exhausted. I now take 225 mg twice daily and cannot miss one dose. Nothing else worked. I took up to 600 mg but found no difference in relief so I am on the 225 twice daily. This is one medication that does not mix well with alcohol. It induces a coma like state that lasts for 30 minutes and longer. I was drinking beer and only had 3 beers in 2 hours. Then BOOM goes the dynamite! But am aware of everything going around me but can't move or respond. When it's over, it's over and I am vertical again. So now I know why the ad states avoid alcohol!
31 users found this comment helpful.
My taking Lyrica was in combo with Tegretol and a few others. It made my finger ends and toe ends tingly and numb at times. It did help my Face Pain a bit. But then the skin on my finger ends split constantly and then the inside of my mouth began to peel constantly as well. Ugh! I had to go off of it as it simply was not helping my situation of Face Pain, however, I can see where it MAY work for diabetic or MS pain of toes and fingers.
11 users found this comment helpful.
The only medicine on the market that truly worked for me. I suffered a gunshot wound to the head that penetrated through the brain and hit the spinal cord. Lyrica is the only medicine that controls the pain to a near 0/10. Unbelievable medicine for nerve pain without all the horrible side effects of Neurontin.
25 users found this comment helpful.
After a head/neck/spine injury I found the drug to be very helpful with the neuropathic pain in my arm, face and various body parts. Weight gain is a minor issue. I don't suffer night terrors but feel as though I've been dragged through a hedge backwards upon awakening. I do NOT feel rested upon awakening.
Cognitive issues due to the injury have been exaggerated after taking Lyrica.
17 users found this comment helpful.
I had minor back surgery and one result was nerve damage to the nerves from my right leg socket to my hip. Severe burning several times per year. Lyrica stops the severe pain slowly and reduces it to tolerable pain.
I use 75mg on a nine day regimen - 3x for 3 days, 2x for 3 days and 1x for 3 days.
It works good. The pain slowly resides and is gone by 6th day.
No serious side effects. Slight vision blurring and minor lack of mental focus. Very minor.
Overall, I think it works for me. Has not affected appetite, weight, mental attitude or sleeping habits.
27 users found this comment helpful.
I had a cervical laminectomy to remove a cyst that had grown and was encroaching in on a nerve. I also had a 4mm subluxation of C7 over T1. The surgeon removed the cyst, realigned my vertebrae and used instrumentation to hold the vertebrae in place. Unfortunately, after the surgery, the most painful part was the pain in my arms. I had taken Lyrica in the past for a very short time and it caused weight gain. I kept the medication on hand because it was expensive. After 2 trips back into the ER, the surgeon wanted me to take the Lyrica. His RN said that I will know if it will work in 1 1/2 - 2 days. She was right, thank God! The pain decreased dramatically. I'll deal with the weight gain later.
20 users found this comment helpful.
Makes me feel very sleepy and spaced out but really helps with the pain. Also have an increase in appetite. Had total knee replacement three months ago and have a lot of post operative nerve pain that tramadol didn't touch. After many sleepless nights it has been a God send and have had my first night of more than three hours sleep since I had the operation.
23 users found this comment helpful.
I have nerve damage in my L4 / L5 disc and down my leg. Out of all my medicines the one that helps me the most is Lyrica. I can tell if I miss a pill because my pain goes up. The pain medicines just hide the pain and not that well on cold and rainy days. Lyrica helps the pain - it is the best nerve medicine I have ever had. I gained 40 lbs. I have been on Neurontin with lots of side effects. As much as I hate the 40 lbs I'm glad to have the medicine.
28 users found this comment helpful.
I had way too many uncomfortable side effects that caused me to stop taking the medicine. It did help with the "pain", but gave me a false sense of wellness and I would over do my ability to be active and suffer.
20 users found this comment helpful.
I was recently put on this medication - only 25 mg to start for the first week. Since about the third day of taking the low dose of this medication I suddenly began to be extremely tired. I was not feeling like myself at all. I had to leave work early one day and was off for the rest of the week. I also slept for about one whole day. My doctor is aware and wants me to stick with the low dose for now since I am still feeling pretty lethargic during the 3rd week. I hope that it will get better soon.
21 users found this comment helpful.
I am 52 years old and have suffered from neuralgia mostly in my feet and legs. It got so bad I could not fall asleep at night. I take 50mg morning and night. I read all the comments and reviews on this and other sites. They made it sound like a miracle drug and I agree. Finally I had some relief. I am having trouble with swelling and had some weight gain. It has been worth it.
18 users found this comment helpful.
After the shingles on my neck I was diagnosed with "non specific nerualgia" because having shingles on my neck the virus infected my trigemengial nerve and the chances of the pain going away are far to none. I have tried everything from trigger point injections to high doses of opioids. Nothing really worked on the underlying pain. Yes I would have some relief but the nerve pain was always there. So now after being on maintanence methadone for a year I have started taking lyrica for the past month with really good results. Now I am starting to slowly to come down off the methadone because of the great results from this medication. I was pleasantly surprised. I just hope it can continue the good work.
34 users found this comment helpful.
Treatment for frostbite - A little bit expensive, but it beats getting my toes cut off and learning how to walk again. It works better than narcotic pain medicines without all the bad side effects too.
14 users found this comment helpful.
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