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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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
Review by Tamalamrockcity (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Neuropathic Pain: I posted below. Been taking since Sept, I take 50ml x3 at night although presp says 3 a day. Sleep like a baby, no pain still, and wake refreshed. At first it might make u feel little drunk in am, just silly, nothing bad. Still working and a lifesaver! I needed to update on the free prescription, it's Pfizer website and goto patient presp program. Fill out info along w required things, mail it, in 2 weeks u get letter if accepted, then prsp comes by FedEx! U have to call close to running out each month so that Pfizer can fedex u your refill! Got mine paid for a year! Otherwise it's $400 for 90 pills. I get 50ml free from Pfizer a 90 day supply! Thank you Pfizer!
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Review by hope this helps (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Fibromyalgia: I have been taking it for about a year now, I only have one negative comment the withdrawl is horrible. I have no pain,I sleep well, my bipolar disorder is under control.my feet do swell every so often, I think it is a very good medicine to try .I also take 200mgs 3x a day the max dosage is 600 mg a day
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Neuralgia: 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.
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Fibromyalgia: I was diagnosed with Degenerative disc disease in 1999, and then in 2009 I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, Neuropathy & Sciatica. I was practically crippled and couldn't walk by 2011. My Doctor decided to try me on Lyrica and I can say with 100% truth and honesty that 4 days after I started it, on just 75mgs a day, I can walk again. I am still walking now in 2013 but just in short jaunts. I'm glad this pill exists.
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Lyrica (pregabalin) for Neuropathic Pain: If you are debating on whether to take this, please don't hesitate. I was in car accident Dec 2012 and have whiplash/cervical strain. Injured my neck and shoulder. I was in pain for the past 9 months and no doctor would prescribe me narcotics due to Ohio law. I was miserable, crying, irritable and nothing I took (IB, Tylenol) wouldn't touch the pain. I got a prescription for Gabapentin, which I am allergic to BAD side effects. Finally the doc gave me Lyrica, within 15 min of taking pain GONE. I feel like I'm back to normal again (like the day before accident). Lyrica is a miracle although pricey. There is a program you can get through Lyrica website to qualify for free prescription. Try it.
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Lyrica (pregabalin) for Neuropathic Pain: I simply could not go on without Lyrica. I have a peripheral neuropathy known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. I experience numbness, pinching, burning, tightness, and severe pain in my feet and lower extremities. I have had to stop driving. The condition has caused a wasting of the muscles in my legs, which has led to problems with walking and balance. It is a progressive condition which I'm led to believe will one day cause similar symptoms in my hands and arms. As soon as I assume a horizontal position (as in going to bed), all the above symptoms return and I find that the Lyrica cannot control these very well. I take the maximum dose of 600 mg spread out over 24 hrs.
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Review by neuropain! (taken for less than 1 month):
Lyrica (pregabalin) for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Started taking Lyrica yesterday for severe diabetic neuropathy in both feet and lower legs. I am currently on Suboxone for a 15 year addiction to opiates and was concerned that Lyrica wouldn't work because my body is so screwed up from all the years of opiate use and most medications do not work well for me. Thirty minutes after the first dose I noticed a significant improvement in the neuropathic pain. My bedtime dose was another 75 milligram capsule and I slept better than I have slept in months! This medicine has been a God send for me so far. Hoping that it continues to work well for me! Thanks Pfizer!
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