After 2 month of suffering with unbearable faceial pain I was dianosised with Trimemial Neualgia my dr put me on carbamazepine which didnt help without a pain med. A week later I was switched to gabapentin that worked very well no pain med needed.Yesterday I saw the neuroglist who switched me to lyrica that seems to be working however i feel a bit cloud headed and sometimes comfused and very forgetful. is there any else taking lyrica for TN and if these are side effects will they go away.Is lyrica a good med to treat trimenial neualgia? while I was on gabapentin i fealt great without anyattacks I was finally able to sleep laying down and for 4 day i had no attacks im sure my neurolgist in on point i just wonder is lyrica commonally used to treat TN
I see that you asked this question two years ago, so you may have your answer.
But from my experience, I have used Lyrica for pain and have noticed initially some relief during my first trigger/episode with TN. However, after having surgery, I noticed the pain has come back stronger and resistant to Lyrica. The surgery worked for 23 months. I am now taking Lyrica with other pain meds, i.e. Tylenol ,Ibuprofen. The cocktail of drugs are very effective, I still have moderate pain throughout the day. So, to answer your question, I would consider having the Radio Rhizotomy procedure and by having the procedure you can avoid drugs.Good Luck.
Since this is so old, for anyone else who suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, I was prescribed Lyrica which caused me to feel "drunk". I staggered about very confused. Then the doctor prescribed Baclofen which really took care of most of the pain. Another neurologist said that Baclofen was the best medication for mouth pain.
I'm just adding Lyrica to my gabapentin. I've had this for a while and had 2 vascular decompression surgeries (I have MS too). The first time I went from 1600 mg of carbamezapine to 600. It was enough for a horse they said. The carbamezapine worked for 4 years but it took 3 weeks to work, which is aweful. But it worked great after that. Now I'm wanting gamma knife but I don't know since I have MS if that's why I have pain and have to be on these meds I hate. I wonder if stem cell is the answer and wheres can i get it.
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