Nerve damage, extensive, due to Muscular Dystrophy, causes extreme pain in lower legs and hands. Gabapenten caused seizures and I now take oxazepam. By itself, not enough, Dr suggested lyrica.
Ask your physician about milnacipran, which is fda approved. I take this med for neuropathic chronic pain ( no diabetes) for the last 3 months. No foggy brain, no drowsiness, more energy, however, takes time to work. This med is in the SNRI class. Previously on cymbalta for 8 yrs before this med. Worked great for depression and about 60 % for pain. I developed a tolerance, although I happy I am off the cymbalta due to more energy. So check your resources and this site. Take care
Hi Geoff. I was taking Lyrica for 7-8 years. I finally finished slowly tapering off last year. I was taking it for chronic nerve pain but it didn’t help at all. It actually caused me to have more pain. I experienced anxiety and depression from taking it and while tapering. I never had these problems before Lyrica. I had so many horrible side effects and I ended up having to taper off. Please do all the research you can before taking Lyrica. I sure wish I would have. I would never have started taking it if I had known the truth. Take care and I wish you the best. Cindy
Same here, my Canada insurance wouldn’t cover Lyrica. With a Doctor letter I did get Gabapentin.
Heavy side effects which take several weeks to wear off. I got significant pain relief but needed it because of desperation. I maxed out at 2800mg then it stopped working but many people have had great success just stick with it and see if your side effects wear off
I have been using Lyrica for 5 yrs it now lasts for less than 6 hours sometimes less. Thus I run out before I’m able to refill the Rx. I previously used Neurontin but switched to Lyrica which worked great for 4 years now not so much. If I sleep through a dose the pain starts soon after and takes at least 1-2 days to subside. What can I do? I haven’t slept in 3 days and the pain is substantial in both legs which are numb up to my waist along with my left hand.
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