I have nerve pain and my Dr. just prescribed Lyrica. I was wondering how long is it before I will notice any relief from the pain?
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I read several reviews from people prescribed Lyrica. From what I got, you should start feeling relief soon. Almost every response indicated weight gain, water retention and dizziness as the worst part of Lyrica. It got an overall rating of 7.3 out of 10.
It really depends on how it works for YOU. Good luck and hope you get that pain relief!
i had back pain and nerve pain for 8 years after surgery. recently hospitalized for depression from taking vikodine all these years for pain.. i was put on 100 mg lyrica 3 times a day and after one week i was pain free and could finaly walk a mile at least. i am a little hyper, appointment with doctor tomorrow.
Lyrica-started in mid DEC-was a miracle for my crushing,burning, non stop phantom pain. Click on my name to read my story. Very Very long road/ The lyrica helped almost within a day and was such a relief but by the end of Jan, I was in screaming pain again that I have suffered 14 years from since my above knee amputation. My back also hurts to the point I cant turn over in bed or hardly transfer to my wheelchair and its probably from being 100% wc bound for 20 out of 29 years. I have tried 30 different meds and will finally have a spinal cord stimulator trial in June. I am now bedridden from the pain. I am so burned out. I got up to 600mg lyrica and it did nothing. I was so bummed that I only got a short time of relief. I just don't understand it
Similar to its prescursor Neurontin, Lyrica takes time to bind fully to the correct receptors in the human body and to spread to all nerves. Effects can be seen in 2-4 weeks on average, but a medicine, most particularly psychoactives, is rarely considered a failed trial until 8 weeks have passed.
One would hope that you would be in the group that gets the pain relief benefits much sooner rather than later. Just be sure to take the correct dosage daily, and take it as and when directed to otherwise unexpected issues may arise.
And as a secret surprise, the active ingredient in Lyrica, pregabalin, has the very fun side effect of limiting the natural release of a 3 main neuro-transmitters, each of which have their own part in creating the sensation of "pain" and sending them to your nerves. Less "painful" neurotransmitters, less pain? One can only hope and pray.
When I'm in pain, and take Lyrica , it takes less than 30 minutes
I've was on Lyrica for quite some time. Lyrica is a joke! It doesn't work at all. All it did for me is make me gain a tremendous amount of weight. It's not worth putting drugs that don't work in your body. I'm very disappointed with Lyrica and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I injured my thoracic and lower back after falling from a height (30 years ago). It was a compression type injury and there were disc herniation/tears at 3 levels in the lower back. However, the thoracic was by far the worse pain I ever experienced. The thoracic and lower back were completely different injuries, and two very different types of pain. However the thoracic was horrific with burning nerve pain accompanied by permanent spasm throughout my upper back, rhomboids scapula, traps, lats... thick cords of muscle. I spent hours day after day in door jams just to distract myself from going mad with the sensation. It was 24/7 unrelenting for 14 years. I don't remember my 20s. I saw numerous neurologists, orthopedic, rheumatoid and pain specialists.They diagnosed a range of things. Agreed T3-5 was the problem area and that surgery was not an option.No treatment or drug help. Any form of heat made the neuralga worse.
If I packed my thoracic back in ice,I actually got some relief. About 6 years ago I was introduced to Lyrica and within 4 days I didn't have any pain. It was bliss.I couldn't believe it. I stopped taking Lyrica shortly after that (2 weeks)expecting it would come back. But it didnt, at least not in the same way. I could do more activity without triggering it and months passed before I really upset it. Last week I triggered it after a long car ride. I'm back on Lyrica for the last 3 days and it has improved significantly. Based on past experience I expect it will be a few more days before it settles. I am so grateful that I found this drug. I am a true believer that it works, at least for my sort of injury. Interestingly, it doesn't work for my lower back pain. This realusation make me appreciate how all back injuries are different. But, if Lyrica works, it can change your life. I am so happy I found it, as it had given me a better quality life. Regardless I still have to careful and manage what I do, activity wise day to day.
How long does it take for Lyrica to take effect
It took me more than three months to see any significant improvement in my condition.
I had what I scientifically called, “the jumpy legs.” Every night I would lay in bed with my legs kicking uncontrollably. It didn’t hurt per se but it kept me awake and drove me nuts!
When my arms began doing the same thing I headed for the doctors office. My husband was tired of sleeping next to the ghost of Bruce Lee!
Don’t give up on the Lyrica right away. And don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about increasing the dose if it doesn’t seem to be working.
I have been taking 200mg. of Lyrica for an ulcer on my leg. The ulcer has gone away along with the pain. I had relief in about a week.
In all my years of taking Lyrica for my fibromyalgia, Lyrica did absolutely NOTHING!!! The only thing Lyrica did was make me gain 30 pounds. Even after the doctor raised my dose several times, it didn't work. I was recently prescribed cymbalta. We'll see. I wish you the best because I know how much I suffer with this disease.
I was taking Lyrica for 7-8 years and I've been taking Cymbalta for 8-9 years. I am slowly tapering off Cymbalta now. Neither medication helped me at all. They took many years away from me. I had almost every side effect that's on the list and some that are not even on the list. I was always a small person; even after having 5 children; but while being on these drugs I went from 110-120 pounds to over 200 pounds. I looked and felt like I was 7 months pregnant. I had a lot of water weight and my body was swollen very bad. I was constipated and I had a hard time to urinate. I lost a lot of my hair. I was losing my eyesight and my hearing. I no longer have my perfect teeth. They now have many cavities and I have had a tooth break in half and a tooth break off at the gum line. My gums are still swollen. I wasn't depressed or anxious when I started taking these meds; but they caused me to experience both.
I was weak and dizzy and had many falls during these years. I was in a fog and I was miserable. Almost all the side effects are gone now but I'm still very weak and tired. I have lost a bit of the weight; but I've heard from many people that they lose all their weight after they are completely off these medications. It is a hard and long process tapering off these drugs; but it will be worth it to get 'me' back. Please do all the research that you can find on these meds. Take care everyone and I wish you all the best. Cindy
I have been taking them for a month my GP has been increasing them gradually I am now taking 50mg in the morn and same at night
There has been no significant improvement in my Fibro but early days .
I started on Lyrica last week for nerve pain and Fibromyalgia. On day 2 I realized my pain was gone. I was so stunned I didn't know what to think. From what I've read if it's going to work the patient should notice some relief within the 1st 3 weeks.
I was diagnosed yesterday with PSH, and put on 100 mg bid. After just the first two doses that same day, I was able to sleep through the night for the first time in years. There's no way this could be a coincidence; I'm totally amazed!
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