I've been taking 100 mg of lyrica for roughly 6 mos., at bedtime, and another 100 in the morning. After 1 hour I'm in pain till having pain and wake up in the middle of the night with pain. Is this common for fybromyalgia diagnosis because I was ultimately not diagnosed with fibromyalgia by rheumatoid specialist, but being treated for it by a pain specialist.
Sounds as if you are in a bit of a pickle with your lyrica. As a retired health care provider, due to disabilities, and never haven taken lyrica (pregabalin), I am unable to give you first hand advice with that particular medication. I have taken just about evey other pain med available at one time or another. Neurontin (gabapentin) is a very similar medication to lyrica and costs a whole bunch less. It s also for nerve pain and works quite handily and quickly when taken for nerve pain. I started on 300 mg 3 times a day and after a while was able to lower my dosage to 100 mg 3 times a day. My diagnosis is cervical and lumbar stenosis, I had a very bad time of it with nerve damage, nerve impingement, my arms and legs would go numb and I had excruiating pain. I couldn't figure out what to do. So I started Neurontin, along with opiates.
That took care of most of my problems immediately (the pain being the symptom that eased my pain enough to feel the neurontin calm my nerve endings. I couldn't stand longer than 5 minutes before I started the Meds. I actually thought the pain was gonna kill me.
You need to get in touch with your pain doc and explain your particular situation , the symptoms you are experiencing, and how much the pain is affecting your QUALITY of life and your abilities to perform your activities of daily living and MOST OF ALL, the pain and your related sleep deprivation. This is the perfect setup for a major depressive episode. Humans do not do well without a good nights' sleep. And with all of the pain meds vailable out there, you and the doc have many to discuss and decide between. (This is assuming you are NOT already on opiates, if you are opiate tolerant, I have a whole bunch of other suggestions that I have personally tried).
Gotta go buy some food right now, but I will be back Millie,
The Happiest Smiling Hippie,
Hi Millie, you didn't say where your pain is or whatever if you don't think it is from fibromyalia. I take Lyrica, but have to take a very low dose due to side effects. I had stopped it by weaning down at one point becuase of blurry vision & when I was off of it I didn't sleep for an entire week! I gave in & took one at 3 AM & slept for a solid three hours, & then got up with no pain from my fibro, & continued on to do all my housework, & shopped half the day ( christmas shopping) I'm still at just one pill a day, 75mg & now I need an increase again so my doctor is trying another 50mg. It has already given me side effects with my vision & some ankle swelling. Unfortunately with these drugs some work & some don't. Neurotin is another good one, & you maybe shoud talk with your doctor about trying it. My hubby takes it & has no side effects except some tiredness. As Laura said it helps her very well.
also called gabepentin. Maybe you need a little bit of a narcotic to help also. You really need to talk with your pain doc about all of this. Hope this help somewhat...
Hi! I think all of us that have fibro try the big three... Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella... at one time or another... I think most see the commercials and are so desperate for relief that we ignore the fine print. Only 30% who take any of these see any impact, and most of these see only minor or moderate relief. I was among the 60% that realized no benefit from it. Like most SSRIs or SNRIs, doctors say it takes 4-6 weeks, if they work, or work at the lower level they start you out at. It was a lovely year filled with 6 SSRIs of SNRIs before I gave up and reported to my pain/spine doctor for treatment. (actually, I found that the fibro fog diminished significantly after getting off these meds.) I hope you are among the 30% of the 30% that see relief... if you do, it should be noticeable within the 4 to 6 week window. Good luck!
I've been on Lyrice for a couple of yrs. now and my quality of life is better. I was taking 150 twice a day, but was just bumped up to 225. It took about 5 wks. for it to really start working. I also take flexeril and celexa. Somehow the combination works for me. The pain is not gone, but it is managable. I think the key is to find the right amount, and possibly combination of meds that works for you.
Hang in there!!!
I started taking Lyrica in November. First it was 75 mg x 2 then a few weeks later, it was 150 mg x 2. I got no relief from it. The pain is still there. I've decided to wean myself off of it. I've been lowering the dose every five days... well today is day 5...
I tried cymbalta for 3 days. I hope to be off of lyrica in 10 days, and then we'll see what happens. I'm just sticking w/ ibuprofen. I've been in constant pain for about a year and 1/2 (sciatica).
You have to go with your gut, Millie. I finally decided that it wasn't going to kick in for me. Now the weaning...
Hi my name is Karen I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis for about two years now . I have been taking Cymbalta and Gabapentin first for about six months and gabapentin did not work for me . So they switched me to Lyrica which seems to work better . I am up to 150 mg three times a day and Cymbalta once at night along with 20 mg of Belsomra for sleep ( Belsomra works great and I have no Side effects with that ) . It does relieve some of the pain some days are better than others . Most of my Fibromyalgia is in the upper extremities from the waist up , though I do get it in my knees sometimes . It’s very difficult for me especially in the arms and shoulders because the fibromyalgia will sometimes make the osteoarthritis which is in my shoulders feel worse and vice versa the Osteoarthritis then flares up the Fibromyalgia gets bad . The side effects from the Lyrica is substantial .
The weight gain , dry mouth, tiredness , excessive sweating , forgetfulness , and some dizziness is overwhelming . I have registered for a medical marijuana card and have been approved . I have tried it and it does work very well which I will try to wean myself off of the drugs and stayed with the marijuana cannabis, because there are virtually no side effects from the cannabis. Final thoughts : the medicine does work for the most part but still have pain and not worth all the side effects , The cannabis seems to work better no side effects .
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