How long does it take for Lyrica to take effect for fibromyalgia pain?
- 8 Nov 2016 by ClaraW
- 17 Nov 2016
- lyrica, pain, fibromyalgia, sleep
... I have been on it for 8 months now. Started at 50mg/day and now take 450mg/day (150mg/am, 300mg/pm). My sleep is getting better, but I still wake up in pain and it continues to get worse throughout the day. It's only been about 2 months at the 450mg dose. I'm getting some relief, but not enough. Now my doctor wants to switch me to Gabapentin. I just don't know if I should stay with Lyrica for a while longer or just make the switch. The other thing to mention: I also went through 2 major surgeries 5 months ago, which I think threw me into a HUGE fibro-flare. This is why I'm not sure if I have given it enough time or maybe I need to up the does? Or just make the switch? She also mentioned the possibility of trying Savella... All the side effects scare me!
If 450 mg per day were going to work for you it should have at least relieved 60% of the pain within the first month of taking the lyrica. 450 mg per day is usually the most a lot of Dr's will prescribe due to red tape with the insurance company. If your Dr is willing to switch you I would try something different. Because the sooner you get control of the pain and keep it under control the better. Best of luck.
I'm sorry you are feeling poorly.
You are right about the fibro flares due to surgery. You have to consider the pre surgical time period too. Your body was sick during that time to warrant two major surgeries. You then had the post-op recovery which warrants more fibro flares.
If we'd add two months for the need for surgeries (just guessing because I don't know the surgery) and the post surgical time of guessing 2 more months x 2.
Out of 8 months of being on the Lyrica, more than half of the time your body was majorly stressed.
I looked up on the Lyrica site and you can go up to 600mg/day.
You should really talk to your doctor about staying on a drug you already know works for you but increased.
Keep in mind, the yearly insurance review will be coming up. They have to justify why you are on Lyrica. I'm surprised that they didn't start you on the much cheaper Gabapentin. If no response, next they try Lyrica.
Your body needs a break to stabilize the fibro.
At least, that is my humble opinion.
Hi Clara W, I responded to your question about 4 hours after you asked it. They reviewed my response and did not post it. LOL, I think I was a little straight forward perhaps. I may have swore, too. I'm a little like that. That's me though. Its okay. A toned down version of what I said is : I think if Lyrica were going to work it would have by now. I would speak with my Physician. I started it and felt relief from my cold intolerance and pain with-in a few days. There, I will be very restrained in my response. I was just very upset that anyone would let you suffer for 8 months. That makes my heart hurt for you. The surgeries I cannot speak to. I have been fortunate and not needed any since my pain began 20 years ago. Yes, I have been on pain meds 20 years.Been through many of them. You could have knocked me over with a feather that Lyrica DID actually work. I am just so sorry that you have had no relief in 8 months. Was it working for you before the surgeries?.
All my love and best hopes go out to you,
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