I have been repeating stories about my day to my family, having trouble remembering when we did things (was it this morning or yesterday when we went to the store?) and having trouble concentrating since I started taking Lyrica for chronic pain (broken shoulder that is very slow to heal) I am on 50 mg 3x a day. I have also noticed very mild hand tremors and I have felt more emotional than usual. Age 48 and in excellent physical shape. Anyone else having these symptoms?
I took lyrica for almost a year after my accident and found that it did help my neuropathy and fibromyalgia but I did not notice the effects that you mention. After a change in insurance I went to gabapentin and that had more or less the same help for me as the lyrica and it also helped the seizures I was having. Hope this helps.
I take Lyrica at 150mg/day for trigeminal neuralgia. I experience the same memory issues as you described (I'm 32, healthy, had no memory issues before). I also feel more "emotional", I'm not sure though if this is due to the medication or due to long-term chronic pain. Before Lyrica, I was on Neurontin, which did not help with the neuralgic pain, made me very tired and depressed. Lyrica seems a better fit for me in this respect. I heard that some patients have it the other way round - they have less side effects and less pain on Neurontin.
I'm currently weaning off Lyrica simply because the side effects are a nightmare ..my dosage is 300mg once a day for a back injury. Although everyone is different I have read several testimonials that all say the same thing. I personally have the hand tremors, difficulty concentrating..very forgetful ..my home is in complete disarray. Its all from the Lyrica. I'am very emotional ..Its the fact that the Lyrica is blocking otherwise healthy nerves from communicating in your brain. I have to force myself to stay on task ... otherwise I will sit and ponder for 3 hours as to what I should do. I'm not at all the person I use to be
I have been on Lyrica for only 6 months. It works for pain but the side effects for me are much worse than the back pain. Please educate yourself on this medication . Its dangerous. Best of luck to you.
I have been taking lyrica longterm and am having serious memory problems. Next week I am starting to come down off them so i will let you know how I get on. But yes i have been learning that more and more people have been having memory loss. Its a shame you can't prove this in court. It affects my life in a big way. I have a diary but forget to write init and forget appointments. I thought i was going mad.
I too am a chronic pain sufferer (PHN). I have been on Lyrica for about 6 years. My memory is so bad right now. Short term and some long term now. I started putting things together and realize that it did start when I was on a trip with my family. (We were in a huge hotel -- all the rooms looked the same to me -- they don't have room numbers on they keys now --- more than once I had to ask for help), I had to phone my family to tell me what room we were in). My family teased me that I was "losing it". ( finally wrote the number on my arm)
Since then I have hidden this pretty well. The other problem I have is with nouns -- I can't remember at least half the names of 'persons, places or things', more than half the time. Family is getting used to me forgetting names.
I too am having quite noticeable short term memory probs from taking Lyrica (75mg 1 to 2x a day as needed). I take it for nerve pain in my feet due to diabetes - which can be fairly severe, thus the need for the med. Will better memory return (to prior normal?) when going off of the Rx? Or is it a case of "once gone - always gone" ?
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