... effects be the same or similar? I was in a auto accident in Feb 09' . I have been living with chronic pain ever since. I have been on narcotics for years. However I did stop taking them for about 5 months until I couldn't take the everyday pain any longer. I have tried PT multiple times over the years. Every injection possible and the list goes on. I have migraines, degenerative discs c1-5, 2 of the t-spine are bulging, close head injury and right hip issues that they are still working on a full diagnosis. I didn't find a great doctor until about a year ago. I am taking right now 200mgs of topamax/day, 50mgs fentanyl patch (just started) 15 mg oxy ir, valium (muscle relaxer). Anyway I would love to find a non-narcotic, that gives me pain relief and not these crazy side effects!! What are the opions on the lyrica?
Hello Tutus, welcome to DC. Many people use Lyrica, so the results will vary from person to person. Some have used it and had no trouble at all. I, personally, didn't have a very good experience. It caused me to have double vision and it wasn't pleasant. But you have to remember that Lyrica affects everyone different. There's many here that use it with great success. All you can do is give it a chance. I wish you luck in your quest. Best wishes for better health.
I had horrible side effects to gabapentin and tried lyrica as well. Lyrica had no side effects but didn't seem to work for me. I have to use narcotics to treat my pain level, most of the same ones you are using. I guess when you try all the meds that aren't narcotic and they don't work I just accepted the fact that the narcotics are the right fit for me. Anymore when it comes a choice of chronic pain or narcotic medicine I choose the medicine. My doctor seems to think I will always need it since that is what works for me after going thru so many different kinds out there that are not narcotics. I know I would be in the same situation you are if I would stop taking them and not be able to go without. It is a physical condition that you can't control. Considering that it is monitored I am just thankful there is something out there to keep the pain level down. DDD is a condition that requires a medicine that can help you live with your limitations. That is one of the things I suffer with as well. Nevertheless I hope you have luck with the lyrica!
What type of side effects do you get from your other meds? Maybe you are not tolerant to the narcotics in which case you would have bad side effects.
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