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mmllr
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   Posted 9/16/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
 I have arthritis and neve damage in my foot and the Dr. gave me script for Lyrica. Does anyone have any info. on how this works or how it makes you feel?

TayIsa
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   Posted 9/16/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not have first hand info, sorry. But I do have RA and was told by my Grandfather that he took Lyrica for his Arthritis. He knew how well it worked for him and suggested I try it for my pain. He said it wouldnt work instantly but after taking it for a few days I would see a difference. I am sorry I cannot ask him anything more about it, or I would ask him some of the questions you may have. (He died from a horrible accident in May this year, nothing medically related.)
I hope you find more info and get the help you need. Your doctor must think the Lyrica will work...
Good Luck.

mmllr
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   Posted 9/16/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry for your loss. My 16 year old son died 13 years ago next month and death is so hard no matter how old you are.

TayIsa
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   Posted 9/16/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you soo much. I am sorry for your loss as well. I could never imagine losing one of my sons.....my thoughts and prayers are with you!

Raven67
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   Posted 9/16/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   

I took Lyrica off and on for diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain) and it worked well for the pain.  Unfortunately it is an certain class of drugs I think called anti-seizure medication and I cannot take any of them because I get headaches constantly.  I may be mistaken about it being an anti seizure med but it has the same effect as gabentin, tegretol and the like.

My father is diabetic and also uses it for nerve pain and he has no side effects at all.  It may make you sleepy as well.  It's definetely worth giving it a try.

Good luck and let me know how it goes.  Welcome by the way!!

Raven


When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!!!!
 
Current Diagnosis-Rheumatoid Arthritis, Insulin Dependent Diabetes, Osteoarthritis right knee, Osteoporosis. Stress!!!!!!  New diagnosis of Fibromyalgia 04/08
Current Meds-Methotrexate 24mg s/c weekly, Plaquenil 200 mg BID, Celebrex, Folic Acid daily, Cesamet1 mg @ bedtime, Oxycontin 20 mg 3 x day, Lorazepam 2 mg dly Actonel weekly, Insulin-Humalog 35 units TID and Lantus 40 units BID, Calcium, Vitamin D


mmllr
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   Posted 9/17/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I didn't have to take this because I don't want to be on anything forever. I wonder what it will do to me years from now.

kara487
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   Posted 9/18/2008 3:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I was on lyrica for nerve pain and it work great for me . I had no side effects from lyrica.

mmllr
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   Posted 9/19/2008 2:41 AM (GMT -7)   
do you no longer take lyrica?

Baybreeze
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   Posted 9/19/2008 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I've been on Lyrica since February, along with some other meds to try to control my pains. It is used for neuropathies and as part of seizure treatments, oh and it's also used for firbromyalgia. The way it works is, it lowers the number of electrical signals in damaged nerves. It is not any kind of arthritis treatment, though. Usually for arthritis, one would try some sort of anti-inflammatories first. Did your doc say it would also treat your arthritis? It might only help if your arthritis is causing nerve compression somewhere...
 
 I took b/c I have alot of nerve pain, though I'm not sure of what is causing it all. I know I have some from my lumbar spine, but I also get nerve pains and paresthesias in my upper body. It is more of a long term drug, though I don't know what the long term effects might be.
 
It definitely helps me, though I still get nerve pains & problems but not usually constantly, and it's lessened the pain and frequency of it. The most common side effects are dizziness, dry mouth, weight gain, sleepiness, edema of the extremeties, and problems concentrating. I did have some of these, but they lessened or went away over time. I had weight gain, edema, and concentration problems. I did not get dizzy, per se, but I did feel strange. It affected my brain focusing....it was as if something in my brain shifted or got switched to a lower focusing capacity. The best thing for me, though, which is weird.....is I usually have a dry mouth anyway. Since taking Lyrica, it actually helps my dry mouth! I just had a period of almost a week where I couldnt take it (could no longer afford it and had to wait for prescription assistance). THat was no fun, then I really knew that Lyrica was helping me b/c my nerve problems were getting worse, my mouth became so dry it was awful, and I started feeling ill. I probably felt ill b/c I had suddenly stopped it. Now i've noticed the edema I had in my feet and hands seems to have pretty much gone away.
 
All in all, for myself, this med helps me alot and the side effects lessen over time. I haven't noticed any other problems from it now.
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