I have had wonderful success with Lyrica for my neuropathic pain. Lyrica has done a better job controlling neuropathic pain than some of the narcotics my PM doctor has prescribed. It is my understanding that Lyrica’s real niche is neuropathic pain. As you are probably aware, there are two major types of pain, nociceptive and neuropathic and the treatment is very different depending on the type of pain you are experiencing. So depending on the type of pain you have may have an impact on how well Lyrica does for you. Good Luck.
Dx: Rare progressive neurodegenerative disease called Multiple System Atrophy (brain rot, autonomic system failure, neuropathic pain and a whole lot more). Added improvements: Intrathecal pump and a spinal cord stimulator and a new brand new power wheelchair with shiney horn,.
Medications: Sinemet, Requip, Klonopin, Baclofen, Provigil, Lyrica, Fentanyl patches, Lidoderm patches, Dilaudid, Fentora and Zofran
Mercyme, I think it's great that you're researching Lyrica before taking it. Unlike the other posts so far, I had a terrible experience (side effects) with Lyrica. I was taking 450mg/day and now I am weaning off it and am down to 100mg/day right now. I had rapid weight gain, joint pain and stiffness, swelling of feet and legs, hallucinations, depression, major confusion and memory loss, could fall asleep in the middle of a conversation, dry mouth, trouble swallowing, blurred vision and insomnia. I still have some residual side effects but I am so much happier without Lyrica.
I have 2 herniated discs (L3-4 & L4-5) with nerve impingement, lumbar disc degeneration, RA, spinal stenosis, nerve damage and lumbar spondylolisthesis. I am having to deal with chronic daily pain but I guess I just have to get used to it.
Remember this is just how Lyrica affected me. All meds affect everybody differently and you may not have any problems with Lyrica. It's sad to say but no one really knows how it'll affect them until they try it.
I wish you the best and hope you find relief from your pain.
The only muscle relaxer I've been on is Robaxin. I don't think it really helped my pain much. I've got so many different issues with my back and I'm on so many different meds it's hard to tell which meds work and which ones don't
I hope I won't even need to take the Topomax once I'm off the Lyrica. After going through the terrible Lyrica detox, I don't look forward to trying something new cuz I don't want to have to detox off it.
I hope your day gets better