Lyrica anyone?

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mcleaver1969
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   Posted 4/2/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw my pain specialist last week and he gave me about a months supply of Lyrica to try. I told him that I knew Lyrica was used to treat fybromylagia but have never heard of using if for CD.  I asked him if it would be okay to take with my other meds I'm one. He said it shouldn't. He told me to take it and see if it helps. I haven't taken it yet cuz I want to talk to my GI about it first. Has anyone here taken Lyrica for IBD?
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Marci, 38 years young, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006
Currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor,
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stkitt
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   Posted 4/2/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Good idea to discuss with your GI physician first.  I have a friend on it for Fibro that loves it but using it off label is different so do talk to your GI.

Hugs to you and have a great day
Kitt


 
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map lady
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   Posted 4/2/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Please do post what your GI says, I have wondered about taking that because I have all sorts of muscle pain and joint pain issues.  Have had that for years and only have crohn's for 6 months, it's just a bit more difficult now because I shouldn't take nsaid meds but I'm allergic to tylenol so that's kinda all I have to use.

yogaprof
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   Posted 4/2/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I took it and it helped take the edge off. I still took stronger meds as needed, but my appetite and energy was up with lyrica.
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


princesscolon
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   Posted 4/2/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
My Arthritis doctor gave me Lyrica for Fibromyalgia. It is very strong for me. It knocks me out to sleep. The first few days I took it, I felt like a zombie but now I only feel like a zombie for the first hour of waking up. It seemed to make me constipated at first but now it doesn't. I only take one pill because I tried to take 2 as my doctor prescribed and I could not function from the drowsiness. My GI said it was ok with him but it's always a good idea to check with your own GI before taking anything new. The best thing about Lyrica is I get a very good rest at night and I think that helps me feel better throughout the day.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08


yogaprof
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   Posted 4/2/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
interesting, princess, as I tend to get sleepy from meds and I felt much more energy with lyrica. tell us how it goes for you, Marci
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


Matthew
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   Posted 4/2/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
My pain specialist has me on it. I believe the main purpose is to help me get more quality sleep. Well, it does help some, but Elavil was better at that. Unfortunately, Elavil has all kind of dependency issues that bring back some really BAD memories for me.. It does seem to help the Tramadol work better, FWIW.
I don't have too many negative things to report except one annoying thing after being on it about 3 months I noticed some short term memory problems. Forgetting to do simple things at work for a minute. Nothing disastrous or anything. But it IS annoying.

Sincerely,
Matthew

Ides
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   Posted 4/2/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I had been taking Neurontin[gabapentin] for 3 years for my Crohn's induced neuropathy. My neurologist thought Lyrica [pregabalin] would give me better pain relief. I then tried tapering off the Neurontin and on to the Lyrica. My experience was not pleasant. My pain levels shot through the roof and the lethargy was horrid. I went back to taking the Neurontin.

Now in terms of the help to a person with CD from this family of meds - The first thing I noticed when I went on the Neurontin was a decrease in my diarrhea. Lyrica and Neurontin both work on nerves and if the nerves to the gut are on overdrive, then these meds should work. I hope you get some help from the Lyrica.
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