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Posted By : summerct - 7/16/2008 7:43 PM
I just joined.  I am finding this board very confusing.  I don't know it might be the lyrica I am taking.  I have been on 75 mg at night for a week.  I have been very dizzy.  I also have a high feeling.  I have almost no pain.   That part is so wonderful!  It might be worth being dizzy forever.  I have had pain forever and that is the worst.  I also take cybalta and thyroid meds.  I was taking arthrotec for pain but I am not needing it as much.  I am very groggy in the AM after taking the lyrica the night before.   I don't know if these symptoms are normal. 

Posted By : Sera Smiles - 7/16/2008 8:23 PM
Hey and welcome! I am glad you are here. You will find miracles on this site. about the dizzy/groggy- talk with your doc about dosage. also about taking lyrica and cymbalta together. You'll be fine here- you are among friends!

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Posted By : Chutz - 7/16/2008 9:06 PM
Hi summerct!

And welcome. Lyrica is known for making you feel 'high' or groggy. I too would suggest you talk to your pharmacist and doc about taking those two together considering your side effects. Plus, if you are that groggy and it doesn't let up soon then you may be taking more than your body can handle. It's wonderful the pain is gone but living like a zombie isn't much of a life. Please take care and check on those med's.


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Posted By : Southernlady - 7/16/2008 9:19 PM
Welcome Summerct!  I too am on Lyrica but I just take a 50 mg. pill at night before I go to bed.  I was supposed to increase it until it helped my pain, but I took one at night and it has helped so much and I'm sleeping better too, so that's all I plan to take for right now.  I was a little bit loopy for the first day or two but it leveled out.  I think it was a miracle drug for me but I read about a lot of people on this site that it hasn't helped.  It works differently for different people.
Hope it levels out soon for you.
God Bless!

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Posted By : summerct - 7/17/2008 8:10 AM
Thank you all.  I left a message with my Dr to see if I can lower the Lyrica to 50mg.  I take the Cymbalta for depression and not fibro.  I really can't stop that.   I would rather be dizzy and groggy than in pain.   Hopefully the lower dose or time on the drug will help.   I take provigil to get me going on days I have to.  I find myself taking it more on the lyrica since I am groggy in the morning. 

Lisa in CT

Posted By : Brenda K - 7/17/2008 8:56 AM
Hi Lisa, we are experiencing the same side effect. The first day I took my Lyrica, I did not need wings or an airplane, I was just flying solo all on my own! Whew was I high, but like you, I didn't care, I was pain free! Now it has been many weeks for me being on the Lyrica, and I am sort of fine tuning it to myself, but also following dr.'s orders as well. I don't take near what I am "allowed" to take. Here is what I do, and I do realize not everyone can do this. I do not work outside of the home, so it is do-able for me. I take my 75 of Lyrica around 4:00pm, that way I am not too groggy (that has worn off a lot) and if I do get a bit "loopy," well I am just at home getting dinner ready, eating, going for a walk, etc. Then at bedtime, I am very calm by that point and I sleep like a baby. I wake up a bit groggy still in the morning, but not half as much as when I was taking it at 8:00-9:00 at night!!
So if there is anyway you could pop your Lyrica earlier, perhaps that would take away some of your morning grogginess!!
The other day I was out and about and could not take my pill until 7:00 at night, well the next morning, I was a zombie for quite some time, so taking it around 4:00ish has really helped me out.

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Posted By : summerct - 7/17/2008 9:00 AM
What a great idea!  I have been taking it around eight.  I feed all my animals at four so maybe I could try taking it around five.   Why didn't I think of that?     Must be the fog!

Lisa in CT

Posted By : GamJill - 7/17/2008 9:26 AM
Hi Lisa and Welcome!
I can't offer any advice on Lyrica, but it has been good for me to read this as my Dr. would like me to try it. I did pick the prescription up but have not started. My rheumy wanted me to start Ultram but when I saw my Dr. she said that it states to use extreme caution if taking Ultram and an SSRI- which is the Zoloft that I take. Won't be trying Ultram needless to say!
Hope you can figure out the time of day to take it with less grogginess in the morning, because it sounds like you are getting relief from the pain. And we are all for that!
Nice meeting you and let us know how it's working for you. GamJill

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Posted By : Sherrine - 7/17/2008 10:12 AM
Lisa, welcome to the fibromyalgia forum!  You have come to a great place.  We have wonderful people with some good ideas and advice (as you just got from Brenda K) that will help you live a full and enjoyable life!  Stick with us, ask questions, read posts, and  you will learn a lot.  Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread that is the second thread at the top of the page.  There is a lot of good info in there, too.
I hope Brenda's suggestion is "just the ticket" for you!

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Posted By : summerct - 7/20/2008 9:34 PM
I just want to let you all know that I am feeling much better. It was a tough few days with the dizziness. Taking the Lyrica earlier in the day didn't help enough. I tried taking my cymbalta with the lyrica and without. It works better to take the lyrica in the afternoon and the cymbalta in the morning. The doctor lowered my dose to 50 mg. It seems to be better. I will keep you posted. Thank you all so much.

Lisa in CT

Posted By : getting by - 7/21/2008 8:02 AM
Hi Lisa,

I just wanted to welcome you to HealingWell Fibromyalgia Forum. You have really come to a good place. All of the people here are so kind and compassionate. Wonderful members and moderators. I am sure that you will learn a lot. Also I am sure that you will be able to give advice from the experiences that you have had.

Best wishes to you
hugs, Karen

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Posted By : Sherrine - 7/21/2008 9:39 AM
Lisa, I'm glad that you are feeling a little better.  I'm also happy to see that your doctor will work with you!  That's one of the hardest parts of fibro!  Have an even better day!

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Posted By : summerct - 7/21/2008 9:41 AM

Thank you. If someone wants to smile they might like to look at what I did this morning. This is what keeps me going!

Lisa in CT

Posted By : Sherrine - 7/21/2008 9:55 AM
Lisa, your photography is lovely!  I, too, love animals and have feral cats that have all their shots and are spayed and neutered.  They are house cats now.  Roary lived with me for 2 1/2 years before he would allow me to pet him.  Now he jumps up on the bed the first thing in the morning to rub up against me and for me to pet him.  He loves to be held.  He really is a lover.
I bet you get an "A" for your wonderful pictures!

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Posted By : summerct - 7/21/2008 10:02 AM
Thank you!  It's very rewarding to earn their trust.

Lisa in CT

Posted By : mamanan - 7/21/2008 10:30 AM
I just wanted to welcome you to the boards too. Glad you are feelign better with your meds.

Thsoe are great pictures! I especially love the one with the glass on the table. You should also submit the one with the duck in the bucket. I liek the way the light shines on the water. I love photography too, but I've never taken classes... maybe one day :)

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Posted By : summerct - 7/21/2008 10:44 AM

Thank you. Did submit the duck in the bucket too. This class is to teach us how to use a digital SLR. Before this I just pointed and shot. I am enjoying it. The glass was on the table. I didn't set it up. Someone who could not put their glass away left it for me. LOL!

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Posted By : Marlee2 - 7/21/2008 12:16 PM
Lisa, I thought I had welcomed you but didn't see a post from me. Maybe it was on another thread, who knows with fibrofog. Anyway, welcome.
You have quite the family. Lots to practice photography on. tongue I love animals but need some classes on photography to take pictures the way mine turn out. I think the most awesome picture I have taken is a mama grizzly and her two cubs in Yellowstone a few years ago. I used 75-300 lense on my 33 mm camera. I was quite proud of myself when I blew it up and didn't cut off anyone's head or anything like I usually do.
Keep up the good work.
luv and hugs

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Posted By : summerct - 7/21/2008 12:31 PM

Sounds like a great picture! I like taking them with digital because I take a lot. You only get to see a few. I was using my short lense for these. I understand fibro fog. I have been living with fibro for ten plus years that I know. Probably much longer.

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Posted By : kelly71 - 7/22/2008 9:12 AM
Sorry for being late with the welcome wagon, but when you're as painful as I am, the wagon gets a little hard to push around. tongue    This is a great place to get info, share your story, or just come and vent.  Seriously, there are some people here that I feel closer to than my own family.  Why?  Because my family doesn't understand or even want to understand fibro.  In simpler terms, they don't get it.  The people here get it. :-)
Anyway, welcome again to the fibro family.  BTW-you're the 2nd person I've "met" from CT in about 2 months.  That's weird.  Or, maybe I'm weird.  Yeah, definitely the latter. yeah

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