Lyrica is prescribed mostly for nerve pain. It does work, but the doses have to be at around 300mg a day for most nerve related conditions. . It is also now being prescribed for fibromyalgia and seems to have decent results with it. I was on it after my first back surgery, and it worked pretty well for the electric burning, zapping pain that I suffer with constantly. It does nothing at all for any structural pain though. After I'd been on it for about
two years, I couldn't tell if it was working as well as it once had, even at the maximum daily dosage of 600 mg., so I stopped taking it . ( It does have to be tapered down as with other meds). I stayed off it, tried Topamax, and a couple others nerve pain meds, and didn't get nearly the amount of relief that I had on Lyrica and finally decided to give it another try....so far, it's working okay again....and I'm right back at the maximum daily dosage.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.