Lyrica and my new sunburn

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   Posted 7/6/2009 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I just came back from being on vacation with my children and grandchildren where it was sunny and hot nearly everyday.. My pale body got its first true attempt to tan in many a year.. Since my last attempt to get a tan I've become a chronic pain patient taking Lyrica to help lower the intensity.. I got some sun on my arms and hands the first two days which started itching and burning by nightfall. As the week progressed a large rash appeared growing more painful and itchy each day.. I'm had no idea that lyrica could cause such a reaction..The rash has responded well to the application of hydracortisone cream, thank goodness. I'm not on any other medication that could possibly cause such a reaction so I guess I'm wondering if anyone else has had such a problem. The strange thing is that I got sun on my legs too, yet no rash.. However it also itched some. The itching would come at odd times of the day.. I would wake up sometimes in the middle of the night to find myself digging at the skin on my hands, arms and legs!! nono
This evening I decided to do some research into reactions to sun while on lyrica and it led me to this forum.. glad to be aboard..great idea
thanks for letting me share.

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   Posted 7/7/2009 2:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to HealingWell!!

I have this problem when I am exposed to sun.....I once went to the doctor with severe burns on my chest and when he saw it he said "holy crap thats bad" Not a comforting sentiment from your doc. It only affects my upper arms and my chest...the rest of my body is's really strange. I get big red welts that can turn into blisters if I am out too long. So yes...Lyrica can cause this. I went to the dermatologist and he gave me some cream to use but basically I avoid the sun like the plague....which is kinda hard living in south florida! lol Unfortunately I don't have any advice on how to stop this from happening but I can tell you that you aren't alone.

Again, welcome to'll find it's a great place for information, advice and support!
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   Posted 7/7/2009 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I also want to welcome you to Healing Well.

I know I also have become more prone to sunburn since I started Lyrica, but it is the normal type of sunburn. Honestly, what you describe sounds more like sun poisoning (which I don't think is related to the Lyrica, but I'm not positive). Maybe something to check into?

Take care & feel better!
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   Posted 7/7/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Try using Aloe Gel on your sunburn, ALOE can help it heal
the itching could be because it's healing, just a guess...
Lyrica is not the only medicine that can make ya prone to sunburn
so check out all your medicines...
Hope your feeling better, lovenotes...
soft hugz...
Hey! Carina long time no see, pop in more often eh...
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   Posted 7/7/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't thank each of you enough for responding so promptly.. I've been a chronic pain patient for longer than I care to remember (seems like I was born a chronic pain patient :D) smhair I was so pleased to feel like I'm finally part of a group that will truly support me. My sunburn sounds just like the ones you are describing.. the adverse reaction is on my lower arms and hands.. as I said before, hydracortisone cream is the only thing that has successfully helped the itching.. I really thought it would have healed by now.. It does look like burns that are deeper than I've ever experienced. I am a great believer in Lyrica, I doubt I would be walking without it. My chronic pain began with major TMJ disorders (both sides) with the passing of time I learned out to cope with it always searching for a clinic that would help me with pain control.. I was the victim of domestic abuse for several years which culminated in a severely damaged lower spine and torn ligaments in my knee. It wasn't until I was unable to walk standing straight up and in constant pain that I was able to get a spine surgeon to agree I need surgery to repair the fractures and disc damage in my spine.. While I was in the worst of the pain my GP gave me just about every opiate on the books trying to get me to the point where I could stop crying. no luck.. upon my first appointment with the surgeon he prescibed lyrica for the pain.. It worked so well I was stunned. Seriously it was nothing short of miraculous... After the surgery I was told that though he was able to repair some of the damage there was much he couldn't do so I would have to stay on lyrica and probably additional support meds to stay comfortable, walk and have any chance of a normal life. Thank God for whoever invented Lyrica.. I will gladly avoid the sun to keep my status of walking and my pain at a tolerable level. I always feel sad when I read about those who haven't had the same success that I have had with it.. The sun thing kind of threw me.. never seen my skin look like this before. I'm not sure how long I should wait before scheduling an appointment with my GP.. its been well over a week already.. I'm also using aloe to help in cooling it down. Sorry I went on there a bit.. kind of wanted to let the group know more about who I am and why I'm here..thanks for indulging me and for your very warm welcomes..
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lovenotes yeah

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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi LoveNotes and welcome to Healing Well. I am so glad you found us. We can always use more support from people and our family is increasing in size daily. On the other hand, I do hate to hear of another person being stricken with CP. Its just no fun and  can make life complicated for us, as if the pain alone isn't enough. We have a great group of people here that offers up the best support, compassion, we exchange tips on different things, if we feel like whining we have us a pity party and of course everyone is invited to that lol. Or if we get mad & disgusted we come here and vent. No one can truly understand us except another CP patient. Sort of like the old saying, it takes one to know one lol. You can also look on the print-out from the drugstore to and read if it says to avoid sun. If its not listed there call the pharmacist or go online and google Lyrica.

Yes, I think Frances is onto something, what you described sounds alot like sun poisoning, It happens to me alot. My most recent bout was me laying in the pool on a floatie and I did not get much sunscreen on the tops of my feet of all things. The tops of my feet looked like they were covered in hives, my arms will do this pretty much every time I get in the sun.I don't know about you, but my skin feels real sensitve when the rash hits and its painful. I am an old sun worshipper and my years in it are showing. Back then, who wore sun block,lol. Now, because of all the various medications I do use a sun block. You can go as high as 70 on one, that way even with the Lyrica you can get some sun but not do like you just did.

What you briefly described that led you the world of CP is absolutely horrendous. Thank goodness you are away from that and survived it. That person will get whats coming to them one day. I am a firm believer in what goes around comes around, it may take a while but it will happen eventually.

Thats awesome that the Lyrica is working so well for you. I know they are really touting Lyrica for Fibro too. Its always good to hear of someone having success with a medication. I have an intrathecal pain pump and its sure given me life back like I never dreamed before. My pump was put in June of 05.  January of this year I began treating with a new PM dr since the former one stopped practicing PM. Boy, was that a blessing in disguise. My new dr it totally wonderful and she knows all about pumps and the medications that can be used in them. Her practice is now limited to pump patients only, she retired from neurosurgery.

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   Posted 7/8/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi lovenotes,

Cute name. I also want to welcome you to HW. Everyone here is very supportive & knowledgeable. I'm sorry to hear that you are in pain, not to mention sunburned, but we're happy to welcome you to the group! Gosh, I hate sunburns! They are just miserable! I had a really, really nasty one a month or two ago, thanks in part to the meds that I was taking (although Lyrica was not one of them). I hope your sunburn heals soon! Dealing with CP everyday is more than enough!


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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone,
It has been forever since I have posted anything here.  But, I wanted to respond to lovenotes post because I have the same problem.  I have never had much problems with sunburns when laying out in the sun.  Now, that I am on Lyrica 300mg, I get this crazy sun rash on my lower back, left side of stomache, mid abs, partly on chest, and upper arms! I know it is not sun poisoning because I don't have the side effects that go with it.  I believe it is a allergic reaction from the Lyrica.  I just use Benadryl and hydrocortisone cream, and that helps a lot.  But, this totally stinks because I love the sun! Now it doesn't love me! lol.  I wonder if I put on a higher spf that would help? I hope everyone is doing great today!
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   Posted 7/29/2013 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Started Lyrica on Tuesday went tanning on Thursday, burned to the red color of a tomato, never burned in the tanning bed before and I itched so bad that it woke me up, Google brought me here:( thank you for an explanation, off to take benadryl can't stand the itchiness of the rash

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   Posted 7/29/2013 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lovenotes, Welcome!
I've had the same reaction to the sun on Neurontin. I have olive complexion and have never burned in my life until I started that med. I mostly get the rash and burn on my lower legs. I now am careful to have plenty of sunscreen and will even lay a towel over my legs if I start to feel that burning pain. The aloe gel mentioned before has been the only thing to take the sting out and help with the itching.

Good Luck!!
55 yr old; Seropos RA, pernicious anemia, DJD, DDD, Anterior/Posterior L4-5 & L5-S1 fusions, osteoporosis, Sjogrens, bilateral hip stress fractures, rt sacroiliac joint fracture

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   Posted 7/29/2013 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I was beginning to think I was the only one. First, I am not on Lyrica, but I'm on a cocktail of other various medications, and even a short drive in the car turns my face so bright red, and my neck and chest, so red, so burned. I looked like I was baking out in the sun for hours. I avoid the sun often. I also get the same bright red burn if I take a shower that's warmer than "tepid." Same thing for me regarding burning and blisters and patches of itchiness on the hands and arms, and for me, the chest. I'm learning so much from being here just how many symptoms we all seem to have in common. I wish we didn't have them, and at the same time, it does help take away the heavy burden of feeling like you're the only one, no one else "gets it," or thinks you're over-reacting.

I'm with you. Here's to sunscreen, staying indoors in the a/c, and avoiding warm anything, warm weather and warm water,.....kapoot!

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   Posted 7/29/2013 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
FYI...this particular thread is from 2009 and I don't think Lovenotes has come back since then...

Birdy8cat (love the name!) I think Google got you to this thread and the Mods usually like to not have people post on threads over 6 months old...

So it would be great if you could cut/paste your post and use the button (lower or upper left hand side) that reads Post New Topic. This way, you will have more folks being able to offer some thoughts and you can introduce yourself. Welcome to the boards
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Still have active herniations along with knee problems and another Morton's neuroma in left foot.
I try to find joy in each day even with chronic pain:)
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