Hand swells, itches and then next day is left with purple blotches, could it be lyrica effects?

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Lindaloo
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   Posted 8/6/2011 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
For a while now one of my hands will swell in places and itch terribly.  Then, the next day, it will be left with purple splotches.  It looks terrible.  I have to take benedryl a couple times during the first day of the itching and swelling.  Has anyone else had these effects?  I thought it might be the effects of the lyrica I take, but I don't know for sure. 
 
My doctor has never really seen it.  The next time it occurs, I will try to get an appointment that same day, but you know how that goes.  It usually takes a couple days to get in to see him and the effects are gone by then.
 
I am at witt's end with this.  Looking forward to comments from my friends here.
 
God bless.
 
Lindaloo
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   Posted 8/7/2011 2:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lindaloo - this sounds similar to a reaction I had to Neurontin, only mine was more widespread.

Just a thought - if it happens again, can you get someone to take some photos for you to show your doctor?

Hope it settles down x

Laura
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   Posted 8/7/2011 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lindaloo, I really know what you mean about symtoms leaving before you get to the doctors office.  I have had that happen more than a couple times.  Then I minute you get back home, the symtoms are right back.  Its very frustrating.
 
I think the taking a photograph is a great idea.  In the mean time how long have you been taking lyrica?  If it has not been long, you could be absolutley right.  I am not sure, maybe symtoms can occur after taking medication for a while.
 
So good luck to you, take care, and hope you are having a great and low pain day.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

Lindaloo
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   Posted 8/10/2011 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to everyone who responded.  My husband suggested the photograph of my hands at the same time you all did.  Funny, how I never thought of that myself.  Geesh!
 
To answer your question, I have been on lyrica for years and this is a relatively recent problem, but it's the only med that I take that states "swelling of the hands and feet" as a side effect.  But I don't really know for sure.
 
I will try to resolve this matter the next time it springs up.  It is intermittent and I will go weeks without it occuring again.
 
Thanks again for all your help.  I do appreciate it.
 
Blessings to all
 
Lindaloo
Co-Moderator Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia Forums
 
Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
Linda
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