Pregabalin (Lyrica)? Need information Please!

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   Posted 9/18/2011 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone just got a few questions if u don't mind!! Xxx my back pain ans sciatica
Was initially caused by bulging discs which I think was due
To pregnancy and labour. I never suffered with any pain before I had my son .
My consultant thinks my pain is no longer due to my discs but down to "pain memory" basically the pain signals that told me I had damaged my discs have never switched off . Tried every treatment going he now wants to put me on
Pregabalin to deal with the nerve pain. Has anyone bin on this medication and has it helped?! Much love xxxxx

Post Edited By Moderator (Screaming Eagle) : 9/19/2011 2:10:00 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/18/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry never heard of that drug but ,you could look it up?Next ,if you feel pain and you are sure never let anyone tell you different! Iswear some of these dr.look for the easy way out.I do hope that the pregabalin helps if not LYRICA might help.keep a log book of the pain ,to show the dr ,ask for a specialist and more tests if the pain does not go away. good luck take care

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   Posted 9/18/2011 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanx for ur reply sore42long xxx that lyrica is what they want
To put me on think pregabalin is generic name
Gonna try it desperate now!! Hopefully it will help I agree with u doctors do
Try and take easy way out I hang all my hopes and wait
So long for my appointment thinking I will be able to tell them how depressed and sick of pain I am they just wanna get me out as soon as possible!!
Anyway gonna give the lyrica a go and c if it helps will keep u posted
Thanx loads for ur advice much love xxx

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   Posted 9/19/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
       Hello Jude!
            I wanted to "Welcome" you to the Chronic Pain Forum! wink
     I myself, have not tried "Lyrica", but did start "Cymbalta" a few weeks ago for nerve pain. So far, I seem to be having some luck with it. Hopefully "Lyrica" will do the same for you as well. If by chance it does not, you might want to mention "Cymbalta" to your Dr, and see if he/she will give it a try.
       I do have a question for you while I'm here replying to this post! Did your Dr have an "MRI" done the first time?.... and again a second time to confirm that your bulging disc are better?
      Hope your having a better day today, and again Welcome! I also gave your post a Topic, so members would know what the subject matter is about.
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   Posted 9/19/2011 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried Lyrica, I couldn't stand the side effects myself- dizzy, groggy, felt as if I was drunk all the time. Also Lyrica is very expensive( I don't have prescription coverage- its was $300 a month!) My doctor switched me to Gabapentin which he said is similar and they make a generic. I have been on it for almost two years with no side effects. You might mention this if financials are a concern. Good luck!
intercostal neuralgia, degenerative disc disease, atherosclerosis, depression, & anxiety
meds: gabapentin, oxycodone 30 mg, lipitor, xanax, effient, cymbalta, carbamazepine

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   Posted 9/20/2011 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jude and welcome. I have tried Lyrica - I lasted three days on it. I was so sick, dizzy, drugged. I didn't know where my head was, couldn't function at all. The same with Gabapentin ('Neurontin' - except that with that I also developed a rash). With Cymbalta, the one Screaming Eagle has mentioned, I became near-suicidal within 24 hours of commencing it.

Lyrica is generally regarded as one of the better medications for nerve pain though, so I wish you all the best with it.

CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bone spurs, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis, osteopenia.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Midodrine, Somac, Cipramil. Have SCS, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio

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   Posted 9/20/2011 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on both Lyrica and Cymbalta.

Neither one did anything for my back pain, but I don't have much in the way of sciatic pain to tell you if they might have helped with that.

The cymbalta though did wonders for my diabetic nerve pain that I suffer from in my feet and lower legs.

One thing I can tell you about both of those meds is that they need to be started at the very lowest dose available. With Cymbalta it is 30mg and with Lyrica it is 75mg. They should be taken at that level, once a day, for at least 2 weeks before the dose is increased. Some doctors like to wait a month before increasing the dose. More often than not though the dose will need to be increased at least once if not a few times before it will be known if the medication is going to work.

The most common complaint with both is nausea and a "disconnected" or "numb" feeling when starting it. These are greatly increased and a lot more common if the prescribing doctor does not understand how to Rx these meds and try to start a person off on a high dose.

Side effects like CRPS mentioned are actually quite rare.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 9/20/2011 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kerry...I am on Lyrica now and my dr just increased my dose yesterday.  I agree with the others on saying they should start you out on a low dose and gradually increase.  Lyrica dosing ranges from 75mg to like 400mg per day.  I am now on 150mg twice a was doubled from 75mg twice a day.  When I first started on Lyrica, I felt that *drunk* spaced out dizzy feeling.  That soon went away, though, so I guess I got tolerant to it.  I don't really feel any side effects from it anymore.  My dr did tell me to be sure and space out the 2 daily doses and not take both of them at night, like I had preferred.  So that's what I'm doing and I seem fine on it. 
I was started on Lyrica a few months ago for my sciatic pain and restless leg symptoms.  The restless leg conditiion has totally subsided now.  So it definitely helped that.  I still continued to have sciatic pain really bad, but I was on a low dose and just increased yesterday.  I just had a steroid epidural injection about a week ago, so my sciatica has gotten better (actually just starting to get better maybe it IS the Lyrica and not the injection I had!).  I would say Lyrica is probably helping me.
It is expensive, like they say.  It is not available in the US as a generic, so you have to buy the name brand.  I have insurance but I pay the $20 per month co-pay for name brand drug, as compared to $5 for generic.  I think without insurance it is VERY expensive.  Where are you, Kerry?  By your writing, you sound like you are in the UK?  Just curious lol...I'm down in Texas.
I don't know what to say about the dr telling you this is "memory pain".  So have you had a MRI showing that your discs are good now?  I guess that would be similar to "phantom" pain.  That's also just the nerves in the memory causing the pain, when someone has an amputated limb. 
Well good luck on the Lyrica and with your pain issues.  I do hope it gives you relief!  Keep us posted!
DDD, 3 bulging lumbar discs, bone spurs, facet joint arthrosis/sclerosis, osteoarthritis
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