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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
It's been so long since I have posted here that I feel I have to re-introduce myself. I am actually the moderater of the Hepatitis forum now. My husband passed away last year due to liver disease. His illness is what brought me to HealingWell.

I do have fibro and have posted a few times here but have been mostly just reading your posts. This is such a great forum with fantastic moderators. I have learned a lot about fibro and the things that can help with the symptoms from all of you.

I was just taking ibuprofen for the pain but started experiencing a lot of heart burn I have almost cut out taking I don't get heartburn very often. yeah

I was able to get a prescription for Lyrica after fighting with my insurance company. I believe it is the smallest dosage 50ml. I took one pill about 6pm one evening and the next day at work I was in no pain but I felt so weird all day that I haven't taken it again. Been too scared to take it again. My question is do you get used to it where it won't make you feel so loaded. Where you can function normally? rolleyes I have to work, and I have to be able to drive to get there. Any ideas? Can I cut a pill in half maybe?

Thanks for listening.....or should I say reading.......thoughts and prayers.....Pink Grandma

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   Posted 9/9/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pink Grandma!

Great to see you here again. Lyrica and I don't get along either. The side effects are so awful on me too. I do believe you can cut them without any issues but just ask your pharmacist to make sure. If it's helping the pain and you can ease into them then it may be worth a try.

Good luck,
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   Posted 9/9/2008 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I've only gotten them in capsule form but I do know they have a 25mg dose,thats what my mom started on and she's now up to 50mg 3x@day. I found that the wierd feeling goes away after about 5 days and the only other side effect was getting the late night munchies and this could account for ppl gaining weight so just keep low fat low cal snacks on hand if thats a problem. I got great pain relief from this med and continue to almost 6 months later but I am now up to a whopping 600mg @X day. Ya never know though as my mom is doing well on the 50 mg so maybe go back to a smaller dose and take it slower but if the woozyness is the only trouble your having I would stick with it. For me it was the only drug that got rid of horrible burning and aching in my feet,legs and back.
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Pink Grandma!  It's so good to see you again!  I take ibuprofen (with food) and Tylenol for pain.  You always have to take the ibuprofen with food or you end up with heartburn.  I also have Crohn's disease so I have to be careful about stomach ulcers and acid reflux.  My doctor has me taking Prilosec to help protect my stomach.  It works 70% of the time and those are pretty good odds for me!  I, too, had heartburn and I lived on Tums.  Now, I don't have heartburn anymore, thanks to the Prilosec. 
I also take malic acid/magnesium supplements.  I'll bump up the thread all about them so you can read it and see what you think.  They have helped me with pain and fatigue.  Many members are getting some relief using these.  I explain in the thread all about them, how to take them slowly, since the magnesium can cause diarrhea, and there are links that explain how it works in the body.  There is even a link to a double blind study of malic acid/magnesium supplements that you will find interesting.  It is definitely worth a shot and they are not least where I get mine.  I order mine on line at
Also, if you haven't already, check out the Fibro 101 thread.  It is the second thread on the forum.  There is a lot of good information about fibro in there.  It's good reading.
Lastly, don't hesitate to come on and ask questions or just vent.  We are here to help you and we have some really great people on this forum!  Hope to hear more from you soon.
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   Posted 9/10/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pink! I can't take NSAID's or Magnesium & Malic Acid (wish I could). I could not tolerate lyrica either. It gave me edema that began to go to my lungs. But, the wierd dopey feeling does subside with time. I hope it helps you!
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   Posted 9/10/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Fellow RedHead,( Formerly, me too), I take lyrica. It took me a couple of days for the woozy feeling to go away. Also, try taking it at bedtime, it really has helped my sleeping. Diane
Fibromyalgia since 1984, Sjogren's, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Auto-immune eczema, GERD, osteoarthritis, IBS, RLS, sleep apnea

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   Posted 9/10/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dianne,

It is so nice to have you on the forum. I just wanted to pop in and say hi.

Keep posting, there are a lot of wonderful people here who can relate to you.

Luv and hugs, Karen
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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 9/10/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for the warm welcome. And I am actually glad and excited to be back. And thanks a bunch for the great can bet that I am going to get better educated on the acid/magnesium supplements and check with my pharmacist about cutting the Lyrica in half. I am glad to know that the wooziness goes away after a few days too. But I think I will try it again when I have a few days off and can stay home.

Everyone have a great evening........Dianne
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   Posted 9/11/2008 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pink Grandma and welcome!

I have a prescription filled for Lyrica but have not started yet. I have the capsule form of 25mg. My Dr. prescribes the lowest dose to start with as I'm so sensitive to meds. You can cut it in half if it is a pill. I had to do that with my Zoloft and work my way up. Thats a good idea to give it another try when you have a few days off and hope it works out for you. GamJill
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   Posted 9/13/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pink Grandma! I take Lyrica and I had to start out on a low dosage and then increase it. I now take 150mg twice a day, for a total of 300mg a day. It does make me dizzy when I first lay down or when I stand to quickly. The symptoms should get better as your body gets used to the medicine. I think if it took your pain away you should give it another chance. Just my opinion though from my experience with it. Take care.

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   Posted 9/13/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Pink Grandma.  Glad to hear from you.  I take the smallest dose of Lyrica and it has done wonders for me.  It helps the pain and also helps me sleep.  It's a small capsule so I don't think you could cut it in half.  At first when I took it I felt loopy for a day or two, but that went away.  Maybe you could try it again at bedtime and see if the side effects go away.
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