Does anyone have good results with Lyrica?

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   Posted 10/12/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Lyrica for about 5 days now and feel much better than before taking it. I have read so many negitives about this pill. But I have no side effect so far and think it is working great for the short time I have been taking it. So much negitivity about so it lets hear the good things about it to help me feel good about taking it. I was afraid to try it with all the bad comments on it. Are there any good comments on it? So I can be motivated to take it and not affraid.

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   Posted 10/12/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking it since Feb. My Rheum first gave it to me, but I think he thinks my pain is Fibro related. I don't know if it really is, though. It did not help any pain in joint areas, however, it did start helping some of my nerve pains. Since May, though, I've been seeing pain management, so they took over the Lyrica. Since my pain is very aggravated by sitting and standing, they upped my daily dose (plus gave me some other meds). It's helping me more and the only side effect I notice is water bloat and a brain fog, though over time, the fog isn't so noticeable anymore. The best thing I realized with Lyrica, is that it actually HELPS my dry mouth! It's strange, b/c dry mouth is a common side effect, but it actually helps mine. If i take Lyrica first in the morning, I do not get dryer mouth from my pain med nor my muscle relaxer.
Again, I have to stress that Lyrica does not help any of my deep achiness that I feel around many joints (lower spine, sacroiliac, hip/pelvic areas, neck, ankle, and hands). I still get some nerve pain & paresthesias (and recently had a severe pain flare), but it does keep alot of it under control.

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   Posted 10/12/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Lyrica since late May 2008. A year ago, 2007, I was having level 8 pain constantly and was just wanting to get to the end of the work day so i could go home to bed and cry myself to sleep. This month, October 2008, I flew to San Diego on Wednesday, walked all over 3 airports (connecting flights never seem to be close to each other), on Thursday saw my son for the first time in 3 months, walked all over the training base, Friday we saw him graduate from marine recruit training, walked some more around the base, flew home (why is the connecting flight always at the other end of the airport).

This is something I could not have dream of before I went on Lyrica. Before every time I started to feel better and went for I walk, I only started hurting more again. Mind you I still hurt but I was able to do this for my son and I did not cry myself to sleep and I woke up each morning ready to do it again.

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   Posted 10/12/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I got a 20.00 coupon from Pfizer in the mail. I gave it to my girlfriend who has to pay a huge co-pay for her lyrica. She swears by it, that it really helps her.

Good luck with the lyrica.

I am happy that it helps you.

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   Posted 10/12/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I went on Lyrica 2 weeks ago tomorrow.  It removed my nerve pain (until I went into a flare anyway)...and it still helps me get a great night sleep.  I am hoping that when I get out of this flare that it will be great for the nerve pain again.  haven't really noticed any side effects...but dummy me read the insert that Pfizer gave me nono so now I am just a little paranoid, but like I said I have noticed no side effects.
Hope this helps

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Meds: Cardizem CD~Prilosec~Klonopin(prn)~Daily Vitamin~Tylenol~Lyrica

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   Posted 10/12/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taken Lyrica since June of this year and I can really tell a difference.  I still take a low dosage of it, because I'm afraid of weight gain.  It also helps me to sleep most of the time.  I also just started taking Flexeril and it really helps me to sleep. 
I hear a lot of people on here that it doesn't help, but we're all different.
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   Posted 10/12/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
It's nice to hear that Lyrica is helping others. (I'm always happy to see that fellow fibro suffers find some sort of relief!) I did try it, but like with 'all' other medications, I had horrible side affects. I was not suprised at this as my body just doesn't seem to respond to many medications without making me sleep for 16 hours at a time, then I wake up in just as much pain, if not more, as when I first took them. Of course, Lyrica was no different.

To Marine-Mom: As I was reading your response I was overwhelmed with the feelings of pride you obviously had for your son!!! I'm so happy you were able to enjoy such a joyous ocassion.! (My son was in the Air Force and I remember what a special day it was the day he graduated Basic Training.
I salute both you and your Marine son! Godspeed!

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   Posted 10/13/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I was supposed to have been taking my Lyrica 2x a day. I have only been taking it at night. nono I decided to start taking it in the mornings this morning.  I guess before I slept through the side effects because I did not notice them.  Today I had BAD dry mouth...and I was higher than a kite turn LOL  I also had elevated heart rate but that could have anxiety from worrying about what the Lyrica was going to do to me???? smhair   Other than those side effects I didn't notice anything else.  I will take it again in the morning and let u know if it does it all again.
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   Posted 10/13/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Lyrica for a year now. I started out with a low dose then gradually went higher. I sleep much better now. The pain relief has been small and occasional. I gained over 30 pounds, so I asked to lower my dose. I now take 100 mg. at night, but I haven't lost the weight. I won't stop the Lyrica, though, because I couldn't sleep at all before for several years. Now I sleep all night, except one wake-up to go to the bathroom. Hope this helps you. Diane
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   Posted 1/29/2014 2:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I have started Lycria for nerve pain. I did one month on 25mg x2 a day with only a few days of a moment of being dizzy most days with a dry mouth (but I do smoke). My doctor is being careful going gradually with it.

Now i have just started on 50mg x2 a day (im on this for a week then 75mg x2 a day). The first one this morning hit about an hour after taking it i got very yawny then about 30 minutes later i was off my head for awhile (you can tell its a downer) but I still felt good emotionally...alot more relaxed than normal too id say (im a single mum of a 3 and 5 year old and a difficult x so im a bit prone to anxiety...I have read it is prescribed in Russia for anxiety...but then ive also read it can increase it..?). I felt very happy all afternoon. If it was the drug or having my leg normal I dont know. I was clenching my jaw alot in the afternoon I noticed also and my mouth was very dry all day so i bought gum.

Most importantly my leg (which has been numb and getting bursts of nerve pain for over 5 years) feels pretty normal..where normally it would feel numb (after the first months dose id say it was halfway there...i was tolerating wearing pants some was super sensitive...i hated wearing pants no one could touch it..even the sheets drove me nuts.)

Ive just taken my second 50 mg dose (i swear i could feel it wearing off my numbness coming back etc). My face feels funny now. It should really kick in in the next half hour. Im paying very close attention to any side effects as there are so many with this. If i can get through with only 50mg 2x a day ill stick to that. I think the bigger dose may make me sleepier in the the same time though i think your body builds a tolerance.
I am now noticing a bit of a headache (which i had for awhile today too but thought it may have been dehydration). I dont get headaches so Id safely say its a side effect for me.

We are lucky in Australia in the last few months its come onto the PBS scheme so its only $5.90.

I think if your concerned about the risks vs benefits starting on a low dose may be the ticket if you decide to try it.

Ill be posting more and am keen to read about others experiences too.

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   Posted 1/29/2014 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, beclinc,

I have a suggestion - why don't you start a new thread introducing yourself to us all? I know you posted about your experiences on another thread, too, but this would help as far as getting more responses (because more people would likely notice your post.)

I'm going to lock this thread, because it's very old....sometimes I'll do this, too - post on an old thread without noticing the dates. It's easy to do, especially for those of us with Fibrofog! :)

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