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   Posted 11/1/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, my name is Leana. I just recently found out I have Fibro. I was actually told I had it about 7 years ago and didn't believe the doctor that told me. But, now I believe. Recently, I can't remember anything and I feel like every muscle or joint in my body is on fire. I started having flare ups in my digestive system about 3 months ago. That coupled with the aches, pains and muscle cramps were killing me. I finally went to the doctor and here I am. He just gave me a RX for Lyrica on Friday. I took my first dose Friday before bed and my second on Saturday morning.

After the dose on Saturday morning, I started to feel "drunk". Is that a common side effect? Is this something that stays around forever? I am scared enough by Fibro but now I am scared of the pill that could help me.

Any suggestions? Please!

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   Posted 11/1/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Leana..I have not taken Lyrica but I am sure you will hear from others who have.  These drugs can cause many side effects until your body adjusts to them...usually between 4 to 6 weeks.  Many people experience such unpleasant side effects that they give up on them before they see if they will work.  I took another course of action and tried Lexapro.  It did the opposite...I was all hyped up for a week or so.  But I also did not take the full dose for the first month...worked my way up.  I don't know if you can do that with Lyrica as some of these meds are time released and you can't cut the pills in half.

I think if you give it time, the side effects may pass.  You just have to hang in there!  Others will give you their opinions and advice, as I said...I never tried this particular drug but one in the same family.


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   Posted 11/1/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   

HI, Leana, and welcome!  I'm glad you found us and joined in.  I don't take Lyrica.  Some people have had good success and others have had problems.  I think what you are experiencing is a common side affect and some people get over that in a few weeks and other don't.  You just have to see how it affects you since we are all so different.  That's one of the problems with fibro.  What works for one might not work for another.  Anyway, I'm sure members that have used Lyrica will be on soon and tell you their experience with it.

I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements and vitamin D3 for my pain and fatigue.  Many with fibro are deficient in these.  I also do gentle stretching and I walk and swim.  You do need to keep moving with fibro or you will be stiff as a board!  The exercise does help with the pain and helps keep the muscles more flexible.

Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good information about fibro and you will learn a lot there. 

I'm happy that you joined our fibro family.  We have wonderful members that love to help one another and we really do care about each other, too.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  I am looking forward to getting to know  you.  Hope to hear more from you soon.


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   Posted 11/3/2009 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, and welcome!

I have a friend who started on Lyrica, and she was really tired and groggy at first. It's gotten better the longer she's on it.
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   Posted 11/3/2009 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Leana and welcome. Sorry you have fibro but you have found a great support group amongst our family. I have never taken lyrica either so can't be much help there. A lot of fibromites are sensitive to meds and have to start at a lower dose than other people.
My digestive system is a lemon and should have been on the recall list years ago so I understand you there. Heat is a favorite for pain relief and stretching the muscles. It's not really the joints that hurt it's the muscles, ligaments and tendons unless you have joint problems too.
You will learn a lot here and get the support you need to make it through this.
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