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   Posted 11/3/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
It has been a very long time since I have posted on this forum.  I am usually on the Lupus Forum but have some questions about anyone who is taking Lyrica and have had success with it or bad side affects.
My mom who is 97 years old has recently had a stroke and she has nerve damage in her right side.  She experiences a very freezing sensation on her right side especially in her face and head.  She cannot get warm and begs for relief.  They have been giving her Ativan for the anxiety and to calm her down it makes her so dopey she is not able to do her therapy and is so very tired.  It is very scary to see her like this and not be able to do anything about it.   She says there is no pain with it just the sensation of so very cold.
The doctor is going to prescribe a low dose of Lyrica to see if it will help these sensations.  I have read the information on it and the side affects really scare me.  Especially her age.  I know it is also given to Fibro patients too.
Your input on this medication would be greatly appreciated.    Thank you   AnnieRae

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   Posted 11/4/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I took Lyrica for the first time last Saturday. It was awful! I felt and acted drunk. I couldn't stand up, speak or walk. I am sensitive to medications, though. Hopefully it won't be so bad for your mother.

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   Posted 11/4/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
there are lots of people that can take Lyrica without any problems at all... mind you when you fist start you may have some side affects like nausea , Dizzy, Rash. normally not sever enough to stop taking...
 with me these symptoms faded as we went up on dose I took it for about 1 1/2 yrs or 2 yrs without much problems.
mind you later we think it caused the swelling in my feet , and lower legs. , blurred vision, and increased hand pain in my joints not sure why...
I do still take it but stopped taking the Max dose of 450 a day and now only take 150 a day.. it is extremely hard to come off.
but we are all So very Different when it comes to how we react to Meds... like me I can not take any anit Depressants. ,they make me depressed . strange hu.
there are several meds that work the same way as Lyrica... topomax, for one. , sorry spelling is wrong . Gabpention another .. once again sorry about the spelling . don't have time to goggle search the Meds to get it right.. working right now. LOL. but wanted to let you know there is more than just lyrica .. and these other two Meds where no problem for me to come off of. when the time came...
they would start her with a small dose probly 50 mg. or 75 mg. and see how she does.
so sorry you have to see your Mom in this condition I know its hard to see our loved one hurting or just not doing well...
my prayers are with you and her Doctors ... take care.

Spirit ~

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   Posted 11/5/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your replies, I don't think my mom is going to be able to take it, when I reached the hospital yesterday morning she could hardly wake up and was dopey most of the day, she is also very sensitive to any drug.  It's hard to do physical therapy when you can hardly stay awake.  We are going to take her off of it.  She's only had one dose.  She's 97 and doesn't need all this.  Thank you again  AnnieRae

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   Posted 11/5/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
The tiredness will go away in approximately 4-5 days.  I take the Lyrica for the neuropathy associated with prediabetes.  If she can stay with it for just a little bit it will help..or at least it did for me.  I take 300mg daily now but will probably have to up the dosage a little.  No side effects as I can tell.  Which I am extremely happy about especially the weight gain one.
Hope this helps some
Diagnosed with Panic Disorder(16 yrs ago)-GERD(12 years ago)-GAD(16 yrs ago)-IBS(12 years ago)-DDD(6 years ago)-Arthritis(since teenager)-Controled HBP(2 years ago)-Diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9-29-08.
Meds: Cardizem CD~Prilosec~Klonopin(prn)~Daily Vitamin~Tylenol~Lyrica

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   Posted 11/5/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Missy, I hope they can find another med for her to take she was just not tolerating Lyrica at all. Thank you everyone AnnieRae
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