Hello. I am new. I see these messages are from last year! Anyway, I was given Lyrica for the post-procedure "creepy burning sensation" after my doctor performed a radio frequency ablation on nerves in my neck that she thought were triggering my migraines. The procedure did not work, but the Lyrica made me feel great, sort of like being on steroids, but without the angry reaction I get to them. I tried taking Lyrica for my migraines, and it worked better than the Ultram. I have a bad one this week, and I combined Lyric (75 mg) with one Ultram (50 mg), PLUS two Excedrin Migraines. I can function pretty well, but feel pretty zonked out. I wouldn't dare drive right now. I should NOT try to "doctor myself" like this. I just went to a new neurologist who says since I don't eat any of the trigger foods on the list, my migraines are most likely connected to my hormonal surges. I had a partial hysterectomy over two years ago, but I still have my ovaries. I'll be 52 in September, and I get wild mood swings. Since I am bipolar, it is hard to tell when it is perimenopause or the bipolar!
Anyway, I can't tolerate steroid shots to the trigger points on my head, though they DO get rid of the headache. I go into "steroid psychosis."
Lyrica makes me crave sweets, makes me have excess energy, but also feel tired and "drugged up" at the same time, like "WOW, MAN!"
I've gained four pounds in just the past two days alone, and I've barely eaten a thing! Ironically, I'm on a high dose of Topamax for my bipolar, but it doesn't seem to prevent my migraines at ALL. The new neurologist I saw wrote me an Rx for 25 mg Topamax and told me to take one the minute I got an aura, and then every four hours after that. It didn't help, and then I read on the pharmacy flyer: "WILL NOT HELP ABORT A MIGRAINE: FOR PREVENTATIVE PURPOSES ONLY." What is this guy, a quack?