Scared to start taking Lyrica

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   Posted 2/25/2007 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I just started seeing a new doctor for my migraines and he wants me to start taking Lyrica as a preventive. I get very nervous about taking new medications. I have alot of bad reactions, especially through IV's or shots. They make me panicky and anxious. I have bad anxiety as it is. Has Lyrica caused anyone bad anxiety or has it helped with it? I also read some things that it could be addictive and that some people had a hard time getting off it. I'm wondering if I should even start taking it.

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   Posted 2/25/2007 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi jodisai,

Welcome to Healing Well. I know a little of how you feel, I hate taking new meds too, and put it off as long as possible, and often look for excuses not to take them at all lol!!!

I have no personal experiences of Lyrica to offer you myself I am afraid. If it were me, and I was doing one of my panicky, running away, found-every-reason-under-the-sun-for-not-taking-it routines, I stop myself and consider that although it may not have been an easy ride so far, just maybe this next one might help - let's try it for a little while, and if I don't like it I'll go back and discuss it with the Doc again! It's got to be better than the pain!!!

At the end of the day the decision is yours, this is just my two cents! All the best with this.

Take care

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   Posted 2/25/2007 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   

I have taken Lyrica and Its nothing to be worried about. I was put on Lyrica by my doctor for head and nerve pain before I was diagnoised with occipital neurolgia by my neurologist. I went months with this pain seeing doctor after doctor and being prescibed a million differnent medications. I was the same way as you, I had bad anxiety and was afraid to take anything new.

Lyrica and lexapro were the only two mediacations I would take and I took them both at night to sleep through the major side effects (at least I thought) and I had no problems. My body is very sensitive and It doesnt take much of anything to make me feel "abnormal" I also had no problems coming off of it.

Good luck ..keep me posted

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   Posted 2/26/2007 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
what is lyrica and occipital neuralgia, thanks

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   Posted 2/27/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey jodisai,
Lyrica works on the actual nerves in the head and body.  I took it for several months and didn't have any side effects.  Unfortunately, it didn't help my particular migraines, but it is a very good medication.  I understand being anxious about starting new medication and the side effects.  Try to remember that side effects bother only a small percentage of people that take the medication, and usually it's only the minor side effects, and they only last a short time, until your system gets use to the new medication.
Try not to let the fear of having side effects prevent you from taking a medication or stopping right away if you get some of the side effects.  Many people miss the benefits of perfectly appropriate medication because they talk themselves out of taking it due to possible side effects.  To give you an example from my personal experience, I've had multiple health problems in addition to chronic migraines for years.  My mother has not handled this well.  Her doctor prescribed Paxil for her, but she refused to take it, based on the possible side effects.  She just took Lorazapam like M&Ms, even though it would knock her out for a day, but just postponed another meltdown.  During this whole time, I could not count on her for support, so all the burden fell on my father at a terrible toll.  Finally, after about three years, my mom finally started on the Paxil.  Well, the heavens opened and the sun shown through.  My mother is now sane (mostly), and rarely has a meltdown.  I can talk to her rationally without her freaking out, and not so much pressure is put on my father anymore.
Trust that your doctor is prescribing medication for you that will be a positive in your life.  You may have a couple of bumpy weeks, but discuss this with your doctor when the prescription is given to you.  This should help with the anxiety, expecially if you know what to expect ahead of time.
In closing, let us know how you do on the Lyrica, and keep us updated on your progress.  We care.
Leigh Ann cool

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   Posted 6/7/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
If it's any help, things aren't perfect for me yet (pain is off/on) but after 1 year and 3 months of constant pain (every waking moment), Lyrica was the the breakthrough medicine. Now I have at least some relief. Of course every medicine is different for every person, but I think it would be worth a try. Kassidy
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