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How long does it take for Lyrica to work

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 51,465
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi Again,
I am in so much pain tonight I just had to have someone to talk to. I went over to my Sister's house tonight to see my great nephews. They are twins and are so adorable. I had not seen them in so long. They are now walking and getting into everything. It was a family get together. I had not been out of the house for a week. Just hanging out with everyone was so nice and yet my pain was getting so bad my husband had to take me home. I have such deep burning pain. I guess it is nerve pain. I started taking Lyrica a few days ago, but an getting no relief. I was hoping it might relieve the burning pain. Does anyone know how long it takes for it to be effective? I'm so sad because I know my family is so worried, but I just can't hide this pain. By the time I left the family get-together tonight I was in tears, and so was my sweet Sister who knows how bad my pain is, but feels helpless because she can't help me. My doctor does not think my pain is this bad, but this deep burning nerve pain is the worse pain I've ever experienced. It is not like muscle pain that I've had and is unrelentless. Feeling really bad. Hope
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  • I was taking Lyrica for about a year and a half... it was so effective for me. It seems like I was able to tell a difference with the Lyrica within a week to a week and a half. I have pain in my legs from nerve damage. I had a STUPID mix up with my mail order pharmacy and ended up running completely out of Lyrica. OMG,I thought I was going to die from the pain! My mail order pharmacy said I had to try something cheaper than the Lyrica, they wouldn't continue with the it unless I tried something cheaper that didn't work. Three weeks later, I finally got the new medicine, Neurontin, which seems to work very well for me also. I never want to run out again. It was brutal!
    I hope you feel better really soon...
  • about the lyrica specifically but most meds take about a week to get in to your system and for you to start seeing improvement. I know that when I first started taking methadone it took about 7 days. It was weird because I got no relief at all and then got out of bed one morning in no pain. try and be patient and give it a little more time. If your doc does not believe you are in pain you really need to find a new doc asap. If he does not believe you he will not be putting his best effort in to trying to help you. I am so sorry to hear of your experience at the family get together and I can very much relate. My family also worries about me and I try as hard as I can to hide it but sometimes I just can't. I know how painful that sciatica is and really do feel for you. Do you see a PM doc? Have you tried a rhizotomy(nerve burn)yet? That has always given me great relief with the sciatica. Good luck to you and I hope that you feel better soon.
  • i take lyrica and it took a month at least. but mainly because the dr started me out at a lower dosage and then had to slowly increase it until it got to a level that worked for me. you need to work with your dr in order to get the dosage level correct because the level you start out on may need to be adjusted to be customized for you. dont give up!!! it does work and works great for me!

    hope this helps!

    karenc
  • :) hi! i have to agree with karenc. it has helped me alot! it took awhile to get to 300mg and to adjust to the side effects. ~X( don't give up. give yourself that time. you may be surprised how much it helps you! Jenny :)
  • The backs of my legs are excruciting pain when I walk and stand, sitting and laying down is OK. Diagnoised with spinal stenosis aggravated by sciatica. Been going on for 2 months now. They are going to do an epidural next Wed. Been thru muscle relaxers, naproxen and I am now on Lyrica for a week with little relief 50mg in the morning and 75 at nite.
    Anyone have experience with the shot??

    Thanks!
  • Hello, I know what you mean when you are talking about burning pain, and it does hurt like hell. I have been on lyrica for about 1 1/2 yrs and I take 600 mg and honestly I really dont get a lot of relief from it. I also take many other meds and have not found anything that helps relieve my pain. There are days that I go without sleep due to the pain as well. I hope that the lyrica works for you, give it some time cuz it needs to build up in your system and good luck!
  • Hey chick, i was in the same situation and still am fighting the awkwardness of nerve muscle and bone pain in my spine, i found that pregablin helps alittle with the anxiety that it causes but doesnt necesarily help the pain, ask your doctor about lidocaine back pads, they're like the heat pads you get in the pharmacies , heat unfortuantely although is good for the muscle pain will cause the nerve pain to be worse, these lidocaine pads are prescription only , but they really do help to calm the nerve burning pain,they use the same stuff they use in the dentist to numb your gums. it will calm it down for up to 12 hours.It has helped me alot with getting out of the house and being able to sit still, as you probably have experienced the constant need to wriggle and writhe about to stop it. Also try getting a video on pilates, it strengthens your core muscles and strengthens your spine and the muscles surrounding, its nothing strenuous either. anyway i hope this helps :)
    Anonymous said:
    Hi Again,
    I am in so much pain tonight I just had to have someone to talk to. I went over to my Sister's house tonight to see my great nephews. They are twins and are so adorable. I had not seen them in so long. They are now walking and getting into everything. It was a family get together. I had not been out of the house for a week. Just hanging out with everyone was so nice and yet my pain was getting so bad my husband had to take me home. I have such deep burning pain. I guess it is nerve pain. I started taking Lyrica a few days ago, but an getting no relief. I was hoping it might relieve the burning pain. Does anyone know how long it takes for it to be effective? I'm so sad because I know my family is so worried, but I just can't hide this pain. By the time I left the family get-together tonight I was in tears, and so was my sweet Sister who knows how bad my pain is, but feels helpless because she can't help me. My doctor does not think my pain is this bad, but this deep burning nerve pain is the worse pain I've ever experienced. It is not like muscle pain that I've had and is unrelentless. Feeling really bad. Hope
    nahannah
  • i have personally taken lyrica for nerve pain (the short and skinny - 8 herniated discs and dislocated tail bone), so of course i also had bone and muscle pain along with it. I was taking 150mg 4x daily. honestly i had so much pain from so many different things im not sure the lyrica really even put a dent in it, i got no relief that i could tell and that was in addition to several other meds i was taking at the time. but i also think that lyrica may be more effective with nerve damage from an injury rather than an ongoing issue. personally i got the drunk/dizzy/stoned feeling within an hour on an empty stomach or 3 if i had eaten but that was pretty much all i ever got out of it. it made the pain a bit more bearable but there was never any real relief.
    MissKay
  • Down to 300mg twice a day due to the fact I have started taking "Topomax"...It has worked better than anything I have tried yet! Non-narcotic. If Lyrica does not help ask your doctor about Topomax...cant hurt to test drive everything to see what works. Sometimes it might require a combo or more. hang in there!
  • worked fairly quickly for me - within a week - and I was on it for about two years.

    Then my insurance company wanted me to jump through a ridiculous number of hoops and I wasn't about to start over with several rounds of trips to various doctors and PT and asked my PM doc to switch me over to Neurontin / Gabapentin.

    It doesn't work as well but there's no way I could go through everything the insurance co wanted me to do. Too much running around, probably a dozen more appointments with doctors, a CT scan AND an MRI plus another round of PT? No thank you.
    4 level ACDF, C3-C7 with iliac bone crest graft with hardware on August 22nd.
  • and the dosage is slowly increased to effect. For some people that may be as little as 100 mg per day, and for others, like me, the dosage had to reach the maximum daily dosage of 600 mg, which we increased slowly until it finally worked.
    Don't ever just stop taking Lyrica on your own, without talking to your doctor first. Just as you slowly go up in dosage, you need to go decrease in the same manner. It is not a medication that you should suddenly stop taking on your own, without medical advice.
    For most people, once they get to the correct dosage, usually around 250-350 mg for nerve related pain, it works within a week or so.
  • I need to know I have been in pain management and I had to go see my Rn NP because of a speracyle that I had removed from my surgeon but it has grown back I made the decision to stop treatment because all they wanted me to take 30 mg morphen and it made it worse but I call over and over no calls back but my regular doctor gave me a 7 day supply of 7.5 percacet and even though I quit the pai nclinic the pain specialist said that I got the drug without permission at
    That point I had already quit but they listed me as unreleased letter.I don't know what to do don't know if this will hurt my chances of seeing a new doctor or not.
    I'm out of pain medication and withdrawal symptoms are killing me I'm looking for a doctor now who would be willing to put a pain stimulator this is what my pain specialist was going to do but I had no insurance now I do.
    If anyone has any advice about what I have been through with being discharged from him and getting the pain stimulator...

    Please give some advise,
    Mark
    Tennessee
    Mark powell
  • If your regular GP took over prescribing for you won't he continue until he finds you a new Pain Management doc for your care? I'm assuming he prescribed because you explained the situation (leaving your old PM. Unreturned calls) to him. Ask him to add a note to your medical files explaining what happened. That should cover the mix-up.
    When I need referral to a new specialist my doc phones them first to explain my case & ensure they will provide the services I need. If you ask, your GP will probably do the same. He can make sure they do stimulator trials & procedures. He can also explain the situation with your old PM & straighten out the mix-up.

    You can accept prescriptions from a different doctor once you've terminated the contract with your PM. In hindsight you should of sent them a letter when you weren't getting a response or your GP should of sent them a message on the computer before he gave you the prescription....that's what mine did when I needed to dump my old PM & find a new one.

    If all the information is in your post it seems like an honest mix-up. I don't understand why your GP only gave you a weeks worth of pills without getting you settled with a new PM?? Or why you're going cold turkey rather than getting more meds from your GP? I think you need to go see your GP to straighten things out & get more meds or help with withdrawals. Best of luck ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I'm having issues with this I hope lyrics helps me omg this is worst pain ever had my life
  • I have had burning pains in kneck after kneck surgery omg this is aweful
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