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Anyone take Lyrica?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,899
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Pain Medications
Hi, I am going to talk to my specalist next week about changing from Valium to Lyrica as I am getting jerking pain at night. Thankfully it is not every night but when I do get it I literally scream with the pain for a minute.
One second I am asleep and the next my knees are up to my chest and the pain only stops when I can relax them down.
I even get it if I sleep on my tummy, my body just seems to flip over in one go- something I could never usually do.

This has only been happening since surgery.

Anyway the thing that bothers me about what I have read about Lyrica is that it can cause weight gain. I am overweight already and cant afford to put on anything.

So - Is anyone taking Lyrica and NOT put on weight?

Sorry about the long post.

Sara O:)


  • Lyrica for me is for nerve pain....if I did not have the nerve pain I would not take it. My insurance does not cover it so it cost $155.00 a month. I'm only 110 lbs and have been on Lyrica for 9 months and have not noticed any weight gain....it does have some side effects but the fact that it keeps the nerve pain tolerable is worth it.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,720
    Hi Sara,

    Almost sounds like the jerking is like Restless Leg Syndrome.
    Lyrica is a nerve medication. I used to take it but have since switched to Neurontin.
    When I first starting taking Lyrica, 75mg 1x day, there wasn't any problem. After several weeks, my doctor had me on 150 2x day. I started having negative effects:
    - Always tired, could fall asleep in the middle of dinner
    - Knees,calves and toes started to swell (big time!)
    Once I reduced the dosage I was fine, but then I decided that Lyrica was not for me.
    I didn't have any weight gain in the roughly two months I used it.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • :) hi! i take 300mg of Lyrica daily. i have gained 30 pounds but i have alreaady taken alittle of it off. the relief i get from the Lyrica is worth the weight gain. we have a weight loss group here. if you are interested, pm me. we would love to have you join. good luck and i hope the Lyrica can work for you. Jenny :>
  • Thanks guys for your responses,
    Shar the cost is irrelevant to me as I am on workers comp so they would pay for it if approved but our system with meds seems to be a lot fairer then yours anyway.

    Ron, Yep have thought that too but the jerking is pretty violent and I find it hard to pull my legs down from my chest. I get restless elgs but it feels different.

    Jenny, sounds like a plan. Yep I was thinking that even if the Dr and w/c agreed to the Lyrica I would have less 'bad' days and be able to work more so that would counteract any weight gain if I had it.

    I'll have a good chat with the Dr and see what he thinks.

    Blessings Sara O:)
  • Lyrica is a med I am allergic to BAD.
    Its made me feel lost and had no balance with a major headache and I leterally could not walk I was so dizzy, a few other side effects, guess alot of people can take it.
    It is still pretty new on the market I think just 2 years maybe a little more
    but I do take neurontin and had no problems with this drug.

    Your jerking in the middle of the night. If it is the same thing I felt after a few surgeries. It would jerk my body give me a weird feeling from low spine are almost as if there was a slight pinch or poke on nerves. I did feel this until about 6 months or so after 2 of my lumbar fusions. Sitting here thinking it did go away after awhile. Hope the same for you.

    You had a big surgery sure you will feel a lot of weird things now you are getting a little further out.

    Take care

  • Hi Paula, Thanks for that. I am pretty resilient to meds, never come across one that I couldn't take though many I have had side effects to, just nothing drastic.
    I was given 30mg of valium for 2 years and the Dr thought he was ordering me 5mg. I was 15 at the time and it did nothing to me. :))(

    The jerks are just so annoying. It feels like I have a knife in my back, which is why i wake up screaming but then I have to think of the neighbours! (I'm sure they wonder what I get up to at night =)) ) Then I dread going back to sleep in case it happens again.

    I am glad to hear that your went away in time- that at least is something to look forward to.

    Blessings Sara O:)
  • Saw the O/S today and he agreed that trying Lyrica for the jerking pain is worth it. SO I am starting on it tonight and reducing the valium and oxyconting over the next few days.

    Oh I am so looking forward to the wonderful sleep I am going to have tonight!!!! :))(

    Happy Sara O:)
  • Sara~*

    I'm glad the Doc put you on Lyrica and I hope it helps your situation. I take Lyrica but only when the PM office has samples because Medicaid doesn't cover it and I had a very bad reaction to Gabapentin (Neurontin). I haven't had a problem with weight gain from the Lyrica, but it seems like I usually end up a month on it, and a month or more off, then back on...depending as I said on whether or not they have samples available. One thing I really like is that it helps my toothaches (my teeth have gone to hell with all the steroid injections and pain meds and I can't afford to get them taken care of) in addition to my sciatic pain.

    Keep us posted on how you do on the Lyrica & OxyContin, and weaning off the Valium. I'll pray for you.

    Take care of you...
  • Those that have experienced weight gain.

    Does it give you the munchies ( 8} ) or is it fluid retention?
  • Hey angelback

    Be aware the lyrica takes up to a month before you feel effects (for me certainly it took a while as I adjusted the dose). It does make you a bit drowsy at first though.

    I haven't experience weight gain - I wish as am just over 8st - but on reflection I think it may cause fluid retention which I suffer from anyway. It would explain why some people suffer swollen ankles etc.

    Take care

  • responses and Frustrated that is a great question.
    I have been on the Lyrica for 2 weeks now. The first 4 days I noticed nothing but then the "jerks" dissapeared after that. I am hoping they haven't just gone into remission and will come back but I have to give it a bit more time.
    I decreased the OxySR to 5g and valium to only night time 5mg so that was fine.

    NOw I have had more pain then before but I suppose that is to be expected wwith the reduction.
    What is concerning me though is a lot more muscle pain especially when walking. I was doing 3 laps of the park before stopping (each lap is 600metres) but now I barely make a lap as my calves and feet are screaming at me to stop.
    SO I dont know if it is the Lyrica or one of the other many meds I am taking.
    I just will have to keep an eye on things.

    Sara O:)
  • I've been on Lyrica 300mg/day for about 6 months now. It has been about 80-90% effective in eliminating the numbness/tingling problems I had in my leg! It did take about a week before it really had its expected therapeutic effect.

    That being said, I think the Lyrica has had some cumulative side effects with the other drugs I've been taking. I was taking Hydrocodone/APAP which I asked the doctor to discontinue. I didn't like the fact that I didn't want to wake up before noon the day after I took it. If I had to get up for work the next day I wouldn't touch the stuff and couldn't sleep. What's the point? I've since changed to diazepam and haven't been too impressed with that either. I can get up in the morning which means I get to sleep every night! However I can't concentrate on anything for more than about 30 seconds, I sometimes have some short term memory issues and occasionally have some wicked vertigo. I think the diazepam has made these problems worse but I had them to some degree since I started taking the Lyrica. Bottom line? I'll continue to take the Lyrica (and to make new friends every day :)))) over waning to self amputate my leg all day & all night.
  • I had a message in lyrica before. Damn if I'm back on Lyrica. I've noticed by all who've contributed to this site and some fact finding that as a newer form of nerve pain relief(Lyrica); that anything over 75mg in a 12hr period, had increased side effects. As I have had a DR visit yesterday; we discussed medication pain management again. We agreed to see if Lyrica at 50mg would be best to work with again. I was happy with the results before but not the side effects. I hope the 50mg will be a blessing and not another side effect nightmare. We discussed another injection and I pulled the plug on that tooo. I wait for the slow wheels of the Government to grant me the next surgery. My 2 cents or is that 2 points. Sorry I've been busy.
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