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BarbF01BBarbF01 Posts: 124
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Pain Medications
So, I was given lyrica today as the vicoden isn't helping (much) with the ongoing pain w/ constant pins and needles. Dr. today said that w/ all of reports from my past visits and how I was doing today, makes her think that I may also have fibro. - along w/ all my back issues. :( So, they're keeping me on the schedule to get my epidural spinal shot on the 8th - and to also take 25 mg of Lyrica (once per day for 2 weeks to see how I tolerate it) and thjen 2 times/day if all goes well. I took it tonight for the very 1st time and it seemed to help a little bit...so we shall see...

Its just hard thinking that I need to take even more meds and have yet another disgnosis to add to my file. But, it does explain a lot of the other pain that Ive been having and how difficult it is to move somedays (w/ stuff that is back injury related and all over too).


  • Because my nerve pain was way up there, my NS put me on the max right off the bat (per the info sleeve) 300mg a day of Lyrica (150mg 2x a day). I was tired the first 3 or 4 days, and too was light headed - that passed after a few days. I gained like 35-40lbs on it though! I am now finally losing it little by little, so it does (I think) even out? I hope it helps you, it did me big time!!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • So, I was finally able to get some restfull sleep! It was only 3 hours - but it was all in one block and I feel well rested! :) Im hoping that as I continue to take the lyrica (and they want me to gradually up my dosages from 25 mg 1/day to 25 2/day and so on....), that it'll continue to do well for me. I am wary of the weight gain, as Im still working on losing the weight from all of my prior meds and surgeries - but if I feel better, and sleep better - then maybe I can find the energy to start walking the treadmill again? :)
  • I found it better to go slowly up, at a week at a time. That is what I agreed to with my Dr, as we had multiple issues with fast titration of things, and myself just dropping meds, that gave me bad side-effects without the desired improvements.

    I found that med - to be good for about a 30% improvement, over not using it. This was born out, by the reduction in opiate meds used, over a 2 week basis.

    I found it really nailed the nerve pain well!
  • Lyrica worked SO well for me! I cursed the cardiovascular issues/weight gain that made me quit. It reduced my pain by over 50%!

    Good luck to you!
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