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Lyrica, expensive co-pay but might be helping

discodaveddiscodave Posts: 3
edited 08/27/2015 - 5:40 AM in Pain Medications
I have two medications for the pain management during my rest phase of treatment until the spine surgeon decides on the best conservative treatment. Soma to help relax the muscles and Lyrica to stabilize the pain. Both have pretty strong side effects so I cannot take them at the same time. Currently I take one Lyrica in the morning and one in the early evening and one Soma in the middle of the night when my muscles get all stiff from trying to sleep. The Soma does work to help me sleep.

The Lyrica unfortunately has about a $100 co-pay for 60 pills on my insurance.
At first I couldn't tell if Lyrica was working but the longer I take it the more it seems to help.
It has only been a week on Lyrica so I am still having dizziness side effects which the surgeon says should go away in a few more weeks.

Ha anyone else had success with Lyrica? If so for how long and how much did the side effects seem to bother you and how much long term effect did it have on the pain?

For now I am sticking with it but am hoping to hear from some other people that they took it and it worked at least for a while, how they managed the side effects, etc. I cannot take any oral NSAIDS due to other medical conditions which does complicate treatments.

I also just want to mention that the Lyrica does seem to be making me excessively hungry. I wonder if anyone else experienced the same hungry feeling while taking it.


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