Hi all, I had ALIF and PLIF at L4/5 a year and a half ago and had a successful fusion.Since I was still having pain in my lower back and nerve pain in my feet and calves at one year he suggested taking out the hardware so I had that surgery end of August of this year.
Well I am still having nerve pain in my feet and calves....burning, tingling, occasional feeling like a bee stung me etc and just an overall discomfort and heavy feeling.
So my surgeon said to take Lyrica. I started with one 50mg at night for a week, then 2 at night for a week and then 2 at night and one in the am....so 150mg a day basically.
I have been doing this for almost 4 weeks. The Lyrica makes me very dizzy when I wake up, I have a slight loss of balance all the time and I can't work up high on jobs at my work and stuff as I do not trust my balance at all....I have holes in my memory...little things here and there and slight weight gain so far...just about 3-4 lbs at this point. It also makes me very tired.Also I seem to get annoyed easily....I can definitely tell I have a drug in me...I can feel it you know and I don't like it.
I do not notice a huge difference in my nerve pain really and cannot imagine upping the dose...I don't want to, in fact I would like to discontinue this medication.
Is Neurontin any better? Has anyone started on Lyrica and then switched to Neurontin with good results?