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Lyrica for neuropathic pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in New Member Introductions
I don't know about everyone's experience and I won't try to change anyone's mind. I can only speak for myself.

I have been taking Lyrica for 2+ years for idiopathic peripheral neuropathy in my feet and chronic neck pain from an auto accident. Does it work for me....Hell yes. I cannot do without it three times per day. My current dose is 300mg three times daily. Yup, it is a lot and there are some side effects that I can live with, but without it I can barely stand or turn my neck.

The dose was recommended by a top neurologist at Mayo clinic who has been studying nerve pain for many years and found that Lyrica, in large doses, can provide pain relief with manageable side effects.

The neuropathy has been attributed to the neck injury I suffered about 5 years ago. I have seen many pain specialists who provided some temporary pain relief in my neck, but only Lyrica has given me the relief from the neuropathy to enable me to get around.
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  • :) hi! i am on 300mgs a day as well. there are side effects for me such as weight gain, memory problems and just being loopy sometimes. the pain relief i get makes it worth putting up with the side effects. it is the most pain relief i have ever gotten for my sciatica. i am glad it has worked for you as well. of course as with any medication this is best looked after by your doctor. i see this is only your second post. i want to welcome you to the forum. we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. please make yourself at home and get a look around at the different forums. good luck with your pain treatment. Jenny :)
  • That is such great news that you have been able to find relief from your pain. Many of us never completely accomplish that.
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  • welcome to spine-health...
  • I was up to 600 mg day and it helped but after my epidurals I only had 1 150 mg today so hopefully the epis will help. I got used to the side effects of Lyrica so if I have to go back it's okay. That's interesting the dose is 900 mg a day for you and I thought the max was 600mg. But that's great if it works for you. See you around. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Welcome to the forum. I am a new member also. My insurance company will not cover Lyrica so I have to take 3000mg Neurontin a day plus 100mg Ultram 3 times a day to control my Fibro and foot and back pain. I get to have a nerve conductance test today on my left leg and foot since after my surgery it is half numb and hurts like H!@$ ater walking about 200ft on it. We are all here for the same thing. Hope your Lyrica therapy continues to help. See you in the forum.

    Gary :)))
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  • Hi I was on Neurontin for 6 weeks with little effect. I have been on Lyrica for 3 weeks now starting on 100mgs now up to 200mg at night. My sciatic pain has improved slightly. But it has improved my sleeping at night so I am managing 3 or 4 hours good sleep.

    My Gp is going to up my dose soon so hopefully it will work a bit better soon. Does any body have the side effect of forgetting their words I do it's like I know the word but cannot get it out or I call something completely the wrong thing!

    DDD
    L5/S1 disc herniation
    Sciatica
  • :) dawniee, last week i asked my husband what the big white round thing in the refrigerator was? 8} it was a cauliflower and i could not get it out for the life of me. =)) i do think it is a side effect of the Lyrica. hang in there if you can! as the pain relief gets better you will not mind being forgetfull. i think! =D> Jenny :)
  • I was prescribed 50mg 2 per day before my surgery. Before surgery (acdf c 5/6 ) Dr. told me not to take it anymore. Don't really know why. Now my GP has put me back on it 100mg. 2 x day. I try to remember to take it. I do better at night to remember. I honestly have not noticed any difference in the pain. I remember before when I took it I would forget thing & words. I will keep taking them as I have learned here now that it takes some time.
    I welcome any relief & if I get a little "loopy" I'll deal with it I guess. I do not like the idea of weight gain though. We'll see
  • Yes.....I get stuck on a word. Dr said today "It could be the Lyrica....." But, my pain is much less for Sciatica at 300mg/day. Also sleeping better at night. But, in early afternoon and evening I fall asleep sitting up in a chair, or worse, driving. I drop off like a curtain closes..never fell asleep like that before. Dr says if I've been taking the Lyrica in the morning he would not expect the sudden sleeping from the Lyrica, may be something else. But..who knows anymore?
  • I took it for 3 weeks, can't remember the dose, but all it did was make me sleepy.
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