Hi, I am an "old" member from about 2 years ago from London, England. I have not posted for a long while. I was forced to give up work for almost 12 months (2 years ago) due to neck, arm and upper back pain but after many treatments & seeing a pain Dr, steroid injections & PT, I was put onto Lyrica and the dose was gradually increased to 300mg once a day (at night) . This certainly calmed things down considerably, so much so that I got a new job in February of this year which was going great until June when I had a flare up. Since then I have been struggling a lot of the time and today is the first time I have had to take a day off sick because of the pain and symptoms returning. I am on probation at work for another 7 weeks so until I get there, I have no job security. So I am desperate to reach that milestone.
My question is, does the effectiveness of medication wear off after a while ? I have been taking Lyrica for 2 years now and I am now experiencing the level of pain & associated symptoms (numbness in hands, muscle spasm, lack of sleep) that I was when this all started. No one at work knows about this so I'm having to put on a brave face all the time so I have all those issues as well. I really need to go back to see a specialist Dr but as no one at work knows about this it's very difficult to get time off.
Any input would be gratefully appreciated,