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OOPS, put my post in wrong place.....question again

MargaretMMargaret Posts: 15
Hi all, I posted my new post after my old post, if you can follow that. Need to correct this.

Okay, my dilemma is that my dr started me on Lyrica 25mg. At first, it seemed to work and I told him of this. It worked for about three days.

He has now prescribed 50mg and I feel there is no effect now.

I have to take it before bedtime which I do. But it seems to have no effect now. Sciatica is still bad, and my left side aches like heck.

So my question is, should I go back to the dr and tell him this has no effect now or should I persist with it and hope that it improves?

Thank you, Marg :S


  • You can review lyrica with your Dr. I'm on 600 mg day. I first started with 150 mg twice day then she increased it to 300mg twice day. Are you seeing a Pain Management Dr? Your Dr. can refer you, the nearest location would be under Pain Management clinics in Canada. I've had epidurals for the leg pain, tingling and numbness and it's helped a great deal. I still need alot of different meds also for pain. Take care. 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
  • :) Thank you for your reply. My Dr. referred me to a pain management doctor who gave me a cortisone injection. It didn't help so at my follow-up appointment, the PM doctor said he couldn't help me and I would need to see an Orthopedic doctor. He looked at the results of my MRI and XRay - He said there was no point paying for an injection that didn't help. I was a bit taken aback because I thought perhaps he would just try again.

    In the meantime, I have an appt. to see an Orthopedic Dr but it is not until June or July. There is such a wait in Canada to see specialists.

    So I am stuck with Lyrica 50mg at night. I feel no difference and I am wondering why the doctor did not put me on a higher dose. I cannot sleep at night and I am fed up telling the doctor this. He doesn't seem to listen to me.

    Do you think if I stick with the Lyrica it will help eventually? Or should it be working right away?? In the meantime, I take it with tons of over-the-counter stuff to take the edge off during the day. I am so tired because I am not getting much sleep and because of the pain.

    Marg (|:
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  • I was on Lyrica for about 6 months after my fusion surgery. One day I took myself off it because I didn't feel it was doing any good and it was causing swelling at doses higher than 200 mg.

    I had asked to increase my dosage, as I didn't feel I was getting any benefit from it at a lower dosage. As soon as it was increased, I started having a lot of swelling in one foot and ankle.

    During this process, I was told by two different specialists that, for most people, there is a "sweet spot" at around 200 mg. Below this, it may not have any effect, and increasing it beyond 200 doesn't really have any positive effect either. The reason Lyrica is preferable to gabapentin (Neurontin) is that you can get relief with lower dosages.

    Obviously, Charry's experiences are different!!
  • Hi Gwennie, thank you for your comments...........yes, Lyrica seems to be a very interesting medication.

    When I went to pick up my prescription from the Pharmacy, the pharmacist asked me if I was finding any relief taking Lyrica. He said that in his experience people either loved it or it did nothing for them.

    I guess everyone is different.

    Hugs, Marg
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